Posts Tagged ‘music’


Valentines night this year, saw me at the Royal Esplanade Hotel in Ryde playing for their Valentine Diners.

It was my first time there, but what a lovely hotel.  It is a Victorian grade 2 listed building, over looking the seafront.  Beautifully decorated, with lots of original features and some quirky ones too.

The dining room has great acoustics and proved to be a great place to play for the diners entertainment whilst not intruding on their meal.

Loads of positive comments from the guests and staff, and somewhere I would love to play again.Royal EsplanadeRoyal Esp Dining Room

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Sunday was a very good day at the 10th Wight Bridal Wedding Show in Newport IoW.

There was a change this time with the layout, as we had half of the small gym (where I exhibit) set up as a fully decorated marquee, showing what your wedding could look like if you hired one of these.

We had a live band too, so we took it in turns to play and it worked very well.  They also had a jazz guitarist doing some very nice laid back tunes.

I was booked for 2 events on the day, and had some good conversations with loads of happy couples.  A couple of the venues that where promoting the wedding services also spoke to me about other events they are looking for music for, Valentines night and corporate dinners.

It was also really nice to speak generally to the other suppliers and see how life is treating them.

From the feedback of other suppliers, I think a good day was had by one and all.

My next Wedding show is at the Ventnor Botanical Gardens on the 3rd of March 2019.20190127_084559

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Whenever I exhibit at a wedding fayre, I always have a wander around to see how people are promoting  their business and felt that my stand was a bit dated and bland.

I have spent sometime working on a new design that sits in an A4 picture frame on my stand.  The caption ‘Music Makes the Moment’ was given to me by my daughter Hannah, along with the colourful saxophone image.

So this is what I have come up with, simple, not too busy and straight forward.  Ignore the outline marks around the saxophone, they only show up on a Jpeg and not on the design in the frame (I have no idea why?)

 

What do you think?  Would you stop for a chat? Let me know.

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As you know, we moved to the Isle of Wight at the end of November.  As with most moves, there is a lot too do, with packing, cleaning, moving, more cleaning, decorating and unpacking to contend with.

Plus, once you are at your new home, especially being self employed, there is the task of getting your business back up and running.

I was lucky enough to bring some of my original students with me via Skype and Facetime lessons, and these are working very well.

I then contacted some players that had attended previous StaxofSax workshops with me, explaining that lessons can now be done remotely, and 2 more have now joined me regularly.  Through advertising on Facebook groups, I have taken on 2 local students and I have been posting cards in shop windows this week.  I still have space for a few more students either face to face or Remotely so please feel free to get in touch.

Busking has been going well in both Shanklin and Ventnor, and hopefully later today, I will go and play in Ryde.  A very kind lady bought me a hot chocolate yesterday as it was very cold busking.

I am exhibiting at the Wight Bridal Wedding Show at the Medina Sports centre on the 27th of January, so why not pop along for a chat about your wedding music.

I have my first wedding of the year on the 2nd of February, and definitely looking forward to that.

I will be playing at 2 local residential and day care centres in the next few weeks, these are great fun, and we always have a good singalong too.

The business is steadily moving forward and growing, which is great. Ohh nearly forgot….. we also live in the best place in the world!Screenshot_20171228-084841

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I have decided to treat my self to an early Christmas present.  I’ve bought myself a Ukulele.  I’ve gone for a tenor one as my fingers are not the slimmest and I Stand a better chance of success with it being slightly bigger.

 

I have never played a string instrument before, so I have signed up to a class at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport starting on the 8th of January for 6 weeks.  This will hopefully keep me on the straight and narrow and stop me getting into bad habits.

 

I’ll Keep you informed on how I get on.

What early presents have you bought for your self?

 

Good luck

 

Dave

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First of all let me apologise for the lack of recent posts on this site.  The reason for it is that both Carole and I took the decision about 18 months to move house to the Isle of Wight.  To some of you this is probably not a big surprise if you know us, as we have spent so much time over here that we where almost residents a year ago.

Well now we have moved to a small town called Shanklin and we live a whole 10 minute walk from the seafront and loving every minute of it.

 

Loads to do on the house, but that’s for the future.  Now I must build the business back up and start getting my name out there, this side of the Solent.

I am playing next week at the Freshwater Resource Centre for their Christmas party, these are a great bunch of senior citizens who definitely know how to have a laugh.  Plus they have invited me to join them for Christmas Dinner that day, how cool is that.

I have already met a few potential new students that are looking to learn or improve, and I am doing Skype/FaceTime lessons with some of my Leicester students too.

I have 8 Island weddings in the diary for 2019, but there is loads of room for more.

I will be aiming to put regular posts up here, so please feel free to comment or contact me if you are interested in my services.

 

I look forward to speaking to you soon.

 

Dave

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If you like a Rolls Royce then this is an event you shouldn’t have missed.

Yesterday at Burghley House, saw the biggest collection of Rolls Royce’s in one place. They came from all over the world and in all shapes and sizes.

In the evening, the owners clubs held a Dinner and Dance at the Peterborough Holiday Inn, with entertainment from the Uppingham Jazz and Soul Band.

we hit them with songs like, American Patrol and In the Mood, through to Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and Moondance.

They where a lively crowd and the dance floor was full for most of the night and we received some lovely feedback from the club members as we packed away.

An evening of fun was certainly had by both the Club members and the Band.

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