🎷 BetterSax Level-Up Weekend 🎷🎷 11th - 12th May 2024 🎷

Double Tree by Hilton, Outwood Lane, Manchester, M90 4WP

🎷 BetterSax Level-Up Weekend 🎷🎷 11th - 12th May 2024 🎷

Double Tree by Hilton, Outwood Lane, Manchester, M90 4WP

BetterSax Level-Up Weekend - 11th / 12th May 2024

AB Workshops and the Saxophone Orchestra Manchester (SOM) are proud to present the BetterSax Level-Up Weekend with Jay Metcalf at Doubletree by Hilton, Manchester Airport.

Following on from Jay’s very successful event with AB Workshops in 2022, this will be bigger and better: instruction on improvisation, ensemble playing, rhythm workshops and advanced techniques.

The weekend will be full of workshops, specifically tailored to a range of abilities.
Beginner (grade 1-3)
Intermediate (grade 4-6)
Advanced (grade 7-8+)

This event is sponsored by; Henri Selmer Paris, Odisei Music, JodyJazz, Studio Bricks, JJ Babbitt, Marca France, Tomplay, Groovy Rascal, sax.co.uk

Jay Metcalf (BetterSax)
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Saxophone Orchestra Manchester
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Why Attend This Weekend?

Are you looking to enhance your musical understanding, technique, and confidence on the saxophone? Look no further! This exciting weekend is brimming with opportunities to learn from a diverse group of music professionals:

  • Jazz Improvisation with Jay Metcalf (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)
  • Saxophone Masterclass with Jody Espina (JodyJazz) (Open to all)
  • Ensemble Playing with Saira Clegg and a full professional rhythm section (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)
  • Rhythm Workshop, getting to grips with the dots with Adam Hall (Beginner)
  • Mouthpieces, Ligatures, and Reeds, understanding how your setup impacts your sound with Matthew Hodson (Beginner and Intermediate)
  • Advanced Techniques, overtones, altissimo, phrasing, shaping, and jazz articulation with Zack Smith (Intermediate and Advanced)
  • Saxophone Maintenance, top tips to keep your saxophone in shape by Tom Regan of West Yorkshire Woodwind (Open to all)
  • Personalised Mouthpiece Fitting with Jody Espina. Limited spaces, pre-booking recommended (One on one sessions – open to all)

Join us for a weekend filled with knowledge, growth, and the joy of playing the saxophone!

What Else Is There?
  • A comprehensive trade fair including; Selmer Paris, Odisei Music (Travel Sax 2), West Yorkshire Woodwind, JodyJazz, Studio Bricks, sax.co.uk, Groovy Rascal
  • “Cocktails and Jam” session on the Saturday evening with Jay Metcalf and a full professional rhythm section. (Cocktails available from the bar for an additional cost)
  • FREE delicious buffet lunch on both days
  • FREE unlimited tea and coffee provided throughout the weekend
  • FREE cakes and pastries on both days
  • FREE parking at the hotel
  • Discounted hotel rooms for delegates (subject to availability)
  • Lots of opportunities to connect with sax players from across the UK and beyond
  • VIP package available

This weekend will be packed full with learning and fun. Jay wants to connect with people and there’s no better way than doing that in real life. A sense of community, making lifelong friends along the way. Whether you’re a beginner starting out on your musical journey, an intermediate player looking for that next challenge or an advanced player looking to improve your skills from world class educators, this weekend has something for you.

Join us in this immersive experience, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Who and What Is This Event For?
  • Beginner (approx grade 1-3)

  • Intermediate (approx grade 4-6)

  • Advanced (approx grade 7-8+)

  • All saxophones (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)

  • Improve Understanding of Rhythms and Pulse

  • World Class Masterclasses and Workshops

  • Confidence Building

  • Improve your Ensemble Playing

  • Improve your Improvisation

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Who Is Your Team For The Weekend?
Jay Metcalf (BetterSax)
Jody Espina
Saira Clegg SOM

Jay Metcalf – BetterSax Founder

Jody Espina – President of JodyJazz, Professional Saxophonist and Educator

Saira Clegg – Professional Saxophonist and Music Educator

Andrew Blee AB Workshops
Adam RBL

Andrew Blee – Owner of AB Workshops, Professional Saxophonist and Educator

Adam Hall – Music Educator

Zack Smith – RNCM Saxophonist – Final Year Student

Matthew Hodson

Matthew Hodson – RNCM Saxophonist – Final Year Student

Details about the optional VIP Package

VIP Package includes….

  • Exclusive hang with Jay (cocktail hour)
  • FREE BetterSax Level-Up Weekend T-Shirt
  • 10% off your next AB Workshop
  • 10% off a SOM Weekend
  • Signed photo with Jay
  • Freebies from sponsors

Please note there are limited VIP tickets available!

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Specifics About The Weekend
  • Based at the wonderful Double Tree by Hilton at Manchester Airport, with excellent facilities
  • Two full days of tutor lead sessions, six sessions per day
  • Suitable for the following instruments: Saxophone
  • Workshop runs from 10am – 5.30pm each day, with two 30 minute breaks and a 1.5 hour lunch break
  • A Buffet lunch is included (including requirements such as vegetarian, gluten intolerance etc)
  • Refreshments; Unlimited tea/coffee with refreshments
  • Complimentary stationary
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Price is £250 for two days
  • VIP Package optional at an additional £50
  • FREE daytime parking. Note: Overnight parking is £15 per night
  • On-site accommodation (subject to availability). Not included in the price, please book direct with the hotel
  • Safe, simple, secure. We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before, simply BOOK ONLINE
  • Payment plan scheme now available; pay £25 upfront and then pay monthly by direct debit for the balance

Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact us at hello@abworkshops.com or by calling 07711 998058 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

Frequently Asked Questions

This weekend is for all levels, even for people who have never played in a group. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced, you will be placed into a suitable group for the reading and improvisation workshops! Beginners/Intermediate also have rhythm workshops while advanced players have sessions on overtones, altissimo and jazz articulation. We will send out a detailed questionnaire to ensure you are placed in the right groups!

We welcome all standards of player, and will have sessions running for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Yes! We have specially designed the weekend so each level gets bespoke workshops!

Yes! We welcome players from all over the World, no matter if you are from the UK, Europe or further afield you are welcome!

You will need your saxophone, saxophone stand and a music stand.

No, but we bet you will! Even for those that have never improvised before this weekend is a great opportunity to try it for the first time! But if it’s not for you, don’t worry, you won’t be made to do something you’re not comfortable with.

Some sessions are music reading based, but we cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced, so even if you’re relatively new to this it will be a good opportunity to try and improve your reading as part of the weekend.

Participant Information

Open to everyone.

Beginner (approx grade 1-3)

Intermediate (approx grade 4-6)

Advanced (approx grade 7-8+)
You will need to bring your own instrument, instrument stand, and music stand.
Price for this two day workshop is £250 with an optional £50 VIP package available (subject to availability).
A buffet lunch is included, along with unlimited tea and coffee and bottled mineral water.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9am onwards
Session one: 9.30am – 10.30am
Morning break: 10.30am – 11am
Session two: 11am – 11.50am
Session three: 12.05pm – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2.30pm
Session four: 2.30pm – 3.15pm
Session five: 3.30pm – 4.20pm
Afternoon break: 4.20pm – 4.45pm
Session six: 4.45pm – 5.30pm
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.

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