East Anglian children ‘blast off’ in concert after just one day’s tuition


More than 200 children from primary schools in East Anglia have performed in a concert for parents and teachers – after just one day of learning beginner brass instruments.

Hosted by Royal Hospital School, Ipswich, the children were given one day’s tuition on brass instruments provided by Warwick Music Group – creators of pBone and pBuzz – in a unique scheme called ‘Blast Off!’

Warwick Music Group sponsored the event in conjunction with Hayes Music with masterclasses given by some of the UK’s leading trombonists including Gordon Campbell, principal trombonist of the BBC Big Band, and Simon Minshall, Chairman of the British Trombone Society.

Using pBuzz – a new beginner instrument in plastic designed by Warwick Music Group (who developed the world’s first plastic trombone pBone) – they learnt how to use a brass instrument mouthpiece, breathing techniques, rhythms and slide positions. pBuzz has the same note-range as a recorder often used in early years music and can be played by children as young as three years old.

Jonty Hines, who has recently joined Warwick Music Group as Key Account Manager, paid tribute to the children, staff and organisers for what was an energetic and hugely stimulating day.

“To take children, some of whom have never played an instrument before, and enable them within a day to perform in a concert is outstanding,” he said.

The final performance included pieces by Quincy Jones Soul Bossa Nova and James Brown I Feel Good accompanied by the workshop leaders and musicians from the Royal Marines School of Music.

Richard Harvey, Bandmaster at the Royal Hospital School and event organiser said: “It was a brilliant day and we’re really pleased that so many schools from across the region signed up.

“The pupils involved have had the opportunity to try beginner brass and we’ve spotted some real potential for great musicians of the future. I hope that some of the children will be inspired to continue with brass.

“pBuzz and pBone are such a good first step and an easy introduction to playing that I think some of them will. It’s been wonderful to have Gordon Campbell, Simon Minshall and the Royal Marines here to work alongside the children and we’ve enjoyed making a lot of noise!”