Posts Tagged ‘wedding saxophonist’

For about the last 8 months I have been playing with a new swing band on the Island, called Solent Swing.

We are a 10 piece plus singer, big band (well not too big) playing music from across the last 80 years. So all of your standard swing band music, plus some arrangements of tunes that have become classics from the 80/90s and onwards.

We are playing this coming Friday for the Local Probus Club (retired Business people) at their Christmas meeting in Yarmouth (IoW) andwe are very much looking forward to getting out there and setting there event off with a swing.

We will hopefully have the video cameras set up and then I can share a clip or two with you all.

So, if you are looking for a band like this for an event or wedding, just get in touch and we can have a chat about what we can do for you.

Many thanks



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I have been doing some rehearsals with a very well known local pianist Alan Nicholls, with the aim of playing as a duo at weddings, hotels, restuarants etc.

Alan has played with a lot of the bands here and on the mailand and until his recent retirement he was the musical director at Warners of Bembridge.

We are working on some jazz standards and mellow pop tunes as well as Christmas music too and aim to give a wide choice to our clients.

We will be getting some videos made so that you can see what we are up to as soon as possible.

We are doing our first outing at a church in Ryde for their Carol Concert and we will be playing before and after to keep people entertained.

So if your are planning a Wedding, Party, drinks reception we could be exactly what you are looking for. So get in touch and we can discuss your plans.



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Just spending some time on YouTube and came across this video. Gulabi Aankhein is a Hindi song from 1970. This video was used as a promotional video for The Folk Foundasian Sax trio. We recorded this with one video camera and 2 mobile phone cameras.

I really enjoyed playing alongside Hiten and Trush, we had some great gigs travelling all over to perform at weddings and parties in some stunning venues. Thanks guys.

Happy Times

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I have just received notification of 2 events in February 2023 which will be of use to anyone getting married .

They are the:-

Isle of Wight Wedding & Events Show at Cowes Yacht Haven on the 12th of February 2023


Wight Events Wedding Show at the Medina Leisure Centre, Newport on the 19th of February 2023.

My plan is to exhibit at both of these events as they are great for couples to see what is available to make their wedding even more special.

Put these dates in your diary and I will keep you upto date as more details come through.


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Its not always easy to find a good space to rehearse or record in, but a good friend of mine, Hiten Parmar has got together with some friends and they have opened up just such a facility in Loughborough (Leicestershire)

The building has been refurbished to a very high standard and lots of differents size rooms to suit your needs.

Why not check it out and see when you could book you and your band in for a reharsal or recording. You know you want too!


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We have been sent these pictures of ‘Those D.A.M.N. Saxes’ in action at the I.S.D celebrations.

We had great fun in playing for everyone.

Our name is made up of our initials, Dave, Andy, Martine and Nikki.

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Yesterday was Adolphe Sax’s birthday and as such was designated international Saxophone day.

Locally, Wight Saxes (local sax choir) and Wight Diamonds Marching Band hosted a Play day for over 30 sax players.

I was asked to lead the warm ups and the large ensemble pieces, but also my Sax quartet had their first outing. We started with Mr Sandman and then Sea Shanty.

There where solo performances from a few players and different groups showed of their talents too.

We where very lucky to have Gary Plumley join us to lead a jazz session. Gary plays with Sax Appeal and has recorded with multiple big names, such as the Average White Band.

Overall a really fun afternoon was had by one and all. Loads of pictures and videos taken (not by me) so hopefully I can add some of those when they come through.

The plan is to host another event next year, so watch this space for details.

many thanks to Andy and Lynn for organising.

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I made this recording a couple of years ago, but lost the recording. Anyway, found it again recently and I have added it to my YouTube Channel.

It comes from the film Aashiqui 2 which is a musical romance.

I hope you like it.

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Yesterday I wrote an article about the Saxophone play day here on the Isle of Wight, Well todays post is about another play day on the North Island (mainland)

This is hosted by the Phoenix Saxophone Orchestra who I know a few of their members personally and have played with them in various bands over the years.

They are hosting a workshop that is being led by their patron Gerard McChrystal (Professor of Saxophone at Trinity College of Music, London, and also teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff.) who I have also met a few times.

He is a phenomenal player and educator and if you are free that day, my advice is to get along there and have a great day.

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I am looking forward to taking part in this event on Sunday. Its been organised by Wight Sax, which is the Islands saxophone choir and the Wight Diamonds Marching Band.

It involves ensemble playing, talks, solo and group performances and all levels are welcome.

My sax quartet (Those D.A.M.N Saxes,) are having their first outing here and playing a couple of numbers. I am also leading some of the ensemble playing.

Really interested to hear the talk by local Saxophonist Gary Plumley too.

Its going to be a good day, come and join us if you can.

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