8th June, 2014
Fetes Cantonale Festival in Martigny, Switzerland
Centre Stage was at the huge Fete Cantonale in Switzerland, a three day music festival, involving over 150 bands from Le Valais area of Switzerland. Held every four years, this is a musical Olympics for local bands, with all types of bands from marching, fanfare and military competing in several different classes for local bragging rights for the next four years.
It was the first time the percussion ranges had been shown off to bands directly in Switzerland and the reaction was excellent, lots of orders placed and Martin almost ran out of business cards!!!
Very popular amongst the bands were the new marching percussion ranges and the new copper and maple hooped snare drum, which sounds amazing!!! Clinics and workshops for young players were held throughout the weekend on different percussion instruments, and all had a great time!!
Manchester Drum Show
Centre Stage Percussion was a major exhibitor at the inaugural Manchester Drum Show held at the George H Carnall sports centre, near to the Trafford centre. Almost 50 exhibitors showed their wares and particular attention was paid to our great range of kits and our new concert toms. So much so that there was never a point throughout the day when there was nobody playing on one of our kits! (Apart from the very welcome “give our ears a rest” breaks imposed by the management, thanks guys!). The event was a huge success and will become an annual event from now on.
May 27th, 2014
The highly respected BBC Philharmonic Principal Percussionist Paul Patrick certainly likes what he hears with Centre Stage Percussion.
Centre Stage Percussion has announced that the latest high profile endorsee of their products is internationally acclaimed musician, Paul Patrick.
As well as holding the Principal Percussion position at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for the last 25 years, Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Percussion at the RNCM, and Head of Percussion at Chethams School of Music.
Paul has worked closely with many of the world’s greatest composers, including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Luciano Berio and James Macmillan, and has collaborated with them to create many new and exciting percussive sounds for the 21st century.
He has also acted as the percussion consultant for many years for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
In addition, Paul also runs the percussion hire company, Patrick Percussion, which operates in Manchester and London alongside his son Oliver, who has followed his father in the world of percussion and has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music.
Speaking about the range of Centre Stage Percussion, Paul told 4BR: "I have great pleasure in endorsing the Centre Stage range of timpani and percussion instruments.
They have a sound of the highest quality across the full range, and careful attention to construction detail has delivered instruments built to withstand all the rigorous requirements of modern percussion playing.
These are a most welcome addition to the choice of timpani and percussion instruments available to both amateur and professional players. Seeing is believing - and I would encourage all players to be trying out these instruments which are incredible value for money."
'I would encourage all players to be trying out these instruments which are incredible value for money'
~ Paul Patrick
Centre Stage Percussion Director Martin Gernon, added: "We are thrilled with Paul’s involvement with the company. To have a percussionist of such international respect as a strong endorsee of our instruments is simply wonderful.
We look forward to working closely with Paul in the development of further instruments to supplement what is already a great range!"
Centre Stage Percussion and Centre Stage Uniforms will be in the thick of the action in Perth this weekend.
Both Centre Stage Percussion and Centre Stage Uniforms will be in the thick of the action at the European Brass Band Championships held at Perth Concert Hall this weekend.
Not only will Centre Sage Uniforms be providing and presenting the winning bands with commemorative pennants, they will also have a trade stand packed with their extensive catalogue of bespoke uniforms and livery.
Meanwhile, Centre Stage Percussion, having recently announced their partnership with English National Champion Black Dyke as their latest endorsee of their superb percussion sticks and mallets range, have some very special offers just for those making the trip to Perth for the exciting European event.
There is a massive 20% discount on all sticks and mallet purchases made at the contest, and then a very generous 10% discount for all other orders placed at the contest for over £100!
Offers, of course, cannot be used in conjunction with each other!!
'There is a massive 20% discount on all sticks and mallet purchases made at the contest, and then a very generous 10% discount for all other orders placed at the contest for over £100!'
~ Centre Stage Percussion
The Black Dyke percussion team will be using the full range of Centre Stage sticks and malletts.
Centre Stage Percussion has announced that its latest endorsee for their superb range of sticks and mallets is the English National Champion, Black Dyke.
The range, which will be used on all Black Dyke concert and contest performances, now extends to well over a hundred variations.
Speaking about this agreement, Centre Stage Director Jon Davies told 4BR: "We are very proud that the outstanding Black Dyke percussion team feels that the sound, quality and versatility of our Centre Stage percussion sticks and mallets meets their demanding standards of performance, and we look forward to working with them to develop the range further."
Black Dyke percussionist, Andrea Price, explained the reason for the endorsement: "We met with Martin and Jon at Centre Stage, and quite simply, the range of sticks and mallets was excellent.
This was shown with the outstanding build and materials quality, which gave the perfect balance, detail and above all else, the sound quality.
We are forwarding to using the sticks and mallets at the forthcoming European Championships in Perth and beyond. The other thing that impressed all the team was the very reasonable prices for sticks of this calibre, making them affordable for any band."
'Black Dyke is synonymous with excellence, and has always enjoyed having world class percussionists in its ranks. That their team favours our range is a huge vote of confidence in what we are doing'
~ Centre Stage
Centre Stage Director Martin Gernon is delighted to team up with the world’s most famous brass band
"Black Dyke is synonymous with excellence, and has always enjoyed having world class percussionists in its ranks. That their team favours our range is a huge vote of confidence in what we are doing.
However, this is just the beginning. We will be working closely with the team to develop and launch new sticks and mallets that will further enhance what is already a great Centre Stage range."
There is a brilliant new drum kit and hardware package available from Centre Stage Percussion.
Centre Stage Percussion has launched its incredible drum kit and hardware package.
The signature six piece drum kit, made from superb 7 ply birch, for an incredibly deep and warm sound, has now been enhanced even further.
In addition to the drums (22" bass, 10", 12",14" and 16" toms, snare complete with 42 wire snare), the package now includes two professional quality boom stands, two straight cymbal stands, professional hi-hat stand and snare drum stand.
Also included is a double bass drum pedal in its own hard case for protection, and a full set of quilted carry bags.
The complete set is just £1,000 including free delivery to anywhere in the UK.
Centre Stage artist and professional drummer, Adrian Treacher, is a huge fan, as he told 4BR: "The standard of Centre Stage kits and hardware is equivalent, if not better, than professional standard kits from established brands that I have previously played on."
He added: "The build quality of the shells, the double ply skins, suspension hoops and standard of the lugs and housings, give a clear, deep, true sound depth to the toms. The 42 wire snare gives the snare drum that additional crispness and clarity putting it in a league of its own.
The hardware is rock solid and gives a great playing platform. You simply have to play these kits to appreciate their true quality."
'The hardware is rock solid and gives a great playing platform. You simply have to play these kits to appreciate their true quality'
~ Adrian Treacher
If you are a drummer looking for the very best seat in the house then Centre Stage Percussion has just the thing for you...
As well as producing incredible percussion instruments, Centre Stage is equally as concerned with ensuring the comfort and well being of drummers is looked after.
This fantastic Drummers Chair (we don't like to call it a stool, as it is much more than that!) not only has a superb deep padded seat, contoured and shaped to be very comfortable, but also an adjustable back support giving vital lumbar support which maintains a healthy spine position, not only for playing, but also for counting 95 bars rest in comfort!
With a good adjustable height variation, and double braced and locking tripod legs, is chair is as sturdy as it is comfortable.
All this and it is priced at just £65.00!
'With a good adjustable height variation, and double braced and locking tripod legs, is chair is as sturdy as it is comfortable'
~ Centre Stage Percussion
A brand new range of stunning marimba and vibraphone mallets have been unveiled by Centre Stage Percussion.
Centre Stage Percussion continues to meet the growing expectations of its customers with the unveiling of its latest stunning range of marimba and vibraphone mallets.
Expertly designed and manufactured to the highest specifications the eleven different types of mallets cover the full spectrum of marimba and vibraphone playing (as well as being superb mallets for cymbal rolls!)
With a selection of heads that range from very soft to very hard, and the choice of maple or oak handles, these mallets are perfectly balanced, superbly crafted and at just £15 per pair, fantastic value for money.
'these mallets are perfectly balanced, superbly crafted and at just £15 per pair, fantastic value for money'
~ Centre Stage Percussion
A new era in percussion retailing has arrived with Centre Stage Percussion.
Centre Stage Percussion has just launched its brand new website, as Managing Director Martin Gernon looks to create the same market leading impression on the banding world he has done with his highly successful uniform making business.
The new venture has sourced some of the finest instrument manufactures in the world to enable Centre Stage Percussion to bring players and ensembles a new level of quality at affordable prices.
"That has been our aim all along," Martin told 4BR. "The very best instruments money can buy. From the starter player to the professional, youth ensembles to full symphony orchestras—we have the ability to provide unbeatable instruments in terms of quality at fantastic prices."
All aspects of the percussion genre are covered - from drum kits to tubular bells, all backed by Centre Stage seeking expert help in ensuring that quality is first and foremost in their product ethos.
“We know we can compete on price—but we are unique I believe as that is also backed by Centre Stage Percussion being able to match the very best manufactures in terms of quality and innovation too.
We have worked so hard to find the right manufactures. Our customers will be amazed by what their hard earned money can buy—it’s a new era in percussion retailing."
'Our customers will be amazed by what their hard earned money can buy - it’s a new era in percussion retailing'
~ MD, Martin Gernon
Brass bands will also benefit too. Martin added: "We are very proud of our reputation and our connection to the brass band movement, so people who have known us over the years will also know they will be getting a premium percussion product backed by a premium level service."
Centre Stage Percussion is here and re-defining the way in which you can meet your percussion needs - including free drum sticks!
The Butlins Mineworkers Championship will see the launch of Centre Stage Percussion - an exciting re-defining way of purchasing the very best quality percussion instruments at amazing prices.
With the full range of percussion instrumentation - from marching bands to full orchestral setups now available, Centre Stage Percussion offers players, bands and organisations a fantastic way of balancing superb quality with superb prices.
Martin Gernon told 4BR: "Our aim is to redefine the way in which percussion instruments are sourced, marketed and purchased—for the benefit of the first time player to full symphony orchestras.
That certainly includes the requirements and long term requirements of the players in brass bands, who are central to what we want to achieve."
No better way
He added: "We believe there will be no better way for any player or band to meet their percussion needs in the future. This is world class quality at a world class price."
Fellow director Jon Davies believes the extensive research and time devoted to sourcing the best instruments from around the world will be the key to Centre Stage Percussion success.
"We have met with wonderful instrument makers - told them our requirements and come up with amazing deals that are aimed at giving players the very best musical experience at the very best price.
The range on offer is superb: We have something for everyone."
'We believe there will be no better way for any player or band to meet their percussion needs in the future. This is world class quality at a world class price'
~ Martin Gernon
Free drum sticks
So why not get along at Butlins and see for yourself—and while you are there you can get your hands on a free pair of hickory drum sticks too!
"It’s one pair per band - but we think we may have to get more in given the quality of what we have to offer!"