Bob Mintzer Clinic & Performance – presented by Eastman and The Sax Shop!

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Mar 252015

Free Clinic & Performance with Bob Mintzer

Eastman Music Company and The Sax Shop are proud to present a special “Clinic and Performance” with Bob Mintzer, legendary LA-based jazz saxophonist!  Join us on Saturday, April 25 at 1PM at Schmitt Music Brooklyn CenterFREE!

Bob Mintzer is a legendary jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, big band leader and member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets. Don’t miss this chance to hear a true jazz great play and talk about music! He’ll be performing with and showcasing Andreas Eastman “52nd Street” saxophones. This FREE clinic and performance precedes Bob’s evening concert on Saturday, April 25 with the JazzMN Orchestra!

At the event, you can GET $100 OFF on any new 52nd Street or Eastman saxophone! We’ll also have discounts on select popular mouthpieces and accessories!

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!  Give us a call at 763-398-5034, email us at, or use our online RSVP form – .

Check out Randy Brecker & Bob Mintzer performing at Bflat Jazz Festival in 2012:

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The JazzMN Orchestra, the Twin Cities’ premier professional jazz ensemble, performs a broad range of jazz repertoire spanning classic and contemporary styles, showcasing outstanding musicians from throughout the region, and featuring world-class guest artists. Formed as a nonprofit arts organization in 1998, JazzMN, Inc. supports its mission to promote excellence in the jazz art form through performance, preservation and educational outreach.

CLICK HERE to visit and get your tickets for Bob’s evening JazzMN show!


“Playing music is a life long commitment. There are always new things to consider and develop. I’m exhilarated and humbled by music on a daily basis, and plan to continue on this path until my last day on earth.” These words pretty much sums up Bob Mintzer’s approach to music.

Bob leads several musical lives that, at times, seem humanly impossible for one person to sustain. He is a 20 year member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets, leads his own Grammy winning big band, is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, does workshops all over the world, writes books on jazz, writes for orchestra, concert band, and big band, travels with his own quartet, and plays with numerous other bands around the globe. He is equally active in the composing, performing and educational fields.

Bob has written over 200 big band arrangements. His big band music is played over the world, and has influenced numerous big band writers. He honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis. He has also written works for the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. WDR Big band in Cologne, HR Big Band in Frankfurt and was commissioned to write a piece for concert band and tenor sax by a consortium of 50 universities.

As an instrumentalist Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All Star Big Band, Mike Manieri, The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagan, Milton Nascimento, and countless others.

Bob has recorded some 30 solo projects and was awarded with 4 grammy nominations and a Grammy award for best large jazz ensemble recording in 2001 for Homage to Count Basie on the DMP label.

Bob currently resides in Los Angeles in the former house of composer Arnold Schoenberg (his first LA residence, 1934-1936), teaches at USC, travels 4 months out of the year, and, when at home, writes and practices constantly. He is generally considered one of the tenor saxophonists who came out the school of New York players in the 70’s, which includes Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, David Liebman and Steve Grossman.

Visit his website to learn more:


Trombone Shop Grand Opening at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center

Free Clinic & Master Class, Special Products & Pricing!

Celebrate the “Grand Opening” of The Trombone Shop – a great new addition to the Pro Shops at Schmitt Music Brooklyn CenterSaturday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Trombone Shop is filled with professional and intermediate low brass instruments and a great selection of accessories from Bach, Conn, Yamaha, S.E. Shires, Getzen, Blessing, Courtois, Denis Wick, Schilke, Monette, Kelly, Protec, Humes & Berg, Jo-Ral, Hetman Lubricants and more! Join us for these “Grand Opening” events:

Open House: all day, 10AM to 6PM – PBONE GIVEAWAYS, $100 OFF ANY NEW TROMBONE!

Check out The Trombone Shop’s great selection, including an expanded inventory of instruments from Conn-Selmer and S.E. Shires! All day long, you’ll find special pricing on select instruments, and GET $100 OFF any new trombone during the event! Plus, we’ll have DOOR PRIZES and we’re giving away a FREE PBONE after each clinic/performance!

Michael B Nelson clinicMichael B. Nelson Clinic & Performance: 11AM to 12PM

Join us for a free performance and clinic with Michael B. Nelson, producer, composer, arranger, trombonist and leader of the Hornheads (formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation). Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot! Call 763-398-5018, email or to use our online RSVP form.

R. Douglas Wright Master ClassR. Douglas Wright Master Class & Performance: 3PM to 5PM

Join us for a free Master Class and performance with R. Douglas Wright, principal trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995. Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot! Call 763-398-5018, email or to use our online RSVP form.

Contact Keith Hilson, Trombone Shop Manager, to learn more about our “Grand Opening” or to RSVP for an event. Please call 763-398-5018 or email

Michael B. Nelson, tromboneMichael B. Nelson has distinguished himself as the leader, composer, arranger, and trombonist for the internationally acclaimed, 5-piece a cappella jazz horn group, the HORNHEADS.

From 1991-2001 Nelson and the Hornheads recorded and toured worldwide with Prince, performing for over 2 million concert goers. Nelson recorded and arranged horns for 20 CDs with Prince and associated Paisley Park artists and co-wrote “Billy Jack Bitch” on Prince’s Grammy-nominated Gold Experience CD. In 1996 Nelson received a McKnight Composers Fellowship through the American Composers Forum.

As a top call studio musician, he has appeared on over 100 CDs, with producer, composer, arranger, and performer credits on 3 Hornheads solo releases (Fat Lip, 5 Heads Are Better Than 1, and Hornheads) and 10 Compass Records CDs for the Target retail chain. Nelson has performed and/or recorded with Chaka Khan, Doc Severinsen, Lenny Kravitz, The Jonas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Mandy Moore, Jimmy Jam, Johnny Mathis, Honor Society, Larry Graham, Ben Sidran, Jordan Pruitt, Babyface, Maceo Parker, and many others. He has also worked on many commercial projects for companies such as Target, BMW, Holiday Inn, Macys, ABC, Minnesota Twins, Best Buy, General Mills, Hormel, Donatos, Long John Silver, and Redline Entertainment.

Learn more about Michael B. Nelson on his website:

R. Douglas Wright, tromboneR. Douglas Wright has served as the principal trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995. He received his training at the New England Conservatory under the guidance of his principal teacher, Norman Bolter. While still attending NEC, Doug began playing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, holding the position of 2nd trombone there for four years. In addition, he played frequently in the trombone section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to his appointment with the Minnesota Orchestra, Doug was the trombonist of the Empire Brass Quintet, performing concerts and teaching master classes around the world. During that time, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Boston University.

Other orchestral positions that Mr. Wright has held include assistant principal trombone of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, principal trombone of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra. Additionally, Doug has performed numerous times under the baton of Maestro Valerie Gergiev as a member of the World Orchestra for Peace, an orchestra comprised of musicians from over 70 orchestras located in over 40 different countries.
Doug has recorded extensively in both orchestral and chamber music settings with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Empire Brass Quintet. In a mild departure, he appeared with the rock group “Aerosmith” in an MTV video. Truer to form, he has performed as featured soloist with a number of orchestras, including numerous times with the Minnesota Orchestra.

In 2001, Doug gave the world premiere of Mixed Feelings, a trombone concerto commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra and written expressly for him by Viennese composer, Kurt Schwertsik. More recently, he performed Kalevi Aho’s Symphony no. 9 for Solo Trombone and Orchestra. As a Selmer clinician, Doug has performed solo recitals and taught master classes throughout the United States and abroad.

Learn more about R. Douglas Wright:

Click here to learn more about The Trombone Shop, or contact Trombone Shop Manager, Keith Hilson, for “Grand Opening” event details. Please call 763-398-5018 or email us at

Charles Lazarus Master Class & Performance – presented by Yamaha and The Trumpet Shop!

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Mar 202015

Free Master Class & Performance with Charles Lazarus

Yamaha and The Trumpet Shop are proud to present a special “Master Class and Performance” with Charles Lazarus, trumpeter and composer, Yamaha Artist, and member of the Minnesota Orchestra.  Join us at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center on Sunday, April 26 from 1PM to 2PM – FREE!

Charles Lazarus will be presenting a solo trumpet performance, followed by a clinic with opportunities for students to play and get feedback on the performance. Charles is a Yamaha Artist, and will be performing on Yamaha trumpets. During the event, you can GET 10% OFF on a new Yamaha Silent Brass System – play and practice anytime, anywhere!

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!  Call 763-398-5018, email us at, or use our online RSVP form – .

Check out Charles and band performing his tune “Kilauea’s Fountains” on MN Originals:

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Charles Lazarus is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk fired jazz. The trumpeter / composer’s eclectic career has been met with acclaim from critics worldwide. Lazarus made his main stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and currently the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been on the trumpet faculties of Princeton University and St. Olaf College, and has performed and taught master classes in every US state, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia.

Lazarus has performed his own compositions for the Montreal and Ottawa international jazz festivals, live on Radio Canada, for music videos that have aired nationally on Canadian television, and as an opening act for Tony Bennett. He has performed with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montreal Symphony and has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and the Bach Society among others. He has recorded for television and Imax film scores, as well as major symphony orchestras and numerous classical, pop and jazz ensembles. Lazarus released his debut solo CD, Solo Settings, in 2005 and followed up with a second recording, Zabava, in 2008.

A 2007 winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Lazarus has created and premiered three original orchestra pops programs in recent years: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon: Big Band Love Songs.

Visit his website to learn more:


Shell Lake Arts Center Summer Music Camp, Win a Scholarship

You Could Win a Summer Music Camp Scholarship!

Are you serious about taking your playing to the next level? Would you like to study with incredible musicians for free? Schmitt Music and McNally Smith College of Music are excited to offer a chance to WIN A FULL SCHOLARSHIP to attend your choice of a Summer Music Camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin this summer – A $575 VALUE!

Get details and enter to win @

Must be 15-18 years old to enter. Winners will be announced on May 18. Camps are available June 14 through August 7, including: Jazz Improvisation, Guitar & Bass Workshops, Extreme Strings, Trumpet, Trombone, and Sax Workshops, Rock Band, and Show Choir! Click here to learn more about the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI.


Kawai piano instant rebates in March

You’ll get an INSTANT REBATE UP TO $1,000 when you “Spring for a Kawai” and buy a qualifying new Kawai piano this month!

Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today and set up a showing. You’ll see and hear why Kawai pianos and the choice of those who know! Visit your Schmitt Music store and purchase an eligible Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or select digital pianos (models CP2 & CP3) before March 31, 2015, to qualify for an Instant Rebate – save $150 up to $1,000 instantly!

Ask about our “same as cash” and other great financing options.
NEW VERTICAL PIANOS – from just $68.74 per month!*
NEW GRAND PIANOS – starting at $147.01 per month!*

*With qualified credit; monthly payment assumes 7% sales tax, 10% down payment, 9.99% APR; includes local delivery

Click here to find your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist online.

Schmitt Music Awarded Kawai’s “Dealer of the Year, Digital Pianos” at the Winter NAMM Show!

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Mar 012015

Schmitt Music Kawai digital piano award

Schmitt Music was recently honored by Kawai Pianos with the “Dealer of the Year – Digital Pianos” award at the annual Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California.

The award represents an extraordinary achievement by Schmitt Music’s Piano Specialists, who sold more Kawai digital pianos than any other company in the U.S. last year! Schmitt Music proudly represents Kawai instruments in every market where we do business. Contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today to set up your showing, and let us help you find the perfect piano!

Kawai’s annual awards reception was held on the opening night of the NAMM show, on Thursday, January 22, 2015. At the event, President of Kawai Global Group, Hirotaka Kawai, noted that in 2014 Kawai received seven major international awards for excellence, the most ever in a single year.

Kawai Award for Dealer of the Year - Digital Pianos

Schmitt Music Company receives the “Dealer of the Year – Digital Pianos” award in Anaheim, CA (above) at the Winter NAMM Show. (L-R): Naoki Mori, president, Kawai America Corporation; Duane Norton, Regional Sales Manager, Schmitt Music; Wayne Reinhardt, Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer, Schmitt Music; Hirotaka Kawai, president, Kawai Global Group; Tom Wennblom, Institutional Sales Manager, Schmitt Music.

Kawai Award, 2015 Namm event


Schmitt Music Lesson Promotion

Great Deal for New Private Lesson Students!

Schmitt Music has decades of experience providing music lessons. We teach private one-on-one lessons for beginners through advanced level students. Our teachers are highly qualified and have the skills to make your experience satisfying, rewarding and fun! Find the right teacher for you with our online lesson search @

Special Limited-time Offer:  All new private lesson students will get free lesson registration and 6 lessons for the price of 5, when you sign up by March 31, 2015!

CLICK HERE to download the coupon (187 KB PDF) or print this page, and present it when you sign up for new private lessons at your Schmitt Music store. You can also sign up for lessons online at, and use the promo code “newlessons” at checkout.

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Feb 182015

Schmitt Music's Director of the Year, William A. Webb!

In an effort to recognize the work of outstanding school music directors, Schmitt Music and the SDC (Schmitt Director Center) set out to find the best of the best. We accepted nominations from the music community at large, and a panel of judges made the final selections.

We’re thrilled to announce Schmitt Music’s “Director of the Year” award winner, William A. Webb, director at Edina Public Schools, Edina, MN – CONGRATULATIONS!

Mr. Webb currently teaches at Concord, Cornelia and Highlands Elementary schools in the Edina School District. He formerly taught at Edina High School, Spring Lake Park High School, and St. Olaf College. Here’s what his nominator had to say:

Bill has been in the Edina district for over 25 years and continues to give to the community now as an elementary director. It takes a special teacher to leave high school to teach elementary, but still teach with the same energy and enthusiasm. The middle school has seen a huge surge as Bill starts so many students and gives them the right balance of skill and energy to successfully transition.

In addition, Bill has worked hard to obtain instruments and extra instruction for students struggling with money. Bill is driven to provide music instruction for all so that each student has an opportunity to achieve. I strive to be as actively engaged in music education as Bill – what a great role model for students and teachers alike.”

Congratulations to all of the deserving directors that were nominated to be our first “Director of the Year”!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our “Director of the Year” winner, as well as the nominees and judges (108 MB PDF). We have included excerpts from the nominees’ responses to our inquiries regarding their experience, their teaching styles and preferences, and their music programs.

Feb 182015

MMEA's Educator of the Year, Jim Iverson!

Jim Iverson’s teaching career spanned 35 years – 28 in Fergus Falls, MN – and included directing concert, jazz, marching, and pep bands. Jim currently serves schools in West Central Minnesota as a Schmitt Music Educational Representative, based out of Schmitt Music Fargo.

Schmitt Music congratulates Jim Iverson, Minnesota Music Educators Association’s “Educator of the Year” for 2014!

The MMEA is the premier professional association for music educators in Minnesota. They serve approximately 1750 educators through programs, clinics, advocacy, and leadership. Each year, the MMEA sponsors awards to recognize outstanding music educators. Learn more on their website:

Jim Iverson is a 1973 graduate of Mahnomen High School (Mahnomen, MN). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in music education in 1977 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and later earned a master’s degree from Southwest State University in Mankato, MN. His teaching career spanned 35 years – 7 in Lake Park, MN and 28 in Fergus Falls, MN – and included directing concert, jazz, marching, and pep bands.

Throughout his career his groups received numerous awards and honors. For 25 consecutive years, one or more Fergus Falls students were selected to the Minnesota All-State Band. The Fergus Falls High School Marching Band appeared in the historic 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. Under his leadership, the Fergus Falls High School Wind Ensemble performed at the Minnesota Music Educators Midwinter Clinic in Minneapolis in 1991 and again in 2003. They also won the Grand Champion Award in the New York City Music Festival in 2001. The Fergus Falls music program was named a Grammy Signature School in 1999, and in 2004 Fergus Falls was named by the American Music Conference as one of the Best 100 Communities for Music Education.

Iverson has served on state and regional boards for MBDA and for MMEA. He helped organize the northwest region MBDA and served as its first president. He is a member of the Phi Beta Mu Fraternity of Minnesota Band Directors and remains an active adjudicator and clinician. In 2014 he was inducted into the Fergus Falls High School Hall of Fame.

Upon his retirement in 2012, Iverson was hired by Schmitt Music as an Educational Representative and continues to make a contribution to music education by servicing schools in West Central Minnesota. This has provided him the flexibility to do guest conducting in many schools as well as allowing him to serve as a mentor in the Minnesota Band Directors Association mentorship program. He is also an active performer as a member of the Fergus Falls Area Chamber Choral and is the director and a player in the Lakes Area All-Star Jazz Band.

Iverson has been married to his wife, Bonnie, for 38 years. Together they have children Kelly, Mandy and Anthony, as well as son-in-law Mark Egge, and grandsons Cooper and Keegan.

Eine Schubertiade: An Evening of Music at the James J. Hill House

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Feb 142015

Eine Schubertiade: An Evening of Music in St. Paul


Looking for something to do Friday night? Schmitt Music recommends “Eine Schubertiade” – an event celebrating the music of Franz Schubert – Friday, February 20 at 7:30PM at The Art Gallery of the James J. Hill House in St. Paul!

A Schubertiade featuring members of The Schubert Trio and Friends: Daria Adams, violin; Johanna Torbenson, viola; Thomas Rosenberg, cello; Daniel Rieppel, piano and host. Performances will include the music of Franz Schubert, Johann Albrechtsberger, and Johannes Brahms.

Tickets: General Admission – $25; MN Historical Society Members – $22; Students with valid ID – $15.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the James. J. Hill House to place a reservation at 651-297-2555. Refreshments will be served at the intermission.

The Art Gallery of the James J. Hill House:
240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
Click here to learn more about the James J. Hill House.

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