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!