sax player for weddings, parties & functions


TIM CLARKE - THE SAX MAN is a freelance award-winning wedding saxophonist located on the borders of North/West Yorkshire & Lancashire.                                                                                                                                                           Not just weddings though, I play at ANY event requiring live music - birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, christenings, formal dinners etc. - even the local village Fun Day!                                                                                                                                My best-known client was a newly-elected Yorkshire MP, whose wife booked me for 3 garden parties in 2015 & 2016.  Both are now very much in the public eye - he is Rishi Sunak MP.                                                                                         Be assured that YOU are a Very Important Person to me - I go the extra mile for everyone and treat each person I meet with the utmost professionalism,respect and friendliness.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SAXOPHONIST TO PLAY TO BACKING TRACKS, OR AS SAX & DJ?                                                  With backing tracks?  I have an extensive list of top-quality backing tracks for you to choose from (see below on how to obtain your copy of the latest version of my repertoire, divided into categories for easy reading).  Chart hits, dance tunes, music from the movies (lots of Disney!), laid-back jazz & swing, classical and even Irish, Scottish etc. etc.  I will create the mood and flavour you desire, then craft your music choices into the perfect running order to achieve it. 

Alongside a DJ?  No problem - I love playing along to your favourite club/dance tracks but also have a great knowledge of chart music across the decades, so I'm more than happy to freestyle to any hit song you request.  All you need to do is discuss your choices to your DJ, and let me have his contact details.  I will then liaise with him well in advance of your evening party to ensure I can pump up your party just as you expect!  With my state-of-the-art clip-on microphone, I mingle with you and your guests on the dance-floor - and being wireless, there's no cable to trip over!                          

OF ALL THE MUSIC OPTIONS AVAILABLE, NONE IS AS COOL AS THE SAX, WHICH IS IDEAL FOR ALL MUSIC GENRES          Tim plays alto, tenor & soprano saxes, each with its special sound quality, and clarinet - perfect for Gatsby-themed weddings, as well as for during any meal. You'll be surprised at the range of songs Tim offers you - including plenty of chart hits, dance & party tracks, favourite movie tunes (lots of Disney!), Sinatra/swing/jazz - even classics! 

YOU CAN'T PUT A VALUE ON THE MAGIC TIM ADDS TO A WEDDING - HIS SUPERB REVIEWS ARE EVIDENCE OF THAT!      Your wedding is the tip of the iceberg as far as Tim is concerned, as he sets to work immediately and develops a reassuring dialogue with you so that you are fully confident in his contribution to your big day. You're guaranteed an accomplished performance, but he also has the personality to create a fun occasion. His friendliness, passion and professionalism have been noted many times.  Wedding and event timings often fly out of the window but Tim's always flexible and goes the extra mile to guarantee the wedding of your dreams whilst he's entertaining you and your wedding party - no wonder he was awarded the Award of Excellence by top wedding site Bridebook, when it was last run.

Here are extracts from reviews from some recent weddings and parties, plus from Mr. Sunak - see all the feedback for Weddings & other Events on the Reviews pages:

               'The afternoon was a great success and you played a key part in that. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and your music set the scene perfectly. Thank you especially for your kindness to our two girls and for indulging them ......' (Rishi Sunak MP - garden party 2015)

               'Tim is incredible! He set the mood and tone for an amazing day. I could hear Tim playing soft jazz and blues as I got ready in my room for the ceremony which helped set a lovely and chilled vibe for the day. As the day progressed Tim gradually ramped up the tunes to get our guests ok the party mood and got us all dancing late into the night. I would highly recommend hiring Tim for a wedding, his set list is expansive and he is a very talented man. Thanks for all you did for us, I’ll not forget you playing Americano or Jubel for a long time!                                           (Kate Haynes - wedding 2022)

                'Tim played at our recent vow renewal. He played during the guests arriving and the drinks and photos. Tim is a genuine lovely person and nothing is too much trouble for him ..... If you book Tim you wouldn’t be disappointed'. (Sharon Cook - renewing wedding vows 2022)

                  'Tim was more than happy to accommodate all our requests, nothing was too much for him. Everyone mentioned how friendly he was and what a brill job he did. Having a saxo for the day really gave the day a special touch. Thanks Tim. You were great defo recommend'. (Heidi Allen - wedding 2022)

                 'What a night thanks Tim for making it special x Claire loved every minute of your sets as we all did x superb saxophone player and such a gentleman recommend Tim' (Nicola Shaw - surprise 40th Birthday Party with DJ 2022)

                                                                                                                                                                                            HAVING A CHURCH WEDDING?                                                                                                                                                                    I now have all the traditional wedding marches and other popular tunes with church organ backing which sound amazing on sax, especially with the acoustics of a traditional church building.

THE FIRST DANCE                                                                                                                                                                                      There is nothing more romantic than the sax for your first dance as man and wife, or for the bride and father or the bridegroom and his mother dances.  For added intimacy I can follow you on the dance floor.                                        PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AS SOON AS YOU HAVE YOUR DATE - I'M OFTEN BOOKED 2-3 YRS IN ADVANCE!     


excellent reviews & wedding industry award 2019

Tim Clarke - The Sax Man was awarded the 2019 Certificate of Excellence by top wedding site Bridebook.co.uk              in recognition of the reviews and recommendations received during 2018, just 1 review short of winning Gold!  Do read my glowing reviews from delighted brides and grooms on the Wedding Reviews page (tab above*), and party etc. reviews too. 

Wedding saxophonist certificate of excellence

 how much does tim clarke - the sax man charge?

I put the emphasis on fairness with my pricing, with a very competitive price structure: these are calculated per 'stage' of the day but you can also have a time-based price if preferred.  Don't risk disaster just to save a few £££ ........                  'The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweet taste of low price is forgotten' (Benjamin Franklin)           Your budget will also take a beating if you rely on your venue's 'in-house' entertainment: these are actually agencies with a 'one size fits all' mentality, and financially convenient for the venue - but not for you! 

    what i could do at your wedding

Welcome Drinks Reception - Unless you've already married in church, this is where your day begins.  Nothing beats the surprise of your guests seeing that you've booked some live music performed on the saxophone, but it's all the more special if you've chosen the music.  What's more, it isn't too loud to prevent conversation.                                                                     Wedding Service/Ceremony – You'll need music as your guests arrive, for your bridal entrance (the processional), for the signing of the register, for your exit as a married couple (the recessional) and as your guests filter out.                                        Photography/Canapés Interval  - Your guests will not be involved all the time you are with your photographer so why not keep the happiness flowing with more background music?  Weather permitting, I can easily join you outdoors.           Wedding Breakfast – Let me create an amazing atmosphere as you dine with a selection of mellow music - then loosen up with a sing-along to family party favourites at the end!  It beats spending a lot of hard-earned money on singing waiters - it's all included in the price!                                                                                                                                                                      Evening Interval  – Build up the atmosphere towards your evening event with my dance & party sounds on sax!             Evening Reception  – Apart from the option of sax & DJ during your 'night do' there is nothing more romantic than the sax for your first dance as man and wife, or for the bride/father or bridegroom/mother dances.  I can join you on the dance-floor for added intimacy.  Not all couples have a DJ or wedding band during the evening reception. 

                   about tim clarke - the sax man

I launched Tim Clarke - The Sax Man in 2012 but prior to that I'd developed knowledge and experience in various musical fields.  Starting on clarinet aged 11 then sax, I've performed, arranged and even composed music for many years.  I play sax in Soul Train (see below re Wedding Band), but have also played sax and clarinet in concert bands - currently Clitheroe Town Band, Lancashire - and oompah bands.  I've been MD/conductor of a clarinet group in Ilkley for 10 years as well as playing flute in the Yorkshire Corps of Drums!   

Your delight is GUARANTEED!

Even if you're unsure, get in touch NOW with your date, venue & times. Call 07917 690931, email tim.clarkinet@yahoo.co.uk or complete the Contact Form below. 

         why not chat at a wedding fair?

I've featured in wedding publications including the diamond jubilee edition of Brides magazine in 2015, and I attend wedding fairs, which are are also announced on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/tcthesaxman.                                                                                                                                                                

looking for a wedding band to fill the dancefloor?

Soul Train are an 8 piece tribute band - guaranteed to fill thefloor with Soul & Motown classics.  Made up of seasoned musicians with a wealth of experience, Tim features on saxophones in the 3-man horn section; Tim also arranged the sax and trumpet music as per the original songs for an authentically classic sound.  www.soultrainexperience.co.uk

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With one happy couple, after my sets at their Evening Reception
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