Project Band gives budding musicians the opportunity to play in a group with fellow hobby musicians.
Whether you play trumpet, cornet, trombone, (any type of brass) saxophone, Clarinet, (any type of woodwind) drums, guitar, bass guitar or keyboard, please get in touch.
Any standard of musician old or young are welcome. Learn how to play modern pops, soul, funk and jazz. The sessions will be directed by Simon Currie and the aim is to create a general feeling of fun and nurture. Musicians don’t have to be able to sight-read as the music is down-loadable in advance; and the backing tracks are streamed on the website. However, for those more competent there will be scope to challenge their reading, and a chance to learn or improve their improvisation skills! Age minimum 18+
Play Tunes Like
Happy (Pharrell Williams) Highway to Hell (ACDC) I Shot the Sheriff (Eric Clapton) Up Town Funk (Bruno Mars) Chameleon (Herbie Hancock) Pick up the Pieces (Average White Band) The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius) Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock
This will be a pilot scheme, and there will be 8 sessions in May and June, (timings between) 7pm and 9pm on Wednesdays
May 1st, 8th,15th, and 22nd and June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26nd
The venue will be The Methodist Church hall 56 Northbrook St, Newbury RG14 1AN (For more information see the contact page.)
The cost will be £70 for 7 sessions, but the first session is free. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For those that play Sax, Trumpet or Trombone and just want to come occasionally it is £15 per session.
Phone Naomi 0788 7747 183 to ask any questions.
Sign up now for the free trial session on the 1st May
Timings of the session-The hall opens at 7 to setup, playing starts at 7.30 to 8.40 clear and leave by 9
Simon Currie has been playing the saxophone since he was 11 years old, at the age of 20 he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and played with them for 4 years, working with big names in jazz such as JOHNNY DANKWORTH and SHORTY ROGERS, to name but a few. He then worked in Monte Carlo with American musical giants such as GEORGE BENSON and STEVIE WONDER. In 2001 he joined PAUL JONES AND THE MANFREDS (ex MANFRED MANN), and has been touring with them, backing guests such as CHRIS FARLOWE, PAUL YOUNG, ALLAN PRICE, PP ARNOLD and Georgie Fame
Sax School online
The sax school members area allows you to learn on any device, accessing over 150 videos and music from the beginners course to the intermediate improvisation and funky sax courses.
Learn to play funky solos over “Pick up the Pieces” and Pharrell William’s “Happy” . World class saxophonist Simon Currie introduces you to 16 funky sax phrases, that are shown to you with 2 cameras, and 30 videos. You will be show step by step how to play the phrases in a call his call response technique, with demonstrations on lip and finger slurs and funky tonguing techniques.
The 140 page beginner sax tutor. This includes 150 videos demonstrating each new tune, and it also includes 120 backing tracks that have been professionally recorded with and without the saxophone for you to “go solo”. Each backing track can be slowed down for practice.