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Midland firm scoops award for world's first plastic trumpet

Coventry-based Warwick Music Group is behind the innovative product

Children playing the pTrumpet

The Midland firm behind the world's first plastic trumpet is celebrating after scooping a top award.

The Warwick Music Group spent years designing its pTrumpet, which was launched 18 months ago and comes after the success of its pBone - the world's best-selling trombone.

In 2012, WMG won a 'Best in Show' gong for its pBone at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Awards, which celebrates the best in music design and innovation.

And now WMG is popping the champagne corks once again after winning the same award for its pTrumpet in NAMM's 2016 awards which were staged in California.

Steven Greenall, chief executive of the Coventry-based company, said: "It may seem a simple task to create in plastic an instrument that is traditionally made from brass but, as engineers will recognise, it is not easy.

"Our team of musicians, designers and music educationalists are some of the best and we are delighted their hard work and dedication has been recognised on the international stage.

"This is a tribute to the creativity and ingenuity of our British design team. After winning Best in Show in 2012 and 2016, we hope to return next year to make it a hat-trick."

Experts from leading retailers across the country judged the awards, which followed a trade show attended by almost 100,000 visitors from 102 countries across the world.

WMG began in 1994 as a music publishing business and has gone on to achieve worldwide recognition for its revolutionary plastic music instruments.

Mr Greenall added: "The design, development and testing team were all committed brass musicians, unified by a passion to widen access to brass playing and music making.

"At the heart of pBone and pTrumpet is the desire to put a fun, light, robust and cost effective instrument in the hands of as many people as possible all around the world.

"The pTrumpet includes an innovative all-plastic valve system – the first of its kind – allowing it to be played straight out of the box with no oil. As the lightest trumpet on the market, it is also perfect for young players."

WMG has won a number of major awards for innovation – including the Nectar Business Small Business of the Year for Innovation and the Birmingham Post SME of the Year - and it has been designated ‘Future Champion’ at the National Business Awards.

And the firm has established a partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, donating 100 of its plastic instruments for young people to play at schools across the West Midlands.

Professional musicians from the CBSO will also play the brightly-coloured instruments at many of the orchestra’s family shows.

"As a world-class orchestra with world-class musicians, there is no organisation better placed than the CBSO to showcase these innovative instruments and give children their first experience of the enormous fun of playing brass," added Mr Greenall.



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