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Woodwind & Brass Instrument Service & Repair

Justin Pavey is a self-employed woodwind and brass musical instrument repairer based in Wrington, near Bristol.  With over 15 years experience in this field Justin not only has the knowledge and experience to produce work of the highest quality, but also understands a musician’s needs and requirements as he is also a trombonist and free-lance musician playing in many bands in the South West.

More information about Justin: Justin has a varied playing history and is a trombonist who is often sought for his consistent, adaptable and professional playing style.  Here are a few high quality bands that Justin has performed with:

Doctor Chocolate: a 9-piece party/covers/wedding band.  Justin co-runs this band, is musical director and plays Tenor Trombone covering hit songs from the 1960’s to present day chart numbers all over the UK and abroadJustin-Pavey.

The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band: Playing Tenor Trombone.  This band is a fantastic 10-piece James Bond Tribute band  playing the iconic Bond themes plus a party or swing set later in the evening.  This James Bond Tribute band spent 3 days on Lake Como performing for a themed wedding.

Bruce/Ilett Big Band: A 17 piece big band playing the BEST swing music from the 1930’s to 1950’s.  You can catch them at the Bristol International  Jazz & Blues Festival in March 2015.  Justin plays Bass Trombone in this big band.

Thunderbirds Are Go: Justin played Bass Trombone in this awesome band that was specifically formed by conductor Charles Hazlewood to showcase the music of Barry Gray at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival .

Flowers Brass Band: When the regular trombonists have been unavailable over the past 10 years Justin has often been called in to help out at many Regional & National competitions. He has performed with Flowers at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, The Sage at Gateshead, The Corn Exchange in Cambridge and many more.

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Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

Justin-PaveyJustin Pavey from BrassWindFix plays Bass Trombone for the Bruce Illett Swing Band who are again playing at the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival in 2015.

Come along and have THE best night at the Colston Hall this March: slip on your dance shoes, dress in 40’s/50’s style and be prepared to dance the night away!  You can see Justin from BrassWindFix in this short video on YouTube 

UPDATE:  Justin was totally blown away by the musicians and band playing at the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2015 and was honoured to be such a part of it this year – huge thanks to Denny Ilett who organised such a spectacular event.

Louis Armstrong Story

Featuring Lillian Boutté, Clarke Peters, Evan Christopher and Don Vappie, Enrico Tomasso, Pee Wee Ellis plus special guests.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and gravelly voice as much as his trumpet playing, few people have influenced the evolution of popular music more than Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong played Bristol’s Colston Hall over 50 years ago, and in 2015 his music made a long-awaited return to the venue. The Louis Armstrong Museum gave exclusive access to some of Satchmo’s original big band compositions which haven’t been played since 1947.

Featuring a 17-piece band comprised of Bristol’s finest musicians with guest vocalists and soloists from New Orleans, and famed actor Clarke Peters reading from Armstrong’s personal letters and autobiography, it serves as the perfect reminder of why the great Satchmo is still seen as the single most important influence in jazz history.

Justin got to play on stage with Pee Wee Ellis – who toured extensively with James Brown for years – as part of the Louis Armstrong Story – the vocals from Lillian Boutte were hair raisingly superb and Clarke Peters had THE best reading voice in the world.

Bruce Ilett Big Band

Justin also played with the Bruce Ilett Big Band on bass trombone.  A huge crowd attended  the night which was full to brimming with lindy hopping, jiving and jitterbugging as the dance-floor was jammed packed.

Did you miss it this year?  Join us on 19th September at the Colston Hall so buy your tickets early!

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Instrument Repairers – More about Justin Pavey

Justin-PaveyJustin Pavey – is one of the south west’s top woodwind and brass instrument repairers but did you know that he is also a very accomplished Tenor and Bass Trombone player?

Justin is the owner of BrassWindFix – specialist woodwind and brass repair and servicing based in Wrington, near Bristol.  He knows brass and woodwind instruments inside out and outside in but is also in high demand as a freelance trombonist.

More about the Justin you may not know – the man behind the workshop apron!

Justin is an accomplished and adaptable trombonist.  He has played in numerous orchestras since the age of 14 all over the South West with the highlight of playing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury one year.  He also plays in many brass bands including bass trombone in the Mighty Flowers Band who, when Justin was playing with them won the Areas and the Grand Shield.  Justin also plays Bass trombone as part of the Bruce Ilett Band – a fantastic swing band specialising in the music from the Harry James era.  As well as all that – Justin also co-runs and plays tenor trombone in a wedding/party/covers band called Doctor Chocolate – wedding band.  Cramming even more into his hectic schedule Justin also co-runs and plays bass trombone for an awesome James Bond Tribute Band in the South West too called “The Name Is Band…..Bond Tribute Band”.

A wide, varied and eclectic mix of musical styles!

 

 

 

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How to choose a Woodwind or Brass Instrument for my Child

L&HChildren are fickle.  They like the latest craze, fad or gadget going.  However, if they see and hear you playing a musical instrument from a young age you are more likely to pique their interest and desire into learning an instrument.  Music is fun, requires concentration, determination, perseverance, dexterity and it has been proven that children who play an instrument are more confident, more mature (yes even for a musician!) and playing an instrument apparently make them smarter! What’s not to like?

Choosing an instrument for your child is difficult.  So how do you choose a woodwind or brass instrument for your child? More importantly, it shouldn’t be the parent who chooses the instrument – it should be the child.  If you have any musical talent yourself then play your instrument in front of your child, let them hold it, try and get a note out of it, listen to and feel it. They will ask lots of questions so answer them all and be encouraging.  Talk about your experiences and how much fun you’ve had playing with other musicians and experimenting with different music.  Try and play recorded music around the home as much as possible of all different genres.  Ask them what instrument they are interested in, if they don’t know, a visit to a music shop would be a good idea so they can see the range of different instruments on offer.

Don’t make the mistake of buying the most expensive instrument in that particular range – they may not like it!  But equally don’t buy the cheapest on offer as the quality and playability will be more difficult and the child will lose interest quicker.  Most music shops offer a rental scheme whereby you can try the instrument for a short time and see how your child gets on, how committed they are to practising and whether they like it.  Some rental schemes will take off the monthly payments from the final purchase price if you wish to proceed.

Great starter instruments are: FLUTES: fairly easy to learn once the technique is in place. RECORDERS: buy a plastic one to begin with as professional wooden recorders can be expensive. CLARINET: a little bigger to hold but once mastered other options are available such as bass clarinet, bassoon or oboe. SAXOPHONE: normally start with an Alto saxophone as they are the most common saxophone. If they like it they can change to a tenor sax, bari sax or the smaller soprano sax. TRUMPET / CORNET: smaller children are best learning the cornet first as the bell is less heavy and easier to hold but older children can start on the trumpet. TROMBONE: this is a slightly different brass instrument as it has a “slide” to obtain notes rather than rely on valves.

Whatever woodwind or brass instrument your child chooses, encourage them!  They will need to spend a lot of time practising and the early days will often sound like a cat being strangled but it does get better!  Being part of a team in an orchestra or band when they are older will be well worth all the hours spent practising and learning to read music!  There’s no better feeling than playing music and, if they are good enough, it could well be a fulltime or part-time career for them in the future, taking them all over the world and meeting some amazing people!

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Dent Removal

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“The music stand just fell on it”

“I only put it on the floor for a second”

Minor dents and dings happen and are inevitable with brass instruments.  A few minor dents won’t seriously affect or change the overall sound Phone pics 150509 292or playability of your brass instrument,Phone pics 150509 296 however, if there are too many, or if the dent protrudes inwards more than 1/3 the diameter then this could cause a change in pitch, stability, tone and general playability.  Ideally there should not be any dents in brass instruments at all but that would be extremely unrealistic for both students and professional brass players.

If there are any dents in the mouthpiece shank, leadpipe or initial bore then these dents will affect the brass instrument considerably and will need to be repaired by a dent removal expert  to get the best out of your instrument and improve your personal performance. With trombone handslides both the inner and outer slides are easily bent so if you feel any dents at all whilst playing then this will need repairing to improve the performance of your brass instrument.

Many people try to remove dents and dings themselves but, if you don’t really know what  you are doing, dent removal yourself can cause further damage to the brass instrument and will require even more expert repair work and be more expensive.  Most dent repair work can be done easily and inexpensively – if caught early.

BrassWindFix have over 15 years experience of specialist dent removal and would be pleased to quote for any work required.

Specialist Dent removal of all brass instruments including: Trombones, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Alto Trombone, French Horn, Lower Brass, Upper Brass, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Bari Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Trumpets, Bb Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, Eb/D Trumpet, Baroque Trumpet, C  Trumpet, Contrabass Trumpet, Cornet, Soprano Cornet, Bb Cornet, Bb Soprano Cornet

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Brassed Off!

brass bandThis weekend (9th/10th March 2013) sees the annual West of England Regional Brass Band Contest held at the Riviera Conference Centre in Torquay.  Known as the “English Riviera” Torquay always holds a warm welcome for the competing bands.  The five sections will be held over two days, with the Fourth, Second and First section bands performing on Saturday, and the Third and Championship bands doing battle on Sunday.  This is one of the eight qualifying competitions held across the United Kingdom for the National Brass Band Finals.  The lower section finals (sections 1-4) are held in Cheltenham in September, and the successful Championship Section qualifiers are invited to compete in October at the Royal Albert Hall in London, for the opportunity to be crowned the National Brass Band Champions of Great Britain.  UK Brass bands are made up of the following instruments: –  Eb soprano cornet (1), Bb cornets (9), Bb flugel horn (1), Eb tenor horns (3), Bb baritone horns (2), Bb Euphoniums (2), Bb tenor trombones (2), bass trombone (1), EEb Tubas (2), BBb tubas (2), percussion and of course the conductor!

It promises to be a fantastic weekend of competition and BrassWindFix would like to wish all competing bands the very best of luck!

The competing bands in the Championship section are: –

Aldbourne, Bournemouth Concert Brass, Brunel Brass, Camborne Town, Chalford, Flowers (Gloucester), Lydbrook, Mount Charles, Sherborne Town, St Dennis and Woodfalls.

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