Author: Steven Greenall

Meet our pPal…Andy

Meet our pPal…Andy

Andy Ward, Logistics Operative Andy joined the WMG team early this year – and he’s in charge of the final stage in the journey from us to you. As Logistics Operative Andy coordinates much of our shipping and distribution sending instruments all over the world from our Leicestershire warehouse in the heart of the English […]

pBuzzers give premier performance

pBuzzers give premier performance

Children from Pennthorpe School in East Sussex have joined forces with children from Gresley Colliery Youth & Training Bands to give their debut public performance. Brass Bands England, in partnership with Warwick Music Group set up a brand new competition last year designed to help bands and schools start up new learner ensembles.  The ‘Create […]

Jefferson Intermediate Traditional School pBuzz Case Study

Jefferson Intermediate Traditional School pBuzz Case Study

Dawn Forsythe, Jefferson Intermediate Traditional School in South Bend, Indiana Dawn has taught music at Jefferson Intermediate since 1996 and a highlight in that time has been achieving Gold at ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association). Jefferson is a public school with approximately 600 students in Grades 5 – 8. There are 6 classes of […]

Meet our pPal…Lydia

Meet our pPal…Lydia

Lydia Marshall, PR and marketing Lydia has been part of the PR team for WMG for two years and supports and coordinates all things media relations and copywriting. She has entered WMG successfully for several awards, and especially likes being able to tell the stories around how our instruments improve access to music education. Lydia […]

Gilbert Public Schools pBuzz Case Study

Gilbert Public Schools pBuzz Case Study

Brad Seagraves, District Department Chair for elementary band in Gilbert, Arizona Brad has taught in the district for 28 years. He teaches grades 5-6 before they progress to junior high level, and sees his students 2-3 times a week for 40 mins. In his time as a music educator, Brad has seen Gilbert grow from […]

pInstruments take over Pear Tree Primary

pInstruments take over Pear Tree Primary

The WMG education team recently visited Pear Tree Primary School, Nantwich to take on perhaps their largest-scale project yet – getting the entire school playing pInstruments in one day! Our pPals Becca, Jonty, Darren and Helen tackled the challenge of getting 250 children playing 250 instruments at Pear Tree Primary. Although some of the children […]

Denver Public School pInstrument Case Study

Denver Public School pInstrument Case Study

Dorothy Pino, Denver public schools Dorothy has been a teacher for 7 years. Having taught in a high school previously, she recently started teaching at Maxwell Elementary School, a K5 school with 560 pupils whom she sees around 5 times a month each. The reaction to the instruments was really positive Music literacy was a […]

Meet our pPal…John

Meet our pPal…John

John Yuan, QC Manager John joined the WMG team in October 2012 with a background in mechanical engineering. He is based in Guangdong province, China. He has worked in technical and engineering fields for over 15 years, in various roles including tooling designer, process engineer, project manager and QC manager. John’s role currently is to […]

WMG Launches New Chocolate Mouthpiece Range

WMG Launches New Chocolate Mouthpiece Range

A new range of special mouthpieces is coming to our pShop this Easter – with a twist… Bag yourself a chocolate mouthpiece for a tasty treat whilst playing. Your scales will sound smoother, your phrasing more luxurious and there’s a bonus sweet taste. A fusion of silky chocolate and versatile plastic, these mouthpieces are perfect […]

Easter Egg Hunt…

Easter Egg Hunt…

Not keen on all that chocolate? Fancy something a bit different – how about a musical Easter treat instead? This Easter weekend we have a special kind of egg hunt for our customers. If you visit our pShop and find a colourful Easter egg, simply click on the egg to reveal a surprise code for […]

The maths and science behind plastic sound

The maths and science behind plastic sound

Last year, I had the great privilege to visit the head office of Scholastic Education in New York. Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide. Needless to say, I was intrigued why […]

The WMG Mums on Why Music Matters

The WMG Mums on Why Music Matters

We’re busy celebrating women this week – musical, mums and otherwise – what with International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday just a few days apart. We think it’s important to let people know why music matters to the women – and mums! – in our team. To mark a musical Mother’s Day this year, we’ve […]

Meet our pPal…Eden

Meet our pPal…Eden

Eden Shang, Asia Pacific Sales Coordinator Eden joined the team at the end of 2017 and is located in the Guangdong province of China. Eden’s background is in business trading and with five years’ experience in sales, she works to drive WMG sales in Asia. Eden lives near Hong Kong with her husband and two […]

pBuzz case study

pBuzz case study

Manny Munoz, Salvation Army School Music Director Manny has worked as School Music Director at The Salvation Army in Clearwater, Florida for two years.  The Salvation Army has an established tradition with brass instruments in churches, outreach and music programmes. pBuzz worked really well as a fun starter brass instrument Online resources helped guide the […]

Schoolchildren in Australia try out pBuzz

Schoolchildren in Australia try out pBuzz

“We have been lucky enough to pioneer the use of pBuzz in Australia and our whole school music program has come alight as a result. One of the best decisions I have ever made… pBuzz rocks!”  – Tony D’Amore, Principal at Oatlands Public School Schoolchildren in Australia have been the first in the country to […]

Meet our pPal…Darren

Meet our pPal…Darren

Darren Lea, Development Manager Darren works to develop links between WMG and various arts and educational organisations in order to open up learning opportunities for youngsters of all ages. He began brass and percussion lessons at school at the age of 7, and is from a brass banding family. Darren’s dad conducted the then Rolls […]

Meet our pPal…Katie

Meet our pPal…Katie

Katie Ruigrok, Bookkeeping and Administration Katie started with Warwick Music Group in February 2018 is really looking forward to supporting the WMG team and our wonderful customers. Katie has a degree in Politics and Sociology from Aston University (where she met her husband and the father of their 3 children). Most recently, she has worked […]

Meet our pPal…Jonty

Meet our pPal…Jonty

Jonty Hines, Key Account Manager Jonty is one of our newest recruits – welcome on board, Jonty! He will be handling a lot of our sales activity so be sure to say hello if you come across him… Jonty previously worked at Normans Musical Instruments for over 14 years, and has first-hand experience dealing with […]

The NAMM Show 2018

The NAMM Show 2018

Held in sunny Anaheim, California every January, The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, and concerts from our $17 billion global industry. Warwick Music Group (“WMG”) has been attending the show since […]

Meet our pPal…Kate

Meet our pPal…Kate

Kate Greenall, Social Media Manager Kate has been part of the WMG team since 2010 and is the friendly face behind all our social media accounts, so be sure to say hi! Kate began playing the clarinet aged six and went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. When not […]

Meet our pPal…Keith

Meet our pPal…Keith

Keith Dye, U.S. Educational Consultant Keith has been part of the team for 13 months, and is a trombonist based in Texas who was a public school band director for 20 years. In that time Keith has directed many bands as well as being a professor of music education and administrator at Texas Tech University […]

Philadelphia Elementary Schools Buzzing in Largest WMG USA Partnership

Philadelphia Elementary Schools Buzzing in Largest WMG USA Partnership

Nearly 150 elementary schools in the School District of Philadelphia will be pioneering pBuzz in classrooms, enabling thousands of Philadelphia children to explore the benefits of playing instruments as part of WMG’s largest partnership in the US. Frank Machos, Executive Director of the Office of The Arts & Academic Enrichment in Philadelphia, recently announced a […]

Meet our pPal…Phil

Meet our pPal…Phil

Phil Doyle, Financial Controller Phil began working at Warwick Music in April 2014. He has worked in finance for 27 years, and during this time has worked in a broad spectrum of industries – however the manufacturing of plastic instruments has to be one of the more unusual things he has accounted for… Phil looks […]

Meet our pPal…Santa

Meet our pPal…Santa

Meet our pPal…Santa Santa Claus, Delivery Facilitator Santa is one of our honorary seasonal staff – we only work with him once a year but it’s safe to say he works harder than the rest of the team put together. He manages to cram worldwide deliveries into the space of one night, with the help […]

Innovative Technology Partnership (antimicrobial technology).

Innovative Technology Partnership (antimicrobial technology).

WMG have renewed and extended the partnership with BioCote Ltd, a world leader in antimicrobial technology, for a further three years. The partnership dates from September 2014, when, with Coventry-based BioCote, WMG launched pTrumpet as not only the world’s first all-plastic trumpet, but the first trumpet with antimicrobial protection. BioCote’s silver ion additives, which are […]

New partnership with Brass Bands England to attract young players

New partnership with Brass Bands England to attract young players

New partnership with Brass Bands England to attract young players We’ve recently announced a new partnership to attract more young people to brass, alongside a nation-wide competition to engage youngsters. Working with Brass Bands England (BBE), this significant new initiative will provide a key foundation for BBE’s future strategy aimed at introducing and sustaining the […]

Meet our pPal…Chris

Meet our pPal…Chris

Chris Shea, Asia Sales and Project Development Manager Chris joined the WMG team 18 months ago, following 4 years working in the music industry in China. With a wealth of experience gained from 20 years working in business in the UK, Chris made a life changing move to China in 2011. Chris develops exciting and […]

Lancashire Music Service “Playworks” Brass Day

Lancashire Music Service “Playworks” Brass Day

On Sunday 29th October, approx 60 young brass players took part in a very enjoyable and exciting day of music making. The event was held at Lostock Hall Academy in Preston, from 10am – 4pm, organised by Lancashire Music Service and led by Helen Minshall. Leyland Band sponsored 3 tutors; James Nash (cornet) Ashley Jeffers […]

Meet our pPal…Steven

Meet our pPal…Steven

Steven Greenall, Chief Executive Steven gets the long service award for having been with WMG for 21 years! He started playing trombone at the age of nine, and hasn’t stopped yet… His interest in music led him to set up Warwick Music. In 2007 he was approached by Hugh Rashleigh with the idea for the […]

Meet our pPal…David

Meet our pPal…David

David Clarke, PR and marketing David has been involved since the start of the pBone revolution, by way of a remarkable coincidence… Back then, David’s daughter was playing trumpet and cornet for Royal Spa Brass Band and regularly gave a lift to Hugh Rashleigh, who lived in the next village, to brand practice. Hugh was […]

pBuzz in Australia – meet Julie

pBuzz in Australia – meet Julie

Discover the joy of music in seconds, learn to play in minutes and enjoy for a lifetime – pBuzz, a completely new musical instrument, is now available in Australia. Originally a music publishing company, Warwick Music Group (WMG) diversified to become makers of a series of internationally acclaimed and award-winning plastic music instruments. The innovative company’s […]

Meet our pPal…Matt

Meet our pPal…Matt

Matt Pope, Operations Director Matt has been part of the WMG since 2011, and comes from a long line of musicians. He started playing the trumpet aged 13 and hasn’t put it down since. He had the privilege of playing the trumpet at the Royal Albert Hall which is a memory he’ll never forget. Matt […]

Meet our pPal…Dan

Meet our pPal…Dan

Dan Ashton, Digital Product Developer Dan has been on board at WMG for five years. He’s our webmaster; he is responsible for overseeing all of our websites and a lot of the online output. He’s done a lot of the work behind the scenes on our new pShop and has seen our offering grow from […]

Introducing the pBuzz into the General Music Classroom

Introducing the pBuzz into the General Music Classroom

We kicked off a series of education-focused webinars as part of our mission to reach teachers and to make a difference to the lives of as many children as possible, with our pInstruments. Last week, we held a webinar to engage with teachers and demonstrate how pBuzz is the ideal elementary school instrument, the perfect […]

Music education needs social harmony

Music education needs social harmony

The opening of the £57m state of the art flagship Birmingham Conservatoire (principal: Julian Lloyd Webber) prompted a thought provoking editorial in The Guardian. Steven Greenall, chief executive of Warwick Music Group, believes that music education needs to focus on the base of the pyramid.  Music need not and should not become the ‘preserve of […]

Webinar Invitation – ‘Introducing pBuzz to the Classroom’

Webinar Invitation – ‘Introducing pBuzz to the Classroom’

I would like to bring an exceptional opportunity to your attention for the “TMEA 2017 Elementary Music Instructional Support Program”. I am inviting you to a special webinar introducing you to the pBuzz! The pBuzz is an incredible new instrument for all ages that matches perfectly with all the other instrumental music you incorporate in […]

Primary School pBuzz Project

Primary School pBuzz Project

Year 1 and 2 pupils at Hilton Primary School, the largest primary school in Derbyshire, took part in a pBuzz Project this year. As pBuzz celebrates its first birthday this summer, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back at their journey. Designed for little hands, robust, colourful and fun, pBuzz is […]

Meet our pPal…Becca

Meet our pPal…Becca

Becca Pope, Publishing Manager, Education Consultant, pShop Co-ordinator Becca has officially been with WMG since 2012. One of her many roles is as education ambassador for the company, which involves going into schools and the local community delivering projects and encouraging children and adults alike to join the pFamily. Becca studied trombone at the Royal […]

Little Kids Rock, Rockfest 2017

Little Kids Rock, Rockfest 2017

Little Kids Rock invited Warwick Music Group to present and participate in the 2017 Rockfest for Modern Band in Fort Collins, Colorado from the 28th to the 31st of July. In total about 400 music educators and administrators attended the conference. David Wish, the LKR Founder, and his team have already achieved exceptional results since […]

June is Make Music Month for would-be musicians everywhere

June is Make Music Month for would-be musicians everywhere

The team behind pBuzz is on a mission: to get as many people as possible to pick up an instrument for the first time – and just play! It’s all part of “make music month” – to encourage all those who’ve yet to play music to give it a go. The first-time initiative, which is […]

New Partnership with St. Louis Music

New Partnership with St. Louis Music

Warwick Music Group is delighted to announce a new partnership with Missouri-based St. Louis Music, which will be distributing our complete range of award winning instruments in North America – pBone, pTrumpet and pBuzz. Mark Ragin, President and CEO of St. Louis Music commented, “We are excited to represent the full line for this range, designed […]

The world’s first all-plastic air guitar

The world’s first all-plastic air guitar

We are delighted to launch our latest innovative instrument: pAir, the world’s first all-plastic air guitar. The lightest air guitar on the market, pAir is in the mould of Warwick Music Group’s other plastic music instruments in being lightweight, affordable, and virtually indestructible. Aimed at anyone old enough to hold the guitar, pAir is set […]

Start Your Legacy

Start Your Legacy

We’re keen to encourage people to think about their musical legacy and reflect on the journey they have embarked upon as musicians throughout their lifetimes. We have initiated a community-based campaign for musicians and we would like to encourage your participation. Please share images of yourself today or at a younger age and of those that […]

2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

We were delighted to hear that pBuzz has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Music Education Product category in the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, or the ‘Oscars of the Music Education World’, which celebrate excellence in music education. We launched pBuzz in June 2016 and in the few short months since, […]

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