Posts Tagged ‘playday’

The bookings for the saxophone work shop are filling up quickly. We have 4 spaces left, so if you where thinking of joining us, now would be a good to to confirm and bag one of those 4 spaces.

The music is being chosen and will be sent out to participants when it is ready, so that you can have a good look at it in your practice sessions.

For those that aren’t aware of what is going on, I have attached the details here to help. We are open to any player with 18 months experience and we are going to working on large ensemble playing through out the day. Loads of fun and support for everyone and well worth joining us for a day of music making.

Hope to see you there



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I posted at the beginning of the week about bringing back the StaxofSax Saxophone workshops. The post gave details of the first event on the 28th of May 2023 here on the Isle of Wight.

So this post is an update for those that have already booked, and a heads up for those that are still thinking about it or didn’t see the initial post.

We are limiting the day to 30 players so that we can provide proper support for everyone. We have booked 22 players in already.

We will work on warm up techniques, ensemble playing (various sizes) and lots of there things that will benefit your playing including a Q and A session.

The music will be sent out in advance so that you can have a look at it before the big day, and we will only have a 30 minute lunch break so that we can make the most of playing time. You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea and coffee will be provided.

The venue has on site free parking, enough for everyone and is only a few minutes away from Newport Town centre.

I have attached the flyer again as this has more details for you all, and I would be grateful if you could share it amongst your sax playing buddies.

Many thanks for reading this and I hope to see you there.

Best wishes


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Hi Folks

I just wanted to let you know about the Christmas StaxofSax saxophone workshop on Tuesday the 30th December 2014 at the Leicester South Salvation Army Hall.

Full detail can be found on the link below, please help us to make the day fun and enjoyable by spreading the word amongst your saxophone playing friends.

We will be playing an arrangement especially commissioned for the day in the large ensemble session and then working on your improvisation skills during the afternoon (beginner friendly session)

Its got to be better than being sat in front of the TV watching ‘The Great Escape for the umpteenth time, or a good excuse to loose the relatives for the day.  Its also a great opportunity to show off any saxophone related gadgets and toys that Santa may have brought you.


Come and join us for a great days music making in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

To book or chat call 07736 471861 or email


Please feel free to pass the flyer on to as many people as you can.


Look forward to hearing from you



Christmas flyer

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Hi Folks

I just wanted to let you know that we have booked our next Saxophone workshop.  The date is Thursday the 28th of August 2014, and the venue is the

Leicester South Salvation Army Hall

Ladysmith Road

South Wigston


The day is open to any sax players age 11 or older (this includes adults) who have been playing for 12 months or more.

We have run more than 20 of these events now and that players come back time after time because they are fun, friendly and they are informative days of music making.

If you would like more information or to reserve a place then please either email, Facebook on the StaxofSax page or  telephone 07736 471861 for a chat.

There are pictures and audio clips on the Facebook page.

Click on the link below for more details

August workshop2


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Yorkshire is calling again, so on the 3rd of March 2013 we are heading to the Rural Arts Centre in Thirsk for our 2nd workshop at that venue.

We will use a similar format of large and small ensemble playing along with an improvisation session in the afternoon.  In October at least half of the 18 attendees had not improvised before and they all came away very enthusiastic about it.

The Rural Arts Centre is a lovely venue with a great Cafe which we use for lunch, they made us feel very welcome last time we were there.

Cost of the day is the same as last time, £30 per person and we start at 10am and finish at 3pm.


If you want to ask more questions or book a place, please give me a call on 07736 471861 or email

Check out the staxofsax facebook page or  here for details of previous events.  Hope to see some of you there.







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After the success of the Manchester workshop earlier this year, we are pleased to release details of our next workshop outside of Leicester.


We have been asked to organise one in York and after some research we found a suitable venue just outside.

The venue is:-

The Rural Arts Centre

The  Old Courthouse

4 Westgate




The day will be broken in to 3 sessions

1. Large saxophone choir

2. Small groups and performance

3. Improvisation and performance

The day is open to anyone aged 11 upwards (adults very welcome) and with 12 Months playing experience.  Registration opens at 9.30am and we start playing at 10am and finishing at 3pm with 30 minutes for lunch.  cost of the day is £30 per person, this does not include lunch.

The site has a free car park and on site Cafe for lunch.

We would love to hear from anyone that would like to join us for the day and take part in the fun and challenging music making.

You can contact me either here or or 07736 471861.

Check out our Facebook page StaxofSax for videos and pictures of previous events.

Look forward to hearing from you




ps. 14 of the 20 places are already book, so don’t delay or you may miss out.

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The 14th workshop at Leicester was another successful days playing.  The large ensemble piece was Michael Buble version of feeling good.  Now this provided everyone with a challenge as the tempo is very slow to start with and this can be as difficult as a fast piece.

The small groups worked on ‘Fever’, 4 Gershwin tunes and ‘When Sunny gets Blue’. good performances put in by all three groups.

The improvisation session included the tunes, Jamaica farewell, Canteloupe Island and Watermelon man. We looked at maintaining your place within the tune as you improvise and how to make your solos more interesting to the audience. 

The day finished with some pretty impressive jazz playing by the 3 groups, well done everyone.


We will announce our next day as soon as we can.  Hope to see you on the next one folks



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Jamaica Farewell

Martin, Neil, Spencer, Sharon and Paul playing Jamaica Farewell in the jazz session

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Hi Folks

Due to unforseen circumstances, 2 people have had to drop out of the Manchester playday, and so I have 2 paid for tickets to give away rather than let them go to waste.

Its on a first come, first served basis, so give me a call on 07736 471861 or



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The 11th of April was the 11th StaxofSax workshop in Leicester. We had a great day with 19 people joining us. Players travelled from Malvern, Solihull and Bunny (Nottingham) and from the post day comments, everyone had a good time.

Chris’s arrangement of Your Song (Billy Paul version) was very funky and considering we worked on it for an hour, a good presentation was made of it.

The Small groups played tunes like Jericho and Looney toons with some of the groups adapting their tune to suit the ability of the players in that group. This is how you develop musicianship and make the best of the circumstances you have.

In the afternoon, Nick joined us again and for a change we stayed in the smaller groups for the jazz session. Nick had arranged four tunes so that the performances at the end made a mini jazz concert, rather than have a large group all playing the same tune and everyone having to wait a long time for their chance of a solo.
This was a big success and was appreciated by all that attended.

Thanks to Mandy for the recordings of the small group and improvisation session, I will get them posted here as soon as I can.

It was great to meet Clare, Pauline and Peter for the first time, and I hope that they will join us again.

3pm seems to come around pretty quickly on these events, but at the end of the day we are all ready for a cup of tea or something stronger.

I hope that some of you will join us for the next one on Friday June the 8th for our next Leicester event, I will keep this site updated with details. Let me know if you are interested.

Keep blowing and see you soon


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