Author: Chris Fower

As an undergraduate Chris studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music and then became a member of the Advanced Studies, post-graduate performers course at the Royal Academy of Music and Principal Bass Trombone with the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He then spent 25 years as a busy freelance performer based in both London and the North of England working with a wide variety of ensembles and artists, including being a member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The British Philharmonic Orchestra, Dame Shirley Bassey’s Orchestra and the Creative Jazz Orchestra.

Alongside this Chris has worked extensively in all areas of music education, latterly as a leading deliverer and trainer in informal, large group practice. This included roles as Leader in Wider Opportunities at Hertfordshire Music Service, Leader of Instrumental Development for Derbyshire City and County Music Partnership and as a face to face trainer on the Trinity Guildhall/Open University “Whole Class Instrumental Learning” national training program.

He became a key member of the team that created pBone, the plastic trombone in 2011/12 and has been involved with Warwick Music Group in various roles since then. Chris is currently Director of Creativity and Innovation for the company, a role which includes overseeing product development and improvement, quality and education.

Blog posts by Chris Fower

Learn to play pBugle

Hello and welcome to “Learn to Play pBugle”! In this blog we will share everything you need to get started making music on the pBugle. 

Why pBugle is a great starter instrument for educators

After the success of the ground-breaking and innovative brass training product pBuzz, feedback began to suggest that although trumpet-based teachers welcomed a simplified training instrument, they didn’t really feel an affinity with the pBuzz, seeing it as more of a “lower[...]

What's the difference between a pBuzz and a pBugle?

When we created the pBuzz, it was designed to make beginning a brass journey as simple as possible - especially if lead by a non-brass playing adult.

What is easier to learn - trumpet or trombone?!

As manufacturers of trumpets and trombones, we are often asked which of the two is the easiest to learn!  This is actually quite a tricky question to answer, as you are comparing two different instruments, however very simply; the trombone is easier to get your first sounds on[...]

Testing the pBugle; a case study

As part of our testing and evaluation in the pBugle development pathway our friends at Sheffield Music Hub helped us run a morning of workshops at a school in Chapeltown: Coit Primary School. Here we share with you what we wanted to achieve and how we went about it!

Why did we make the pBugle?

After the success of the ground breaking and innovative brass training instrument pBuzz, we found after talking to customers and trumpet based teachers that while they really welcomed a simplified training instrument for brass, they didn’t feel an affinity with the pBuzz in the[...]

How to play Trombone; Frequently Asked Questions

Being manufacturers of trombones as well as trumpets, cornets and pBuzzes, we get a fair few questions about how to play, how to start learning - is it hard? Where do I start?!

Why did we create hyTech?

The pTrumpet hyTech is the most recent instrument to be added to our pInstrument family. Up until the hyTech, each instrument we have created had a fairly discernable difference to the last; pBone was the first and now best selling plastic trombone, pBone mini is much much[...]

How to play the trumpet; frequently asked questions

Being manufacturers of trumpets as well as trombones, cornets and pBuzzes, we get a fair few questions about how to play, how to start learning - is it hard? Where do I start?!

Bone Idol 2015

Here at pBone, we’re very excited to launch this year’s Bone Idol campaign, celebrating the people who inspire your passion for music.