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Founder


John Packer

John Packer

Founder

John Packer started his woodwind and brass business nearly 40 years ago. From humble beginnings with a small woodwind repair shop in Taunton, Somerset, his reputation quickly grew. John was well known for his expertise and great customer service in the UK and across the world. Both a musician and trained oboe maker and repairer, John has since consulted on the design of instruments for a number of major manufacturers including Yamaha, Boosey & Hawkes and Schreiber. John has used his experience to create a multitude of features on the JP range of instruments which are now popular across the globe. This process is ongoing with regular trips to the factory to work with the technicians actually on the production line.

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Directors


Annie Gardner

Annie Gardner

Director

Having spent her formative years in Devon, Annie joined John Packer Ltd in June 1994 and became a Director and Company Secretary later that year. Her financial background was formerly in hotels, but after initially being the only the member of the Finance Department when she first came to John Packer’s, she now has a strong team around her who help her keep an eagle eye on the finances of the company.

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Rob Hanson

Rob Hanson

Director

Hailing from Yorkshire, the true home of British Brass Bands, Rob was destined to join his local Brass Band and had a glittering career over many years playing in the UKs finest brass bands. Having joined John Packer Ltd almost 20 years ago he now oversees the company’s sales and marketing strategies including the JP Musical Instruments brand.

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Specialists


Steve Herbert

Steve Herbert

Brass Specialist

A former Royal Marines musician, Steve joined John Packer Ltd in 2004 as our resident brass boffin and, more recently, events organiser. As a French Horn player, he plays in a variety of local bands, ensembles and orchestras and is highly involved in the South West music scene. As a true musician, Steve and is always on the look-out for the next big thing and is happy to discuss everything brass related including concert and brass band enquiries.

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Tom Francombe

Tom Francombe

Brass Specialist

From a very young age, music has been a passion of Tom’s. A tuba player who has represented Great Britain in the National Youth Orchestra, performing all over the country and even playing at the BBC Proms. Tom studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Music, and in that time worked with some of the world’s leading conductors and sharing a stage with Elton John. Now back in Somerset, Tom spends his spare time performing with street bands and jazz bands as a tuba/sousaphone player, playing cricket and walking his dog, Milo.

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Alice Brooks

Alice Brooks

Woodwind Specialist

Alice is an up and coming clarinetist currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she specializes in harmony clarinets as well as the traditional Bb/A instruments. Born and raised in Somerset, she enjoyed the music scene from an early age, be it on clarinet, saxophones or piano. She has been studying the clarinet for 10 years and is currently studying under Fiona Cross and Ian Mitchell (Bass). Some previous teachers include Dr Kevin Murphy and Sue Francombe. Alice gained her DipABRSM performance qualification in the spring term of 2013 and was also a finalist in both the Two Moors and Taunton Young Musician festivals during this time.

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Andy Still

Andy Still

Woodwind Specialist

A leading voice in the local musical community, Andy is a talented clarinet player and Assistant Musical Director for Taunton Concert Band. Andy is a highly experienced member of the John Packer Ltd team and oversees our shop on Staplegrove Road in Taunton, Somerset. As an Ex-Army Band Musician, Andy is also well equipped to deal with saxophone queries of all standards.

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Marketing


Jean Broadbent

Jean Broadbent

Marketing Coordinator

Jean did school work experience at Packers on Wood Street in 1997, and it was serendipity that she became a fully-fledged member of staff ten years later after studying piano and oboe at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and obtaining a piano performance diploma with Trinity College London. In the early days Jean worked on the shop floor dealing with double reed enquiries, before utilising her experience in local and national media to work in the Marketing Department. While largely desk-bound she will still happily assist customers with specific double reed needs.

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Stuart Fowle

Stuart Fowle

Digital Marketing

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Education


Matt Sherwood

Matt Sherwood

Education Representative

A keen trumpet player, Matt grew up spending most of his free time playing with his school and county music groups. He went on to spend 5 years at Canterbury Christ Church University, gaining an undergraduate and masters degree in Music. Matt joined us in 2015 and has committed to ensembles of all styles in the local music community since making the move to the South West.

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Workshop


Gary Dickinson

Gary Dickinson

Workshop Manager

Gary is a stalwart of John Packer Ltd having worked alongside John Packer since its inception. With over 30 years experience repairing woodwind and brass instruments, there isn’t much Gary hasn’t seen. Whether it’s a small dent or stuck tuning slide, Gary is always on hand to see your instrument returned to working order.

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Daniel Pogorzelski

Daniel Pogorzelski

Instrument Repairer

A talented saxophonist and Jazz musician, Dan has developed his instrument repair skills over 10 years whilst in the John Packer Ltd workshop. Specialising in woodwind repairs with a focus on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and oboes specifically, Dan is also gifted in creating custom modifications to keywork and mechanism for players with additional needs.

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Administration


Odette Carter

Odette Carter

Mail order and Instrument Hire Coordinator

Odette manages all web orders placed via our website, ebay and amazon and ensures they reach you quickly and safely. She also organises our popular instrument hire scheme which gets hundreds of new players off and running. An expert on our internal systems and procedures, Odette is well placed to answer all your hire and web order queries.

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Roger Cobb

Roger Cobb

Office Administrator

Roger joined us in early 2015 but hasn’t hesitated in becoming a core part of our team. Our resident Sage guru, Roger is continuously looking for way to improve our system which in turn enables us to give better customer service. Roger is one of the first points of contact when dealing with telephone enquiries and usually the friendly voice you first speak to.

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