Specialist Posts

We’re Hiring – Trumpet Specialist at Paige’s Music

Our great friend and trumpet specialist, Ross Werner, is moving on to a new career in the music industry. Over the past year, Ross has done a great service for the central Indiana trumpet community and we wish him well in his new adventure!

In saying that, we are looking to hire someone to continue Ross’ hard work in growing our business in trumpet related activities. Check out our job listing for more info and feel free to reach out to me directly with any inquiries.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Music In The Gig Economy – A masterclass with Richard Dole on navigating your freelance career as a musician.

Richard Dole is an active tenor/bass trombonist and educator in Indianapolis and the surrounding region. He has toured or performed with Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Steve Lawrence/Edie Gormé, Barry Manilow, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra China tour, and in 2008 traveled with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to Egypt for a US State Department Tour.

Whew!  This makes him a perfect candidate for teaching a masterclass on how to navigate a career as a freelance musician.

Valve Guards, and Hair Ties, and BERPS… OH MY!

We have all either seen, been, or wanted to be the person who has all of those little gadgets and gizmos plastered on to their trumpet. The cool leather valve guard… The hair tie to secure your 3rdvalve slide… The mouthpiece receiver-hugging BERP… All of these items, and many more, have amazing benefits and should be used to their full potential. However, let’s think for a second about how these additions may be affecting the sound of your instrument.

Tips On Buying A New Trombone

Finding your next instrument can be a daunting task if you don’t have a game plan. The market is filled with a plethora of options, and sometimes it can be difficult to see the forest through the trees.From my time at Paige’s Music and my experience as a player, I can provide my thought process, and hopefully it will help with your future instrument selection.

Start by playing on your instrument.

Always, always, always limit the variables. Bring your current instrument and mouthpiece as well as familiar music. Warm up on your instrument and take note of how it sounds in the space around you. You need to have a control for the experiment, and your current instrument will provide that. Take out uncertainties like unfamiliar music, unfamiliar mouthpieces, and etc.

Exciting News for Brass Players – New Brass Mouthpiece Display at Paige’s Music

Paige’s Music has been the one-stop shop all things band and orchestra in central Indiana since 1871 and we are constantly looking to improve our service and product offerings.

The newest addition to our Indianapolis location is a brass mouthpiece display featuring more than 60 mouthpieces specifically chosen by our brass specialists, Ross Werner and Tucker Woerner based on their knowledge and input from local teachers and professionals. Anyone who visits our store will be able to try any and all of these mouthpieces in the pursuit of perfecting their sound.

Your student wants to play in the school band, and now you need to get an instrument. What do you need to know?

Choosing a student’s first instrument can be a daunting task. The internet is flooded with all kinds of instruments of varying qualities and prices. I like to think that instruments fit within one of four distinct categories: cheap instrument-shaped objects, viable student model instruments for beginners, intermediate instruments for the advancing player, and professional models for the musician who needs the best instrument available.

Set your child (and yourself) up for success.

Meet Tucker Woerner – Low Brass Specialist at Paige’s Music

My name is Tucker Woerner, and I am the new Low Brass Specialist at Paige’s Music. I have worked at Paige’s for about a year and a half, but I was a Paige’s customer since I started playing the trombone at Eastwood MS in 6th grade. While attending North Central HS I was encouraged by my orchestra director, Craig Ghormley, to consider pursuing music as a career. Along with his help and the guidance of my private teacher, Carl Hungerford, I successfully entered the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side program.

While in the Side-by-Side program I met Jared Rodin, and I went on to study with him at Butler University. After completing my BA in Music in 2015 I went to the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and completed my MM in Trombone Performance with an outside area in Historical Performance. My primary teachers have been M. Dee Stewart, Jared Rodin, Linda Pearse, and Carl Hungerford.

In addition to working at Paige’s Music I teach private music lessons and play my horns as much as my schedule permits. I’m always interested to hear what music you enjoy and why. As the old adage goes, “there are only two kinds of music: good and bad.” Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions regarding instruments, mouthpieces, accessories, or any other questions related to your instrument and the music you seek to make. I am always excited to hear what new things you might like to see us carry and what concerts and events are going on in our community.

Tucker Woerner
Low Brass Specialist

5282 E. 65th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220

(317) 842-2102
(800) 382-1099
(317) 813-2432 – Direct Line
(317) 596-9228 – Fax
twoerner@paigesmusic.com
www.paigesmusic.com

Meet Ross Werner – Trumpet Specialist at Paige’s Music

Hello, everyone! My name is Ross Werner, and I am the Trumpet Specialist here at Paige’s Music.

My relationship with Paige’s began like most students in Indiana when I followed my parents into the Greenwood High School Band room to get fitted for an instrument during my 5thgrade year. I distinctly remember really wanting to be a percussionist, but Mr. Kalugyer was not hesitant in telling me that I should stick to trying out the trumpet. Turns out, I guess he made a pretty good choice for me!

After my time at Greenwood High School, I went on to pursue and complete a degree in Arts Administration with a Music focus and Marketing Minor at Butler University from 2014-2018. During that time, I was fortunate enough to spend 4 years touring the country through Drum Corps International. In 2014, I played trumpet in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Rockford, Illinois. I then spent the next three summers from 2015-2017 as a drum major for Carolina Crown Drum Corps from Fort Mill, South Carolina.  My time at Butler also presented me with outstanding musical experiences, including four years as part of the University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Col. Michael Colburn and in the trumpet studio led by Allen Miller.

In addition to my work at Paige’s, I am also a freelance graphic designer doing work mostly for band programs across the country in order to provide digitally-printed props and floors, social media graphics, multimedia productions, apparel designs, and more! During the Summer/Fall months, I am also an instructor for the marching band at Avon High School.

I am super excited to get things rolling for my position here at Paige’s! Some of these things include getting to work with students and schools throughout the year, helping students and adults find their “forever” instruments, developing relationships in and around the community, and continuously learning about all things trumpet/music.

Anyone is more than welcome to visit our store and try out any/all of the trumpets we have here in the store. It is my goal to not only provide quality information, but a quality experience for anyone who is looking to invest in an instrument, from beginners to professionals.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to help any way possible!

e-mail: rwerner@paigesmusic.com

Phone: 317-813-2440 (personal)