Meet Nigel McGill, Founder of Sax School

I’m passionate about helping you to achieve your dreams on saxophone – whether that’s playing for family and friends, playing in a band, or sharing videos on your own YouTube Channel.

Big Bands, Orchestras, TV Sessions, Festivals, Musical Directing…

I’ve been lucky to have performed in just
about every aspect of the music business for decades.

My saxophone playing has taken me around the world and
onto some of the most famous stages.

In fact, as a “first call” player for all styles from
jazz to blues and rock and roll to classical I’ve
had to learn a lot about playing sax.

But, my favourite thing is sharing these skills with
my Sax School students!

Whatever YOUR playing goals are from pop to jazz,
beginner to advanced my team and I have the
knowledge and experience to help you get there, fast!

Let me help your achieve your dreams on saxophone, with Sax School.

Get started today.

Nigel uses Silverstein Works ligatures, Legere Reeds and Theo Wanne mouthpieces.

Let Me Share
My Story


It all started at school!

Like lots of musicians, my first introduction to saxophone was in the school band  program in North Queensland, Australia.


Performing Career Starts

I began working professionally in my late teens with jazz groups, big bands and even national broadcasts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra!

I performed at the iconic Manly Jazz Festival in Sydney and played concerts around the country with the Australian Army Band, Royal Military College, Canberra.



Band leader and Musical Directing

As Musical Director for P&O and Princess Cruises based in Los Angeles, I worked all over the world conducting nightly performances in 1000+ seat theatres and managing a team of 40 musicians.




UK Big Bands, touring and more.

Moving to the UK in 2000 I became involved with the vibrant UK Big Band scene performing hundreds of shows, leading big bands and conducting UK and European tours.


Award Winning “Rat Pack” show

For a decade I managed the big band for the award winning show “Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas” for seasons in London’s iconic West End theatres and on tour around the UK, Europe and USA


Thousands of club shows, festivals and touring dates

Throughout the 2000’s I toured extensively with UK rock and roll artist Dominic Halpin for shows around the UK & Canada and private shows for celebrities including Simon Cowell.


Youtube career starts

I began sharing my saxophone knowledge on Youtube which has now reached over 8.6 million viewers.



Sax School welcomes first students.

Wanting a better way to help adult players to learn saxophone faster, and have more fun I created the Sax School lesson library and private membership community.  The new easy to follow lesson format quickly reached thousands of learners in over 70 countries and became the leading place to learn saxophone online.


Superstar Player Masterclasses at Sax School

Members get access to regular in-depth masterclasses with the very best players around today including the legendary Tom Scott,  Leo P, Tom Politzer (Tower of Power), Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon / Rolling Stones) and more.


Growing tutor team

Our members get access to our growing team of tutors for ongoing help and support so they always know what to work on and are never stuck.


Sax School Weekender

Members from all over the world come together for our first 2 day intensive saxophone camp in Yorkshire, UK which featured guest teachers, classes for all levels and a mega saxophone choir performance!


Over 10,000 students helped!

Today thousands of students just like you use Sax School to improve every day. Our lesson library is packed with over 700 step by step lessons, 60+ courses and a huge catalogue of masterclass recordings from the best players in the world. To date Sax School has helped over 10,000 students to reach their playing goals, many going on to start their own Youtube channels, join bands and even make albums!

Why not join them? Join Sax School Today.

Meet Our Team

Nigel McGill

The man with the Sax School vision. International touring sax player and band leader. Teaching saxophone is Nigel’s passion.

Fred Vigdor

Sax man with Average White Band, touring and recording pro, and YOUR Sax School tutor. How is awesome is that?

Dean Hilson

Australian SKA and Blues touring legend Dean will help you supercharge your tone and improvising skills.

Chris Camm

Performing and recording on sax and keys, songwriter and arranger, tech whizz and Sax School Tutor – you definitely want Chris on your team.

Joel Purnell

As Principal Lecturer in Jazz Sax for over 20 years at the prestigious Leeds Conservatoire, Joel is considered one of the top jazz educators in the UK.

Clair Wright
Head of Marketing

Sax School’s Cheer-leader in chief. Community choir member, guitar-dabbler, band mum and all-round music fan.

Richard Wright
Student Success

Drummer / Videographer and superstar at making sure our members are happy.

Anna Allsopp

Queen of the spreadsheet. Anna watches the numbers so we can all focus on playing music.

Sax School is
to help you…

We only want you to pay if you actually LOVE using Sax School! So join below to try out our lessons completely risk free. If it’s not for you, simply cancel your membership within 90 days and contact support for a full refund.


Cost Comparison

Education can be expensive. But mistakes and wasted time is far more costly.

  • Music Academy $42,000/Year
  • Private Lessons $2,600/Year