Staff Spotlight Posts

Do All Of You Play Instruments? – Paige’s Staff Spotlights

I get this question quite a lot when I tell people I work at a music store. “Do all of the people you work with play instruments?” While not everyone at Paige’s plays an instrument, the majority of us do. In fact, it’s usually more than just one instrument. It doesn’t stop at simply playing the instruments either. We have staff who teach privately, teach at schools, as well as compose music that’s performed by school ensembles.

Watch below as a few of our staff answer this very question from past staff spotlights.

Why Do You Love What You Do? – Paige’s Staff Spotlight

The staff spotlight for September is a montage of past spotlights answering the question, “Why do you love what you do?” Three of our District Managers, Nate, Matt, and Mike, talk about why they enjoy visiting schools each week to support students and directors.

Meet Becky Nash – Brass Technician at Paige’s Music

We’re very excited to introduce you to the latest addition to our brass technician staff in our repair shop, Becky Nash. Learn more about her by reading our quick Q&A with her below!

Position: Brass Technician

Start Date: May 2019

Training or Education:
Bachelors in Music Education from Drake University in Des Moines, IA

Band Instrument Repair Diploma from Red Wing (Minnesota State College – Southeast)

Where are you from originally:
Pekin, IL

What instruments do you play:
Trumpet

What do you enjoy most about being a technician:
I love the variety of instruments and repairs I see. No two horns are the same, no damage is the same and it’s my job to find the solution.

What is the most unusual repair you’ve had to deal with:
Finding fuzzy mold on trumpet pistons is always fun, but I think the most interesting thing I’ve witnessed is a trombone slide that not only had a pencil shoved all the way down to the crook, but also a battery. Needless to say, the slide had to come apart. Yikes.

What is your most memorable musical experience:
In college, a group of us decided to pile in a car (a car that couldn’t go faster than 55mph without shaking) and drive the 6 hours to Chicago to watch the CSO play a Sunday matinee of the Rite of Spring. It was fantastic.

Brian Travelsted – Staff Spotlight

Our staff spotlight for August is on Brian Travelsted. Brian has a unique position here at Paige’s where he splits his time between Chops and the Paige’s repair shop – all with a focus on percussion. Watch his spotlight below to learn more about him.

Nate Pollard – Staff Spotlight

Our staff spotlight for July is on Nate Pollard. Nate is one of our District Managers and he has been with us for about 2 and a half years. Watch his spotlight below to learn how he made his way to Paige’s Music!

Favorite Thing About Working at Paige’s – Staff Spotlight

The staff spotlight for June is a montage of past spotlights answering the question, “What’s your favorite thing about working at Paige’s Music?” Cake, coffee, and friends are a few of our favorite things. Watch below to hear all the answers!

Ben Bruemmer – Staff Spotlight

Our staff spotlight for May is on Ben Bruemmer from the Repair Shop. Ben has been at Paige’s Music for a little over 2 years and his one of our Woodwind Repair Technicians. Learn more about him by watching his spotlight below.

Ben Parrott – Staff Spotlight

The staff spotlight for April is on Ben Parrott from our String Repair staff. Ben has been at Paige’s Music for almost 2 years, but has been in the string world for more than 2 decades. Watch his spotlight below to learn more about him.