Delfeayo Marsalis – Artist Spotlight

Credit: Zack Smith Photography

Delfeayo Marsalis stands as one of today’s forefront jazz trombonists. An NEA Jazz Master, Marsalis brings both heritage and innovation to the instrument. His robust and pure sound draws influence from jazz greats of the swing and bebop eras while contributing his own unique personality. His playing is filled with grace, humor, and technical virtuosity.

Join us for our first ever Summer Super Sale!


Thursday, July 23rd through Saturday, July 25th

If you have been a customer of ours for a while, you are probably familiar with our two annual sales in March and November. Since we had to close our doors in March, and we didn’t want you to miss out on these “super” savings, we have decided to host a Super Sale event in July!

Here’s how you can save:

Visit our store Thursday, July 23rd through Saturday, July 25th and draw a ticket worth 5%-50% off! This ticket is applicable to any outright purchase of an upgrade instrument. If you’d prefer to rent, we’ve got you covered there too. Each coupon also has an offer for up to four months off our rent-to-own program.

We hope you’ll join us as we’ve greatly missed seeing and making music with you! We have made adjustments at our store to keep both our customers and employees safe. All instrument testing is done by appointment only. Please visit and reserve your time for the Summer Super Sale!


A few more details:
*Drawing is limited to one ticket per family per day. Sales staff must witness drawing. Does not apply to any previous purchases, current rentals, pay-offs, repairs, or special orders. In-person sales only. Valid from July 23-25, 2020.

Music Fosters Creative Skill

“To be the next great inventor of something we haven’t dreamed of yet, you need to have creative skills. Music really fosters those creative skills.”

~ Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

Music Provides A Complete Education

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

~ Gerald Ford, Former President of the United States

Artist Spotlight: Al Grey

Born June 6, 1925, Al Grey was one of the most recorded trombonists of all time. In addition to dozens of albums as a leader, Grey served as a sideman to Count Basie, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, and countless other quintessential artists. His sound and phrasing are unmistakable, but he is perhaps best remembered for his innovative approach to the plunger mute.

Repair Shop Tails – New Life!

Once again, we want to share with you an interesting repair that came through our shop.  We recently had a vintage Martin cornet come in that the customer received as a beginning student in the 1960’s. It had sat for some time and was in need of some TLC.  Our Brass Repair Coordinator, Spencer Guyer, did the work on this repair and brought this instrument back to life!  As you can see from the pictures below, the final repair was stunning.

Teach Music

“Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools.”

~ Martin Luther

Summer Trumpet Technique Bootcamp

Last time we discussed potential items to practice over the summer and I mentioned we would focus more on improving our technique. While a very broad and often times all-encompassing term, I would like to focus on a few areas of technique and try to assist brass players, mainly the trumpet players in the audience, in forming a schedule to maximize their time.