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The Heroes Band Perform Charity Concert

by Administrator 29. April 2014 14:27

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John Packer Ltd supports Phoenix Brass Band Workshop

by Administrator 10. April 2014 11:30

 

JOHN Packer Ltd & Sterling Musical Instruments are sponsoring Phoenix Brass Band's May workshop with David Thornton.

David Thornton is a highly experienced euphonium soloist who plays Sterling instruments. He is no stranger to running workshops, having successfully run one for John Packer Ltd previously. The workshop is open to all ages with the aim of learning about playing, improving musical skills and having some laughs along the way.

The workshop takes place on Sunday, May 25th at Wadham School, in Crewkerne. It costs £10 per person and runs from 9.30am-5pm.

John Packer's will have a stand at the workshop; with a variety of brass instruments and accessories available.

For more information about the workshop and to book, click here.

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Stop Being a Music Lover - be a Player Instead!

by Administrator 4. March 2014 11:28

Learn to Play Day

On Saturday, April 12th, John Packers will be taking part in the Nationwide Learn to Play Day. The day is an opportunity for anyone who’s ever had an interest in playing a musical instrument from piccolo to a tuba to explore moving from the concept to the reality!

Our experienced staff will be on hand to demonstrate and talk about the different instruments and show how to get the first sounds. This will very much be a hands on event to give the potential player the best introductory experience.

There will also be special deals and low cost hire schemes - from £15 per month - to enable customers to move from being a listener into a player with the least financial commitment. We will also have details of a myriad teachers in the local area to ensure that the player has the best chance of success.

 

Tell everyone you know!

NB. Please bring ID if considering hiring.

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Benny Goodman's Legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert- starring Pete Long & his Goodmen!

by Administrator 24. February 2014 12:16

Pete Long and his Goodmen take to the stage to recreate the legendary Benny Goodman Concert in 1938.

Bandleader and clarinettist Pete Long (Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, Echoes of Ellington and ex-sax star of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) presents a superlative recreation of one of the greatest concerts in jazz history. Benny’s line up that night included stars such as trumpeters Harry James and Ziggy Elman, drummer Gene Krupa and pianist Jess Stacey.

It was also the first time ever that black and white jazz musicians appeared together on the concert stage in the USA with Lionel Hampton on vibes, Teddy Wilson on piano and stars of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras making guest appearances.

Pete Long and his musicians have gone to great lengths to re-create this concert, including original arrangements, period instruments and even the stage seating plan. The result is an evening of fabulous music that swings like crazy, it’s a great night out not to be missed! Yamaha are kindly supporting this event.

The concert takes place in the Queen's Hall at Queen's College, Taunton from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults, and £10 for concessions (students, OAPs etc.). Click here to buy yours!

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JP Symphonic Wind Band Day 2014 Review

by Administrator 4. February 2014 10:32

On Saturday the 1st of February, the foundations of the main hall at Richard Huish College were shaken to their core by the massed talents of around 90 of the best musicians in the southwest. The latest in a sequence of workshop/play days, this one was under the baton of the inimitable Pete Long whose own talents have taken him into the top session player league via Itchy Fingers, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Jools Holland, Paul McCartney, The Stereophonics (among many more) and innumerable recording sessions for top artists. The standard of musicianship was top drawer from all those in the ensemble and the repertoire was enhanced by arrangements by the renowned Michael ‘Mac’ McDermott (check spelling) who was present during the event. The event was honoured to play some his arrangements for the first time outside a military band context.

With Pete’s encouragement the band generated an incredible sound as it went through a playlist dedicated to Movies and TV – Jurassic Park, Eve of the War (from Jeff Wayne’s War of the World’s); ending with a rousing medley of ‘cop’ themes like Hawaii 5-0, Cagney and Lacey and Hill St Blues.

Perhaps the most significant endorsement of the event is from many of these talented players who immediately signed up for the next event as soon as the final concert was over.

You can see photos from the day on our Facebook page by clicking here

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Polish up your brass at our Brass Band Workshop!

by Administrator 24. January 2014 15:39

Dr Robert Childs

Spring 2014 marks John Packer Ltd’s third Brass Band Workshop, featuring Dr Robert Childs as guest conductor for the first time.

Brass musicians far and wide are invited to the workshop taking place at Richard Huish College, in Taunton on Saturday 29th March, from 10am-5pm.

Dr Childs needs no introduction as a well-known and highly regarded figure in the brass band world and so this special day offers the opportunity to glean many pearls from his musical expertise.

Repertoire on the day includes the following:
        Walking With Heroes - Paul Lovatt Cooper
        Suite from Stabat Mater - Karl Jenkins 
        An American Tale - Dan Price
        Brassed Off Fantasy - Dan Price
        1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky

While this is an informal event, the aim is to provide a high standard of
performance and to enable those attending to have fun, gain experience and hopefully go home a better musician than when they arrived!

Tickets for the event are £8.50 each and must be pre-booked. This day
features challenging music, so musicians must be of an advanced standard.
Please bring a packed lunch, your instrument and a music stand.
Registration from 9am for a 10am start. The day will end at 5pm.

The event is organised with the kind support of Besson.

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For the Love of Wind!

by Administrator 24. January 2014 14:11

The celebrated wind section of Britten Sinfonia take centre stage on Valentines Day (February 14th), in a concert at Milton Court Concert Hall, London, which includes Mozart's Gran Partita - a towering masterpiece of the wind repertoire.

In addition, BBC Young Musician of the year, clarinettist and composer, Mark Simpson, has been specially commissioned to write a new work and esteemed pianist, Imogen Cooper directs Beethoven’s Quintet in Eb for piano and winds.

All information on the concert can be found here: http://www.brittensinfonia.com/concerts/events/view/imogen-cooper-wind

Imogen Cooper piano/director
Mark Simpson conductor*
Britten Sinfonia wind

Mark Simpson Geysir (World premiere tour)*
Beethoven Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, Op16
Mozart Serenade No. 10 for winds in  Bb major, K361 "Gran Partita"

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New Denis Wick Paxman Mouthpieces Now in Stock!

by Administrator 16. January 2014 16:37

Denis Wick Paxman French Horn mouthpieces

Denis Wick and Paxman have collaborated to produce a set of revolutionary new French horn mouthpieces.

Tim Jones, a friend of Denis Wick, Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and Director of renowned horn makers Paxman, worked with Denis on the trial of these remarkably different mouthpieces. Initially Tim thought the shape would not work, but was immediately hooked after he tried it!

These new mouthpieces use a radically different outer shape to the well-established internal shapes developed over the years by Denis Wick and Paxman. The result, an unusual outer shaped mouthpiece with the endorsement of Paxman giving great credibility.

The range covers a broad spectrum of sizes from 16.55mm to 18mm stemming from the Denis Wick 5N, 6N, 7N, and Paxman 3B and 4B internal dimensions, whilst also using some traditional cups for the smallest sizes, giving a total of 7 models that will join the similar Heritage range of mouthpieces for trombone, cornet and tenor (alto) horn.

While the look of the mouthpiece is a big departure from the traditional ‘funnel’ shape of other mouthpieces, the internal sizes and rim profiles are completely conventional, giving an immediate, easy response (particularly in the high register), providing smooth legato playing with a really beautiful just-heard overtone structure to the sound.

In a world where to stand out from the crowd is sometimes not easy, we very much feel that the benefits of this design make it worthwhile to dare to be different!

To find out more, or arrange a trial, please contact our brass department, by calling 01823 282386 (option 1), or email steve@johnpacker.co.uk

Click here to buy

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CASS Members Receive Special Discount

by Administrator 15. January 2014 11:34

John Packer Ltd has been a long term supporter of CASS, and for many years has offered a special 20% discount* to its members.
To receive your unique discount code simply contact jean@johnpacker.co.uk

*Terms & Conditions apply: Offer valid for 20% off clarinet and saxophone accessories, not including reeds which are already heavily discounted. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotional discounts. Offer not exchangeable for cash. Offer subject to change without notice.

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John Packer Goes Mobile!

by Administrator 10. January 2014 10:22

The John Packer mobile webiste will go live on Tuesday, January 14th, making it even easier to browse our website and make orders while you're on the go!

The website is fully optimised and compatible with all major devices. So, if you find you're suddenly without a decent reed, or in need of more valve oil, a couple of clicks and we'll have your order processed and ready to go!

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about the new site please feel free to post on our facebook page or tweet us.

 

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