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How To Clean Your Saxophone

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs, even when you’re home during e-learning. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on cleaning your saxophone.

Beginning Student Instrument Testing

One of the many services we provide here at Paige’s is instrument testing for incoming band and orchestra students! We strive to offer a comprehensive and educational trial experience to assist entry-level students in the instrument selection process. We have added some additional guidelines to our in-store instrument testing services to keep both our employees and customers safe.

All in-store testing is by appointment only. Each student may select up to three instruments to test. Only two guests will be allowed into the testing room at a time. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be provided to customers upon arrival. Sales associates will be wearing face masks and gloves before and during testing. All Paige’s Music employees receive a health screening each day when arriving to work.

If you would like to bring your beginning-level student in to try out instruments, please schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained sales associates.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to your instrument testing appointment, please email our Director of Retail Sales, Chelsea Whittington at cwhittington@paigesmusic.com.

We look forward to continuing to serve you!

Paige’s Music Curbside Pickup Available Again

Beginning Tuesday, April 14th we will be open normal business hours to take phone, email, online orders and to provide contact-free curbside pick-up while our showrooms remain closed. We will also be running a modified delivery route to central locations in local school districts on an as-needed basis and every purchase during the stay at home order will receive free shipping to your home. Please contact us so we can work with you to provide the most convenient arrangements possible to serve you during this current stay-at-home order.

Curbside Service Details

1. Call us at 317-842-2102

It’s best to call ahead so we can get your order or serviced items ready to go prior to your arrival.  This will save you time once you’re here.

2.  We’ll take your order or prepare your loaner or repair to be picked up.  

3.  Call us again when you arrive.  The number again is 317-842-2102.

4.  One of our staff members will bring your items out to you.

  • Staff members use hand sanitizer between each customer interaction 
  • We use disinfectant wipes on the handles of each instrument prior to bringing then out to you.
  • Receipts can be emailed to you if we have your email address on file

We are in a difficult time and find ourselves in uncharted waters.  We appreciate your patience as we try to do everything we can to keep our customers and our staff as safe as possible.

Finding Balance: Why “Perfect” Is a Point-of-View

Professional or advanced instruments will make you play and sound better. However, the actual instrument that is best for you is very subjective. We have students come in all the time with the intention of getting the best trumpet and mouthpiece. Those students don’t know that there is NO universal best trumpet or best mouthpiece. There is ONLY the best trumpet and mouthpiece for a particular player.

A Music Performance Lifestyle is an Athletic Lifestyle

If I had a dollar for every time someone has said “marching band is a sport!” I could by the entire S&P 500. It is a truly silly argument. It’s like saying a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable—it may be technically correct but it doesn’t have any real-world implications. You can put tomatoes in a salad or in a salsa—one of which is mostly composed of vegetables, and one that is mostly composed of fruits. See—it’s just a point of view for the sake of having a point of view. This is not an editorial on such matters—it IS an editorial on approaching music performance like an athlete instead of purely as artistic expression.

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.

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:

Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey

November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956

Throughout his 35 years career as a professional trombonist and bandleader, Tommy Dorsey established himself as one of the most popular musicians of his era. It’s often forgotten that the musicians we study now were the elite popular musicians of their time. During the 1930s and 1940s Dorsey had 286 Billboard chart hits, including 17 number one singles. 

In addition to his commercial success, Dorsey’s signature style has been adopted by generations of musicians. His slide vibrato, phrasing, and fluidity have inspired countless trombonists, and Frank Sinatra cited Dorsey as one of his primary influences. Sinatra was a member of the Tommy Dorsey orchestra from 1940-1942, and he can be heard on 80 records with the band. In the classical realm, Dorsey’s playing has been attributed as one of the primary inspirations for Henri Tomasi’s “Concerto for Trombone.”

For more information about Dorsey please visit https://www.allmusic.com/artist/tommy-dorsey-mn0000934072/biography