Next month we are sending two Technicians out to Yamaha’s facility for some specialized “Shokunin” training. In March we are sending a Technician out for certification on installing Straubinger flute pads. And in April we will be sending four of our technicians to the yearly convention of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) to attend multiple seminars and training sessions.
We aren’t required to do this. We choose to regularly send our technicians out to training seminars throughout the year to keep up on the latest and greatest techniques, tools and new materials that may well improve the services we provide on maintaining your instruments. We constantly better ourselves and our methods to pass them on to you, our customers, for a better, more comprehensive repair.
We believe that this approach aligns with our vision as a company; Our vision is for every student to reach his or her potential through the positive, life-changing power of making music. We believe in that vision so strongly that we devote all of our energy, passion and resources to serving and strengthening music education across Indiana.
If we rest on our laurels and depend on “the way we’ve always done it” or perform “band-aid” repairs to get you by, we’re failing that vision, and more importantly, the teachers and the students.
You can count on us to be thorough and complete in the service that we perform and advice that we offer so that students can practice and perform on instruments that perform reliably for a long time to come.
Please join us on the evenings of November 9th and November 13th to help us mark the Grand Opening of our new retail showrooms at Paige’s Music.
George Pope – Flute Clinic and Performance
On November 9th, the Indy Flute Shop will host a FREE clinic and performance by George Pope, Altus artist and Emeritus Professor of Flute at the University of Akron! George Pope is hailed as a motivational and highly successful teacher. Still an active performer, Pope released …some measures for living, a solo CD, in 2016. Laurence Vittes of Gramophone UK has written: “The wonder of Pope’s playing is how engagingly, articulately, flowingly and objectively he pours himself into the music.”
He currently serves as the Instructor of Flute at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and has served as Principal Flute of the Akron Symphony Orchestra for 24 years and Principal Flute of the Blossom Festival Orchestra. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, the Monteux Festival Orchestra and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. In addition to this impressive list, he has also served on the presidential cycle and as program chair of the National Flute Association, and he will be the recipient of the NFA Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 convention in Orlando.
“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” That is how the Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.
Very Limited Seating – Please Reserve Your Tickets
Both events are being presented inside the new retail showroom at Paige’s Music. Seating will be very limited and we highly recommend that you reserve your tickets in advance at the links below or by clicking on the appropriate image above.
The DCI Tour Premiere is in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium this Thursday, June 23rd. The gates open at 7pm with the show starting at 8:30pm. We think you should be there! Here are just a few reasons why!
1. Experience the shows live before anyone else
While the Drum Corps International Summer Tour will be taking place over the next 8 weeks and there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the performances and productions the corps have to offer, there is nothing like seeing each show live with an audience for the first time.
Drum Corps International is the premier drum and bugle corps organization featuring well-known corps such as the Blue Devils, The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, and many other famous and fantastic performance ensembles.
Modern drum and bugle corps are the “Division 1” of the marching music and Drum Corps International is “Marching Music’s Major League” and the top groups compete for the World Class World Championship in August in Indianapolis.
For a taste of the best drum and bugle corps has to offer, please enjoy this video!
2. Experience Music, Old and New.
Throughout its history, drum and bugle corps have had the creative freedom to experiment, explore, and excite audiences around the globe. Today, the world class corps premiering their programs are among the most creative and influential forces within the performing arts. Some of the music you will hear is old, some of it is new, and every take is a fresh interpretation!
You won’t just hear the music, you’ll see the music too! Each corps will feature an incredible color guard as well as instrumental members creating a visual experience to enhance every musical flavor, color, and texture.
I can guarantee that you will walk out of the experience full of inspiration and be moved by each and every performance.
3. Educational Experience
Beyond the artistry of the performances themselves, the corps will be rehearsing and teaching by example. In addition to watching the performances themselves, the warmup areas provide a great opportunity to see how each corps conditions its members for playing, movement, and performing. The great thing about this portion of each performance is that every student learn how a great performance is great in the first place because each performing member has a strong foundation. It’s a great reminder of how important the basics are!
In addition to the informal education provided by watching warmups and rehearsals, Drum Corps International is partnering with the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) to provide an educational experience for band directors and marching band staff. The event will feature The Troopers and Richard Saucedo, James Stephens, Michael Cesario and Jeff Queen. http://www.imeamusic.org/2017-marching-music-academy/
One more opportunity Drum Corps International is providing is the Kick Start interactive workshop with motivational speaker Fran Kick. The workshop is designed to “kick start” many of the lessons students and organizations will learn over the course of their marching experience. More information on Kick Start can be found here:
4. See the best and brightest future music educators
The spirit of drum and bugle corps is captured not only in the spectacle of the performances, but the torch the members carry on in their careers. Many of the performers are already music teachers and some will become directors of prestigious music programs, from elementary schools to universities. Many of the lessons learned will be passed on and further developed by an activity that transforms music educators for life.
Not only will you see great future music educators, but many students in the audience will audition for membership in one of these groups
5. Downtown Indianapolis
Downtown Indianapolis has been voted as one of the most walkable and family-friendly cities in America! In addition to the lovely downtown selection of restaurants, parks, and other attractions, you will experience drum corps in the beautiful Lucas Oil Stadium. Lucas Oil Stadium is consistently rated one of the best stadiums in the NFL and has been home to Drum Corps International World Championships since 2009.
More information on downtown attractions can be found at visitindy.com
As we near the end of the school year, one of the questions on a band parent’s mind is, “What do we do with my student’s instrument?” There are a couple of answers to this, but we can help you answer them.
First, you need to find out if your student plans to play again next year. If the answer to this is “yes” then you don’t need to do anything. Your student will bring the instrument home on the last day of school. This will give them the ability to play it all summer long. There are many online resources that they can utilize to make their playing even better while they are at home. The best part about it is that you student will be able to play whatever music they choose and they will go back in the fall an even better player than they were at the end of May.
If your student has decided that they are not going to participate in the music program next year, we make getting their instrument back to use easy as well. Here is a video that explains exactly how to get it back to us.
A couple of weeks ago a few of us from Paige’s Music had the pleasure of traveling to sunny Anaheim, California to attend the annual winter NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants). There we had the opportunity to meet with our vendors to review current products, as well as see and learn about new products hitting the market in 2016. One of the most notable products on the winds side came from Buffet where they introduced us to their new Tradition clarinet.
Expected to launch next month, the Tradition is being described by its creators as being “inspired by a pre-1950’s design while taking into account the needs of modern musical repertoire and performance practice”. Featuring a cylindrical bore that compliments the R13 and RC bore families, Buffet has stated this new instrument is “Le son à l’état pur,” or “Sound at its purest level”. They also go on to say:
“The project was completed with the objective of offering a clarinet in its most natural form, with no unnecessary changes or overstated technology. The new bore concept traces its inspiration to one of the earliest modern professional clarinets, the fabled Buffet Crampon BC20. Featuring a cylindrical bore design, the new clarinet harkens back to the purity of sound produced by the BC20, with a tone hole placement inspired by the Tosca design. The result is an instrument that presents a clear, focused, rich sound suitable for any acoustic environment and an even scale for consistent intonation throughout all registers. These innovations allow the amateur or professional clarinetist to focus on making music, rather than constantly adjusting their embouchure and voicing.”
We here at Paige’s Music are excited for the introduction of this new professional model clarinet to add to our ever evolving step up selection. Once it arrives to our store, we welcome beginning and professional clarinetists alike to come try the Buffet Tradition and provide us with your feedback!
Keys: Bb, A/ Pitch: 440?442 Hz Features: Body:
Stained African blackwood
Delivered with 2 barrels
65 and 66mm for Bb
64 and 65mm for A Keywork:
18 keys, 6 rings
Eb left hand lever
Adjustable thumb rest
Silver plated or Nickel plated keywork
Blue steel springs
GT – leather and natural cork
Single (Bb) or double (Bb and A), dark naugahyde, new generation pochette style