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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:


(OWNERS AND BROTHERS!):


Will Watson (TRUMPET) -  Bmus Hons ARAM LRAM

Will 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, John Wallace and his father James Watson, Will freelanced in London playing with some of the UK's best symphony orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and top chamber ensembles. After a trial for Principal trumpet of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, he decided to see what else the world had to offer. Will joined Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments as European Sales representative. During this time Will travelled 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. Later, Will began working for Conn-Selmer USA as the UK sales and marketing manager. Responsible for the sales and promotion of the great American brass and wind lines such as Vincent Bach, Leblanc, Selmer 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 2.5C or Schilke 12A4A mouthpiece and a Bach 37 ML Bb trumpet. Actively playing in brass bands, Will chooses to play a GR67 #7 mouthpiece and a Yamaha Neo Bb cornet with gold brass bell.

 

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 playing has seen 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 has also worked 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 BRASS GUYS:

 

Mark Blakeney (Trumpet, Brass Specialist & Brass repair technician)

 

Mark Blakeney joined Prozone Music back 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 central 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 venue DJ'ing as a sound technician in clubs and at festivals.

Following training under Adrian Jarvis, Graham de Vere White and at the Yamaha HQ, Mark is now making a name for himself as the go-to brass technician for many of the countries top pro brass players.


Giovanni Re "Gio" (Trumpet) Brass Specialist:

Born in Palermo,Sicily in 1981, Gio grew up in Baucina a small  Village near Palermo , He began playing trumpet in the Community band when was 11 years old . Later , he studied trumpet in Palermo at  the Music Conservatory “V .Bellini”  with Pasquale Cecere and Nicola Genualdi  after gained the trumpet postgrade in 2002 he auditioned to be part of the  La Scala Opera House Music Academy in Milan  - as a freelance trumpet player in Italy, he has performed in the most famous Italian concert halls with Symphonic and Opera Orchestras including:  La Scala Opera House, Arena di Verona , Teatro dell Opera di Roma, Teatro Massimo di Palermo , Francesco Cilea Philarmonic , Musica Riva Festival Philharmonic , Ente Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, University of Milan Orchestra, Tolkeniana Symphony Orchestra - In 2008 Gio decided to move to London to develop his Career  as Orchestral and Solo in UK , Since arriving  in the UK he has  worked and studied with  :  Paul Mayes ,Gerry Ruddock, Philippe Schartz and Colin Clague.

Gio is now an established and well loved freelance player and soloist in the UK. His work is varied and includes playing with many Orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and various recording sessions. His own projects include a trumpet and organ duo , Brass Septet and others chamber groups . A leading educator and trumpet pedagogue he holds post with Richmond Music Trust and Kingston Music Service and has recently began a tutor for the English Brass Academy.

Gio is really friendly and never lets anyone leave without a smile.

Gio plays a Bach Stradivarius S18037 with a Bach 1 1/4 C #24 Mouthpiece

 

 



THE WOODWIND GUYS:

Gavin Tate-Lovery (Sax, Flute, Clarinet)

 

 

Gavin studied at Trinity College of Music where he played in the Trinity Big Band under the direction of Bobby Lamb. He was invited by William Bennett to play guest recitals on his annual flute master class courses . He played on the original LTJ Bukem Earth albums at the same time he had his own jazz quartet which worked around the UK and Asia. As a doubler he has also worked with the Matthew Herbert Big Band, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Katie Melua album launch at Ronnie Scotts and has been the chair holder on West End shows including Top Hat and Cats as well as depping on shows such as Wicked, 42nd Street, Chicago, Young Frankenstein, Book of Mormon, The Producers and has worked with acts as diverse as Sandy Toksvig and Ronnie Corbett. He will be combining working at Prozone with his freelance work around London, most recently he has been working on a show at the Menier Choclate Factory and has played on the forthcoming Steel Pulse album.




Graham de Vere White (The Jolly Repairer) - WOODWIND REPAIRS

 

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.

 

 

 


BRASS REPAIRS:

Prozone Music has an extensive in house repair service for all brass instruments. Normal repairs, servicing and specialist part fitting are all performed 'in house' at a very reasonable cost by our Brass specialist technician Mark Blakeney. We endeavour to maintain a fast turn around in order that you aren't without your instrument for long! - On the spot repairs are accomodated where possible by appointment. Fixed quotes are given when you drop your instrument in to be assessed.

Additionally, we use several out of house work shops for more speciailst customization, plating, lacquering and refurbishment work. Prices and timescales are discussed when you drop in your instrument and we can discuss what you need doing. 


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