Florence Open Mic Night – Sept 20 @ 6pm

School is back in session and its sports season!!! Time for marching bands, tailgating, bonfires & post-game parties. Those bonfires and parties often having singing and strumming. Do you have a couple of new songs you want to try out before that bonfire? Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, September 20th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Now that school has started, the kids have started lessons. Heck, why don’t you start lessons too? Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether you need a repair, new sheet music, or you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, September 20th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Open Mic Night August 16 – Florence

Summer is winding down. School is just around the corner. Kids are singing the blues and parents are (some, not all ☺) singing a happy tune! All genres are welcome to join us! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, August 16th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

School is starting. So it’s band and lesson time. Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether it’s a new instrument, new sheet music, or you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, August 16th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Check out these pictures from last months Open Mic.

Florence August Calendar of Events

Lots of great events for August at Willis Music Florence. 

Our store has had a little remodel done, so we are celebrating by doing a Piano Showroom Remodel sale. It is now band season, and we are stocked up with everything you need. August 14- Sept 1 we will be opening at 10am just for you!

Florence Open Mic Night – July 19 @ 6pm

It’s the middle of summer and it’s HOT! Well, why not come on out and lay down some hot licks at Willis Music’s Open Mic Night. There always new songs to learn, maybe you’re “this” close to having that new song worked out but you want to play it in front some folks who are doing the same thing! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, July 19th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, July 19th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Fender Brad Paisley Signature Telecaster

Brad Paisley Guitar

Coming very soon from Willis/Moeller Music is the Fender Brad Paisley Signature Tele.  Introduced at the Summer NAMM show this guitar should be arriving any day.  We had advanced notice of this launch and are one of the first in line.  Brad is one of the last of the guitar heroes.  He lives and breathes guitars and has one of the best tones on the planet.   I got to play it at the Fender Key Dealer Meeting in Scottsdale and I want one myself.  Plays great, looks great, sounds great, win, win ,win.  Did I mention it’s also affordable?  Unlike most signature guitars, Brad wanted this one to be accessible to his fans, not one locked away in a glass case.  Stop in your nearest Willis or Moeller store and check one out! 

  • Road Worn silver sparkle lacquer finish
  • Spruce top and back, paulownia center
  • Custom Brad Paisley neck shape – thick “V”
  • Paisley cowboy hat on headstock

 

Florence July 2017 Events

Blow it out your amp sale through July 17

Independence Day – Store Closing at 4pm

Worship Musician Night – July 11

NAMM Specials – July 13-15

Open Mic Night – July 19

Create Your Own Discount – July 20-23

Bluegrass Jam – July 21

Florence Open Mic Night- June 21

On June 21st, 2017 it is the International “Make Music Day!”

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion —pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

So! Let’s make some music together! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, June 21 st from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, June 21 st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night – May 17th

The April showers have come and gone, it’s time for Mayflowers and party season! Cookouts, graduations, weddings, heck any reason to gather together – and you have your guitar, ukulele, fiddle, banjo… whatever! If you want some practice in a great venue with an audience who are there just for the musical enjoyment and banter, come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, May 17th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need more picks, new sheet music, a brighter strap, a graduation present or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, May 17th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night April 19 6pm

Spring has sprung… April showers… seem to keep falling and falling… but hey! Great opportunity to work on your music! In fact, the Open Mic Night at Willis is a good place to show what you’ve been working on. So come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, April 19th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, if you’re needing new strings, picks, straps for your guitar, reeds for your woodwind, heads and sticks for your drums…  Willis has everything you need!

Stop in, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful music on Wednesday, April 19th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Voted Best of NKY!

Willis Music is proud to be selected as a finalist for Best of NKY again this year… but we need your help! You can vote for us at the event on May 18th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Tickets are normally $30 but you can use the code: finalist15 for $15 tickets! We hope to see you all there to help us WIN! 

Florence April Calendar of Events

April is full of all kinds of recitals and performances! Calling all students and alum from SCPA: We have a weekend just for you and your school! YPCC? We have a day for you as well.

April 20-23 we have the Indoor Yard Sale which is always a great time!

Doyle Dykes will be here for a concert on May 5th and tickets are available now! Check out http://www.willismusic.com/events for details and tickets. 

Check out the calendar below for more awesome events

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Florence Open Mic Night – March 15th

“Et tu, Brute?”…              

nah, don’t “beware the Ides of March,” let’s jam on March 15th! In fact, it’s 2 days before St. Patrick’s Day – we can all play “Sweet Molly Malone” and other standards, along with any other music that you would like to perform.

So come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, March 15th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, if you’re needing sheet music to bone up on your Irish Folk classics, Willis has you covered! Willis has everything you need musically – new and used instruments, instrument repair, sheet music, audio accessories, etc… – they have it!

Stop in, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful music on Wednesday, March 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

 

Florence March Calendar of Events

Big deals happening in March at Florence. Taylor New Product showcase is March 9th. Get your hands on the newest Taylor guitars! Woodsongs Coffeehouse March 11 with Blue Eagle Band! And we have our Open Mic, always the 3rd Wednesday of the month and the Bluegrass Jam, 4th Friday of the month! Check out the calendar below for more great events and sales!

Taylor New Product Showcase – March 9

Mark your calendar for March 9 at 7pm to be the first to see the the New Products from Taylor Guitars!

Are you a Taylor Guitar fan like us? You will not want to miss this event. We will have all the new Taylor Guitars from the 2017 NAMM show at Willis Music Florence for you to touch and play and take home for your own! Taylor just released a series that you have to play to believe it! We will also have a factory rep on hands to answer all your questions and let you know why Taylor does what they do!

Need more info? Call 859-525-6050 or email deniseb@willismusic.com

Details:

When – March 9, 2017

Time – 7pm

Where – 7567 Mall Rd, Florence, KY, 41042

Cost – FREE

Willis Music KMEA Preview

This week Willis Music will be in the Exhibit Hall at the 2017 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Conference in Louisville, KY. Stop by our booth between 9am-5pm on Thurs. & Fri. to say hello and Experience Yamaha! Be sure to ask us about our KMEA PRICING on all items we will have on display.

The Willis Music staff planning to be present include, Chris Teesdale (manager of our Lexington location), Matthew Powell (Keyboard Specialist for our Lexington location), Chase Clark (School Service Representative for Central KY), and Michelle VanSickle (School Service Representative for Northern KY). In addition to other members of our Willis Music team, we welcome representatives from the Yamaha Corporation Keyboard & Pro Music divisions who will join us in our exhibit.

Below is a brief preview of what we will have on display for demonstration:

As the ONLY Yamaha Acoustic Piano dealer in Kentucky we are excited to feature
the Yamaha B2 Acoustic Upright Piano with Silent technology.
This piano is perfect for practice rooms, small performance venues, and even at home.

 

The CLP-585 Yamaha Clavinova is one instrument in the KMEA Exhibit Hall you will want to hear!
Experience the unparalleled sound quality of a CFX Grand & Bosendorfer.
“Quite simply, the finest CLP Clavinova ever made.”

 

Woodwind, Brass, and String musicians will find numerous Professional and Intermediate instruments on display at our KMEA booth and available for demonstration!
This includes Yamaha flutes, clarinets, oboe, saxophones,
trumpets, french horns, and trombones!
Plus, we will have Eastman violins, and Yamaha Silent Electric Violins!

Too many instruments to include photographs – so come check this out for yourself at our booth!
Looking for a specific item or want to know more?  TEXT US AT 859-474-2664.

 

 

The Yamaha TF Rack Digital Mixer is one of the newest and coolest products in the music industry for 2017
and we will have it for you to play with and learn about at KMEA!

This is perfect for any marching band program looking to amplify instruments and voices.
Plus, it works great in a theater or any portable environment!

 

Be sure to check out the affordable and dynamic Yamaha DBR Loudspeaker Series we will have in our booth at KMEA –
as well as Chauvet Lighting.
We offer free installation for any school environment needing pro audio or lighting!

 

Guitar has quickly become a large part of music classrooms in Kentucky!
In 2016 we helped fill up a classroom of guitars at Coventry Oak Elementary (Lexington),
George Rogers Clark High (Winchester), and East Jessamine High (Nicholasville).
Come strum a few chords with us this week at our KMEA booth
featuring some popular classroom guitars by Yamaha.
We also have their Transacoustic Guitar on hand for those of you who want to experience something really special on a guitar!

We plan to bring a few Kala Ukuleles with us too! Another great tool for music educators!

   

In 2016 Yamaha released the Montage synthesizer! It will blow your socks off!
Imagine the MOTIF and DX models combined – and it’s user friendly!
For KMEA we will have the Montage and a CP4 Stage Piano on display.

 

Percussionists, we’ve made sure to bring some fun items for you at KMEA as well.
A sweet sounding custom made Holloman snare drum, along with two BRAND NEW
concert snare drum sticks by Promark! We love these!

Featuring the Concert One and Concert Two drumsticks. Come give them a try!

 

And finally…. the Yamaha DTX Multi 12 pad! Used extensively in the Hamilton musical, as well as through out the marching band and indoor percussion activities.

Florence Open Mic Night – February 15th

It’s February, one day will be in the 50’s, the next day we will get 5 inches of snow – what the heck! But spring is just around the corner – Valentine’s Day, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the Daytona race, all signs that the flowers will be popping up! In preparation for that reemergence and revival, let’s play some music! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, February 15th from 6-8 PM. It is in the John Thompson Performance Hall which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and your beau would love for you to play some music just for them – Willis has that music! Maybe you need new strings, a new strap, heck maybe some bongos to accompany your love poem – it’s all here!
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful (well, maybe to us :)) music on Wednesday, February 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Ronan Tynan Concert – Internationally Acclaimed Irish Tenor

Spend the afternoon with the internationally acclaimed Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan

On February 12, 2017 at 2:00pm, Assumption Church and Academy will be hosting Ronan at Receptions Conference Center. Willis Music Florence is proud to be a sponsor! For more information, call Linda Gray at 859-485-3800 ext 0 or 631-813-8597

 

From ronantynan.net:

Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Following his mother’s advice to always follow your dreams, Tynan decided to launch a solo career, and has achieved the fame and adoration that could have existed only in the farthest reaches of his dreams.

Tynan’s singing offered the gentlest consolation at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan in the summer of 2004, when an international TV audience of more than 35 million heard him sing “Amazing Grace” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” at the personal invitation of Nancy Reagan. Ronan is also famous for his performances of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch, which he says have been nothing short of unforgettable. In 2006 he started an affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres hockey team and has performed “God Bless America” at many of their games.

Ronan’s ability to simultaneously console and inspire is well-documented. In the wake of 9/11, the men and women of the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department and their families have been able to count on Ronan Tynan’s abiding concern and beautiful voice. Ronan has performed at benefits and memorial services for New York’s Finest and Bravest, and his singing softened the sorrow of many in the wake of the tragedy.

Of course, there have been plenty of joyous moments in Ronan’s career as well. In the spring of 2004, the Belmont Stakes got off to a rollicking start when Tynan—a passionate horseman himself—christened the race with a ringing rendition of “New York, New York.” This is of particular interest marking the first time ever in Belmont’s 30-year history that a singer was invited to perform live as they traditionally play the version recorded by Frank Sinatra. Tynan has performed for countless dignitaries worldwide including the wedding of New York’s former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to Judith Nathan on the grounds of Gracie Mansion. His voice also brightened the 80th birthday celebration of former President George H.W. Bush in the summer of 2004 in Houston.

In the spring of 2005, Ronan released his self-titled debut album, which began a new era in his career. “I think it shows a greater versatility than any other album I’ve done,” Tynan has said. “I wanted to sing a greater variety of music and spread my wings a bit, make a move out of the classic ‘Irish tenor’ vein.” The album contains the heartfelt “Passing Through,” which honors Ronan’s mother, whose vibrant spirit has been taken away by the long night of Alzheimer’s disease. Ronan debuted #2 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart, just behind Josh Groban, and was the 8th best-selling classical crossover album of 2005. It also reached #2 on the World Album Chart and peaked at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Chart. His career has also been well-documented with appearances on Primetime Live, Good Morning America, the Hour of Power, 700 Club, Fox & Friends and many other high-profile television shows.

Ronan sang at the White House Governors’ Ball at the invitation of President and Mrs. Bush in February, 2007, and in 2008 returned to the White House to sing at the St. Patrick’s Day Reception attended by members of the U.S. and Irish governments. He performed during the Concert of Hope prior to the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium in April, 2008. He is currently in the recording stages of two upcoming CD releases, one an all-Irish CD, and a second collection of songs performed at his concerts and requested by fans throughout the world. In 2007 due to popular demand, he released a DVD of his motivational speech: Hitting the High Notes, Living Life to the Fullest.

Tynan in Paralympics

Though Ronan enjoyed singing as a boy, he did not seriously consider formal voice study until he was 33, when he was well into his residency as a physician. His quick success is a typical development in a life of extraordinary achievement. Born with lower limb disability that threatened to sideline him throughout his childhood, Tynan was still “as wild as a March hare” when he was a growing boy, riding horses and racing motorcycles. When he was twenty, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records of which he still holds nine.

The determination instilled in Ronan by his parents, a diminutive couple with gigantic ambitions for their son, soon propelled him to conquer a whole new field. Tynan became the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education. He later became a full-fledged medical doctor, specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, with a degree from prestigious Trinity College.

Ronan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It less than one year after beginning the study of voice. The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing

Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and cut his teeth on the concert repertoire in performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’sElijah, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. In 1998, Tynan joined Anthony Kearns and John McDermott (later Finbar Wright) as The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation. His autobiography Halfway Home was published in February of 2002.

R Tynan 2012 Patriots Playoff Game

Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., presenting nearly 50 speeches annually for major international corporations and organizations.

The big Irishman has a special relationship with American audiences now. “America is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on,” Tynan marvels. “If you do that and do it right, it will give you absolutely everything you want. The thing I love about America is that there are so many people who want you to do well. They will you to do well. They encourage you, and they rejoice in your success. That’s a great virtue. I think Americans are fantastic people, amazing,” he says. And while Tynan claims that America has given him so much more than he’ll ever be able to give back, those who have attended his concerts, basking in the stirring beauty of his music and rolling with laughter at his self-effacing humor, may well just have to disagree.

Florence Open Mic Night – Jan 18

The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper has been thrown away – hopefully no envelopes of money with it! Now, Old Man Winter has us in his frosty embrace. Why not come in from the cold and play some music! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, January 18th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Maybe you got a new instrument as a holiday gift or maybe some of that money is burning a hole in your pocket. Willis has what you need – new sheet music for that song you’re wanting to learn, maybe a new strap for that guitar, oops, someone forgot to include a stand or cord for your new mic – it’s all here!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll work on getting rid of some of the SAD (seasonal affective disorder – aka wintertime blahs!) on Wednesday, January 18th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

 

Open Mic Night Sign

The New Fender American Professional Series is Here!

 

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The new Fender American Professional Series is here! We’ve got them in stock at our Florence store and coming soon to our other locations.  WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER!

 

NEW PICKUPS

Simply put, pickups are the heart and soul of an electric instrument’s voice. The American Professional series features our newest pickup offering: V-Mod single-coil pickups. Updated versions of our classic designs, modified for modern performance, V-Mod pickups are packed with authentic Fender tone. V-Mod pickups, and the newly redesigned ShawBucker™ humbucking pickups are voiced specifically for each position, bringing out the nuances of your playing.

NEW MODELS We’re excited to add three new models to the American Professional Series: the Tele®Deluxe, Jazzmaster® and Jaguar® guitars. The left-of-center Jazzmaster and Jaguar models are particularly prized for their unique style, feel and flexible control schemes.

NEW COLORS Three new colors—Sonic Gray, Mystic Seafoam, Antique Olive—are joined by the revival of a true classic, our instantly recognizable Butterscotch Blonde (available only on Tele models).

AND MORE…

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Check out the videos below and stop in and check them out!

 

 

The New Boss GT-1 Effects Processor

Boss GT-1

 

New and in stock at Moeller and Willis Music is the Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor.

PREMIUM TONE FOR PLAYERS ON THE GO
Ultra-portable and easy to use, the GT-1 delivers pro-level tones everywhere you play. Driven by the powerful BOSS GT-series engine, it gives you access to a huge selection of world-class amps and effects for all types of music. A streamlined interface enables quick and intuitive sound creation, while an assignable control switch and expression pedal provide dynamic real-time effects adjustment. And by connecting to BOSS TONE CENTRAL, you can download free pro patches, editing software, and more. Equally suited for beginners, weekend warriors, and traveling players, the GT-1 packs premium sound in a compact and rugged package.

-Flagship-class BOSS sound engine squeezed into a light and compact floor unit
-Modern design with no hard edges enables safe transport in a guitar bag
-Easy Select and Easy Edit functions for quickly choosing and tweaking patches
-Four AA batteries provide up to seven hours of playing time for busking and mobile gigs
-Onboard control switch and expression pedal; footswitch/expression pedal jack and USB
-Download ready-to-play pro patches for free at BOSS Tone Central

December NKY Band of the Month – Doghouse

Willis Music Florence is proud to have Doghouse as our NKY Band of the Month.

Like them on Facebook for a 10% discount on your purchase.

Doghouse started in 2000, when four Northern Kentucky friends (Chuck Davis, Paul Riesenberg, Tom Schulte and Dick Stewart) started jamming. It became a frequent occurrance and started talk about playing at parties. We needed a bass player and stole the bass player (Ric Thelen) from Mr. Grumpy, a band with deity status in Maysville, KY, which was destined for break-up. The band played a grade school reunion in Nov. 2000 under the name Beer Nuts, without Tom. This was followed with a performance at St. Tim’s in Union, KY with Tom.  

The band had it’s first real gig under the name Doghouse (short for Doghouse Dick and the Instigators) at Southern Lanes in Alexandria, KY on March 31st, 2001. The band played many parties that summer, and started playing some bars on a regular basis. In the summer of 2002, the band parted ways with Tom, to become a full-force four-piece.  

In May of 2006, Paul Riesenberg decided to leave the Northern KY area for sunny Clearwater Florida, and so departed the band. But Paul was nice enough to give us a little notice and to our great fortune, we found Chris Moriconi, who plays great drums and isn’t too bad of a guy either. On 5/25/2006, we had a farewell and hello gig, where Paul played for half the night and then Chris play the second half, with both playing at the same time for a few songs. 

In July of 2010, Chuck Davis decided the rigors of the road, touring with Doghouse was just too much. He left the band but again was nice enough to give us a little notice and we were lucky enough to find Tim Waters, who has some great vocals and plays guitar and keyboards rather well. 

We’re also glad to welcome back Jim ‘Bobby’ Oaks to the pack to take pictures, help with sound and lights, and all the other things that matter.

Members
Dick Stewart – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Ric Thelen – Bass, Vocals
Chris Moriconi – Drums
Tim Waters – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jim ‘Roadie Bob’ Oaks – Photos, Sound, Lights
 
 Want to be the next Band of the Month? Email denis eb@willismusic.com
 

Join Us For The 2016 15th Annual Warehouse Sale

Our long anticipated warehouse sale is coming up this month! This is the 15th annual sale and it will be bigger and better than ever! We have new surprises in store and more awesome deals that you don’t want to miss!

New this year are pianos.  Check out our used pianos and pre-shop the warehouse sale.
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Check out some videos to get you hyped for the Warehouse sale!
A look at how we make the magic come together
 

Here is a look at the 2015 warehouse sale! It is always buzzing with excitement!
 

Florence November Band of the Month

Willis Music Florence is happy to announce Florence Community Band as our Band of the Month for November!

They are a local group of music majors, retired band directors, high school band students, and all-around music enthusiasts! The band plays music of all kinds with a wide range of difficulty for those seeking a challenge or for those just looking to jam with some friends.

There are no auditions! The band is open to anyone who has an instrument. They will find a part for you!

Rehearsals are every Monday night from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Florence Government Center on Ewing Boulevard. No practice on holidays.

The Florence Community Band performs for the general public and is sponsored by the City of Florence, Kentucky. If you want to join, just bring your instrument (and a friend?) to our next practice!

Check out more info here!

Like them on Facebook to receive a 10% discount!

 

Want to be our next band of the month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com

 

Florence Open Mic Night – October 19th 6pm

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color. Before you know it the holidays will be here and people will be gathering. Those gatherings can always use some live music. No better place to work on those new songs – or dust of some oldies – than an open mic night. Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, October 19 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet, sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a seasonal guitar strap or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, October 19th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

October Events at Florence

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New Fender Offset line has arrived at a Willis!

We have exciting news for our guitar customers! The new Fender Offsets have just arrived at a Willis store near you! We are excited to share this awesome news with you. Come on into a location near you and shred for a couple of minutes on one of these beauties! You can check out some of the videos and pictures of all for a preview. Like what you see? Go ahead and add a Fender Offset to your collection we know you want to!

Left-of-center expression for the next generation of players.  Introducing the new Fender Offset series.  Five new models based on classic designs but re-envisioned for today.  You’re seeing them played everywhere from South by Southwest to Panic! At the Disco, now you can own one.

The full line includes:

Duo-Sonic, Duo-Sonic HS, Mustang, Mustang 90 and Mustang Bass PJ.

Here are the key features:

    • 24″ scale guitar/30″ scale bass
    • Single-coil, humbucker, Mustang 90 and PJ pickup configurations
    • All models feature 9.5″ radius fingerboards, medium jumbo frets, and modern C shapes
    • Many cool new finish/pickguard configurations
    • 3-way toggles are used instead of slider switches on Mustangs. Duo-Sonic HS features a coil-split function
    • String-through hardtail bridges

Take a look at the Fender Offset Mustang and Mustang 90s

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Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Mustang 90 model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Take a look at the Fender Offset Duo-Sonic and Duo-Sonic HS Models

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Fender Duo sonic Aged White Fender Duo Sonic Black

Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Duo sonic HS model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Take a look at the Fender Offset Mustang Bass PJ Models

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Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Mustang Bass PJ model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Can’t make it into the store or we don’t have one close to you? No problem take a look at our online store and purchase the one you have had your eye on today! Click here to see our entire Fender Offset stock.

Florence Band of the Month October – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass

Willis Music Florence is happy to have Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass as our October band of the month!

Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass is a driving, five piece bluegrass band established in Cincinnati, OH during the 1960’s. Vernon’s years of playing both banjo and guitar with the greats of bluegrass have honed his skills as an entertainer and make him uniquely qualified to define the traditional bluegrass sound of the Appalachian Grass. He began his professional career at the age of 15 playing banjo with Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys. He has since played with Walt Hensley, Jimmy Martin, Jim McCall, James Monroe, Mac Wiseman, and Scott Stoneman. Vernon was also a founding member of the Bluegrass Pardners of Wheeling Jamboree fame and his banjo work with the Easterners is well remembered.

Through the years, Vernon has made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage. He appeared playing banjo with both Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys and with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. When the Appalachian Grass was invited to perform at the Opry with Vernon as band leader, singer and guitarist, Vernon became one of the few who have been on that stage as a banjoist, a singer, and a guitarist.

Vernon has recorded many projects with Appalachian Grass that feature both his unique banjo style and his vocals and guitar work. Vernon’s matchless rhythm guitar is the bedrock for wife Kitty’s two fiddle instrumental recordings. During the 1970s, Vernon was a staff musician at Jewel Recording Studio and has contributed banjo and/or rhythm guitar tracks to innumerable recording sessions for entertainers such as Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Skinner, Charlie Moore, Rusty York, Lonnie Mack, Sid Campbell, JD Jarvis, Hylo Brown, and Bobby Grove.

Over the years, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass has played concerts, festivals, fairs, colleges, radio, television, and exclusive nightclubs across the United States and Canada. In 1998, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass won the CAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Band in the Cincinnati – Tri-State Area. The band’s exploits even include the grand opening dedication of an historic cemetery!

As emcee, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player, Vernon McIntyre infuses the Appalachian Grass with the warmth and spontaneity of a small family gathering even when playing for thousands of fans. He combines bluegrass history and stories with showmanship and humor to deliver top notch entertainment. Vernon’s wife, Kitty McIntyre, brings to the group some of the best bluegrass fiddling that you can hear. Audiences always enjoy her energetic performances as well as her trick fiddling act. Known for the quality of their singing, the group’s vocals are a blend of smooth and intricate harmonies that are a delight to hear. Hard-driving banjo by Robert Campbell, mandolin by Wayne Haddix, and upright bass by Tammy Powers round out the Appalachian Grass sound.

With Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass on stage you’re sure to get old-fashioned entertainment at its best!

Check them out at Willis Music Florence on October 15 at 7pm!

Like their facebook page here to receive a 10% discount on one item at Willis Music. Already a fan, don’t worry, you still get the discount.

Want to be the next band of the month? Contact Denise at deniseb@willismusic.com for details!

Open Mic Night – Florence

School is back in session and it’s sports season!!! Time for marching bands, tailgating, bonfires & post-

game parties. Those bonfires and parties often having singing and strumming. Do you have a couple of

new songs you want to try out before that bonfire? Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –

Wednesday, September 21 st from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left

as you walk through the door.

Now that school has started, the kids have started lessons. Heck, why don’t you start lessons too? Don’t

forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether you need a repair, new sheet music, or you

want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on

Wednesday, September 21 st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Band of the Month – Stonehaus Trail

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Stonehaus Trail is a Cover band located in Northern Kentucky that plays at local bars, Private Parties and weddings! The name Stonehaus Trail came from a little place in Melbourne, KY that we had to pass when going to band practice out our drummer Tommy Brewer’s dad’s house. The name of the place is actually Stonehouse Trail but all five members of the band have German in their ancestry so we changed it to Stonehaus Trail. We incorporate fun upbeat music but it is not uncommon to hear rare jams like Cortez the killer (Neil Young), Little Sister (Elvis) and No Excuses (Alice in Chains) come out of our setlist.
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Band Members:

John Horan – lead vocals/guitar/Harmonica
Vince Bonhaus – rythem guitar/lead guitar/vocals/Harmonica
Dan Walsh – Lead guitar/ vocals
Tom Ryan – bass
Tommy Brewer – Drums/ vocals

Check them out HERE! 

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Now, for a limited time, you can save up to $2,500 with an instant rebate on any new Steinway-designed Boston upright or grand piano in stock.* It’s all part of our ongoing celebrations as we commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the first Boston piano ever manufactured.

*Not applicable with any other offer. Boston 118S PE is not eligible for this offer. Piano must be in stock and purchased by 8/31/2016.

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Open Mic Night – August 17 – Florence

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Summer is winding down. School is just around the corner. Kids are singing the blues and parents (some, not all) singing a happy tune! All genres are welcome to join us! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, August 17 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

School is starting. So it’s band and lesson time. Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered.

Whether it’s a new instrument, new sheet music, or you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, August 17 th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Beyond the Titans – Florence Band of the Month August

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Willis Music Florence is proud to have

Beyond the Titans as our Band of the Month for August!

Beyond the Titans describes themselves as a metal band in Cincinnati, Ohio that incorporates elements of Jazz, Blues, and many other genres into the music. Members include: Talon Gregory-Guitar, Chris Johnson-Guitar, Sean Hensley-Drums, and Ben Jenkins-Bass.

Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondtheTitans/ Like their page and recieve a 10% discount on any 1 item!

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Want to be the next Band of the Month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com

Best of Northern Kentucky – Florence

Are you looking for the best place in Northern Kentucky? Look no further!

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Willis Music Florence was just named the TOP place to take Music Instruction by the folks at NKY Magazine! We want to thank everyone who voted for us. We have worked for years to partner with the best teachers in the area and to make sure every student is getting the most meaningful music experience. Music is so much fun and we love that we share that every day!

Denise, Cody, and Colleen had a great time at the Best of NKY event, so check out these awesome pictures.

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Check out all of our amazing teachers HERE!

 

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Florence – July Band of the Month – Bruce Menefield

menefieldSaxophonist Bruce Menefield speaks out of his own personal experience.  His career has been marked by his ability to mix talented musicians into exciting ensembles that have spun off into independent artists.  The groups he has developed are known to keep a “hard groove” and deliver a musically strong message.

The “sweet” saxophone sounds that Bruce Menefield constructs are colored with gospel, blues, bebop and funk, allowing the versatile sax range of his tenor, soprano, alto and baritone instruments to be heard succinctly and clearly.  Positioned to be a Soloist, his CD’s are written compositions of creative instrumental variety stylistically designed to be performed “in the moment.”

An intricate part of Cincinnati’s jazz heritage, Bruce has performed among some of the best in jazz. such as  Hugh “Peanuts”Whalum, Clark Terry,  Ronnie Laws and John Blake. He was one of the “Four Tenors” in a landmark concert at the Hyatt in 2005 which included a frontline of Billy Harper, Bennie Maupin and Edwin “Eddie” Bayard.  Bruce has produced many live concerts, including a 3-year run of the “It’s Commonly Jazz” series at Jordan Crossing, an annual free event for Cincinnati’s own.  He highlighted his series with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Hank Crawford.

In 2008, Bruce Menefield’s Omni Works Music was founded to provide educational and performance services that would continue the rich legacy of jazz as an African American cultural contribution to our society.  A studio producer, he has written, recorded and produced his own music under his record label, Black Sax Records with his last CD entitled “More Steps.”

His extensive life experience in the field of music has enhanced his understanding and acceptance of the urge to create as an outcome that belongs to God.

Check him out at http://www.brucessax.com/ and like him on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BruceMenefieldOnSaxophone to recieve a 10% discount on any one item.

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Want to be our next Band of the Month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com for info!

Florence Calendar of Events for July

So much going on in July at Willis Music Florence!! Independence Day sale! Glenda Austin workshop! Open Mic and Bluegrass Jam! Much much more!! Check it out below.july 2016-page-0

Florence Open Mic Night – June 15th @ 6pm

“Summertime, Summertime, Some, Some, Summertime”… whether it’s fun pop songs, relaxing

TropRock, country party music, or the staccato of surfer guitar, summer is celebrated in nearly every

way musically imaginable. Let’s make some summertime music together! Come on out to the Willis

Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, June 15 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is

immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s

steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you

need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on

Wednesday, June 15 th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Band of the Month – Day N Day Out

Willis Music Florence is proud to have the new up and coming band, Day N Day Out, as our June Band of the Month!

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Day N Day Out is from Grant County. They are all students at Grant County High School. We think it is amazing to see such talent in these young men. All four of them have a passion for music and it shows when they play. They have been playing Open Mics and Festivals around the area. Check them out at Rock The Ridge on July 2!

Band Members:

Wyatt Newman – Lead Vocals and Guitar

Kessler Fugate – Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals

Josh Caldwell – Bass and Backup Vocals

Caleb Caldwell – Drums

Check them out at www.facebook.com/dayndayoutband Like their Facebook page, and recieve a 10% discount at Willis Music!

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Want to be our next Band of the Month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com or click here for more info!

Florence Calendar of Events for June 2016

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Looking for something to do??? Willis Music Florence has you covered. We are here to help with Father’s Day gifts, or that special present for yourself. Sales on accessories, Teles, and much more! As always, we have our Blues Jam, Open Mic Night, and Bluegrass Jam!

Open Mic Night – Florence – May 18th

The April showers have come and gone, it’s time for Mayflowers and party season! Cookouts,

graduations, weddings, heck any reason to gather together – and you have your guitar, ukulele, fiddle,

banjo… whatever! If you want some practice in a great venue with an audience who are there just for

the musical enjoyment and banter, come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, May

18 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the

door.

Don’t forget, if you need more picks, new sheet music, a brighter strap, a graduation present or anything

thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on

Wednesday, May 18 th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

International Drum Month May 2016

Come celebrate International Drum Month May 2016 with Willis.  We are embracing the month with all percussion specials that are amazing!

DRUMROLL please!

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Specials are available in store only! Click here to visit the closest store.

Band of the Month – N. KY

May Northern Kentucky Band of the Month – Brandon Coleman Quartet

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Having been called a “wonderful composer” and “sophisticated player” as well as “one of the most unique guitar voices to emerge over the last decade”, Brandon Coleman is the Midwest’s foremost jazz guitarist.

Based out of Cincinnati, OH, Coleman regularly performs with his groups Brandon Coleman Quartet and Trio as well as the Cleveland/NYC-based Sam Blakeslee Quintet amongst countless other projects.

Drawing his inspiration from his musical idols–which range from Shorter and Coltrane all the way to Zappa, Messiaen and Murail–Coleman composes and performs very cinematic and personal music which always has a story to tell the listener.

He has performed at many notable venues and festivals, including–but not limited to­­­–The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Bop Stop, BluJazz+, Bar Next Door, Shrine, Merriman’s Playhouse, the first annual Loja Jazz Festival (2012) in Loja, Ecuador, the 2014 CBGB Festival in NYC, and the 2014 Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest.

2013 saw the release of his debut quartet album, Decisions. Met with great reviews and radio play, Decisions set the tone for the voice of the Brandon Coleman Quartet, an interactive and thematic quartet with roots firmly in the modern tradition of jazz music.

Brandon Coleman is also a teacher at our Florence location.

Members: Brandon Coleman – Guitar/Compositions, Keigo Hirakawa – Piano, Matt Wiles – Bass, Jeff Mellott – Drums, The Brandon Coleman Quartet Family: Diego Lyra – Piano, Luke McIntosh – Bass, Jose Oreta – Bass, Bruno Gafanhoto – Drums

Upcoming Shows:
5/6 – BOURBON ON MAIN – FRANKFORT, KY – 7:30PM – BILL MAY GROUP
5/7 – THE CHATTERBOX – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – 10PM – WADE BAKER QUARTET
5/14 – WASHINGTON PLATFORM – CINCINNATI, OH – 8PM – RUSTY BURGE QUARTET
5/15 – THE GREENWICH – CINCINNATI, OH – 7PM – BRANDON COLEMAN QUARTET
5/20 – RICHMOND, KY – MILES OF JAZZ ORCHESTRA
5/27 – BOURBON ON MAIN – FRANKFORT, KY – 7:30PM – MARLIN MCKAY GROUP
5/28 – CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL – DAYTON, OH – 8PM – RANDY VILLARS BAND

Like them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/brandoncolemanmusic/timeline for a discount!

 

Want to be the next Band of the Month? Check out how HERE!

 

Florence May Calendar of Events

Lots of great events happening at Willis Music Florence! It’s recital season! Derby Week event! Band of the Month and more!

New Acoustic Gig Tools

Have an acoustic gig at a coffee house this weekend?  Having people over and playing on your deck? Playing small venue acoustic gigs has never been easier.  We have several new acoustic gig tools to add to your box to make you sound even better.

 

The TC Helicon Play Acoustic

Play Acoustic combines all the things you need to make a live acoustic performance shine: lavish vocal sounds, perfect backing harmonies, best-selling guitar effects, and unique processing that makes your six-string sing – in perfect harmony with your voice.

FEATURES
Professional vocal effects and tone
Natural sounding vocal harmonies guided by your guitar
Guitar FX styles from TC Electronic®
BodyRez™ Filtering and Onboard EQ and DI for impeccable acoustic guitar tone

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Fender Acoustic Pro and Acoustic SFX

Acoustic Pro

TRANSPARENT SOUND, REFINED FORM
Offering a sonic experience like no other, Acoustic Pro amplifiers are true “audiophile amps,” delivering superior live sound with studio-quality effects. Along with a flexible pro feature set, Acoustic Pro offers high-grade components and technology, pure Fender tradition and expert sonic imaging—allowing every note to be naturally and painstakingly replicated, letting your acoustic personality shine.

FEATURES

200-watt 12″ combo amplifier ideal for solo performers or acoustic duos
Two channels for instruments or microphones
Onboard hall reverb and tone controls with sweepable midrange
Integrated tilt-back kickstand easily converts the amp into a stage monitor
Includes deluxe fitted cover; optional two-button footswitch for reverb bypass

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Acoustic SFX

RICH, ROOM-FILLING SOUND IN A STUNNING PACKAGE
For the discerning player in search of an eye-catching piece of acoustic architecture, the Acoustic SFX offers state-of-the-art technology for a lush sonic experience unlike any other. The ultimate solution for acoustic players, the lightweight design and portability suit anyone looking for a grab-and-go rig for small venues, offering a pleasing sound image to people located all throughout the room.

FEATURES

Two-channel 160-watt (2x80W) stereo combo amplifier; ¼”-XLR combo jacks
Adjustable SFX® technology creates lush, room-filling sound
Onboard studio-quality effects include hall reverb, echo, delay, chorus and Vibratone
Tempo-sync all effects with two quick taps
Includes fitted cover; add optional two-button footswitch for per-channel effect bypass

The AER Compact 60/3

The ultimate in pure, natural acoustic tone.  The amp of choice for Tommy Emanuel and Eric Johnson.
The AER Compact 60/3 has proven that there is an all-round, small, powerful and yet simple to use complete solution for stage, studio and home use that works up to the highest demands and standards of acoustic players.
60 watts, dynamic control
8” (200 mm) twin cone speaker twin channel, 3 and 2 band EQ
Digital effect processor with 4 presets
(2 x reverb/delay/chorus)
14.30 lbs

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Stop in you local Willis or Moeller Music today and check out these great tools and many others!

Hit the Trifecta at Willis Music

Are you ready for the two most exciting minutes in sports?

Willis Music wants to help you “Hit the Trifecta” and reward your loyalty. The week leading up to the Derby is a very exciting time, and we want to be part of that excitement. Here is what you have to do, make a purchase between May 2 and derby post time on the 7th, pick the horse you think will win the Kentucky Derby, and if you are right, we will credit your Music Money account with triple the Music Money dollars from your purchase. It really is that easy, you pick the winning horse and get some extra Music Money! Stop by the store anytime between May 2 and 7 before post time for your chance to Hit the Trifecta!

About Last Years Kentucky Derby Winner

American Pharoah Hit the Trifecta

American Pharoah (foaled February 2, 2012) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing. He was voted the 2015 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and the 2015 Eclipse Award Champion three-year-old. He was bred and owned throughout his racing career by Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trained by Bob Baffert, and ridden in most of his races by Victor Espinoza. He now stands at stud at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Click here to visit the closest Willis Music location to you.

Open Mic Night – April 20 @ Florence

Spring has sprung and we are having Open Mic Night – April 20 @ Florence! It’s patio season (although some days are more patio-friendly than others in April).

If you want to work on some new tunes, maybe get a new idea on how to transition from a G chord to a
C#minor chord, or just hang out and listen and play, come out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –
Wednesday, April 20th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you
walk through the door.
Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet,
sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a brighter strap or anything thing else musically, Willis
has what you need.
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, April 20th from 6pm to 8pm. Check in with Scott and let’s shred (or strum)!!!

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Sabian: A New Generation-Florence

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Sabian has been redefining cymbals and cymbal accessories for decades, and they haven’t skipped a beat yet (buh-dut-tss).  There is a reason why famous drummers like Terry Bozzio, JoJo Mayer, Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy play Sabian.  That reason you may ask? Quality.  More so, quality, consistency and passion.  The Sabian brand has moved mountains to get where they are today, based on those qualities and many more just like them.  Lucky for us though, they brought some new toys with them.

 

This year, Sabian has delivered a new line, simply titled, the XSR Series.  With this new series, players will get thinner, quicker crashes, tasty balanced rides for better stick definition and tone, and a variety of other beneficial gear as well.  With these cymbals, Sabian has included their pure Sabian B20 Bronze, utilizing the same “trickle-down technology” incorporated in their award winning Evolution and X-Plosion cymbals.  The best part about these cymbals though?  XSR delivers a better price point than most any other cymbal out there.  It’s almost a no brainer when you think about it.  High quality cymbals at a fraction of the cost? Sign me up!

 

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Luckily, here at Willis Music in Florence, we carry this impressive line.  All you drummers out there should come check them, and let me know how you like them in the process.  Drum on folks!

FREE strings & FREE restring in Florence!!

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In support of International Guitar Month, Earth Day and to celebrate the launch of DAddario‘s Playback String Recycling Program, Willis Music invites you to attend DAddario‘s Guitar Restring and String Recycling Event!

When:
Apr 23, 2016 11:00 AM

Where:
Willis Music
7567 Mall Rd
Florence, KY 41042

DAddario is rolling out the world’s first wide-scale string recycling program: Playback. The program is powered by TerraCycle, a highly awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products to repurpose the material into affordable, innovative products.

Collect your used strings (and from your friends and fellow musicians) and bring them to the store along with your electric or acoustic guitar. Your contribution of used strings qualifies you for a FREE set of DAddario strings and a complimentary restring by our expert team. Choose either a set of DAddario‘s premium NYXL electric guitar strings or DAddario‘s NEW Nickel Bronze acoustic guitar strings. The amazing string doctor, Terry Steding of Cook Instrument Repair, will also be in the store to do on the spot repairs!

Thank you for doing your part to reduce wasteful landfill and to support DAddario and Willis Music efforts to make the world a better place for all musicians.

We are looking forward to seeing you Apr 23, 2016 11:00 AM – 5pm!

What’s Happening in Florence – April

Lots of events and sales going on at Willis Music Florence in April!! April 2 is our 117th anniversary, so we are celebrating! Woodsongs coffee house concert on the 14th and much more! Click below for the whole calendar.

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April Band of the Month Northern Kentucky – IconX

Musicians and vocalists brought together by a passion of music brings IconX to be featured as the April Band of the Month for Willis Music!
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IconX is an Northern Kentucky’s band. They play music that makes them unique to the covers you would hear played. Covers include Boz Scaggs- Lowdown, Taste Of Honey- Boogie Oogie Oogie, Pink Floyd-On The Turning Away, Tears For Fears- Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Carole King- I Feel The Earth Move and many more. They have captivated audiences and grown a great fan base over the past five years because of their sound, great stage performances and excellent variety of music.
Check them out online at:
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Want to be the next Band of the Month? Click Here

Come show off your chops- Open Mic Night

Pitchers and catchers have reported, Daytona is done, & March Madness is starting – spring is just

around the corner. Soon enough patios will come alive with live music – if you want to practice your

songs and chops on a stage with a great sound system, come out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –

Wednesday, March 16th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as

you walk through the door.

Also, if you need to replace your strings, want a new music book or two, need a loop-pedal, heck, even a

back-up instrument, remember – Willis has all of your musical instrument, music, & accessory needs

covered.

Come on out and we’ll get the music rolling on Wednesday, March 16th from 6pm to 8pm. Check in with

Scott and let the music play!!!

March 2016 Calendar of Events

Amazing events scheduled for this month! Larry Sparks, Sarina Jones, St Patricks Day party, Easter Sunday, and much more! Check out the calendar below for all the details!

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St. Joseph Drama Club gets a new mixer

Congrats to St. Joe’s Drama Club on the purchase of their new mixer. For years, Willis Music has sponsored the St. Joseph Drama Club and we want to congratulate them on the purchase of their new Yamaha TF5 mixer. Patrons that have been seeing the plays for years automatically noticed the difference in sound just from the mixer!

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Haven’t heard about Yamahas new TF series mixers? Here you go!

Yamaha has always made it a mission to stay in touch with the needs of sound engineers worldwide. The outcome is evident in the success of the recent CL and QL series digital mixing consoles, and the flagship RIVAGE PM10. The key to success has always been in supporting the user’s creativity. Creativity is most effective when unrestricted, and now Yamaha has created a new digital mixing console that gives the user’s intuition even freer rein. TouchFlow Operation™ introduced in the TF series consoles allows the user to respond to the music and artists on stage with unprecedented speed and freedom, taking live sound reinforcement to a new level of refinement. With the TouchFlow Operation interface optimized for touch panel control, experienced engineers as well as newcomers to the field will find it easier than ever to achieve the ideal mix. Recallable D-PRE™ preamplifiers support sound quality that will satisfy the most discerning professional ears, while advanced live recording features and seamless operation with high-performance I/O racks give these compact digital mixers capabilities that make them outstanding choices for a wide range of applications. Experience the intuitive control and creative freedom that a truly evolved digital console can provide.

Check out the line up here!

 

Mesa Boogie is on its way!!

Willis Music Florence is proud to announce that we are a Authorized Mesa Boogie dealer. The product has been ordered, and some will be here shortly! We will have pedals, tubes, and of course the amps! Been thinking about getting one of these amazing amps, stop in and we would love to help you out!

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What is Mesa Boogie? Check it out here!

Worth More than A Penny

Do you feel that a Penny isn’t worth anything these days? 

Well at Willis Music, we want the penny to be worth lots more!! Come visit us at our Annual Penny Sale February 18-21! Need a new drum set? Buy any Gretsch, DDrun, Mapex Saturn, MyDentity or Armory kit and GET FOR A PENNY, in stock hand drum, snare drum or hardware! (Some restrictions do apply). How about a new guitar? Buy any American made guitar/ bass and get 6 re-strings from a pro guitar tech FOR A PENNY!

There is so many more deals, you have to stop in to see them all! And as always, we are bringing back our Penny A Page Sale Music!! Choose from selected titles of music!! It’s amazing!

See you there!

Open Mic Night – Feb 17

The Ground Hog didn’t see his shadow – someone needs to let Mother Nature know about that because

it’s cold outside. Well, instead of letting cabin fever get to you, come out to the Willis Music Open Mic

Night – Wednesday, February 17th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the

left as you walk through the door.

Your new instrument you received for Christmas is getting broken in nicely. Now it’s time to venture out

in public and see with it sounds like through a quality sound system. Also, we’re ready to clap along,

sing-a-long, or just plain jam with you!

Also, if you need a new music stand, guitar strap, picks, strings, remember – Willis has all of your musical

instrument, music, & accessory needs covered.

Come on out and we’ll get the music rolling on Wednesday, February 17th from 6pm to 8pm. Check in

with Scott and let’s make do some jamming!!!

February Band of the Month – Jason Owens Band

Willis Music Florence Band of the month is the Jason Owens Band!

 

Jason OwensThe Jason Owens Band offers a high energy show with a mixture of all the Nashville style guitar playing chops, similar to Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. The Jason Owens Band offers an upbeat sound resembling the energy of a Jason Aldean show. This band will keep the crowd rocking all night! There is nothing like this new and up-coming band. The Jason Owens Band performs songs that appeal to the most discriminating music lovers. The Jason Owens Band performs originals, oldies, all the new country hits as well as rock and pop songs. If you love country music and like to have a good time, you cant miss out with this group!
The band is fronted by Jason Owens, the lead vocalist and super picker who has been talked about by Brad Paisley and Justin Moore for his abilities. Jason’s voice is also diverse, he can hit the low notes of a Johnny Cash song as well as hit high notes from groups like the Eagles. Paul Kelley plays bass guitar and keeps the crowd groovin all night. Andrew Gray rocks the drums and keeps the crowd wanting more and more with his showmanship and stellar playing. The newest addition to the group is Justen Jette, who plays guitar and keyboards for the band. Terry Ranck hits the stage improvising on the saxophone. Justen and Paul also add some outstanding harmony vocals to the mix.
These musicians have played all over the country including The Ranch in Anaheim , California , The Kentucky Speedway Sprint Cup Race, The Yakov Smirnoff Theatre in Branson, Missouri, The Academy Of Country Music in Encino, California, The Viper Room in Hollywood, California, Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, TN, The Country Music Association in Nashville, TN… just to name a few! Their social media presence is gaining notoriety with a staggering 28,000 plus follow count on Twitter and 10,000 plus on Instagram. Katie Walters and Bud Stross from B105, Q102, and 97.3 The Wolf, some of Cincinnati’s premier radio stations, recently shot a promotional video for the band. You can find it on Youtube, search “Behind The Music With Jason Owens”. If you are looking for a high energy group that keeps your crowd going all night` this is the group for you!

Check out more info at:

http://www.jasonowensmusic.com/  https://www.facebook.com/JasonOwensMusic/

or https://twitter.com/jasonowensmusic

Like his facebook page or twitter page and get a 10% discount on any one item. Show you are a fan to your salesperson!

 

Want to be the next band of the month? Contact Denise at deniseb@willismusic.com for details!

 

 

Calendar of Events – February 2016

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Tons of great events going on at Willis Music Florence Superstore this month! Concerts, discounts and more!

Check out our band of the month, Jason Owens Band! Like them on Facebook or Twitter for a discount in the store!

January Band of the Month – KY Myle

Willis Music Florence is proud to announce that our January Band of the Month is Kentucky Myle!

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Kentucky Myle was born from the very soul of Eastern Kentucky and blends their sound with the influence of Country, Blues, Roots, and Rock. Lead by the sultry voice of Pam Kelly, the BMI affiliated singer/songwriter from Pike Co. Ky, who joined up with prominent Northern Ky guitarist/singer, Rick Kinman in 2007. Their vocal harmonies at a unique element that is reminiscent of the great country duets of the past. Kentucky Myle pours their love for what they do into every single show and devotes all of their energy into making each performance greater than the last.
The group as performed many clubs, festivals, and events throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee. Through which they have developed a loyal fan base. Major performances include opening for Charlie Daniels in Lawrenceburg, IN and Tim McGraw at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. Kentucky Myle performances have a personal style that cannot be paralleled! This is proven time after time by the return of fans and appearance of many new faces week after week. The road to success may take a lot of hard work and perseverance but Kentucky Myle has the dedication and talent to make it a great trip!

Pam Kelly – Lead Vocals, Mandolin
Rick Kinman – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jason Coulter- Drummer
Dave Jackson- Bassist

Like them on Facebook and get a discount! https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyMyle/

BAND OF THE MONTH

What is it?

The Willis Music Band of the Month is a new promotion offered by Willis Music Florence, where we offer perks to your band and your fans by using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

What do I get?

Your entire band will save up to 10% on products at Willis Music for the month that you are choosen. We will also provide your band with easy, free publicity as well as potential new followers on social media. Cook Instrument Repair will offer your band free evaluations on your gear during the month. And The SoundWorkshop will give you 20% off your recording time as long as you book your session during the month that you are picked.

How does it work?

Each month we randomly pick who our Band of the Month will be. We will promote your band on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. We will also promote you in our store for the month using any merchandise or flyers you provide to us. We will also play your recordings, if you provide us with them, in our store.

Customers will get an instant discount of up to 10% off one entire purchase that month if they “like” your band on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, or other social media sites. If they already follow your band, the offer is still good. They show that they followed you to our staff at the register!

What do I need to do?

Visit our store to talk with a member of our staff, fill out an entry form for your band, and you will be entered to be picked for the month!

 

Pre-Owned Kohler & Campbell upright piano makes a great gift!

This pre-owned Kohler & Campbell upright is our piano of the week! This would make a great gift for the starting piano player. Most piano teachers rejoice when their students practice on a acoustic piano. Call Willis Music Florence / Steinway Piano Gallery (859) 525-6050 and ask for Rick.

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January Events

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Trade up to a Steinway Family Piano!

A keyboard is a great way to start to learn and play piano music, but now is the time to get that big, rich sound of a fine acoustic piano! Bring in your keyboard and we will give you full trade value when you purchase a Steinway Family of Pianos (Steinway & Sons, Boston, Essex). Call Willis Music Florence / Steinway Piano Gallery (859) 525-6050. Ask for Rick for the details.

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Piano of the Week: Boston GP-156 Baby Grand

The Piano of the Week is the Boston GP-156 Grand. At just under 5 feet 2 inches, this beautiful piano produces a tone that will surprise and delight you. The keyboard is wonderfully responsive, and the tone is rich far beyond what one would reasonably expect for a piano of this size. The Steinway design really shines in this lovely piano. Call Willis Music Florence / Steinway Piano Gallery (859) 525-6050. Ask for Rick.

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Piano of the Week: Boston UP118EEP Upright Piano

Our Piano of the Week is the Boston UP 118EEP. This 46 1/2″ upright piano is stunning! Boston uprights offer the same standards of excellence which characterize all instruments designed by Steinway & Sons. A Boston upright will give you the same opportunities to express your musical skill as a grand.

In comparison to other pianos, the Boston has less string tension. This reduced string tension allows for a larger, tapered soundboard, creating longer sustain, and more singing quality in the tone (as well as longer piano life). A wealth of other engineering enhancements, including optimal placement of ribs, braces, and bridges, also contribute to the Boston’s superior tone and greater stability.

Each Boston piano soundboard is crafted of Sitka spruce, long proven to be the most resonant material available. Boston soundboards are also precisely tapered, which allows them to vibrate more freely. In conjunction with a number of special technologies — unique patents of Steinway & Sons — the result is a powerful, sustained tone.

Call Willis Music Florence / Steinway Piano Gallery (859) 525-6050 Ask for Rick for a close look at this amazing instrument!

 

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Black Friday Weekend

Willis Music Florence has some amazing deals for you on Black Friday and through the weekend! On Friday, we will have  Buona Vita Pizzas food truck in the parking lot starting at 9am!! You need to eat, and want to shop, so we wanted to make that possible for you! Meatballs and Music!! It will not get any better than that! black friday ml-page-0

December Band of the Month – Eden Park Band

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Willis Music Florence is proud to announce that Eden Park Band is the December Band of the Month!

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Like any of their social media pages listed below, show your salesperson and receive a discount!! This months band is amazing and if you are able to go check them out, I highly recommend it. Their music is played on local stations including our partner, Class X Radio.

Eden Park Band performs Pop, Rock and R&B music from the 60′s-90′s and MORE!

Eden Park Band is a leader in LIVE music for corporate events, casino entertainment, fine dining establishments and music venues.

The bands members collectively appear on over 1 million records world wide, and have shared the live stage with musical greats Kansas, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, The Temptations, Bootsy Collins, Blessid Union of Souls and more. Performing throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio area and beyond, Eden Park Band is quickly becoming one of the mid-west’s most sought after bands for live entertainment. The members of Eden Park Band know how crucial each performance is and are focused professionals on and off stage.

Eden Park Band endeavors to further establish themselves as one of the best corporate entertainment bands in the Mid West, USA and around the WORLD.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
Tues Dec 01 – Grandview Tavern(Ft Mitchell, KY) 7pm “Trio”
Sat Dec 05 – Jack Binion’s Steakhouse Horseshoe Casino(Cincinnati) 8:30pm “Full Band”
Fri Dec 11 – View 162 inside Crowne Plaza Hotel (Dayton, OH) 9pm “Unplugged Performance”
Sat Dec 12 – Taqueria Mercado (8th & Walnut Cincinnati) 8pm “Full Band”
Fri Dec 18 – Silverton Cafe’ (Cincinnati) 8pm “Full Band”
Sat Dec 19 – Grandview Tavern (Ft Mitchell, KY) 8:30pm “Full Band”
Tue Dec 22 – Grandview Tavern (Ft Mitchell, KY) 7pm “Trio”
Sat Dec 26 – Jack Binion’s Steakhouse Horseshoe Casino (Cincinnati) 8:30pm
Thu Dec 31 – New Years Eve performance at Taft’s Ale House 15th & Race (Cincinnati) 9pm. By reservation ONLY. Price is $35 standing room and $90/table seat see taftsalehouse.com for details.
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Want to be our next band of the month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com to request info!
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Congratulations to Sayuri Jones & students!

This is what making music is all about: Family, Friends and Community! Congratulations to Sayuri Jones and all the musicians that performed at the Sayuri Jones Music Studio Recital at the Willis Music Florence Performing Arts Center.  Well done! The piano that is center stage is the Steinway Model B (7′).

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Concert & Artist Steinway Model B for your event!

Do you have the need for a Grand Piano for your special event? The C&A (Concert and Artist) Steinway Model B his been at the Symphony, Orchestra chambers, Universities & Colleges, Piano teachers associations, Professional teachers chapters and associations, Concert Venues, Recording studios, Television studios, Production companies (Community plays, Operas, Dance programs, Theatrical presentations), Entertainment at corporate events, political group events, Marketing company events, Convention Centers, Civic Centers, Fine Arts Centers, Religious and Ethnic organizations which present music programs, Churches, Synagogues, Cultural organizations and private parties! Call Willis Music Florence / Steinway Piano Gallery to reserve this performer’s choice piano. Ask for Rick Fuchs (859) 525-6050.

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Pre-owned Kimball piano for sale!

This Kimball pre-owned spinet piano is perfect for the beginning student on a budget. Red Mahogany finish with a matching bench. Asking 1295.00. Call Willis Music Florence (859) 525-6050 Ask for Rick.

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Piano of the Week: Steinway Model M

Piano of the Week: Steinway Model M (5′ 7″). This piano’s rich tone and responsive action is found not only in a great many homes, but in many schools of music and conservatories as well. Called the “Medium” grand, there is nothing medium about the sound from this instrument.

Features include: Exclusive use of Solid Wood, Continuous Bent Rim, Diaphragmatic Soundboard, Hexagrip Pinblock, Duplex Scale. Call Steinway Piano Gallery / Willis Music Florence (859) 525-6050 Ask for Rick to set your personal appointment.

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Piano of the Week: Essex EGP-173C Classic Grand Piano!

Our Piano of the Week is a great home Grand Piano. The Essex EGP-173C is 5′ 8″ in length. The perfect size for a living room, great room or music room. Features include: Classic design with Tiered Encasement between the Rim and Leg Tops, Brass Pedals and Coved Lyre Box, Full-Perimeter Coved Toplid, Full Sostenuto System, Slow Fall Fallboard. Call (859-525-6050) Ask for Rick to check this beauty out!

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Time to get your Sax on!

It’s time for Saxophone Day!

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Willis Music is a Sax fan so this day is awesome for us! We love all types of music so anytime we get to celebrate, we will take advantage of it!

Was it is? Well check out what holiday insights.com says about it:

Date When Celebrated : Always November 6

Saxophone Day is today. The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument. It is an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more. It’s only fitting that this great instrument has a day of recognition all to its own.

The Saxophone was invented around 1840. It was created by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musical instrument maker.  The sax is made of brass.

Adophe Sax invented 8 types of saxophones: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass Saxophone. A 9th type of Saxophone, the Soprillo Saxophone, was invented in 2004. It is the smallest Saxophone.

Some famous Saxophone Players (Alphabetical order):

  • John Coltrane
  • Stan Getz
  • Coleman Randolph Hawkins “Hawk”
  • James Moody
  • Charlie “The Bird” Parker
  • Lester Prez Young

Happy Saxophone Day!!!


Origin of Saxophone Day:

Adophe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, was born on this day in 1814. So, the reason for celebrating on this day is apparent.

We did not find any information on who created Saxophone Day, or when this special day was first celebrated.

There are numerous references to “Saxophone Day” for schools, bands, or special events. They are scattered across many different dates.

NKY Music Teachers Associations (3) Recitals!

The Northern KY Music Teachers Association (NKMTA) three recitals (in the same day) brought a lot of spooky piano players to the Willis Music Florence Location! Great Job to all the Students! Happy Halloween!

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November Band of The Month – The Slam Clickers Band

The Northern Kentucky band of the month is The Slam Clickers Band!!

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The Slam-Clickers Band was formed in the spring of 2014 with four members dedicated to writing, creating, and professionally producing original rock and roll songs. Not your typical band, these musicians have created their own signature sound that includes subtle smooth jazz and slow blues tonal influences to their rock and roll core! Band Members include: Will Virata – Guitar, Bass, Back-Up Vocals; Dirk Vander Ende – Vocals, Guitar, Bass; Joe Empero – Vocals, Guitar, Bass; Jim Cavanaugh – Drums, Sax, Back-Up Vocals; Nick Vander Ende – Keyboard. The have released their first album and are currently working on their 2nd release. Check them out on facebook! 

BAND OF THE MONTH

What is it?

The Willis Music Band of the Month is a new promotion offered by Willis Music Florence, where we offer perks to your band and your fans by using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

What do I get?

Your entire band will save up to 10% on products at Willis Music for the month that you are choosen. We will also provide your band with easy, free publicity as well as potential new followers on social media. Cook Instrument Repair will offer your band free evaluations on your gear during the month. And The SoundWorkshop will give you 20% off your recording time as long as you book your session during the month that you are picked.

How does it work?

Each month we randomly pick who our Band of the Month will be. We will promote your band on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. We will also promote you in our store for the month using any merchandise or flyers you provide to us. We will also play your recordings, if you provide us with them, in our store.

Customers will get an instant discount of up to 10% off one entire purchase that month if they “like” your band on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, or other social media sites. If they already follow your band, the offer is still good. They show that they followed you to our staff at the register!

What do I need to do?

Visit our store to talk with a member of our staff, fill out an entry form for your band, and you will be entered to be picked for the month!

 

Roland Digital Pianos are at Willis Music Florence!

As the premier digital piano maker, Roland has lead the way through innovation and technology. Now Willis Music has partnered with Roland to bring to our customers the best in digital pianos. We have several Roland models on the showroom, but we recently received Roland’s flagship: LX-17. This is great for Churches, Schools and the home player. Call (859) 525-6050 Ask for Rick for a close look at this state of the art piano!

 

 

Yamaha U1 Studio Piano!

This factory re-conditioned Yamaha U1 Studio upright is the piano of choice for aspiring musicians and pro players. This model is made in Japan and was re-conditioned at the factory. When you buy this Yamaha U1 you’ll pay less than half of a new model. Asking $3999.00 in Excellent condition. Call (859) 525-6050 ask for Rick to experience this great piano!

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Piano Deal of the Week! Essex EUP-116CT

Piano deal of the week: This beautiful new Essex EUP-116CT is a Steinway & Sons designed piano.

Features include: Finely Molded Toplid with a Grand Piano Style Top, Classic Bi-fold Fallboard, Designer Music Rack, Picture Frame Upper Panel, Delicate Curved and Contemporary One-piece Leg and Arm – Post Design, Brushed Nickel Hardware Throughout, Hand Selected Sapele Mahogany Veneer.

Call (859) 525-6050 for a closer look. Ask for Rick.

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Preowned Hammond B-3000 and Leslie Cabinet for sale!

This is the one! Hammond B-3000 organ and Leslie Rotosonic Speaker System. Great organ for Church, R&B, Classic Rock. Asking 3400.00 as is. Call (859) 525-6050 and ask for Rick.

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Preowned Kohler & Campbell upright piano!

This recently traded in Kohler & Campbell upright piano is just right for the beginning to intermediate player. Very clean and regularly maintained. Asking $1999.00. This type of piano goes for new at 4500.00. Save big on a great pre-owned piano!! Come in and ask for Rick or call me at (859) 525-6050.

 

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Willis Music Florence Steinway Piano Gallery!

You are cordially invited to the Willis Music Florence Steinway Piano Gallery! We have the finest selection Steinway & Sons Family of Pianos (Steinway & Sons, Boston and Essex).  We also offer the top names in used pianos, Roland Digital pianos and Yamaha Digital pianos and keyboards. Ask for Rick Fuchs for all your piano and keyboard needs.

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