Staff Spotlight Posts

Congratulations Steve Purcell

Our friend and colleague, Mr. Steve Purcell, retires today from Paige’s. Steve has been a true champion of music education his entire adult life, first as a band director in Westfield, Indiana, then, for the past 40 years, as a District Manager for Paige’s Music.

Steve is best known for bringing joy to band and orchestra directors by combining a dangerous wit, genuine personality, and responsive approach to his personal service to music educators. Through his selfless dedication to music education, Steve will forever be known as the original “Paige’s guy” in the Indianapolis metropolitan schools!

We can’t thank Steve enough for his effort in helping to build Paige’s Music school service operation to what it is today. He is truly a remarkable team member whose ideals will live on for very long time here at Paige’s.

We will miss him dearly but know that it is his time to enjoy life as the golfing grandfather, stay-at-home husband, and finally the bourbon connoisseur that he’s always wanted to be!

Congratulations Steve! Well done, well done!

Below is Steve’s spotlight interview from a couple years back!



“I’m really proud to, not only have been a teacher, which I think is a wonder thing to be. But then to get to serve all of these wonderful programs all these years. It’s been a good thing to do with my life. I’m very proud of it.”

The End of An Era

As we start a new year we want to begin by recognizing the ending of an era in the ongoing story of the Paige’s Music Repair Shop. As 2019 came to a close, our long time Repair Shop Director, Tim Roethler, retired after 42 years of service. Tim built and led our repair department since May of 1977. His leadership of over 4 decades was instrumental in building what we believe to be one of the premier repair facilities in the nation. He will be sorely missed and we can’t thank him enough for all that he’s done in the past and how well he has us setup for the future. Well done, Tim!

Below is one of “Staff Spotlights” with Tim. Take a few minutes to learn how he got the repair shop started and how it’s grown over the years.

A Special Staff Spotlight on Tim Roethler

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and it feels like the appropriate time to show our extreme gratitude to long-time staff member who will be retiring from Paige’s next Month. Tim Roethler has built and led our repair department since May of 1977. His leadership of over 4 decades will be sorely missed and we can’t thank him enough for all that he’s done in the past and how well he has us setup for the future. Well done, Tim!

 

Our very first staff spotlight with Tim is above. Take a few minutes to learn how Tim got the repair shop started and how it’s grown over the years.

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!