BRAVO! Step Up Grand Opening event


This month we’re celebrating the newly remodeled Schmitt Music Omaha, and you can SAVE UP TO $100 on a qualifying new Performance or Professional “Bravo! Step Up” instrument!
Get our exclusive “Bravo! Certificate” to save up to $100 now – CLICK HERE to view and download the certificate!

Bravo instrumentsJust download and print the certificate, and then visit your Schmitt Music store to play and compare “Bravo! Step Up” instruments. Let us help you choose the perfect instrument!

Schmitt Music’s “Bravo! Step-Up” Instrument Program offers superior quality instruments for advancing band and orchestra students. A performance quality instrument can help your son or daughter learn faster, play longer, and inspire them to stretch to the limit of their talent.

If you currently have a contract with us for a beginner band or orchestra instrument, now 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!

Contact your Schmitt Music store to make your selection appointment during June, or click here to learn more about the “BRAVO! Step Up” Instrument Program.

We’re celebrating the newly remodeled Schmitt Music Omaha all month long! Check out all of our “Grand Re-Opening” sales and special events – CLICK HERE!

The String Shop “On Tour” – Grand Re-Opening Event at Schmitt Music Omaha!

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Jun 012015

The String Shop on tour, Schmitt Music Omaha orchestra, violin

The String Shop is Schmitt Music’s specialty orchestral strings headquarters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota – and we’re bringing the shop to Omaha – a “Grand Re-Opening” event!
Join us at Schmitt Music Omaha on Saturday, June 13th to shop an expanded selection of instruments, accesories, bows and more, plus get special pricing on select instruments!

Contact Kimberly Clark, String Specialist, for event details: please call 763-398-5409, or email

Schmitt Music has a renewed commitment to the business of orchestral strings and service! Meet the staff of The String Shop:

Peter Schmitt is joining his family business as Manager of The String Shop, located at Schmitt Music in Brooklyn Center, MN. Peter joined the company in May after completing the violin repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, Minnesota. Prior to joining Schmitt Music, he attended the Thomas Chippendale International School of Furniture Design and Construction in Gifford, Scotland, and after returning from the UK, operated a custom furniture and cabinetry business in Northeast Minneapolis for over 10 years.

Peter is excited that his passion for woodworking will now find expression in the construction and repair of string instruments within his family business. Peter, his wife Margit, and their two sons Paul and Timothy live in South Washington county. Please contact Peter at

Kimberly Clark, the new String Specialist at The String Shop, is a native of Missouri.  She has been surrounded by music most of her life, starting piano lessons at age 7, trumpet at age 10, and violin at age 12.  In 2001, Kim graduated with a BME from Evangel University.  She also has a Master of Education from William Woods University and a MA in Religious Studies from Missouri State University. 

Kim taught both band and orchestra with Springfield Public Schools and learned instrument repair from a luthier while enjoying her first music retail experience. She has toured most of the country performing on violin.  She has also performed with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Drury Civic Orchestra, the Missouri State University Community Band, and in private gigs around Springfield and Tulsa.  Kim can be reached at

We’re celebrating the newly remodeled Schmitt Music Omaha all month long! Check out all of our “Grand Re-Opening” sales and special events – CLICK HERE!

“Meet & Greet” with Steinway Artists The 5 Browns at Schmitt Music Edina

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Apr 282015

Steinway Artists The 5 Browns Meet and Greet in Edina

Please join us for a special “Meet & Greet” with Steinway Artists The 5 Browns at Schmitt Music Edina on Thursday, May 14 from 4:30PM to 5:30PM – FREE!

Attend this fun “meet & greet” event and you’ll hear Steinway Artists The 5 Browns talk about their music, do a Q&A, sell CDs and sign autographs, and play a few pieces.

RSVP to let us know you’re attending! Please call 612-238-9941 or to RSVP online.

See The 5 Browns live at Orchestra Hall on Friday, May 15th at 8PM in Minneapolis – CLICK HERE for details and to order tickets.

Check out “Jupiter from The Planets for 5 Pianos,” the newest video from The 5 Browns:

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The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” and at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.” Read more here:


Graduate to Yamaha

OFFER VALID NOW through JUNE 30, 2015

Now is the time to GRADUATE TO YAMAHA and upgrade from an intermediate or beginner instrument to a Professional or Custom Yamaha instrument: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, French Horn, Alto Horn, Baritone Horn, Euphonium or Tuba.

When you purchase a qualified model, you can get a mail-in REBATE of $100, plus a great pair of earphones – just purchase before June 30, 2015. Contact your Schmitt Music store today and make an appointment with a Band Instrument Specialist!

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Fiscal Year-End Clearance Sale


Schmitt Music’s goal is to significantly lower our inventory by the end of our fiscal year on May 31, 2015, and that means “Super Savings” for you! We have scoured our inventory and generated some great savings – many of these deals are one-of-a-kind offers – HURRY IN TODAY!
Visit your Schmitt Music store and save up to $1500 on Kawai acoustic pianos, up to 45% OFF MSRP on closeout digital pianos, and save thousands on Steinway pianos! Plus, save up to 40% OFF our regular price on clearance guitars & amplifiers, 75% OFF on select clearance print music & accessories and much more – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

Schmitt Music’s “Fiscal Year-End Clearance Sale” offers are good only while supplies last, now through May 31, 2015. Selection and product availability vary by location. Visit us today or contact your Schmitt Music store for details.

Learn more about our “Super Savings” clearance sales in Colorado and Kansas: Schmitt Music Denver and Schmitt Music Kansas City.
Apr 072015

Emily Bear Meet & Greet at Schmitt Music Edina

Join us for a special “Meet & Greet” with Emily Bear, 13 year-old pianist and composer, at Schmitt Music Edina on Sunday, April 19 from 1PM to 2PM!

Emily Bear is a 13 year-old pianist and composer who enjoys performing both classical and jazz repertoire, as well as her original compositions. Emily has performed with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and she recently released her first studio album, Diversity, produced by her mentor and friend, Quincy Jones. The album peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart.

Emily will be meeting with fans and signing autographs, and you can check out our selection of Emily Bear music books. For details or to RSVP to the “Meet & Greet” event, please call 612-238-9930 or use our online RSVP form –
Don’t miss the Emily Bear Trio at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 19th at 7:00PM!

Learn more and get tickets at the Dakota’s website:

Watch the World Premiere of “Les Voyages,” composed and orchestrated by Emily Bear, and performed with the Santa Fe Orchestra on December 24, 2014:

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At age 13, Pianist/Composer/Arranger Emily Bear is one of the most astonishing musical talents of our time – composing, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles. A child of this century, born Aug. 30, 2001 in Rockford IL, where she lives with her parents and older brother and sister, Emily started to show talent from the cradle. She started playing the piano at age 2, and by the age of 6, she had played on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and performed at the White House for President Bush. By the time she was 8 she had composed more than 350 pieces of her own music. Emily’s first studio album, Diversity, produced by her mentor and friend, legendary Quincy Jones was released in 2013 and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart.

She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life. And her music is the same way. I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She’s astounding, man … she’s astounding. She plays like she’s 40 years old. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach.”
Quincy Jones

Visit Emily’s website to learn more:


Kawai piano instant rebates are extended through April


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

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 April 30, 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.

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:

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