There has never been a better time to take up playing a woodwind instrument. Now, there is an abundance of reasonable quality and affordable saxophones, clarinets and flutes, and an internet search reveals a vast and diverse range of musical repertoire and playing opportunities. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the collection of clips below.
Sax & Violence - The Muppet Show
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty (alto sax Raphael Ravenscroft)
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
Emily (alto sax) - Paul Desmond
Bass Sax Quartet - Deep Schrott
Desafinado/Girl From Ipanema (tenor sax) - Stan Getz
Smooth Operator (tenor sax) - Sade
Careless Whisper (alto sax) - George Michael
Save the Best for Last - Cologne Sax Quintet
Lip Service - Andy Scott's Sax Assault
Your Latest Trick (tenor sax) - dIRE sTRATS
Ravel Bolero - Mi-Bemol Sax Ensemble
Hit the Ground Running - Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band
25 Plus - Quintessence Sax Quintet
Dr Who! - Jim Cheek
Mr Curly-Contra Bass Clarinet - Linsey Pollak
Flight of the Bumblebee - Martin Frost
Solfeggietto - Eddie Daniels
Sing, Sing, Sing - Clarinet Choir
Belly Dance - Ivo Papazov
Sweet Georgia Brown - Benny Goodman
Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin
Toccata & Fugue - Squonk
In A Sentimental Mood - Marcus Miller
Movimento Perpetuo - Massimilano Montanaro
Inspector Gadget Beatbox - Greg Pattillo
Jazz Flute Quartet - Peter Guidi
Anthropology - Rachel Rodgers
The Flight of the Bumble Bee - James Galway
Titanic - Karin Leitner
Remembrance - Matt McKay
The Legend of Ron Burgundy - Will Ferrell
Free Lesson Offer:
Rob is now offering a free no-obligation 30 minute initial lesson or consultation, to prospective new students.
Lessons are available in a convenient location in Eastbourne or alternatively in your own home. Home visits can be in Eastbourne, towns and villages around Eastbourne.
Over 20 years performing experience in:
* Big band/dance bands
* Solo instrumental
* Saxophone & clarinet quartets
* Jazz trio/quartet/quintet
* Dixie/trad bands
* Function/tribute bands
* Pit orchestra/bands for theatre/musicals
* Wind orchestras/concert bands
* Symphony orchestras
* Original work studio recording
In addition to on-to-one tuition, Rob has managed a saxophone quartet and a jazz quartet, led big bands, and is a regular tutor on saxophone play-days.
Rob has attended many instrumental courses, receiving guidance from well-known artists and educators including Gerard McChrystal, Andy Scott and Sarah Field.
"Rob is an extremely accomplished musician who teaches my 12 year old son the Saxophone. Tom finds him a calm, patient and inspirational teacher and his playing has improved enormously under Rob's expert tuition. Rob imparts his musicality and knowledge in a way that goes far beyond the weekly lessons."
"Rob taught my daughter the clarinet for several years up to grade 5. The lessons were very enjoyable as Rob ensured a variety of music and also encouraged playing duets to improve confidence. I would recommend Rob to pupils of any age or ability."
BH Tunbridge Wells
"Rob has been a fantastic saxophone teacher. I started with him as an older student one year ago at level zero-no sight reading-no anything. Through his skill, patience, encouragement and enthusiasm, he has imparted to me, not only the ability to play the saxophone, but also a love and appreciation for the instrument and the music it can create. In addition to continuing with my lessons, I now also play in a band and am able to enjoy the sociable aspects of the experience. Rob has a great balance and use of abundant knowledge, immense experience and aptitude. You inspire me Rob! Thank you! "
"Rob has been my saxophone teacher for about 18 months and I have really enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) my lessons with him. He is very patient, thorough and explains things well. We work on a range of music and I am set realistic goals to achieve, so I feel as if I am progressing. I can thoroughly recommend him as a music teacher. "
"I'd been playing a few years but had got stuck and felt I needed help, not just with tone and technique, but with accurately reading jazz. Rob's lessons have been great. He's endlessly patient and hugely knowledgable. And fun."
"As an elderly person, I made an attempt to teach myself to play the clarinet, this was not successful. My thoughts turned to lessons, and I made an enquiry at Bonners and they gave me Rob's business card. Rob encouraged me from the start and under his guidance and expert tuition over the last fourteen weeks has seen much improvement in my playing and understanding of music. The lessons are most enjoyable."
"I would highly recommend Rob Sansom as a teacher of young students. He is friendly, approachable, and makes learning fun and accessible. My daughter's clarinet playing has progressed significantly in the 6 months she has been learning with Rob. Lessons include duet playing, improvisation and she is encouraged to bring along music which is relevant and interesting to her. Now she is keen to learn, looks forward to her lessons and, crucially, practises!"
"Since taking lessons from Rob my playing has improved dramatically. His knowledge of different styles of music (jazz, blues, classical and rock) combined with his creative approach to learning and teaching has meant my playing has come on in leaps and bounds. Through his support and encouragement he has persuaded me to join a band; something never thought I would do. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone taking saxophone lessons."
"Rob taught my son both clarinet and saxophone to grade 5 level and worked on his GCSE performance piece for which he received A* grading which was just brilliant! I took the plunge as a parent to see if Rob could teach me to play the flute. I am so pleased to report that I am taking weekly lessons and loving it. Rob is patient beyond belief. He creates an ideal learning environment for both children and adults. I would highly recommend him and feel so happy to be finally at my age learning to play beautiful flute music. Thanks Rob. Maggie"