pTrumpet hyTech Wins NAMM’s Tools For Schools Award

Posted on February 10, 2019

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – St. Louis Music and Warwick Music Group are thrilled to announce that the pTrumpet hyTech has won NAMM’s “Best Teaching Tool for Intermediate Students” in the annual School Band & Orchestra Best Tools for Schools Awards.The pTrumpet had its debut at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

The award is a significant and early accolade for pTrumpet hyTech which marks a new chapter in trumpet evolution. Building on the lightweight, robust, durable and affordable features of pTrumpet, hyTech has undergone a rigorous development program including feedback on the concept from professional players and teachers from the United States, UK and around the world.

The annual SBO Awards are judged by an independent panel of expert music educators who tour  NAMM – which this year attracted more than 115,000 music trade visitors – secretly reviewing products in several different categories.   

The patented metal/plastic hybrid pTrumpet hyTech includes stainless steel lined pistons with ABS core, polymer bonded and CNC cut yellow brass valve block and solid brass mouthpiece receiver with a standard 7C silver-plated metal mouthpiece.The design creates a free-blowing, open feel and accurate intonation – delivering a performance standard equivalent to high-quality student brass trumpets but with many additional pedagogical benefits for students and teachers alike.

Chris Fower, Director of Creativity and Innovation at Warwick Music Group, said: “It sounds like a simple idea to take the best of plastic and metal and produce an outstanding student trumpet, yet beneath that ambition lay a host of extraordinary musical, technical and manufacturing challenges.

“I’m so proud and delighted that the hard work of our amazing development team has not only overcome those challenges but produced a musical instrument which benefits the development of all students starting their trumpet playing journeys.

Rich Breske, Director of US Marketing, said:“We’re honored to be recognized by music educators as an exciting new entry into the band and orchestra discussion. pTrumpet hyTech provides terrific accessibility to more students as it is incredibly musical, durable and affordable. The combination of great quality sound and valve action, along with the durability of the carefully designed gold plastic body makes this trumpet preferable, and virtually indistinguishable, in the intermediate/beginner band situation.  

“The lighter weight easily provides for better posture and therefore better air movement and improved overall sound; and the smaller case also means that students can carry the instrument home and practice more often. Its gold metallic-like finish matches up with other brass instruments already in the band – except that there are no dents.”

pTrumpet hyTech, available in gold, silver and black finishes, is being delivered throughout the world, with first U.S. availability in mid-May.  Dealers can place their orders now with St. Louis Music, the exclusive U.S. distributor for pTrumpet hyTech. Suggested list price is $399.

For more information or to become a dealer call your St. Louis Music representative at 314-727-4512 or email [email protected]  

{Pictured:  Warwick Team at NAMM 2019 L to R: Rich Breske (Director of Marketing/ USA), Chris Shea (Sales Director/ Asia Pacific), Jonty Hines (Key Account Manager), Chris Fower (Education Consultant), and Steven Greenall (CEO).}

St. Louis Music is one of the largest general distributors of musical instruments and accessories in North America. SLM is the owner of Alvarez, Austin and Sigma Guitars, Knilling String Instruments, E.K. Blessing, DEG Lyres, Zonda Brasswinds and Reeds and Hamilton stands. The company is also the exclusive USA distributor of Dixon Drums and Hardware, and P. Mauriat Brass and Woodwinds. SLM distributes over 250 brands of accessories to music stores across the USA.

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