Check out the amazing sounds of Doug Lawrence as he plays and talks about saxophones and music. Doug is a TM Custom artist, and we will have several TM Custom saxophones to try at the event. This is a great opportunity to see an incredible saxophonist and try out some great horns! Plus, Randy Jones – the creator of the TM custom – will also be on hand with an expanded inventory of saxophones and necks to audition. Please contact us for details and RSVP to the event!
Doug Lawrence is currently lead tenor with the 17-time Grammy-winning Count Basie Orchestra, the chair previously held by such greats as Lester Young, Hershel Evans, Buddy Tate, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, among other legends. With the Basie band and his own groups, Lawrence has literally toured the world, playing on six continents and in virtually every major concert hall, jazz club, and jazz festival in the world.
Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl.” - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine
Born in Louisiana, Doug Lawrence spent 25 years as a working musician in the New York City jazz scene. The list of artists he has performed and recorded with reads like a who’s who of current and former industry heavyweights, from Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney, to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. He has appeared on over 100 recordings including four critically acclaimed recordings of his own. Learn more about Doug on his website: douglawrencejazz.com.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!
The Minnesota Concert Opera presents “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni, on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm at Central Lutheran Church, downtown Minneapolis.
“Cavalleria Rusticana” is a one-act opera performed in concert in Italian with English surtitles, featuring the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ivan, Conductor; the Minnesota Concert Opera Chorus and the singers of MacPhail’s Sonomento, Craig Fields, Chorus Master, and Metropolitan Opera soproano, Lori Phillips.
Tickets: Ages 17 & under are FREE, Students $10, General Admission $20, Reserved Seating $30. Purchase tickets online: visit mnconcertopera.org for details. To order by phone, please call 612-200-6089, or purchase tickets at the door.
Central Lutheran Church: 333 S. 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN
MCO Executive/Artistic Director, Stanford Felix
Event art: Mary Veronica Sweeney
The Minnesota Association of Songwriters proudly presents a “Songwriting Workshop Series” at Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities:
Join us at Schmitt Music Roseville for a songwriting workshop with Award-Winning Songwriter and Performer Mark Brinkman on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.
Mark Brinkman’s songs have been recorded over 200 times by a wide variety of artists, and many have appeared on Billboard magazine’s Top Ten list, including two number one hits. In addition, Brinkman’s songs have appeared on several Grammy-nominated albums. His workshops focus on the creative aspects of songwriting, teaching the “hot-to” of song approach, capturing emotion and imagery construction.
Admission: $25 at the door. Please RSVP to save your spot: call 651-636-0801 or CLICK HERE to fill out the online RSVP form.
Check out Mark’s song “Grandpa’s Way of Life,” the #1 hit song recorded by The Spinney Brothers:
Also… Don’t miss a concert with Mark Brinkman on the evening of October 25 from 7:30 – 9:30PM at The Underground Music Cafe – 1579 Hamline Ave., St. Paul, MN.
Mark “Brink” Brinkman has been writing and singing songs his entire life. Along with being an avid bluegrass picker, he enjoys writing new songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is an accomplished musician and is a musical utility hitter. You might find him sitting in playing piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin with several bands in Central Ohio. Brink is one of the most sought after, respected and recorded songwriters in bluegrass/Americana and gospel having achieved over 130 “cuts” or recordings of his songs. In 2008 his song “She’s a Stranger In His Mind” was awarded the “Spirit Award” from “Strictly Country Magazine as the fan voted “Country Song of the Year”. The song was recorded by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain. “Brink’s” song “Beyond the Rain” was nominated and voted “Best Bluegrass Gospel Song 2007” at last year’s National Gospel Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY.
“Brink”, as all his friends call him, has been a Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalist 5 times. He won the Merlefest Gospel songwriting competition in 2009 as well as his song “The Old Coal Mine” took the 2nd spot in the bluegrass competition. His song “Bluestone Mountain” was awarded the West Virginia “Governor’s Award” for Don Rigsby’s version of this haunting song. “Brink” has conducted workshops for many songwriting associations over the years sharing his knowledge and experience. He conducts songwriting workshops at many bluegrass and other music festivals around the country along with being an instructor the past several years at the prestigious Nashcamp Songwriting Camp near Nashville in Cumberland Furnace, TN.
Many notable artists have recorded and/or played “Brink’s” songs including several that have charted “Top 10” in bluegrass and gospel. The list reads like a short “who’s who” in bluegrass music and includes great artists/bands like Larry Sparks, Grasstowne, Don Rigsby, Lou Reid & Carolina, Wildfire, JD Crowe & the New South, The Kruger Brothers, Valerie Smith, Pine Mountain Railroad, Dwight McCall, Darrell Webb, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road among others. Along with writing, Brink has his own publishing company, “BRINKSONGS” and “MARK BRINKMAN SONGS” where he publishes for several other writers. He has published songs on recordings for artists like The Lonesome River Band, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Larry Stephenson Band, JD Crowe & the New South, Lou Reid & Carolina and many others.
The 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 an event with the “Otter Creek Duo” in November, and a final event in June, 2015. View the series informational flier – CLICK HERE.
Learn more about the Minnesota Association of Songwriters – CLICK HERE.
Teachers! Please join us for a Holiday Preview Open House at your Schmitt Music store – new music, deals and more!
Preview new and best-selling holiday solos and duets, and get into the spirit of the holiday season with a special day just for piano teachers!
• See, play and select new holiday titles for your students
• One-time only specials and opportunities
• One day discount – 20% OFF on all in-stock music!
• Shop an assortment of musical gifts for your students, family and friends
• Enter for a chance to WIN A FREE PIANO TUNING (one winner per store)
• Holiday refreshments – Holiday Fun!
Teachers! Please join us for iPad iDeas: Teaching with Apps, presented by Michelle Sisler – FREE WORKSHOP!
Discover how to easily incorporate your iPad, iPhone or Andriod phone or tablet in your teaching. Learn how teachers are creatively using mobile apps to engage their students, address multiple learning styes and make their teaching more effective, and how to easily correlate it to your lesson materials. Attendees may bring their iPads for more hands-on learning, but an iPad is not required at this workshop. Seating is limited! Please RSVP to one of these free sessions:
Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-435-2454 or CLICK HERE to RSVP online.
When you attend “iPad iDeas” you can enter to win a free “Replay Pass” to MusicEdConnect.com – a $99 value – CLICK HERE for details.
Get to know Michelle Sisler:
When Michelle was little, she used to sit down at her toy piano and play songs, by ear, along with the jukebox. This was how her parents discovered her talent and love for music and enrolled her in piano lessons at the age of seven.
Michelle’s use of technology and creative teaching materials have gained her national recognition and a unique place at the forefront of music education. Along with teaching private and group students in her studio, Michelle is the founder and Chief Manager of “Keys to Imagination, LLC” and “MusicEdConnect.com.” She is a favorite presenter and is frequently sought after for presentations and classes across the nation, including teaching on Crystal Cruises.
Michelle serves on the technology committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written articles for Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and American Music Teacher. She has co-authored Studio Makeover: Technology “Addition”, Double Click Curriculum, Are We There There Yet? A Musical Journey Around the Globe, Where in the World is Mr. Arpeggio, Sebstian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript, and several other programs.
Please join us for a “Rico Reserve Mouthpiece & Reed Showcase and Clinic,” presented by Krista Weiss – FREE!
This clinic will focus on several newly released products from D’Addario Woodwinds and show how the right equipment setup can enable any clarinet or saxophone player to perform with an ease of response, even tone, and good intonation.
When it comes to mouthpieces, finding the right facing is key. This clinic will cover the concept of mouthpiece facings and demonstrate the three new Reserve clarinet mouthpieces available from D’Addario as well as the brand new Select Jazz mouthpiece for alto sax.
We’ll also include a segment on the completely redesigned Reserve clarinet and alto sax reeds and include tips on reed selection, care, and storage. A variety of other D’Addario accessories will also be featured, including ligatures, neck straps and mouthpiece patches, all of which have been designed to simplify the life of any clarinetist or saxophonist.
Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-546-0555 or CLICK HERE to RSVP online.
D’Addario Clinic Product Showcase includes:
Reserve Clarinet Mouthpiece – XO
Reserve Clarinet Mouthpiece – X5
Reserve Clarinet Mouthpiece – X1O
Select Jazz Mouthpiece (alto) – D5M
Rico Ligature (nickel)
H-Ligature (gold and silver)
Reserve Reeds (Bb Clarinet)
Reserve Classic Reeds (Bb Clarinet)
Reserve Reeds (alto)
Multi-instrument Reed Storage Case
Reed Vitalizer Kit
Reserve Vitalizer Single Packs
Padded Saxophone Neckstrap
Krista Weiss is freelance clarinetist and a Reserve Method Clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds. Through her work with D’Addario, Ms. Weiss has traveled to dozens of schools across the Midwest to give clinics on clarinet fundamentals and equipment. She also currently serves as principal clarinet of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and second clarinet of the Richmond Indiana Symphony. An active freelancer, Ms. Weiss has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, South Bend Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Ms. Weiss also enjoys a career as a studio musician and has performed in dozens of recordings for the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Ms. Weiss spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she served as both the E-Flat and B-Flat fellow and studied under Joaquin Valdepeñas and Burt Hara. In addition to her time in Aspen, Ms. Weiss has spent summers performing with the National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Marrowstone Music Festival. Ms. Weiss attended Indiana University, where she received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Clarinet Performance as a student of Eli Eban. During the 2010-2011 academic year she served as the clarinet instructor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, teaching a full studio of undergraduate and graduate students and performing with the ISU Faculty Woodwind Quintet. In addition to her college teaching experience, Ms. Weiss enjoys teaching clarinetists of all ages and abilities and maintains a private studio in the Cincinnati area.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!
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.
Watch Larry performing on a Casio Privia PX-5S at NAMM 2014:
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!
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!
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.
Watch Alliance Brass perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Alleluia, BMV 142:
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.