Larry Dunn, keyboardist

Join us for “An Evening with Larry Dunn” at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center on Thursday, September 25th at 7PM.

Schmitt Music and Casio proudly present a special performance, workshop and Q&A session with Larry Dunn, solo artist and original keyboardist for Earth, Wind and Fire! Mr. Dunn will talk about his extensive career and showcase Casio Celviano digital pianos.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seats! Please call 763-398-5050, email us at bckb@schmittmusic.com, or use our online RSVP form – .

Watch Larry performing on a Casio Privia PX-5S at NAMM 2014:

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With his keyboard playing, Larry Dunn helped transform Earth, Wind & Fire into one of the all-time most successful R&B bands in the world, with sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide, 6 Grammys, 13 Grammy nominations, 4 American Music Awards, 32 Gold & Platinum/Multi-Platinum Records & Albums, a Star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame, induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (2000) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010), as well as other industry awards.

In addition to playing organ, synthesizer, piano, keyboards, and clavinet with the group from 1972 until 1983, Larry held the position and handled the responsibilities of the band’s Musical Director. As one of the key people behind the scene, much of the group’s musical success can be attributed to him. In addition, he rehearsed Earth, Wind & Fire for live stage performances and wrote many of the musical segues and medleys.

Along with playing keyboards, programming synthesizers, and composing, Larry has
developed a talent of producing and composing for other artists. To further this talent, for the past 20 years, Larry has been increasing his knowledge of sound engineering, computers, and synthesizer programming. Learn more on Mr. Dunn’s website: larrydunnmusic.com.


The Larry Dunn performance & workshop is a kick-off event for our 5-Day “Fall Piano Warehouse Sale” at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center:

Shop our warehouse sale and you’ll find the area’s best selection of new, used and consignment pianos, discontinued models, demos, clearance pianos and more – CLICK HERE to learn more!

Casio Celviano digital piano rebates, financing

For a limited time, you can get special interest-free, 12 month financing and great rebates up to $150 on select models of Casio & Celviano digital pianos! Click here to learn more!

 

Free Performance & Clinics with Alliance Brass

Please join us for a special event with Alliance Brass Quintet at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center on Wednesday, September 17 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM – Free Performance and Clinics!

All are invited to attend the performance, and bring your horn for the trumpet, french horn, trombone and tuba clinics to follow! The Alliance Brass Quintet is helping us unveil our incredible new Brass Pro Shops space in Brooklyn Center – Trumpet Shop Manager, Mark Bobnick, and Low Brass Shop Manager, Keith Hilson, will be on hand to answer any questions about instruments & accessories.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!  Give us a call at 763-398-5018, email us at trumpetshop@schmittmusic.com, or use our online RSVP form – .


Watch Alliance Brass perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Alleluia, BMV 142:

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Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, The Alliance Brass Quintet is comprised of some of the United States’ finest young talent. Members of the ensemble have performed all over the world from Canada and Mexico to Russia, the UK and Japan, having shared the stage with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Celveland Orchestra. These five virtuosos have also performed with the top chamber ensembles in the world including the Boston Brass, Synergy Brass, Stiletto and more.

Alliance Brass is: Chris O’Hara, trumpet; Mary Galime, trumpet; Kelly Langenberg, horn; Rachel Castellanos, trombone; William Russell, tuba.

Dazzling audiences with a repertoire ranging from the early Renaissance to jazz and beyond, the Alliance Brass Quintet is posed to become one of the world’s finest brass ensembles. In addition to performance, the ensemble is equally dedicated to the education of the next generation of musicians and music-lovers alike. Members of ABQ have served on faculty at some of the top music institutions including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, DePaul University, the International Festival and Institute at Round Top, and more. Beyond their teaching efforts, the ensemble also offers a wide range of programs designed to fit school music programs.

Whether through performances, clinics or workshops, the Alliance Brass has an infectious enthusiasm they use to inspire a passion for music wherever they go. Learn more on their website: www.alliancebrass.com.

 

Kawai Fall instant rebates

SAVE UP TO $1,000 INSTANTLY!

Purchase a qualifying new Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or digital piano now through September 30, 2014, and you’ll receive an Instant Rebate up to $1,000!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today to see and hear why Kawai pianos are the choice of those who know. Contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable Piano Specialists to set up a showing today!

Fall Instant Rebates are not valid with other offers. Rebates are good on qualifying in-stock or special order pianos. Ask your Piano Specialist for details.

 

Casio Celviano digital piano rebates, financing

Visit your Schmitt Music store for special interest-free, 12 month financing and great rebates up to $150 on select models of Casio & Celviano digital pianos – for limited-time only!

Get a $150 INSTANT REBATE when you purchase a Celviano AP-650, or buy a Celviano AP-450 and get a $100 INSTANT REBATE!

12 MONTHS, INTEREST-FREE FINANCING: For a limited time, you can get special financing on all Casio and Celviano digital pianos $1100 or more. GE Consumer Financing is available with qualified credit, through 12/31/2014.

MATCHING BENCH & 5 YEAR WARRANTY: All Celviano pianos include a 5-year warranty covering in-home parts and labor!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today or contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist for details, or to set up your piano showing.

Experience the elegant design and rich resonance of the Casio Celviano piano. The Celviano line of pianos has been refined for those who demand an authentic grand piano experience. The traditional design houses new stereo grand piano sounds and redesigned keyboard action including “Ebony and Ivory textured keys.” Utilizing a new tri-sensor springless 88 note scaled hammer action, every nuance and detail of your performance is captured. A new 4 layer stereo grand piano sound is delivers a natural, expressive and dynamic piano experience.

GET INSTANT REBATES ON THESE CELVIANO MODELS!

CELVIANO AP-650

• Hammer Response, Damper & String Resonance Simulation

• 17 Track / 5 Song Recorder

• 256 Note Polyphony

• AiR Sound Source

• Interest-free, 12 Month Financing!

• 5 YEAR WARRANTY

CELVIANO AP-450

• Hammer Response, Damper & String Resonance, Piano Lid Simulators

• Ebony and Ivory Feel Keys

• 256 Note Polyphony

• AiR Sound Source

• Interest-free, 12 Month Financing!

• 5 YEAR WARRANTY


 
Click here to learn more about the CELVIANO line of digital pianos on Casio’s website, or visit your Schmitt Music store to try one today.  Shop with an expert!  Please contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist to schedule your showing.

Celviano digital pianos are currently not on display in our Eau Claire, WI or Virginia, MN locations, and are not available at Schmitt Music in Sioux Falls, SD.
 

Home School Open House at Schmitt Music stores!

Would you like to provide new music education opportunities for your children? Come to one of Schmitt Music’s “Home School Open House” events to learn about the classes we can provide for you and your family!

• Tuesday, August 19 at 7PM – Schmitt Music Roseville

• Thursday, August 21 at 7PM – Schmitt Music Burnsville

This event is specifically designed for home school parents, families and co-ops to learn about Schmitt Music’s education programs. We will have representatives from our “Strike Up The Band” program, individual and group lessons and more!

Schmitt Music is committed to providing you with the highest quality music education. View our Schmitt Music University webpage to learn more about all of our music education offerings!

If you have any questions or would like more information about this event, please contact Michael Wright, Schmitt Music’s Education Department Director, by phone at 763-398-5046 or CLICK HERE to send an email inquiry.

 

Kawai Factory Rebates on K Series

REBATES ON KAWAI K SERIES UPRIGHT PIANOS!

Visit your Schmitt Music piano store today and get manufacturer rebates on new Kawai K Series acoustic upright pianos! Purchase an eligible Kawai upright before August 31, 2014, and you’ll qualify for a factory rebate up to $450!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today to see and hear why Kawai pianos are the choice of those who know. Contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable Piano Specialists to set up a showing today!

Eligible Models: K-200 / K-2, K-300 / K-3, K-400, K-500 / K-5, K-800 / K-8 / K-6; K-15 not eligible

Hurry… these rebates are available for one month only! Rebates are good on qualifying in-stock or special order pianos; not valid with other offers. Ask your Piano Specialist for details.

 

MAS presents Songwriting Workshop with Andrea Stolpe at Schmitt Music Edina

The Minnesota Association of Songwriters proudly presents a “Songwriting Workshop Series” at Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities:

Join us at Schmitt Music Edina for lyric & songwriting workshop with multi-platinum recorded songwriter Andrea Stolpe on Saturday, August 9 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.

A Los Angeles-based songwriter and educator, Stolpe will conduct the second workshop. She has been a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with cuts by Faith Hill, Julianne Hough and others. Stolpe wrote Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, and teaches Songwriting at the UC’s Thornton School of Music. For the past 10 years, Stolpe has taught songwriting courses for Berklee Online.

Admission: $25 at the door. Please RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9930 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

Get an idea of what you’ll learn at the workshop with this “Songwriting Lesson” from Andrea:

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Andrea StolpeAndrea Stolpe is a multi-platinum recorded songwriter, performing artist, and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with songs recorded by such artists as Faith Hill, Daniel Lee Martin, Julianne Hough, and others. Andrea is the author and instructor of the course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, part of Berklee Online’s online songwriting program. Recently released in fall of 2007, her book Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling describes how to apply a unique process for uniting our artistic voice with the commercial market.

Andrea graduated with a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. She continues to tour and promote her solo release, “Breaking Even,” and serve as a guest clinician nationally and abroad. Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her husband, recording engineer Jan Teddy.

Her most recent album, Breaking Even, was released in 2007 and features the song, “Kaleidescope”. For more information on Andrea, her music, courses or books, click here: www.andreastolpe.com.


MAS LogoThe Minnesota Association of Songwriters is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the art of creating original music by combining arts, education and community outreach – CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: 1994-2014!

The M.A.S. “Songwriting Workshop Series” will include events in October 2014, and one in June 2015. View the series informational flier – CLICK HERE.

Learn more about the Minnesota Association of SongwritersCLICK HERE.

 

Enter to win tickets by Thursday, August 7th!

Schmitt Music and City Pages are giving away five pairs of 3-days passes to the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival on August 15, 16 and 17 in Somerset, WI.

Enter the ticket giveaway online NOW through Thursday, August 7, 2014. Five winners will be chosen at random and notified by phone and/or email on Friday, August 8.

Summer Set Music & Camping Festival is the ultimate Summer experience. A 3 day celebration of everything we love about Summer, featuring a unique blend of artists on multiple stages in an incredible northern Wisconsin setting. We encourage you to camp. To go tubing down the Apple River. To party until 2am and soak up everything that is great about Summer, one last time. The Summer of 2014 sets August 15, 16, 17 in Somerset, Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to learn more about the festival. Acts include Kaskade, Disco Biscuits, Chromeo, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Bassnectar, Umphrey’s McGee and many more!

 

Jazz Rhythm Section Workshop with Laura Caviani and friends at Schmitt Music Edina

Join us at Schmitt Music Edina for a great workshop with the Laura Caviani Trio on Friday, July 25 from 2PM to 3:30PM.

Joining Ms. Caviani will be two out of town guests: Kansas City’s Bob Bowman on bass, and UM–Winona Professor Rich MacDonald on drums. The workshop will focus on the challenges and joys of playing in a jazz rhythm section, and will be an interactive experience for all attendees. Come prepared to ask questions and possibly to play with members of the trio! Suggested free will offering: $20 at the door. Reservations recommended; please contact us.

RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9941 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Laura: click here to send an email.


Check out a 2009 performance by the Laura Caviani Trio (featuring Gordy Johnson on bass and Dave Schmalenberger on drums) at the Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul, MN:

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Laura CavianiLaura Caviani (Piano) was born and raised in Minnesota, where she currently freelances and teaches at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. Her 2006 CD release Going There enjoyed a long run on the JazzWeek national radio charts. Music critic Bob Protzman described it as “piano trio jazz of the highest order.” Other releases have received such praise as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes and “in a word, outstanding” from Minneapolis Star’s Tom Surowicz.

In 2010, Caviani was one of five finalists for the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, FL. She has performed with many luminaries including Karrin Allyson, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz, Diane Schuur, Bob Mintzer and Dave Liebman. In the Twin Cities, her numerous projects include the Pete Whitman X-tet, whose CD Where’s When? received a 4-star review from Downbeat magazine. She holds degrees from both Lawrence University (BM–Theory/Composition) and The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. (MM–Improvisation) Please visit www.lauracaviani.com to learn more.


Bob BowmanBob Bowman (Bass) is a native of Topeka, Kansas and came from a musical family. At age seven he began playing piano and took up the clarinet at age 10. After hearing a bass solo on a Pete Fountain album, Bob realized his true instrument was the bass.While a freshman in high school Bob won the Topeka Jazz Workshop Scholarship and attended the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic in Redlands, CA. Bob later attended North Texas State University. In 1976 was invited to join the prestigious Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. He toured with them and recorded several albums including the Grammy Award winning, “Live At Munich.” In 1979 Bob moved to Los Angeles and joined the highly innovative Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band and recorded many albums, both big band and smaller groups, several of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. In 1981 Bob toured South America and Japan with Carmen McRae. He then freelanced in Los Angeles with such names as Bud Shank and Freddie Hubbard.

Most recently Bob has toured extensively with Concord recording artist Karrin Allyson and is featured on many of her numerous recordings. Bob currently resides in Kansas City and teaches at the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory of Music’s School of Jazz Studies. In addition, he leads the critically acclaimed group, Interstring which includes guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, and drummer Todd Strait.


Rich MacDonaldRich MacDonald (Drums) is a native of Port Huron, Michigan, and was heavily influenced by Motown and rock music in the 1960’s. While attending college at the University of North Texas in the late 1970’s, MacDonald was introduced to the classic jazz of Parker, Gillespie, Davis and Coltrane; modern groups led by Corea, Jarrett and Metheny; and a wide range of big band music. These influences continue to inform his playing today, as a drummer and vibraphonist, performing at jazz venues in the tri-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He is also principal percussionist with the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Symphony Orchestra.

As a drumset and percussion specialist, Dr. MacDonald has presented clinics throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is an endorsee of Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks and mallets, serving on their respective education teams. Some of MacDonald’s performance credits include: Milt Hinton, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Benson, Eddie Daniels, and three years touring experience with Ice Capades.


Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9941 or to fill out the online RSVP form.
 

MAS presents Songwriting Workshop with Sally Barris at Schmitt Music Edina

The Minnesota Association of Songwriters proudly presents a “Songwriting Workshop Series” at Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities:

Join us at Schmitt Music Edina for a great songwriting workshop with Sally Barris on Saturday, July 26 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

Sally Barris has a voice like sparkling crystal. You could have knocked me over with a feather the first time I heard her. Her writing is from a deep, yet innocent, place and her point of view is just a bit off center. I am excited for her, she is standing at the beginning of her journey in this town, with all of it ahead of her. It reminds me of the first time I heard Beth Nielson-Chapman or Nanci Griffith. It’s going to be fun to watch.” – Kathy Mattea

Admission: $20 at the door. Please RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9930 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

Watch Sally perform “Little Voice,” recorded at Coopers House in Columbia, MD:

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Sally BarrisSally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.

While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano. Dirty Linen says, “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality.”

When Sally is not touring solo, she is known as “Sister Waymore” in the power trio The Waymores, with Tom Kimmel and Don Henry. In the last three years, the Chaska, Minnesota native has performed at Mountain Stage, New Bedford Summer Fest, The Wildflower Festival
and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new CD.

Visit Sally’s website: www.sallybarris.com to learn more.


JohnsmithThe Minnesota Association of Songwriters is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the art of creating original music by combining arts, education and community outreach – CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: 1994-2014!

The M.A.S. “Songwriting Workshop Series” will include events in August and October 2014, and one in June 2015. CLICK HERE to view the series informational flier.

Learn more about the Minnesota Association of SongwritersCLICK HERE.


Sally is also performing at a “House Concert” on Saturday evening:

Sally Barris House Concert

You can also get “one-on-one reviews and instruction” on Sunday, July 27 from 12 pm to 5 pm at Schmitt Music Edina for $30 per half hour. Reserve time at sallybarris@gmail.com.

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