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In January this year, I was approached by a chap called Daniel Christian.  He runs a YouTube channel called SaxCasts and a FaceBook group called Learning Saxophone.  He was looking for some assistance with the FaceBook group and wondered if I would be interested in running a Weekly Q and A live video on Sunday evenings ( 8pm UK time).

It sounded like fun so with a bit of help on the technology side, off I went.  We have about 30 or so members join us each week from various parts of the globe and they will post questions during the week.  Ranging from anything sax related to performance nerves and music theory.

I do my best to answer them, or point them in the right direction.  During the session we also get questions asked live.  The videos are then posted to the page for those that want to watch later.

Sometimes I prepare worksheets for certain sublects and they are added to the file section of the page for members to access.

Members will post progress videos and ask for feedback and we run challenges with the aim of promoting learning.

In January we had 350 members, we are now at over 1400 and growing by at least 10 a day.

This is a very friendly group and no nastiness is tolerated.  Why not pop on over and join us, it would be great to see you on there.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnsax/

 

 

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So last weekend was busy with gigs in Leicester and London plus visiting my daughters in Kent.  However this weekend is even busier, but its all gigs.

Friday night is at the Falcon Hotel in Uppingham for a wedding drinks reception.  Saturday afternoon is also in Rutland for a 40th birthday party and Newtown Linford in the evening for a 70th birthday party.  Sunday is a Mellow D’s wedding gig in Daventry.

Plus, a new student booked into start lessons and another coming for a trial lesson next week.

Have a great weekend everyone

 

Dave

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This is my office view for today. I am exhibiting at Ilkeston football club wedding fayre. 

We are here until 4pm and there are plenty of quality local exhibitors to see.

Why not come and join us, we are in the function rooms.

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Hi Folks

I have just released my second track ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight,’a real wedding classic.

Its available to purchase on iTunes and CdBaby along with my previous recording of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’

Let me know what you think, and any ideas for future tracks would be interesting to hear.

Thanks

 

Dave

 

 

 

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Yesterday was a lovely day for a Wedding,  and Leanne and Marc had theirs at Goosedale in Nottingham. The weather was good and everyone seemed to have a good time.

I was asked to play for both the ceremony and drinks reception yesterday, including tunes that are special to the bride and groom.  I especially liked the slower version of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Jasmine Thompson and will using that one on a regular basis.

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‘Goosedale is an old farm that has had its barn converted to hold weddings and events along with other rooms.’

Thanks for asking me to be part of your big day Leanne and Marc and best wishes for your future together

Dave

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2017 had got off to a great start.

I have taken bookings for 2 weddings this week, the first is in Derby at the Roundhouse and I will be playing with the Folk Foundasian Sax trio. The 2nd is at Barton Court nr Malvern in October as a solo act.  Barton court is a lovely old House that I discovered at the end of last year, whilst playing at a wedding fayre there.

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This Saturday is a full day rehearsal with Folk Foundasian working on a ton of new songs.  Both Bollywood and western tunes are on the agenda, so should be fun.

If there are any weddings or events that you think I may be able to help at, then please get in touch for a chat.

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

 

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Just an update for those procrastinators amongst you.,  We have 22 places booked on this workshop and that leaves only another 8 available, and they are going fast now as people finalise their plans for Christmas.

If you would like to join us for a fun day of after Christmas music making in Leicester then please let me know.

email is staxofsax@gmail.com

Telephone is 07736 471861

I have attached the flyer with the full details for you to look at and please share to any sax playing buddies and teachers.

 

Thanks

Dave

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December has me booked to played at a Christmas party at Hendon Grange in Leicester and On Boxing Day I am playing at the Ramada Leicester Stage Hotel for a 1920s Christmas dinner, so not only good food but good music too.

There is also the usual School Carol Concerts to play at. Plus my woodwind ensemble are working hard to perfect Sleigh ride by Leroy Anderson, to be played at Oakham Church.

I will also be entertaining the residents at Sibbertoft Manor Residential Home (the only residential home that has a putting green for them to use!) for a Christmas singalong.

The 29th of DEcember is also the StaxofSax Christmas Saxophone Workshop in Leicester, If any of you players fancy joining us, then please get in touch at staxofsax@gmail.co., it would be great to see you.

A fairly busy month, but still space for a wedding or party or 2, so if you think I can help then please get in touch.

Best wishes

 

Dave

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Sunday the 27th Of November was the inaugral Wedding Fayre at Barton Court in the beautiful county of Herefordshire.

It was a bright and chilly morning as all the suppliers started to arrive and James and Linda, the new owners, showed us around their beautiful house before we set up.

There was loads of choice for all of the prospective brides and groom to look at and listen too, with a singing Duo, a covers band, a classical guitarist and myself playing saxophone.

We were all in different parts of the house so no one interupted anyone else, and we all had a great day speaking to couples about what they would like for their wedding day.

This is a lovely quirky venue to consider for your wedding, with very accomdating owners to help you make the best of your special day.

All you need now is a saxophonist to provide the musical ambience to make it perfect?

The Stables Bar, Barton Court.

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http://www.bartoncourtonline.co.uk/

 

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Hi Folks

Things have been a little bit quiet recently as far as the workshops have been concerned.  But we are now back and ready to Rock n Roll with our Annual Christmas workshop, Which is normally our best attended one anyway.

We have got all the normal activities planned for you, Large ensemble and Jazz improvisation sessions, but we have listened to the feedback we have had and are pleased to announce that for those that dont fancy improvising, there will be a second ensemble session in the afternoon, along side the Jazz in the main hall.  Because of this change, we are opening the doors to 30 players this year instead of the normal 20.

We have kept the cost at £30 per person again for another year.

The day is open to anyone aged 11 or over who has been playing for at least a year.

All the details of dates and times and venue are on the attached flyer.  We would ask that you spread this article far and wide so that we can generate loads of interest.

Contact details are email: staxofsax@gmail.com or via this post.

We are looking forward to seeing you there

Dave

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