General Posts

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

Join Our Team!

Paige’s Music is hiring for multiple positions within our Retail Sales department!

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in music education, business, performance, or equivalent
  • Background in instrumental music (band and/or orchestra)
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and organization skills

Candidates with the following skills and qualifications will be more favorably considered:

  • Loves “puppy parties”
  • Enjoys the occasional after-work dinner with coworkers (preferably tacos)
  • Willingness to participate in local trivia nights
  • Open to working with sports fanatics, movie buffs, audiophiles, foodies, gym junkies, hikers, and mountain bikers
  • Passionate about having a genuinely good time with some genuinely good folks

More specifics can be found through the links below, but if you’re already sold (see what I did there) email me your resume at cwhittington@pagiesmusic.com. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Retail Sales Associate
https://www.paigesmusic.com/paiges/run?id=6&_jlid=6929&lvid=557

 

Retail Sales Specialist – Clarinet
https://www.paigesmusic.com/paiges/run?id=6&_jlid=6853&lvid=557

 

Retail Sales Specialist – Saxophone
https://www.paigesmusic.com/paiges/run?id=6&_jlid=6930&lvid=557

Is competition in music a good thing?

Perhaps there is more to life than winning first chair, winning the gold medal in ISSMA Orchestra competition, or winning the Bands of America Grand National Championship. In my time as a musician from middle school through the collegiate level I often heard that music is not a competition. This has come from parents and teachers who want to believe that music education is solely about art. Several studies that indicate the study of music helps students become more creative, more intelligent, etc. (You can find these on our Monday posts titled “Truth in Music Education”). Artistry and intelligence is important, so is preparing for the competition that is everyday life. Perhaps artistry and intelligence are source of the “good life” but make no mistake that one must prepare for the stresses and strains of modern life. I fully believe that the competitive component of music education is one of the most important learning experiences every student can have.

S.E. Shires Q Series Trombones Now At Paige’s Music

Paige’s Music is happy to announce that we are now carrying S.E. Shires Q Series trombones. These remarkable instruments bring the extraordinary S.E. Shires sound and craftsmanship to a more ordinary price point. The modular components of the Q Series trombones are fully compatible with S.E. Shires Custom trombones. This means that any musicians wanting to further explore their equipment options in the future will be free to do so without limitations. We are currently stocking the Model TBQ30YA and Model TBQ36YR, but please don’t hesitate to contact us about anything else within the S.E. Shires line up.

Here is what the manufacturer has to say about these fine instruments: