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Win a JP245 alto saxophone

by Administrator 24. October 2012 09:03

JP245 alto saxophone

JAZZWISE Magazine has joined forces with JP Musical Instruments, to bring musicians the chance of winning a fantastic JP245 alto saxophone which featured in the Jazzwise Instrument Review section of the May issue.

The JP245, which sells for £763, is a beautifully finished instrument in yellow brass with some tasteful floral engraving that not only adorns the bell, but also the body. Qualiy is the keyword, with blue springs, solid screws, metal reflectors and calf pads. In the playability stakes Jazzwise gave it the thumbs, describing it as being a free and easy blower with crisp keywork, clear altissimo and a full-bodied, well defined lower register. Jazzwise were also mightily impressed by its extraordinary dynamic range. 'This is some sax!', they said. Road ready, it comes in a lightweight, denier covered semi-solid, plush lined zippered case.

How to win!

To win this great instrument, just answer the following question. Who played the alto saxophone on the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Out album? What it: Bud Shank, Art Pepper, or Paul Desmond.

Send the answer together with your name and address and an email contact to Alto Sax Competition, Jazzwise magazine, Streatham Business Centre, 1 Empire Mews, Stanthorpe Road, London SW16 2BF or email your answer to and market the subject line 'alto sax competition'.

The first correct answer out of the hat wins the saxophone. Strictly one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

To see the saxophone in action, click here to see a video...


Dobcross Silver Band wins David Thornton!

by Administrator 26. January 2012 11:50

John Packer Ltd are delighted to announce that the winner of the Butlin's "Win David Thornton" competition in association with Sterling Musical Instruments is Paul Clough from the Dobcross Silver Band.

Paul has asked for David to perform with the band at one of its concerts at the world famous Dobcross Band Club and we will be publishing the dates as soon as they are arranged.

Dobcross were one of 65 bands that entered the competition to have the services of the Sterling Euphonium artist and Solo Euphonium of the Brighouse and Rastrick band and we are sure that it will be a fantastic event!


How to win David Thornton...

by Administrator 13. January 2012 09:17


WE'RE delighted to offer the fantastic David Thornton as a prize at this year's Butlin's Mineworkers Brass Band Competition in Skegness, January 27-29.

David plays solo euphonium with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band, and is highly regarded.

Anyone at the event can enter, all they need to do is fill in a form and at the end of the weekend one lucky winner will be plucked from a hat.

The prize is a day's use of David. David can:

  • Give you a private lesson of 2 hours duration
  • Be a guest soloist at a concert for your band (includes a rehearsal on the same day as the concert)
  • Conduct a rehearsal of your band or work with a section of your band (possibly culminating in a concert on the same day)
  • Give a small group masterclass
  • Give a workshop at your school or for your local Music Service

The terms of the prize are:

  • That David's services will only be applicable within mainland UK
  • The prize equates to a maximum duration of the time required to a daytime rehearsal/workshop (starting no earlier than 10am) and an evening concert on the same day. Your requirements may be of a shorter duration.
  • David is a great euphonium player, but he is only human; he cannot be used for any housework or gardening! We reserve the right to adjudicate the requirements of the prize winner.
  • There is no cash equivalent (David's time is priceless!)
  • It is a condition of this competition that the winning band must use the JP Musical Instruments and Sterling Musical Instruments logos in any publicity material connected to this event and be willing to have publicity material/banners/literature etc. on public view at the event itself. John Packer Ltd also reserve the right to have use of any images taken at the event.

JP Staff Return from Successful Skegness

by Administrator 27. January 2011 11:05

THE Butlins Mineworkers Competition in Skegness was a huge success for John Packer brass reps, Steve & Liz.

It was nice to see some familiar faces and they had a great spot (pictured). They were extremely busy and put in some very long days, along with the other 25 + trade stands.

This year's show was very well attended, with a huge appetite for musical pasta and blue juice!

Steve & Liz are already looking forward to next year's extravaganza!

French Horn Giveaway Leads to Annual Event

by Administrator 3. December 2010 10:59

THE response to our appeal for a deserving musician was fantastic; evident that there are not only some very special players who are examples to us all, but also so many very caring and supportive teachers and parents.

A very kind customer wanted us to find a good home for a Yamaha French horn they had donated. Reading the emails that we received was often a moving experience.

It was extremely hard to come up with a single winner amongst so many worthy nominations, so we took the decision to push the boat out and add something ourselves.

In addition to the original donated French horn, we sent out seven of our own instruments to support some wonderful young people. All of the recipients have, in various ways and sometimes in difficult circumstances, shown themselves to be dedicated to their music and an example to those around them.

A big thank you to all those of you who took the trouble to send in a nomination. It is our regret that wasn't possible to accede to all the suggestions.

As this was such a moving experience for us, we have decided to make this an annual process to be repeated every December!

Some of the responses we received from winners:

"Thank you so much for the wonderful news that you are donating a French Horn to one of my pupils. I know the family will be so pleased and I am sure that Josh will put it to good use. Thank you once again"

"That's fantastic news! Just in time for Christmas."

"Many thanks for your generosity in this. I know one of our children has been offered one & his parents are thrilled as I know he will be on Christmas morning when he receives it!"

"Thank you so much for the French Horn. It arrived early this morning and is now with its new owner, who is over the moon. It has certainly cheered Alexander up as he has been quite poorly recently. Mum was also really thrilled and asked me to convey her thanks. Many thanks and Best Wishes for Christmas."