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Music At The College Level

Indiana State University Wind Symphony

Indiana State University Wind Symphony

Music does not have to end with high school graduation. You are not required to be a music major to reap the benefits of a college music program. Compared to a high school program, colleges and universities can offer a much wider array of ensembles to play in, such as year-round orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, show choir, theater ensembles as well as marching band and pep band.

Performing music at the college level is a transformative experience. What makes the experience transformative is that most of the work and practice you put into it will be on your own. Almost all of your rehearsal time will be put into the music itself. Your group rehearsals may also be quite independent in terms of sectionals and other small group rehearsals. This time will challenge you to improve yourself without the supervision you might be used to. This gives you the opportunity to not only master your instrument and performance of music, but to make incredible lifetime friends!

Scott Hayden – Brass Technician

Scott Hayden

A sad but happy time for us in the shop this week.

Scott Hayden, our lead brass technician, is retiring after 39 years of service here at Paige’s Music.

When Scott joined me here in 1977 it was just the two of us doing all the repairs. Four shop remodeling’s and two moves later we now have a staff of 23 in the shop. Through all of the changes Scott has been instrumental in development, training, organizing and maintaining the level of repair we believe in, as well as one of the finest brass technicians I know.

We wish him well in this new chapter of his life as he and his wife, Mary Lou, get to enjoy their grandkids and traveling at their leisure.

~ Tim Roethler

You can learn more about Scott from his Staff Spotlight that we recorded back in February of this year (2016).

 

Being A Yamaha Shokunin Dealer

Yamaha Shokunin

Earlier this year, Paige’s Music became a Shokunin Select Dealer.  What does Shokunin mean? Yamaha phrases it as:

Shokunin

(sho-ku-neen) Japanese (n) craftsman, artisan.

“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.”- Toshio Odate

Shokunin logoAt Paige’s Music, we feature Yamaha’s highest quality instruments elegantly crafted by Yamaha’s finest luthiers. In the process of designing each Shokunin instrument, each instrument serves as a laboratory for new designs, new features, and a new approach the instrument itself. These instruments are the most innovative and are often the birthplace for features that you will see across the Yamaha range in the future. Let’s take a closer look at some very special members of the Yamaha family.

 

Need to rent a school band or orchestra instrument? We’re here to help!

School Band and Orchestra Rentals at Paige's Music

It’s the beginning of August. The sun is shining, the wind is warm, it’s the height of summer. In Indiana, school is starting. For many students, this means that English, math, biology, history come roaring back from the long summer. For a growing number of students, this also means the beginning of the musician’s journey!

At Paige’s Music, we have partnered with many schools throughout the state to become the supplier of school band and orchestra instruments. For many families, the easiest option is to rent. Renting with Paige’s Music is a great opportunity to participate in music-making. We make rental easy and convenient and provide you with peace of mind.

All of our band and orchestra rentals include free repair and replacement, free deliveries and pick-up, exchange, return, and early purchase discount options.

We have several convenient options for renting an instrument on our Debut Rental plan.

How To Thrive At Band Camp

Band camp is one of the most fun, difficult, and trying times during any musician’s career.

You will gain many great friends, make some great memories, and be pushed to achieve musical greatness as an individual and in an ensemble.

As an alumni of the Avon Marching Black & Gold, the Marian University Marching Band and as a staff member of the Greenfield-Central Cougar Pride, I have a plethora of tips to help not only survive band camp, but also to achieve at the highest possible level!

While you will achieve greatness, there is no way around band camp being an activity that is strenuous and will require more effort and dedication than almost anything else you will ever do! To help you through this, here is a checklist of things you can do to make sure you are prepared no matter where, when or how you are rehearsing:

Stay Hydrated

Being hydrated is the easiest thing you can do to achieve at band camp. This is Indiana, and as you already know, Indiana generally has very hot summers! You should fill a one-gallon jug with ice and water. Why one-gallon? This will be enough to get you through every minute of the day without having to refill it as well as keep it cold from sunrise to sunset. Hydrate often. Every time a staff member gives you a water break, drink!

You can also supplement with a sports drink such as Gatorade, Powerade, and etc., but remember, every time you take a sip of your sports drink, take a drink of water as well!

Stretch

Flexibility is one of the most important aspects of marching band, especially in trends where the shows are faster, more difficult, and more strenuous than ever before. Start off every day with a good stretch. Also stretch during water breaks and meal breaks. For a sample stretch routine, click here: http://www.builtlean.com/2011/05/25/basic-stretching-exercises-routine/

Take Care of Your Instrument

No matter how well an instrument is designed, harsh weather requires careful attention to the condition of your instrument.

Brass:

  1. Oil your valves daily. Take one valve out of the casing at a time and put a few drops of oil on it, re-insert the valve and twist it gently to coat the entire inside of the valve. Take the valve out, and oil it again and re-insert it and lock it shut.
  2. Grease all tuning slides as necessary. Never wait until they are “frozen”!
  3. Polish your instrument at the end of each day to get all the dirt, dust, and sweat off of the finish. This will keep it clean and protect the finish.
  4. Clean your mouthpiece daily. Use a mouthpiece brush and warm water with soap. This will prevent build up and will allow you to play your instrument correctly.

 

Woodwinds:

  1. Clean your instrument at the end of each day. Use the appropriate swab to clean the inside of the instrument and be sure to clean off your keys with the appropriate cloth. Keeping your instrument clean is essential to playing great every day!
  2. Clean your mouthpiece daily. Clarinets and saxophones can use a mouthpiece brush; flutes can use the appropriate cleaning cloth.
  3. Grease the instrument cork as necessary. Summer heat can cause the cork to swell during the day. Keeping your cork greased will go a long way in making sure you can take your instrument apart to keep it clean and to store it in the case.

 

All Instruments:

One of the best things for you to do to preserve the finish of your instrument is to lay it on a towel. Throughout a typical band camp day, your instrument will spend a great deal of time on the ground, whether it be in sectionals, a drill block, and etc., instead of laying your instrument on the hot, rough concrete, place a towel under it to prevent the instrument from getting scratched.

Whether this is your first band camp or fourth band camp, you will have a great time, make new friends, and experience the beauty and passion of music making with great musicians around you. Remember, no matter how hard you work, enjoy yourself and choose to be great!