Peter Pollard

Having had a fascination with metal and woodwork from a very young age, Peter Pollard has become one of the most sought after instrument designers and repairers in the UK.  Peter has been working with the country’s top musicians for over 40 years and has a thorough understanding of their needs. Renowned for his experimental nature, he pushes the boundaries of instrument design, using materials not usually associated with the instruments he is building.

Peter learnt his trade by studying acoustics, metal and woodworking whilst working under the watchful eyes of the worlds leading technicians, including Mr Earnest Hall at Forsyth Brothers.  He then became the repair manager for Harmony House of Music and subsequently continued his training at Music Aid and Music Lab.  In 1980 he formed his own company – Peter Pollard Musical Instrument Ltd & Musicparts UK and co-wrote the Repair Course at Leeds College of Music, approved by BTEC, also becoming the colleges’ external examiner.

On Moving back to Canada, he soon came to the attention of Cosmo Music and was asked to help design Jupiter large brass instruments.  He then opened Musicparts Canada.  Initially with their Canadian operation he designed and built custom instruments.  On returning to the UK, he reopened Musicparts UK to build custom instruments and look after all wind instruments for the US & Canadian Military in Europe.  For over 3 years he had a contract with Sterling Musical Instruments to make instruments for export and taught a repair course as leader & co-ordinator for MIRA in Norway.

Dawsons Music, Peter became a highly valued member of their team.  As their Orchestral Department Manager not only did he design and introduce their top selling ‘Mirage’ range of student brass and woodwind instruments, he also trained all staff on brass instrument knowledge, reviewed the product ranges, developed new products and services having identified new target markets and product opportunities and carried out marketing activities to increase Dawson’s turnover.

Dophin Music was the next company to benefit from Peter’s expertise.  They asked him to dramatically increase their Orchestral profits, which he successfully did by initially researching their target market, selecting the most suitable product range and then implementing campaigns including competitions, events, POS materials and other promotional activities. 

Peter is a member of the NAPBIRT, NAMIR, The Guild of Mastercrafstmen and the Yamaha Technicians Guild and has regularly been seen at all the worldwide major music shows including NAMM, MIAC and ‘MusicMesse’

Finally Peter has returned to his true love, designing and making brass and woodwind instruments and is currently working on student instruments for JHS and also custom instruments for individual artists.  To find out more about the work he’s carrying out follow Peter’s blog on https://pollardtrumpets.wordpress.com/, or find him on facebook!

1 Response to About

  1. Dear Sir.

    First I would like to thank you for taking your time to read this email. I understand that you may be busy so thank you.

    The reason I have got in contact with you is to see if your company currently has a Endorsement programme or would consider doing a Endorsement programme.

    I would like to let you know a little about me…

    Peter was born in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire and started to play the Cornet at the age of 6 by his father who was a brass instrument teacher. At the age of 9 Peter joined his first brass band of which his father conducted. In 1999 at the age of 17 Peter decided to join the Territorial Army as a Cornet / Trumpet player and which he stayed for 3 years.

    In 2002 Peter Joined the Royal Marines School of Music as a Cornet and Violin player. In 2005 he graduated and was drafted to the Band of HM Royal Marines, Commando Training Centre, Lympstone Devon where he served for 2 and a half years.

    In December 2007 Peter left the Royal Marines and moved back to North Lincolnshire where he started to play for and then also took over as Musical Director of Barrow Concert Band.

    In January 2008 Peter was appointed the Principal Cornet and Regimental Bugler of the 150th (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) and has travelled all around Europe including Germany and Gibraltar. In September 2009, Peter was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.

    Peter is now on a Corps of Army Music Bursary at Salford University reading music and when completed will then be drafted to a band within the British Army and aims to one day become a Director of Music.

    Whilst at University Peter has had the opportunity to play with many of the top brass bands in the country including: The Black Dyke Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, YBS and The Fairys Band.

    Peter has currently being in a television for BBC 2 called “A Band for Britain” and also just recorded a Album with the brass band. Within the next 2 months he shall be recording his debut album.

    I would love to promote your cornets in any way I can as I have being a very big fan of your instruments and mouthpieces over the years.

    With having this television programme coming out I will be looking to do some soloist performances and recitals and so therefore I would happily solely use your instruments.

    Thank you for your time and i look forward to your reply with great anticipation.

    Will try to catch you sometime on facebook

    Pete Richardson

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