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5 Tips For ISSMA Solo and Ensemble

ISSMA Solo and Ensemble is just around the corner. Here are some tips to prepare for everything you need crush your performance!

  1. Be There Early

I am quite sure your director and private instructor has told you to be early for rehearsals, concerts, and etc. You definitely want to be early when it comes to Solo and Ensemble. You never know what could happen—the weather might be terrible and your commute time will double. The performance order may change. A performance room might change. You might have issues with your instrument…anything that can happen will happen! Being early doesn’t fix these problems, but if definitely gives you the chance to get in the right headspace and deal with problems effectively.

The Practice Room Attention Diet

In the time it took me to write this post, I checked my phone for messages four times, checked three separate email accounts, looked at two news sites, browsed a few restaurant menus and opened and closed who-knows-how-many search tabs. In short, I spent a lot of time “writing” that wasn’t actually writing. The same thing happens in the practice room.

Practicing Over Winter Break

We like to share this post each year to give you some ideas for practicing at home over break!

You’ve made it through the first half of the school year! For many of you, that means you’ve probably played a few concerts, recently completed your marching band season, or maybe you’re headed to the Rose Parade. With winter comes the thrill of pep band, the improvisation of jazz band, the spinning of winter guard, or the rhythms of winter percussion. You know by now, being a musician is a never-ending process with performances and rehearsals perpetually around the corner.

Guidelines For Indiana All-State Band Audition Preparation

The All-State Band is one of the most prestigious audition-based ensembles any student can perform with! It is an ensemble made up of elite musicians from all corners of the state.

The audition application deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019. Auditions for this prestigious ensemble are on January 12, 2019. More information can be found here

Here are some guidelines for audition preparation:

The Super Sale is this week!

Our Super Sale is this week we go ALL OUT.  Read more below on how it works.

Here’s how this works
Visit our store Thursday, November 21 through Saturday, November 23. Draw a ticket for 5-50% off your purchase. There really are tickets for 50% off. And we do not limit savings to bargain items. Customers have literally saved THOUSANDS on everything from Buffet Clarinets to Altus flutes to Yamaha trumpets.

2019 November SuperSale at Paige’s Music

We go ALL OUT for the Paige’s Music Super Sale.

Here’s how this works
Visit our store Thursday, November 21 through Saturday, November 23. Draw a ticket for 5-50% off your purchase. There really are tickets for 50% off. And we do not limit savings to bargain items. Customers have literally saved THOUSANDS on everything from Buffet Clarinets to Altus flutes to Yamaha trumpets.

 

Prefer to rent? We’ve got you covered.
All tickets will give you two to four months off ANY premier instrument on our rent-to-own program. This includes intermediate and professional trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, and much more. You still get all the same great Paige’s rent-to-own benefits that made us famous. Free repair and replacement? Check. Easy exchange? Check. Easy return? Check. Early purchase discount options? Check.

 

Do you offer traditional financing? YES.
We offer special financing on Yamaha instruments. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 18 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Financing offered through Synchrony.

We offer special financing on Conn-Selmer instruments. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 12 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Financing offered through Synchrony.

Want to finance something else? Email us at sales@paigesmusic.com or call us at 800.382.1099 to speak to one of our sales associates and we will let you know what we can do!

 

Do I still get Step Up to Yamaha Rebates? YES.
All NEW Yamaha step-up wind instruments are eligible for $50 or $100 rebates depending on the specific instrument you purchase. If you purchase a new Yamaha instrument during our Super Sale, your rebate DOUBLES to $100 or $200. Official details: 4wrd.it/SUTY19.

 

Legal Stuff
* Only applies to outright purchases. 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 November 21-23. No rainchecks.

Save Your Chops!

Indiana falls are beautiful. The chapped lips fall brings are not. This can happen for any number of reasons: perhaps the air is very dry. Practicing outside in marching band is especially hard on your lips. Heaters dry out the air when you are inside. Your “Chops” are one the most important pieces of brass and woodwind performance. If they are dry and cracked, it becomes incredibly uncomfortable to play your instrument at all. Here are some things to keep in mind to protect your lips!

How to Ease back into Playing After Summer Break

I speak from experience when I say that playing after a long break is tough! If you haven’t picked your instrument up in a few weeks, it can be really difficult to play! Everything feels alien—your chops swell up, you get exhausted after a few notes, you lose your range, and etc. I get it, I get it—hanging out at the pool with your friends is more fun than playing concert F for 30 minutes a day. Here are a few tips to ease you back into playing after summer break: