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Alexander French Horn Bell Conversion

Today we had the cool job of converting this Alexander 104 Fixed bell french horn. Take a look at the video above of the process and the pics below of […]

NZSO Schagerl Rotary Trumpets

This week we had the NZSO Schagerl rotary trumpets in store. Beautifully made and a joy to work on. Largely these only needed a ultrasonic clean, valve alignment, and checking […]

New Auckland music store opens!

New Auckland music store opens! It is with much excitement that we announce the opening of our Auckland store in Mount Eden. We have talked about this move for many […]

Another Successful Tauranga Jazz Festival

Another year of the Tauranga Jazz Festival has come and gone. Run over Easter weekend this event has evolved and now has a very strong youth competition side to it. […]

Bass Saxophone!!!

Today I got to service one of the bigger instruments we get through the shop. I still think the Contra Bass Clarinet takes the cake but for size this is […]

Paxman French Horn Bell Replacement

This pictorial article will step you through the replacement of a Paxman french horn bell replcement that we did, this time the reverse from a detachable bell back to an […]

Tauranga National Jazz Festival 2014

Vanguard Orchestral is again sponsoring the prizes as part of the Tauranga National Jazz Festival Youth Competitions. Last year we were blown away by the standard and this year will […]
Nick Walshe

Nick Walshe – Clarinet

Wellington-born clarinettist Nick Walshe is a recent graduate of the New Zealand School of Music. He currently teaches clarinet and saxophone to over fifty students a week in the Wellington […]

Reuben Chin – Saxophone

Reuben graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a BMus and PGDipMus with distinction studying classical saxophone under Debbie Rawson. During his undergraduate music study Reuben won the […]

NZSM 2013 Woodwind Player of the Year

For a second time Reuben Chin has won the NZSM Woodwind Player of the Year award in 2013. The finalists for this year were: Sam Jones, Saxophone Reuben Chin, Saxophone […]
Dale Hounsom Vail

NZSM 2013 Brass Player of the Year

After an amazing performance Dale Hounsom Vail won this years Brass player of the Year. The finalists for this year were: Selena Rasmussen, trumpet Hamish Jellyman, trombone Julian Kirgan, trombone […]

Bambú Swabs

  Bambú Vientos makes exquisite ligatures, swabs and cleaning gear for woodwind products. The owner, Pablo, is known by Edison Junior from his days repairing woodwinds in Argentina. This relationship has allowed us […]

Haynes Flutes

Now over 125 years old Haynes celebrates some of the oldest flute traditions in the world. Today, a carefully selected team of artisans create each flute using the time-honored ideas […]

Backun Musical

  Elaine, co-owner of Music Services before it became Vanguard Orchestral, knew Morrie Backun before the company Backun even existed. Morrie has built up something of an empire since then, […]

Carol Brass

A new player on the scene, CarolBrass is quickly gaining a good rep among professionals and students alike. They pack a decent double punch of high quality and excellent tone […]

P. Mauriat

    P. Mauriat is a young, vibrant and ambitious company. The craftsmanship that goes into each P. Mauriat instrument is second to none. The French brass and other metals […]
Dave Bremner

Dave Bremner – Trombone (NZSO)

David Bremner is Principal trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to this appointment, he was principal trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia. […]
James Wylie

James Wylie – Saxophone

Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer James Wylie (b.1986), currently based in Boston, MA, grew up in Wellington, New Zealand and was introduced to music through classical repertoire at a young age. […]
Colin Hemmingsen

Colin Hemmingsen – Saxophone

He is a name synonymous with jazz in New Zealand, and his reputation as a composer, performer and improviser has spread well beyond these shores. After four years studying and […]
Lex french

Lex French – Trumpet

New Zealand born trumpet player Alexis French holds an Honours Degree from the NZ School of Music Jazz programme. He has made his name as a trumpet player who can […]