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    The Pbone

    Simon Hogg, Head of Music  (WS Staff 2003 to date) writes:

    'When I joined Warwick School in 2003 a member of the senior brass ensemble was an aspiring trumpeter called Hugh Rashleigh. Hugh was fascinated that the instrument all brass teachers use to demonstrate the harmonic series (the group of notes common to all brass instruments) was a plastic hosepipe, with a mouthpiece at one end and a funnel at the other.

    Despite being dyslexic Hugh gained a place at Loughborough University to read engineering. As part of his final year project he had to take an original design from the drawing board and produce a working model. Hugh chose to make a plastic trombone.

    After graduation Hugh took his prototype model to financial backers and gained funding to produce the trombone. With an initial investment of £60,000 in his pocket he travelled to China to find an engineering company willing and able to manufacture the instrument. Eventually the trombone was produced and gained distribution through UMI Musical Instruments.

    The plastic trombone or pBone has become a worldwide phenomenon and can be seen and heard wherever brass players meet. pBone beat hundreds of small businesses to win the Innovation of the Year prize at the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013. The judging panel included Lord Sugar’s right-hand woman in BBC1’s The Apprentice, Karren Brady.

    A simple but brilliant idea that started at Warwick School.'  


    1. OB66 Pbone