Rob Buckland Saxophone Workshop

Rob Buckland Saxophone Workshop, 17th and 18th October 2020

Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire.

NEW for 2020, a saxophone workshop with Rob Buckland, head of saxophone at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). We welcome Rob Buckland to JazzSmart in 2020, for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of learning all about the saxophone. Sponsored by Henry Selmer Paris. There will be sessions on:

  • Saxophone ensemble playing
  • Core technique – a chance to go back and ask those fundamental questions
  • Exploring how the saxophone works, and how humans work, and how to combine the two efficiently
  • Jazz Technique for the Classically trained player
  • Building a practice routine to achieve constant results
  • Discussions around the psychology of practice and performance

“I am really looking forward to working with the Jazz Smart team presenting this weekend of workshops. Regardless of previous ability or experience, we will explore the mechanics of good saxophonic practice, from the technical fundamentals that are so frequently overlooked, to combining techniques to add levels of sophistication to your playing, build confidence and trust in your technique, and look at ways to move your playing on to the next level. Bring and open mind and a note book!!” Rob Buckland

Spend a weekend with Rob Buckland, author of Playing the Saxophone, an in-depth book on the saxophone. The central ethos of the book is based around an incredibly detailed analysis of the complex combinations of many many techniques involved in playing Just One Note, designed to open your mind and ears to the incredible diversity of sounds available to the open-minded and forward thinking saxophonist.

5 years in the writing, developed over 15 years of teaching at the RNCM in Manchester, and over a quarter of a century working as a professional Saxophonist in a wide variety of settings, from Concerto and Recital soloist to member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet and my Equivox Trio, working with some of the UK’s finest orchestras, playing with bands such as the Michael Nyman Band & SaxAssault and recording many film and TV soundtracks, this book has been designed for the serious Saxophonist, who wants to bring their playing to the very highest level.

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and secure. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact at or by calling 07708 091675 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

As an approximate guideline; be able to play around Grade 4 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 4 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
We provide a hot lunch each day and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £135.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm