Trumpet Great, Prozone friend and Yamaha performing artist Wayne Bergeron will be performing at "Under the Bridge" on 5th March with the Craig Wild Big Band. Get your tickets from www.underthebridge.co.uk while you still can - See you there!Read more...
Massive GR trumpet mouthpiece re stock order arriving today. Completely re vitalising our vast stock of these fine mouthpieces. Particularly popular and in demand are the Wayne Bergeron range of GR mouthpieces. GR sales are at a record high, drop in store for a thorough testing session or call us to arrange trials via mail order. GR will change your life, so find THE ONE!Read more...
Why buy from PROZONE MUSIC?
Experience: Years of experience in all areas of the music business give Prozone Music’s team the knowledge to guide you in the right direction when choosing your instrument or accessory. From trumpeting in the Phantom of the Opera and the LSO to advising at instrument manufacturing facilities in around the world, we’ve done and seen most things relevant to our business so you can be assured you’re in safe hands.
The best deal you can find anywhere: We will match any real price you can find if we’re not already offering the best deal! As one of the UK’s largest suppliers of instruments we benefit from bulk buy discounts from the manufacturers ensuring that we offer great value to our customers. We offer great value and amazing discounts to all our customers, so don’t waste time surfing around- buy it here!
The widest choice in the country: We hold one of the widest selection of woodwind and brass instruments and accessories in the country. Hundreds of brass and woodwind mouthpiece options. If you are tired of just looking at pictures and reviews on the internet, drop in for a testing session to see which proves to be the right choice for you. We have a large display of instruments and are happy to get out from our store anything you don't see. For the best experience, let us know when you are coming and we will do our best to reserve a practise studio free of charge for you so that you can make your choice in peace, Prozone Music staff are always on hand with advice if required but happy to make the tea if not…. Your purchase experience is guaranteed to be a pleasurable one!
MEET THE TEAM:
THE BRASS GUYS (OWNERS AND BROTHERS!):
Will Watson (TRUMPET) - Bmus Hons ARAM LRAM:
Began playing the trumpet at the age of 7 and as a young player he was principal trumpet of the National Youth Wind Orchestra. After studying at The Royal Academy of music with great trumpeters such as Rod Franks and John Wallace, Will freelanced in London playing with some of the UK's best symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. After a trial period as Principal trumpet of the Birgmingham Royal Ballet, Will decided to see what else interested him and in 2002, Will accepted a position with Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments as European Sales representative. During this time Will traveled extensively around the world visiting the companies many manufacturing facilities and advising on product development. In addition, the experience gained at many international trade fairs has given Will an unrivalled knowledge of the instrument manufacturing, sales and distribution business. In 2005, Will began working for Conn-Selmer USA as the UK sales and marketing manager. Responsible for the sales of the great American brass and wind lines such as Vincent Bach, Leblanc and Conn, Will gained a fantastic insight into the manufacture and distribution of the instruments upon which so many of us rely. Today, Will is playing professionally again and plays either a Bach 2C or Schilke 12A4A mouthpiece and a Bach 37 ML Bb trumpet.
Tom Watson (TRUMPET) - Bmus Hons ARAM LRAM
Tom was born into a musical family in Hertfordshire, and showed a flare for playing the trumpet from the age of just 4 taught by his father James Watson, a prolific international soloist and session trumpeter. Tom took a place at the Royal Academy of Music in 1997, where he completed a degree with first class honours. Whilst still at college, he began to enjoy a varied professional freelance career, and was guest principal trumpet with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for nearly a year, an orchestra based in Germany, where he performed under Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Sir Neville Marriner and others. Since then, he has been fortunate enough to have played alongside some of the most prolific musicians in the world. Tom can be regularly found performing or recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and many other of the UK's finest orchestras. Tom performed with the Pittsburg (USA) Symphony Orchestra at the BBC PROMS in 2001. He also held a position at the West End production of Phantom of the Opera for 2 years.
Commercially, Tom has played in sessions or concerts for well known artists including Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli, Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Grace Jones, Ed Hardcourt, Gem, Karl Jenkins, Sarah Brightman, Cast and Victoria Wood. Tom also played trumpet in the orchesra at HRH Golden Jubilee celebrations ‘Party At The Palace’ playing with mega stars including Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, and Joe Cocker.
Some of his film work has included recording the scores for the movies Disney Pixar's - "BRAVE", “ERAGON” , "STORMBREAKER", "DONKEY OTE" and "ALADIN". He has also been involved in the filming and production of a movie adaptation of Mozart’s’ ’The Magic Flute’ directed by Kenneth Brannagh and Steven Fry.
Other commercial credits include music for Plusnet Broadband ad, The BAFTA awards, Sony Playstation 3, Cadburys cream egg, Lloyds Bank, Shipmates and Ladettes to Ladies (channel 4), Gellert (S4C) and many others.
Recent work sees him completing a UK tour with acclaimed singer Andrea Bocelli, recording Karl Jenkins's 'Music of the Spheres' at Abbey Road Studios and performing Mahler's 6th Symphony under Valerie Gergiev with the LSO.
Tom also works as an MD/conductor on various projects including legendary UK crooner TONY CHRISTIE'S new album 'Made in Sheffield' and for internationally renowned harpist Catrin Finch which involves arranging charts and conducting the sessions.
Tom Plays a Yamaha Chicago Custom Bb Trumpet and a GR 66M mouthpiece
THE WOODWIND GUYS:
Adrian Woods (ALL SAXES, CLARINET & FLUTE)
Adrian has spent many years working for some of the UK's leading brass & woodwind specialists advising players of all standards on saxophone, clarinet and flute.
He has played with and continues to give equipment advice to many well-known sax players such as Snake Davis, Courtney Pine, ‘Blue’ Lou Marini (Blues Brothers), Benny Golsen, Maceo Parker, Andy Sheppard and many more.
A keen, busy sax player of more than 30 years, Adrian continues to play in various bands focussing on soul, blues, funk and Jump Jive with a twist of jazz.
When not playing with bands or selling and giving woodwind advice, Adrian teaches sax and clarinet to Grade 8 standard.
Adrian plays the family of Selmer Mark VI and Yanagisawa saxes with Dave Guardala and Yanagisawa mouthpieces and Rico Select Jazz reeds, Selmer St Louis clarinet with Charles Bay mouthpiece and Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic reeds, Selmer Privilege Bass Clarinet with Vandoren BD5 mouthpiece and Vandoren V12 reeds and Miyazawa 202E flute.
ADRIAN is always happy to help give playing hints and tips. Even to the most challenging beginners!
THE ENGINE ROOM:
(Store Manager, Brass Technician, Mail/Web Order,
Web Site, Brass Advisor, Logisitcs Manager)
Mark Blakeney (Trumpet, Sound Engineer, 70's cop show pin up)
Mark Blakeney joined Prozone Music in 2009 as a work experience placement....one of many that year. Due to his unfaultering hard work and attention to detail, Mark was given a position shortly after his work experience ended as we could not go back to life as it was before we had Mark! He is now an integral part of the team and can be found many performing a mulittude of different roles and keeping the engine running. If we can't find it, Mark will put his hands on it in seconds. In 2011, Mark graduated from Amersham College with flying colours where he studyied Music Technology. Along side Prozone Music, Mark is also building his own home studio, writing his own tracks, working in london studios and DJing and sound teching in clubs and at festivals. He is particularly proud of his Lions' Mane Hair do and if he's not playing Trance/funk Music on his Wheels of Steel, he loves nothing more than kicking back with a martini, slipping on the aviators, some starsky and hutch on the TV and some Funky Disco on the 4 track. Yeah Baby. Mark was recently made Prozone Music Store manager and Brass Technician and pretty now pretty much runs the joint. Not bad from starting out as the tea boy!!!
THE TECH DEPARTMENT - REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS
Graham de Vere White (The Jolly Repairer) - WOODWIND
Graham De Vere White is one of the most highly respected instrument repairers in the UK. With a long carrer in instrument repair and maintainance, Grahams knowledge in this field is as full and varied as it gets and as such attracts pro and advanced players from 'the business' all around the country. As professor at Merton College, Graham taught many of the instrument repairers working today in the UK - Now dividing his time between his own Hitchin workshop and Prozone Music (along side a highly active social life with his lovely wife), Grahams calm and friendly manner will leave you confident that your instrument is in the best possible hands.
Adrian Jarvis - BRASS REPAIRS AND CUSTOMISATION
After studying instrument repair at Merton College, Adrian has worked for some of the most popular music retail outlets in the country acting repairer and consultant. Since the early days, Adrian has worked for instrument manufacturing giant Besson (where he helped develop the Prestige Cornet with Roger Webster) and in high class plating houses FH Lambert and Flowers (now Osprey platers). Adrian's experience in retail, manufacturing and repair make him an un-rivalled source of knowledge when dealing with old or new instruments. Adrian is an Edwards approved repairer and has himself been playing Edwards Bass and Tenor trombones for 15 years. Adrian has played within the brass band scene since he was 9 years old and currently plays in professional big bands and show pits alongside his work with the RAF Halton Wind Band. Adrian currently has a workshop on site at Osprey platers and is on site at Prozone Music on Wednesdays and other times by appointment.