Performance Instrument Clearance Sale, Schmitt Music stores


Schmitt Music is excited to announce a unique opportunity at select stores – this sales event is unlike any other, and may never happen again! The “Performance Instrument Clearance Sale” is a rare opportunity to try several “Step Up” and “Bravo!” performance level instruments, all at one Schmitt Music location at the same time! Our ‘Band and Orchestra Instrument Buyer’ has pulled in select performance instrument inventory from our 13 locations just for this sale.
Bravo instruments
These clearance performance instruments are being offered at their LOWEST PRICES EVER – save up to 40% OFF retail, with some deals even below cost! Instruments have been marked down for one of the following reasons:

Store Demos – instruments have been exposed to more than usual in-store playing

Scratch & Dents – instruments have some minor finish imperfections due to the audition process, but should be in great playing condition

School “Step Up” Trials – these instruments were used for students to try out at in-school events

Buyer’s Blunders – for various reasons, these are instruments that just need to go!

Due to these limited quantities, incredible pricing and the fact that the inventory is available only for a very short time, this clearance event is a great time to move to a performance level instrument! Please contact an Instrument Specialist to schedule a selection appointment, or visit your Schmitt Music store during a “Performance Instrument Clearance Sale” event near you. Here’s the schedule:

Edina, MN: Sunday, January 26 – Saturday, February 1
Call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP.

Rochester, MN: Sunday, February 9 – Saturday, February 15
Call 507-288-1960 or to RSVP.

Virginia, MN: Sunday February 23 – Saturday, March 1
Call 218-741-8488 or to RSVP.

Minnetonka, MN: Sunday, March 9 – Saturday, March 15
Call 952-546-0555 or to RSVP.

Burnsville, MN: Sunday, March 23 – Saturday, March 29
Call 952-435-2454 or to RSVP.

Fargo, ND: Sunday, April 6 – Saturday, April 12
Call 701-281-1828 or to RSVP.

Sioux Falls, SD: Monday, April 21 – Saturday, April 26
Call 605-339-6030 or to RSVP.

Eau Claire, WI: Monday, May 5 – Saturday, May 10
Call 715-832-5564 or to RSVP.

Duluth, MN: Sunday, May 18 – Saturday, May 24
Call 218-727-8341 or to RSVP.


Now you can get a great performance instrument with special financing through First Mutual, with approved credit. Low, low monthly payments makes it easy to afford a “Step Up” Performance Instrument today! Here are the details:

• No Down Payment – ZERO $!
• Up to 60 Months payment plan available
• Low interest rate of 12.99%
• No penalty for early payoff
• Very low monthly payments!

Now is the time… A superior quality instrument can help your student learn faster, play longer, and inspire them to stretch to the limit of their talent. Contact your Schmitt Music store to make your selection appointment during our Performance Instrument Clearance Sale!

Click here to learn more about Schmitt Music’s “Bravo! Step Up” Instrument Program.


Hot Deals, Cool Prices clearance sale


Schmitt Music has some “Hot Deals & Cool Prices” for the new year! You’ll find huge savings now through January 31st!
Visit your Schmitt Music store today and save up to 40% OFF MSRP on closeout pianos from Kawai and Roland, up to 40% OFF on Performance Band and Orchestra Instrument Clearance, 20% OFF all in-stock LINE 6 gear, and more! Plus, starting January 18, save an extra 15% OFF on all clearance print music and accessories – NOW 90% OFF select items!
New Year Clearance and Closeout offers are good only while supplies last, now through January 31, 2014.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW DEALS!

Win Tickets to Winter Jazz Blast


Schmitt Music and McNally Smith College of Music are giving away 25 pairs of tickets to the Winter Jazz Blast Evening Concert on Saturday, January 18 at 5:30 PM at McNally Smith!

Enter in-store at any of our six Twin Cities Metro locations!

The “Winter Jazz Blast Evening Concert” caps off a day long non-competitive festival for middle and high school jazz bands, featuring Charles Lazarus, JazzMN Orchestra, and McNally Smith’s X-tet and Fusion Ensembles!

CLICK HERE to learn more about McNally Smith’s “Winter Jazz Blast” event!

Enter the ticket giveaway at your Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities metro area NOW through Wednesday, January 15th. Twenty-five winners will be chosen at random and notified on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Winners will pick up tickets at Will Call, in the Atrium outside the History Theater at McNally Smith in St. Paul. Will Call and tickets sales open 1 hour before showtime.

Watch renowned Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus perform “Kilauea’s Fountains,” accompanied by Tommy Barbarella, Jeff Bailey and Craig Hara:

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Check out the McNally Smith “X-Tet Ensemble” Live at Amsterdam Bar & Hall:

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Hot Deals, Cool Prices clearance sale

HOT DEALS and COOL PRICES — NOW through 12/31!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today and save up to 40% OFF MSRP on closeout pianos from Kawai and Roland, up to 40% OFF on Performance Band Instrument Clearance, plus great deals on a Strukture music stand, clearance print music, select clearance guitars and more!
CLICK HERE to view all of our “Hot Deals & Cool Prices” now!

10 Percent Back Gift Card promo

Now through December 31, you’ll get a Schmitt Music Gift Card worth 10% of your purchase value when you spend $500 or more – UP TO $500 BACK on a Schmitt Music Gift Card! Restrictions apply; please call for details.
Year-End Clearance and Closeout offers are good only while supplies last, December 26 through December 31. CLICK HERE for details.

BRAVO! Step Up


Your son or daughter may be ready for a performance quality instrument – the perfect gift that can be enjoyed for many years to come! Schmitt Music’s “Bravo! Step Up” Instrument Program was developed especially for customers currently participating in our “Better Than Rent” Instrument Trial Purchase program, and introduces a new line of performance instruments designed just for advancing players.
Bravo instruments
If you currently have a contract with us for a beginner band or orchestra instrument, the holiday season is a great time for you to take advantage of the equity credit you have accrued – UP TO $450 toward the purchase of a new instrument!

Make an appointment during a “Preferred Customer Selection Event” at any of the Schmitt Music stores below to get special promotional manufacturer rebates – UP TO $200 BACK, or stop in anytime to learn about the performance features of our hand-selected “Bravo!” gallery of instruments.

Bring your student in to play and compare “Bravo! Step Up” instruments, or surprise them with the perfect holiday gift!

Join us at Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities metro area, Eau Claire, Fargo and Omaha for a Preferred Customer Selection Event and get an exclusive look at our great selection of “Performance Level” instruments.

Brooklyn Center – Saturday, December 14

Burnsville – Saturday, December 14

Eau Claire – Friday, Dec. 13 & Saturday, Dec. 14

Edina – Saturday, December 21

Fargo – Saturday, December 14

Minnetonka – Saturday, December 21

Omaha – Saturday, December 21

Did you miss the “Bravo! Step Up” event near you? There’s still time to get huge savings with great manufacturer rebates on select Intermediate and Professional instruments from Conn-Selmer and YamahaUP TO $100 BACK! Click here to learn about Yamaha “Step Up” rebates, or contact your Schmitt Music store for details today.

Now is the time… A superior quality instrument can help your student learn faster, play longer, and inspire them to stretch to the limit of their talent. There is no finer gift for a student, or one that promises more joy and pleasure, than a lifetime of incomparable music.

With our special BRAVO! package offer, it’s a great time to upgrade from a beginner instrument to a BRAVO! “Performance Level” instrument.

Contact your nearest Schmitt Music store to make your selection appointment during our Preferred Customer events! Click here to learn more about the “BRAVO! Step Up” program.


Jonatha Brooke

Enter to win tickets by Friday, December 13th!

Schmitt Music is giving away 4 pairs of tickets to see acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke perform “My Mother Has Four Noses” in the Dowling Studio at The Guthrie – 2 NIGHTS ONLY – Monday, December 16 at 7:30pm and Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30PM.

Enter to win by Friday, December 13 at 1:00 PM. Four contest winners will be chosen at random, two winners for each performance; a total of 4 pairs of tickets. Tickets can be claimed at The Guthrie Theater Will Call prior to the event. Schmitt Music will notify winners on December 13.

Learn more about this performance, or purchase tickets online – CLICK HERE!

Jonatha Brooke is an American folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, based in New York City. Her music merges elements of folk, rock and pop, often with poignant lyrics and complex harmonies. She has been a performer, writer, and artist since the late 1980s, and her songs have been used in television shows and movies.

Jonatha’s one-woman show “My Mother Has Four Noses” – a new play with music, which played to sold out houses at the Playwrights’ Center in August – is pulled from her experiences caring for her mother at the end of her life as she struggled with Alzheimer’s.

Learn more about Jonatha on her website:

Hear audience “testimonials” from the play’s first Minneapolis run:

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Holiday Open House

Do you have a student who loves to perform? Contact your Schmitt Music store and sign up for a time to play during our Open House! Invite your friends, family and neighbors to watch you perform, and enjoy holiday refreshments. Not interested in performing – that’s ok, too! We’ll see you at our Holiday Open House!

Contact your Schmitt Music store for details or to sign up for performance slots! Here are the Holiday Open House dates by store:

  • Brooklyn CenterSaturday, December 21
  • BurnsvilleSaturday, December 14 & Saturday, December 21
  • DuluthThursday, December 12 & Saturday, December 14
  • Eau ClaireFriday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21
  • EdinaSaturday, December 21
  • FargoSaturday, December 14
  • MaplewoodSaturday, December 21
  • MinnetonkaThursday, December 12 & Saturday, December 21
  • OmahaSaturday, December 14 & Saturday, December 21
  • RochesterSaturday, December 14
  • RosevilleTuesday, December 17
  • Sioux FallsFriday, December 6
  • VirginiaTuesday, December 10

Tower of Power

Join us for an exciting clinic presented by
Tower of Power’s famous horn section!

Schmitt Music and Yamaha present a special appearance by the Tower of Power Horn Section at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center on Sunday, December 14th at 4:00 PM. They will be sharing stories about their hit songs and playing excerpts as well. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet and hear these fantastic musicians!

Please RSVP – or call 763-566-4560.

UPDATE: Due to a very enthusiastic audience, we are currently at seating capacity for the clinic! There will be standing room only for all new RSVPs (effective 12/12/13).

Tower’s musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio’s house, Emilio’s father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy, he’s got something.” Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area.

Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60′s. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power’s big break was just around the corner.

After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, “East Bay Grease,” was recorded. All of the compositions were original tunes written by Castillo and Kupka. Their next album, “Bump City,” was recorded on the Warner Brothers label, and this led to a string of hits and memorable albums that include many of the songs that TOP fans come out in force to hear, even to this day. Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA.

Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.

Tower celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008 at a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. In addition to the ten current members of the band, another 20 musicians and vocalists that at one time held a position with the band appeared with them. The show was filmed and is available on DVD. Of the ten current members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founding members. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides Tower of Power.

Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include “Great American Soulbook”, a collection of classic soul tunes, and the 40th Anniversary Concert DVD. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages. We hope you enjoy this website, which will be growing and evolving continually to include more band history, information on alumni members, and regular updates on Tower of Power.

Visit Tower of Power’s website:


Black Friday every Friday at Schmitt Music!

“Black Friday” #4: Special Deals Beginning November 22nd

Schmitt Music is excited to offer great BLACK FRIDAY DEALS EVERY FRIDAY in November! You’ll find huge savings on instruments, accessories, print music and more — great deals every week in November, with new offers beginning each Friday!

Here are Schmitt Music’s “Black Friday” deals beginning on Friday, November 22nd:

Print Music, Accessories, Music Lessons:

Recorders, Instrument and Book packs, ukulele, harmonica, printed music books
Print, Accessory and Lesson promotions are good ONLY Friday, Saturday and Sunday

•  30% OFF all Instrument & Book Packs! Recorder & Book, Harmonica & Book, Kid’s Fun to Play Keyboard & Book (Selection varies by Schmitt Music location)

•  All Recorder, Harmonica and Ukulele printed music – 30% OFF!

•  30% OFF all RECORDERS!

•  Sign up for music lessons (in-store or online) and you’ll GET A $10 GIFT CARD* for future purchases!

CLICK HERE to try our online lesson search and find the right teacher for you, or visit your Schmitt Music store today.

Ukulele / Accessory Savings:

Ukulele dela

•  Buy any ukulele and SAVE 50% on your choice of ANY FOUR (or more) uke accessories! Choose from stand, gigbag, case, strings, capo, tuner, or polishing cloth.


Banjo Savings:

Hohner Banjo deal

•  The Hohner HB25 Resonator Banjo is usually priced at $469, but is now JUST $129! Here’s your chance to get a quality resonator banjo at an amazing price!  The HB25 pack comes with banjo, gigbag, strap and pitch pipe.

Keyboard Savings:

This digital piano / keyboard promotion began Friday, 11/15 and is valid while supplies last!

CASIO CTK-3200 61 key keyboard

•  CASIO CTK-3200 Keyboard: 61-Key Velocity Sensitive Portable Keyboard MSRP: $199.99  Comes with a FREE Casio keyboard stand – a $40 VALUE!
NOW JUST $129.99 – THAT’S 35% OFF!

The CTK-3200 is the ideal start for ambitious music fans: With its 61 touch-sensitive keys, 150 rhythms, 110 songs, sampling function and pitch bend wheel, it brings out the joy of playing a keyboard. Very well equipped, including an audio input for connecting a CD or MP3 player.

(Limit 5 Casio CTK-3200 per Schmitt Music location)

Visit your Schmitt Music store today, or contact one of our Piano Specialists for more information.

Electric Guitars & Basses:

This electric guitar promotion began Friday, 11/8 and is valid while supplies last!

ESP-LTD Closeout on electric guitars and basses

•  CLOSEOUT PRICING on all in-stock ESP-LTD Guitars and Basses – you’ll SAVE UP TO 80% OFF our already low prices!! (availability varies by location)

Visit your Schmitt Music store, or contact us for “Black Friday” details. The ESP-LTD CLOSEOUT is a great opportunity to get a quality electric guitar at an unbeatable price!

Acoustic Guitars:

These Acoustic Guitar promotions started on 11/1 and are good while supplies last! Contact your Schmitt Music store for details and current availability.

Cordoba C1, Hohner Essential Guitars

•  CORDOBA C1 – spruce top, nylon string guitar

The Cordoba C1 is a full-size nylon string Spanish style guitar that features the classic combination of spruce top with mahogany back and sides, rosewood bridge, rosewood fingerboard, a Hauswer-style wood-inloaid mosaic rosette, nickel tuning machines, premium Savarez strings, and a high gloss polyurethane finish. Includes a two-way truss rod.

Comes with a FREE Cordoba Gig Bag!

Regular: $159, NOW ONLY $89!


The Hohner ER1-S00SB has a solid Sitka Spruce top with a sunburst finish. Comes with a FREE STAND!

Usually $440 (MSRP), our “Black Friday” price is JUST $99!


You’ll save UP TO 80% OFF our already low prices on all remaining Breedlove and Bedell acoustic guitars in stock! Selection is limited and varies by location.

Contact your Schmitt Music store for availability and details.


CONNECT WITH US and you’ll be the first to hear about these great offers. You’ll have to act fast, as many of these weekly deals are good for just a few days, and only while supplies last!

“Like Us” on Facebook, “Follow Us” on Twitter, or sign up for our email Newsletter to stay up-to-date with all of our latest sales, contests and promotions. Click here to view more ways you can CONNECT with Schmitt Music!  Questions? Contact your Schmitt Music store today.

Selection and availability varies by Schmitt Music location; ALL OFFERS ARE GOOD ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST; contact your Schmitt Music store for details.

* Music Lesson GIFT CARD promotion is valid on all new lesson registrations; one $10 Schmitt Music Gift card will be presented upon lesson registration in-store, and at the time of the student’s first lesson for online registrations.


Step Up to Yamaha


A superior quality instrument can help your student learn faster, play longer, and inspire them to stretch to the limit of their talent. There is no finer gift for a student, or one that promises more joy and pleasure, than a lifetime of incomparable music.

Now is the time to STEP UP TO YAMAHA and upgrade from a beginner instrument to a “performance level” instrument! Better features, design and overall playability will help your advancing student grow musically!

When you buy any qualifying Intermediate or Professional Yamaha band instrument from Schmitt Music, you can get a mail-in REBATE of $50 or $100 – just purchase before December 31, 2013. Call your Schmitt Music store today and make an appointment with a Band Instrument Specialist.

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