We're proud to be a part of Make Music Day 2018, occurring on Thursday, June 21st.
For more information on this international event, please see here...www.makemusicday.org/
To register as a participant, please see here...http://www.makemusicday.org/nwct/
This is a great celebration of free music. Learn more and think about sharing your gift.
As many of you know, guitar maker Gibson has been in financial trouble for the last few years. After taking the company in a new direction, which included electronics and software, the market went soft, and the federal government levied some hefty fines for importation of protected hardwoods.
It's anyone's guess whether or not Gibson will survive. We suspect it will. The brand is iconic and the products still highly sought after.
spring and summer will be interesting. There are debt payments due, and escalation of repayment if those payments fall short. There is maneuvering to oust the current CEO, and vulture capitalists are eyeing the company.
Some interesting articles from the last month or so...
These images offer a look inside the workshop where craftsmen are carefully constructing fanfare trumpets to be used at the royal wedding.
Richard Smith, 57, co-founder of brass instrument manufacturer Smith-Watkins, told how he was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence to create 20 state fanfare trumpets for a number of state and royal occasions.
Here's the company, with which I'm not familiar, but they do some nice work...http://smithwatkins.com/
with CHRISTINA ALLYN (B.A Mus.Ed/Mus.Perf., M.A. Mus.Ed.)
Learn and have fun with your child in a welcoming musical environment! Children will explore music by drumming, singing, and moving. In this six (6) lesson program, your child will sample different percussion instruments from around the world, learn music basics, make music in a group setting, and experience the joy of music through improvisation. Sign up with your child for the Pre-School Session (ages 3-6) or the Toddler Session (ages 1½ -3.)
Call (860) 482-9047 for more information and to register.
Cost: $120.00 Sibling Discount.
March 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and May 1st
Pre-School 10:30 – 11:00 am
Toddler 11:15 – 11:45 am
..."After almost two years on the market, the building that houses Avatar Studios has been acquired by Berklee. The studio — which originally opened as the Power Station in 1977, and where Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, David Bowie and the cast of “Hamilton” have recorded — will be renovated, expanded and rebranded as BerkleeNYC. The recording studios will continue to operate commercially as the Power Station at BerkleeNYC, along with new offerings including educational programs, performances and resources for local musicians."
After a hiatus of approximately five years, The Liddle Big Band is back in business! With Leo passing just over four years ago, the band went to parts unknown. Thankfully, many members still had an interest in continuing his legacy. New charts, some new members, some old members, and a slightly different feel have come together for two rehearsals to date. We've settled on a rehearsal schedule which can be found on the calendar page. Rehearsals are open to current and former students of The Music Shop. We endeavor to keep Leo's legacy alive and introduce our students, both young and old, to the modern big band. From Miller to Basie, to Maynard, Mintzer, Curnow, et al, we'll be swinging and having fun. Feel free to join us. Rehearsals are 7:00 - 9:00, the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
Just back from the Summer NAMM 2017 show. NAMM is the National Association of Music Merchants and they hold their summer trade show in Nashville. Four days of classes for the large and not so large music stores plus a giant trade show of what may be the latest in musical offerings. From guitars, drums, band instruments, accessories, electronics, amps, microphones, etc., it's all there to view. The dealers, ranging from small to mega-large, are more than happy to spend time answering questions and touting their products. It's very informative and we've made some good deals for new items in the shop. Come by and check out our new additions.
This years honorees at the American Eagle Awards were Crystal Gayle, Patti Smith, and Harry Shearer. All great artists that contribute to the betterment of music, be it in schools, in legal challenges, or community action. They all performed and it was wonderful to hear them. Learn more about those artists at http://www.crystalgayle.com/ , http://www.pattismith.net/intro.html , and http://harryshearer.com/
Lastly, artists perform for free during the trade show. There's everything from funk bands to the world's fastest drummer competition. On the last day, an icon of country music appeared. Charley Pride. What a gentleman and great performer. Check him out at http://splash.charleypride.com/ And check out his new album. Funny guy, humble, and sings his heart out.