Ask RiotACT: Where can I play my sax?

waggamick 18 October 2017 2
Ask RiotACT

I retired and learning the saxophone was on my bucket list. With no musical background or any experience with reading music I purchased an Alto Saxopohone and started taking lessons. Two years later and the addition of a Tenor sax I have reached the point where I would like to experience playing music with other musicians.

Not at the level where joining in jam sessions around Canberra would be an option I sought out other possibilities of joining a group of blokes my age to jam with. Unfortunately, the Mens’ Sheds and the like don’t appear to offer that opportunity.

Does anyone know if such a musical group exists in Canberra?

If not…. is there anyone out there that would like to have access to and/or form such a group?

I have no set ideas on practice venues or the ideal structure of such a group but I envisage it being open-ended, inclusive and with the emphasis on fun. I’m open to suggestions regarding musical style with a leaning towards jazz standards and the like.

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2 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Where can I play my sax?
dreamlikecheese dreamlikecheese 10:48 pm 23 Oct 17

Canberra City Band has a development band called the John Agnew Band. It’s a good group that meets once a week on Tuesday nights and plays a range of concert band music. or

laughtong laughtong 2:46 pm 20 Oct 17

Contact Tuggeranong Valley Band. They are on Facebook and the web. They run 2 bands with one more of a learners band. or

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