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Mick 'have sax, will travel' from the Sunny Isle of Cyprus

Tadpole

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Hi peeps
Just found this site, what a great way to talk to other saxy people. Been playing since the tender age of 15, when I joined the Army and they dragged me kicking and screaming into the regimental Band, but then I never looked back. They started me on clarinet, but it didn't take me long to discover the magic that is the Saxophone, I'm 61 now going on 19, and still love the sax now, as much as I did when I first saw a bright shinning tenor sitting in it's case in the band instrument store. taking the first step and spending 4 hours that evening trying to get to grips with it. Since then I've played pro, semi pro, and now semi pro again. Just getting myself established in my new home in Cyprus. Originaly from UK, spent 20yrs in the forces.then another 20yrs in Police service. Spent 10 yrs in the wilderness when I had to sell my saxes, and didn't do anything at all musicaly. That all changed when I divorced and re married, one of the first things my new wife did when she found out I was a sax player, was go out and buy me a sax, haven't looked back since. HAPPY DAYS!
Looking forward to some great chats on here.
Mick aka Tadpople
 

kevgermany

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Big welcome from me. Good you got your saxes back. Glad you found us. Have fun!
 

Young Col

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Hi Mick. You've got a year on me and .....many more years experience!
My ensemble leader is in his 70's and was an Irish Guards bandsman. Still a very good player.
Enjoy the forum.
YC
 

TomMapfumo

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Hi Mick!

A Big Welcome from the Skabertawe Funk Collective down by yer in Wales, like, boyo! What a nice wife. My 2nd wife is a kind purchaser of instruments for the Collective - especially soprano saxes and trumpets! Too many sax players just do not consider remarriage as a way of dealing with GAS problems, and just live a life of eternal compromise and disappointment......

My father died in Cyprus 18 years ago, and my hairdresser in Norwich was vehemently from the south of the Island. I'm less keen on the sherry, and never been there on hols.

Anyway, great to have you on board, and hope you enjoy the banter on the forum.
Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 

Jeanette

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Hi Tadpole

A big welcome from me too, I am sure you will enjoy the forum. Watch it tho it can become addictive;}

Jx
 

Two Voices

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Welcome to Cafe! I'm sure you'll have a ball! You never said what Saxes you like to play or what kind of music you like. We’re nosey buggers on here you know ;}

Unlike Tom and yourself, I found remaining single after my divorce meant that I had more cash for GAS :))) It’s coming up to my tenth “I’m Free Anniversary”. I wonder what I should buy myself :)))

Happy blowing,

The Fozster :cool:
 

Sunray

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Hey Hey Tadpole ...

Nice intro mate ... :welldone

There are a great bunch here, who will always try to help out and have fun ...

I am sure you will compliment the membership nicely ... ;}

Now - Swing the light and I'll tell you about some my "Active Days" ... :w00t:

*Salute* :)
 

Taz

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Welcome to the cafe! You don't say what regiment you were in, I'm just curious 'cos a good friend of mine played sax with 3 Para band.
 

johnboy

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Welcome aboard Mick, I've really lost it since finding this lot, I hope you succumb as well! dive in and enjoy the fun :cheers:

John.
 

Tadpole

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I was a 'Viking' aka 1st bn Royal Anglian Regt. and if your friend was my era, then we certainly chewed some of the same dirt. I was here in 72, Cyprus that is, and 3 Para came over on a UN tour. The bands got together for concerts at the Curium amongst other things, and we used to socialise, A LOT!!!
 

Tadpole

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Hey Fozster, it's not being nosey, it's inquisitive! I play a Howarths Tenor, with a Lawton 6*B mouthpiece, using Van Doren Jazz reeds 2h, also a Yamaha Alto, using a Rico 5b plastic mouthpiece and the same reeds as for Tenor, but the Alto version obviously! and a Jupiter straight soprano with the original mouthpiece and La Voz reeds, medium hard. My favorite music is Jazz, and I'm into all the greats, Bird, stan Getz, Paul Desmond, Steve Marcus, Ben Webster. Art Pepper, Coltrane. I also like some of the new boys as well, snake Davis, Derek Nash, wesley Mcgoogan, to name but a few. Having said all that, I will play anything, at the moment I make a little pocket money playing with backing tracks in the bars, restaurants and hotels in my area( they're not great lovers of Jazz here!) so there you are, hope that satisfies your curiosity for a while, but feel free to pose more questions if it hasn't!
 

Taz

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I think you may well have met. I'm sure he was in Cyprus around then. His name is Brian Wall, obviously know as Wally.
 

Tadpole

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Taz, yeah I think I remember Him, ask him if he remembers me, I was called Taddy then(short for Tadpole)and he would probably remember Holly Hollingsworth, Steve Raines, Dougie Stewart and a few more!!!
 

Sunray

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On that subject ... [Small World]

I'll email him shortly! Small small world!
Whilst swimming in the red sea [Aden] The Lido ...

Up popped my "next door but one" neighbour [from back then before I got a sax Tom] ...

I was in The 1st Royal Sussex from 1964 - 1974

Guess where we both lived then Tooting :shocked:
 

Tadpole

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Sunray, you see if you had been living in Norfolk then, YOU would have been a 'Viking' spooky HUH!
 
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