Classrooms and Bands Across USA pBuzzing with the Joy of Music
Thousands of children in schools across the USA have been having fun making music with PBuzz – the new affordable, colourful and fun brass instrument.
Developed by the team of musicians who created pBone, the world’s first plastic trombone, pBuzz is more eye catching than a recorder, easier to play than a xylophone and proving a hit with music teachers, educators and children across the US.
Designed specifically for small hands to introduce more children to the joy of playing music, it has already been adopted by the Department of Arts Education for Chicago PublicSschools, The School District of Philadelphia and is being introduced to Salvation Army Summer Camps too.
RegionalMusic Leader for the Greater New York Division of the Salvation Army,Edward Mylechreest, said after a recent camp: “We now have 35 kids who have gone back home having experienced the joy of playing music all week.
“We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. Teaching these young kids has been incredible. pBuzz went down an absolute storm with the kids who loved using them; in the space of just five days, we were able to accomplish so much with these fantastic resources.”
In Denver, Dorothy Pino, a public-school teacher for seven years, recently started using pBuzz and pBones everyday with 4thand 5thgraders at Maxwell Elementary School, a K5 school with 560 pupils.
Dorothy recounts that when first presented with pBuzz, students said: “Woah, that’s so cool – do we get to play that? I have never seen anything like that before”. Parents too were excited to see their children play something unusual that was also different to the recorder.
In Gilbert, Arizona, Brad Seagraves, District Department Chair for Elementary Band, is now using pBuzz with 4th graders. Brad says pBuzz has worked well as a teaching tool as it enables children to learn to buzz quickly, match pitch – and have fun in the process.
pBuzz was designed by Warwick Music Group specifically for children and students as both a real instrument and teaching aid - to help teach concepts such as pitch and rhythm as well as the buzzing technique required to play brass instruments. It incorporates a moveable slide including six notes and its mouthpiece is identical to those used in brass instruments. Made from ABS, a tough and environmentally friendly polymer, the instruments are robust and unlikely to be damaged by the usual knocks and drops of school and band life.
Robin Walenta, President and CEO of West Music in Coralville, Iowa commented: “Warwick’s pInstruments provide a great start for beginners of all ages. We are continually looking for products that encourage music participation and pInstruments provide an affordable and fun option.”
Warwick Music Group US Marketing Director Rich Breske says he is delighted to see pBuzz being adopted: “Elementary music classroom teachers are providing students with an important introduction to instrumental music and early years. Many are including pBuzz along with a recorder and Orff instruments. Others are replacing recorder with pBuzz as it represents curriculum more in keeping with most learning styles.”
Steven Greenall, Warwick Music Group’s CEO, says: “What’s so great about pBuzz is that it creates the opportunity for kids to experience successful music making early on. This is why we create fun, easy-to-access wind and brass instruments; so that every child can experience this joy!”
Notes to editors:
pBuzz is distributed by a Rhythm Band Instruments 800-424-4724 (817-335-2561) and the entire pInstrument range is distributed by St. Louis Music 1-800-727-4512.
pBuzz and the entire range of pInstruments can be seen and heard at NAMM, Booth 8532.
[Photo] Gilbert, Arizona: 4thgrade children pick up their pBuzz to play
About Warwick Music at NAMM 2019. Booth: 8532
The musicians, innovators and entrepreneurs at Warwick Music Group (WMG) have created the world’s best-selling plastic instruments: pBone, pTrumpet, pCornet and pBuzz. These are supported by a range of teaching and learning resources and since 1994, Warwick Music Publishing has been providing quality brass and wind music across the world with a catalogue of more than 1,500 titles.
In the last five years, the company has become the world leader and the dominant manufacturer of brass instruments manufactured in plastic. Through its innovative approach, working with educators, music teachers and dealers across the world, it has radically changed a sector of the music market that had experienced little real innovation for over a century.
Warwick Music Group create wind and brass instruments that are easy to access and fun; because not every child has experienced the joy of making music, yet.
pBone: manufactured in lightweight, durable plastic and now the world’s best-selling trombone.
pBone mini: like its bigger counterpart, also manufactured in lightweight, durable plastic and ideal for smaller hands.
pTrumpet: the world’s first all-plastic trumpet.
pBuzz: an innovative beginner instrument which teaches the fundamentals of brass playing in classrooms and bands worldwide.
New for NAMM 2019 are:
- pTrumpet hyTech: a durable, lightweight hybrid instrument incorporating both metal and plastics.
- pCornet: based on the traditional Shepherd’s crook BbCornet and proving hugely popular with players and music teachers.
WMG’s award wins include the coveted Best in Show at NAMM; 2016 Music Teacher Awards Education Product of the Year; Primary Teacher’s Awards 2016 and in 2018, the Teacher Primary Resource Awards for Best Music Resource.
Rich Breske,Director of US Marketing:
Jonty Hines, Key Account Manager UK:
Mob: +44 7799 599994
David Clarke, Clarke Associates
Phone: +44 121 702 2525 Mob: +44 7808 73255