OUR PLAYERS

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Abigail

I’ve been playing the saxophone for 7 years now and started when I was 10 years old. The reason for starting was because my teacher of 7 years came to my school to convince us to learn a woodwind instrument and I couldn’t say no to playing the saxophone! I’ve always loved jazz and funk music so when I got the chance to play a instrument that was such a big contributor to that music, I was really excited.

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Briony

It all started on a Tuesday towards the end of session 2015-16 in my busy wee school.
Youth Music Initiative offered the school a visit from a Saxophone group. This ‘group’ was led by Richard Ingham and comprised 4 Aberdeen University Music students who were sharing their learning.

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Cathy

Like many people I played an instrument at school, went up through the grades on clarinet. And although I didn't get saxophone lessons, I was given a council saxophone to borrow so I could join the school big band. I loved it, loved the sound of a group of saxes together playing blues-y chilled out stuff.

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Emily

I started playing saxophone while at primary school and have now been playing for 8 years. I have been playing in bands from the age of 10 and have been in the saxophone orchestra for two years.

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Glen

When I was 9 years old my Dad brought me back a didgeridoo from Australia and found I could play it really well, so my mum suggested I should think about playing an instrument. Having researched a lot of instruments I decided I loved the sound of the saxophone and began lessons through school.

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Maggie

I have been involved with the Aberdeenshire Saxophone orchestra for around 7 years now. The saxophone orchestra gave me my first opportunity to play the soprano saxophone, even lending me the instrument to practice with at home.

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Peter

Whilst out for a motorbike run when I was 16 years old, I stumbled upon the Rothbury Folk Festival and hearing the fantastic session music, so full of life and fun, I was hooked on playing. Being a poorly paid apprentice all I could afford was a ...

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Scarlet

I started playing flute in primary through the Aberdeenshire council lessons and soon after, I picked up the saxophone. Flute and saxophone are very similar fingerings and so learning flute gave me a head start when teaching myself saxophone. I started playing saxophone in school bands and then my flute teacher told me about Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra. I decided to go.

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Zoë

I started playing music at the age of 9 with the oboe, discovered I had a talent and rose through the grades, adding in bassoon when I was 13. I achieved Grade 8 in both when I was 15 and decided to focus on the bassoon. My background is classical and though I chose a scientific career as a geologist, I have continued to play bassoon with various orchestras as I have moved around Britain.

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Bebhionn

Having not actually received any proper saxophone lessons at all, I feel being a part of the orchestra has pretty much made up for that. It’s allowed me to become a better and more confident player, especially through playing in the quartet.

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Bruce

I've sung in choirs and played folk guitar for many years. I had piano lessons when I was a chid and any love for the instrument was beaten out of me by the two elderly piano teachers who tried to beat it into me.
It was quite by chance that I chose the saxophone really.

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Dave

I taught myself to play sax in my late 20’s and I payed in local bands on and off over the years.
I chose the sax after seeing a local Indie band featuring a sax player who was a friend of a friend.
I play in the Inverurie Concert Band, the Aberdeen Concert Band and in Macswing, a swing band based in Aberdeen.

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Emma

I have been playing the saxophone for around 6 or 7 years now and am receiving lessons from tutors at Aberdeenshire music centre. I first chose to play the saxophone as I had been playing the guitar and I really enjoyed music and the saxophone seemed like the coolest instrument. So when I was offered the chance I was more than keen.

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Karol

I first picked up the sax in Loriston Primary school aged 8, when a woman came in with a selection of instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone) for people in our primary to try out for 6 months and I immediately fell in love with the saxophone. Since then I have passed my grade three and grade 5 saxophone exams, started learning drum kit and developed my knowledge of music theory.

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Morven

I started playing the recorder and we got lessons at primary school. When I went to Portlethen Academy and we got the opportunity to learn an instrument, I chose the tenor saxophone.

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Ross

I started playing music at a very early age when I was given piano lessons about the age of 5. My teacher then once said that I had a good ear. I was furious as I thought I had two good ears, lol.

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Sonia

I first started playing the saxophone in my mid thirties. Although I had been very involved with music throughout my school years, with piano lessons, recorder, percussion groups and choirs, I drifted away from playing music until my mid thirties, when, following a major illness which caused serious problems with my lungs, I decided to try saxophone playing, as it was an instrument I had always fancied trying; so as part of my rehab, I thought it would be a fun way to get my breathing back on track.

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Ben

When I look back at the reasons why I decided to study music I have to acknowledge the role that the Saxophone Orchestra has played in my decision go on and study music. I joined the Saxophone Orchestra when I was a very inexperienced young saxophonist and I quickly found that the orchestra was a fantastic way of getting me to interact with and learn from more experienced players, in a fun and relaxed setting.

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Caroline

At 7 years old I got the opportunity to play the recorder at school. These were whole class lessons and a great chance to play. Progressing to high school and a bigger recorder- my dad suggested that I ask the music teacher if there was anything else I could play.

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Derek

When I retired in 2004 after 30 years offshore I decided to learn to play an instrument. I bought a guitar, a piano and a soprano saxophone. I was asked to come back after 2 years and took the most practical, the sax. I was allowed to practice on the helideck only, but there were complaints that I was scaring away helicopters, and the Standby vessel thought that the platform had set off an emergency stations alarm. 


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Foss

In my 20s I had a lot of musical friends on the folk scene, including the founding members of innovative folk band Blowzabella and it made me desperate to learn to play an instrument. I taught myself to read music and to play the concertina which I chose because it was portable and didn’t need tuning!

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Lexie

Music has played a large part in my life from an early age. Both close and wider family are musical. When I came to Banff in 1962 I was given the option of continuing piano lessons or starting lessons in Voice. I chose the latter and was tutored by the late Harold George and had success in both the Aberdeen and Banffshire Music Festivals. I have also sung in various choirs over the years.

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Norman

I learned to read music at school in Huntly and an opportunity arose to play a musical instrument for the school orchestra. I wanted to play the trumpet but there was only a trombone so I played that in my last 4 years. I also played in a community wind band and there was a saxophone player who produced a beautiful mellow sound on a tenor sax. I vowed that one day I would play it.

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Sam

I started learning the sax when I first entered Ellon Academy, about eleven years ago now. My parents encouraged me to try learning an instrument, as it had been very positive and constructive for my older brother.

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Tim

I played no music at all until about the age of 35, when a relative left me some money, and I bought a flute. I had lessons via the school music programme in Hertfordshire where I was living. My wife used to get letters telling her that Timothy was making progress on his instrument, and would she like to go to a concert where all the pupils would play. I was there with the 12 year olds!