Denis Wick first started making mouthpieces in 1968 and his range of products has expanded to include mutes and other accessories. Please click on this link to see Denis Wick talking about the company and to see the range of products described. Denis Wick products have become well-known for their excellent designs, superb sound and great intonation.
All Denis Wick metal mutes are hand-crafted in the Denis Wick factory in Poole, in the south of England, where highly skilled craftsmen create mutes which are light, but extremely hard and resonant. This hand-crafting is one of the secrets of the success of these mutes.
Denis Wick wooden mutes are all hand-made in the United Kingdom and give a different tone-quality from that of the popular aluminium mutes. They are a favourite in the best symphony and opera orchestras, where their intense sound in pianissimos is appreciated. The new range of fibre mutes offers a great mute at an extremely affordable price.
The Denis Wick mouthpiece range includes the Classic, HeavyTop, Heritage, Ultra, American Classics and DW/Paxman models, and are all manufactured in the UK using the latest computer-controlled technology to produce mouthpieces which are both consistently accurate and very comfortable to play. All the mouthpieces are hand-polished and ultra-sonically cleaned before being plated by state-of-the-art equipment designed to produce the best possible silver and gold finishes.
Denis Wick Advanced Formula Valve Oil has set a new standard in brass instrument lubrication. It uses PTFE (better known as Teflon) to produce an oil which is extremely long-lasting, gives long-term protection from corrosion and has a wonderful, silky feel.
Denis Wick brass accessories have become the favourite of brass-payers all over the world and can be found in leading orchestras and bands in every part of the globe.
About Denis Wick
Denis Wick has had for many years an international reputation as trombonist, brass teacher and conductor. Having studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music, his first professional appointment was in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as the second trombonist. He became principal trombonist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1952, leaving in 1957 to join the London Symphony Orchestra, also as principal trombonist, and remained there until his retirement in 1988. During his time with the London Symphony, which eventually became the longest tenure of a principal chair in the history of the orchestra, he played under many of the world’s greatest conductors.
Despite the demanding schedule of the LSO, Denis has also been a member of the London Sinfonietta and, for a short period, the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. In addition, he has made many appearances as a soloist. He has had concertos written for him by several British composers; among them, Gordon Jacob, Buxton Orr and Alun Hoddinott.
His conducting work began at the Guildhall School in the 1960s and has naturally been centered on brass and wind ensembles. It also included for many years an excellent youth symphony orchestra which has bred generations of professional players. His own London Wind Orchestra made prize-winning recordings in the 1970s which have set new standards of excellence for this kind of ensemble.
Denis has been involved in music education for many years; having been appointed professor of trombone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1967, he taught there regularly until 1976, continuing to work as a consultant professor and conductor since that time. Many of today’s finest professionals studied with him; his intensely musical yet very practical approach to teaching is widely respected.
Wick’s textbook, Trombone Technique, is now in its fifth edition and is used worldwide as the most important publication of its kind, with translations available in Japanese, German, Swedish and Italian. Denis Wick is perhaps best known for his line of brass instrument mouthpieces and mutes. In 1989, he received the ITA Award and in 1990 was elected Second Vice President in charge of international affairs. From 1992 – 1995 he served as president of the British Trombone Society.
Although now retired from professional trombone playing, Denis Wick continues to be in demand as a conductor and for masterclasses worldwide. He was appointed professor of trombone at the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 and awarded a fellowship in 2002. His publishing company, Denis Wick Publishing, specializes in wind band and brass ensemble repertoire. He is currently Immediate Past President of the International Trombone Association.