Saxophonist

Verena Watkiss

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About Verena

Saxophonist
Helston
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I am passionate about music and lucky enough to be able to work as a musician.

Cornish born and bred, I learned flute and piano from an early age. I studied music at Helston Community College and joined their jazz band after taking up the saxophone. I went on to take a Jazz and Popular Music Degree at Middlesex University, followed by a PGCE in Music Education and became head of music for 10 years at a local secondary school. After being a member of both the Cornwall and National Youth Jazz orchestras, I now enjoy leading a successful local big band – Cornish Roots. As a player, I enjoy playing regularly in local bands, ensembles and shows. I am currently based in the Helston area and teach woodwind, keyboards and curriculum music in local schools.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Jazz fusion, Swing, Latin jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Motown, Funk
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Demelza P, 4 months ago

I am thrilled that Vintage Vamps are able to play at our charity festival. Having gone to school with Verena and Sarah, and heard all of them play in other bands, I am looking forward to hearing their new band.

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Gemma A, 4 months ago

This band were amazing. I loved the vintage theme, with all my favourite modern songs covered. They were very professional and kept great contact through the booking. I would highly recommend Vintage Vamps!