Shoichiro Hokazono was a welcome visitor to the Denis Wick factory, bringing four euphonium students from Japan with him. Shoichiro is a virtuoso euphonium soloist and was voted ‘Euphonium Player of the Year’ at the Euphonium and Tuba Conference of 1997. He has won major international prizes for his playing and has achieved wide recognition for his great artistry. He developed the 842 ‘Custom’ euphonium with Yamaha, and now plays a Besson ‘Prestige’. He visited the British Brass Band Championships with Steven Mead (see photo) before coming to Dorset to visit the Denis Wick works. During his visit he spent some time developing ideas for new euphonium products. Watch this space for forthcoming details!Read more...
Vibrass – the Answer to Lip Fatigue
Vibrass is designed to massage the lip muscles. It revives tired lips by increasing the blood flow, which helps disperse the waste products of muscle use, such as lactic acid. For any busy brass player who needs to be able practise or perform for many hours a day, this ingenious device will revive a tired embouchure and will extend playing time.
‘After using the device for a few weeks, I can confidently say that it lives up to its promises. The effect it has is phenomenal. I play trumpet, so spacing out my practice sessions and compensating for rehearsals and performances is half my life. Just using the Vibrass for two minutes before playing ensures you feel great when you play, and using it for ten minutes after playing rejuvenates your lips around 70% instantly, I'd estimate.’ Bryn Barker – trumpet
This beautifully engineered product for brass players is engineered in Austria and distributed in the UK by Denis Wick. It is supplied with different fittings to accommodate every kind of mouthpiece from a cornet to a tuba, so you can use own mouthpiece to reach exactly the right lip muscles ensuring maximum effectiveness. In addition it is supplied with batteries and a cloth bag.
The Vibrass works for every instrument, but is especially popular with trumpet players. Lead players, piccolo trumpet players and baroque trumpet players find it very useful for bring bruised lips back to life after intense performances. Many busy players, including leading artists such as Mike Lovatt and Mark Bennett recommend it.
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By Denis Wick
This classic book first published in 1971 has developed a worldwide reputation as one of the best of its kind. It has been published in several languages.
We are pleased to announce that the 2011 edition is now available exclusively from this website. It has been revised and updated extensively.
For your convenience it is available as a download.