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 (the Groundhog’s Shadow not withstanding ☺) – 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 21st 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 need new strings, a new strap, heck maybe some bongos or a cajon to lay down a beat – it’s all here at Willis Music!
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 21st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!
The holidays are approaching and with them are family get together, seasonal parties, and groups of
folks congregating… they are all coming up and your peeps will ask “What new songs have you learned?”
It’s time to practice those live! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday,
November 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.
Also, don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner – if you have a list to fill out or know someone
who needs some new gear, sheet music 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, November 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!
Step Up to Yamaha Triple Rebate Day – Nov 4
National Saxophone Day – Nov 6
Worship Musician Night – Nov 14
Open Mic Night – Nov 15
Larry Sparks Concert – Nov 16
Dianna Chittester Clinic – Nov 17
Bluegrass Jam – Nov 24
Eastgate Calendar for November
November 1st – Rik Allen of Def Leppard’s Birthday -10% off Drumsticks, 50% off if we only have ½ a set.
November 4th – King Tut Day – 5% off if you mention and walk like an Egyptian
November 6th – Saxophone Day – 5% off of a saxophone and saxophone accessories if you mention.
November 9th – Open Mic/Jam – Come one, come all and jam for and with us! 5pm to 8pm.
November 10th – Greg Lake’s Birthday (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer/King Crimson) 5% off of synths or workstations for mentioning.
November 14th – Worship Musician Night – Join us for a great night of fellowship and jamming! There will be cookies!
November 17th, 18th, and 19th – Annual Warehouse Sale, 7380 Industrial Rd., Florence, Ky 41042
November 23rd – Thanksgiving – Store Closed
November 24th – Black Friday – Store open 9am to 8pm
November 25th – Store open 10am to 8pm
November 25th – Open/Mic Jam – come jam with us! 12pm to 4pm
November 26th – Store Open 12pm to 6pm
November 29th- Square Dance Day! – 5% off of your order if you do a little square dancing and mention this.
Now until December 31’s – University Pricing Piano Sale
Step up to Yamaha Dec 2nd.
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 off some oldies – than an open mic night. Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, October 18th 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 18th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!
October is the scariest month of all! Come check out our Creepy Composers October 23-31! Woodsongs Coffeehouse this month is Michelle Canning Band. Don’t miss Worship Musician Night the 2nd Tuesday of every month and Open Mic Night the 3rd Wednesday of every month!
October 2nd – Don McLean’s Birthday – 5% off American Made guitars for mentioning.
October 7th – Bald and Free Day – Don’t cover it up with a hat, let your chrome dome shine and mention this for 5% off today!
October 10th – Worship Musician Night – Join us for a great night of fellowship and jamming! There will be cookies!
October 12th – Open Jam/Mic – Come one come all, lets Play! 5 to 8pm
October 13th – Friday the 13th – 5% off Halloween Music. Or 10% off if your name happens to be Jason and you’re wearing a hockey mask.
October 18th – Yamaha Montage Clinic – With Blake Angelos and Steve Hauer from Yamaha. Come learn all about this amazing keyboard. 6 to 7:30 PM.
October 16th – John Mayer’s Birthday – 5% off PRS guitars for mentioning.
October 21st – Sweetest Day – Come buy your sweetie a new guitar, 5% off for mentioning.
October 23rd thru October 31st – Creepy Composers Sale.
October 28th – Open Jam/Mic – 12 to 4pm, come out and play!
Save the date for our Annual Warehouse Sale! Nov 17th, 18th, and 19th.
Step up to Yamaha Dec 2nd.
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!!!
September 6th – Fight Procrastination Day! – I’ll explain this later!
September 8th – Pink’s Birthday 5% off anything pink.
September 10th- Grandparents Day. 5% off for all grandparents, mention at checkout!
September 12th – Worship Musician’s Night – to learn more click here!
September 14th – Open Jam/Mic. To learn more click here!
September 19th – International Talk Like a Pirate Day! 5% off for talking like a pirate arrrrhhh!
September 21st – Don Felder from Eagles fame’s birthday. 5% for mentioning, 10% off if you play the solo to Hotel California
September 25th – Will Smith’s birthday – 5% off for rapping the theme from Fresh Prince
September 28th – Ask a Stupid Question Day! – 5% off if you mention and then put up with our stupid answer.
September 30th – Open Jam/Mic. To learn more click here!
In June of 1967 Jimi Hendrix took a plain white Stratocaster and using whatever he had with him, nail polish for example, decorated it for a show he was playing that night. That Stratocaster later that night went up in flames as he finished playing Wild Thing. This event launched him into superstar status and that guitar, charred and smashed later sold for over $300,000. Fender has now recreated this guitar at a much more affordable price. Introducing the new Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster, available at your local Moeller or Willis location.
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.
August 4th – U. S. Coast Guard Day – 10% off current and former members.
August 8th – Worship Musicians Night
August 10th – Open Mic/Jam! Come one come all! 5 to 8 pm.
August 13th – Left Hander’s Day – 5% off left handed guitars
August 18th – Bad Poetry Day – 5% off if you recite us a bad poem.
August 26th – Open Mic/Jam 12pm to 4pm
August 27th – Just Because Day – 5% off just because you mentioned this.
It is back to school time and that means you need supplies for your band instrument! We are stocked up ready for anything you need. We have our worship musicians night and some other special events for you as well.
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!
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!!!
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
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!!!
Willis Music was just named by NAMM as a 2017 Top 100 Dealer! This honor is exciting and we want to celebrate with you this summer!
Check out the calendar below to look at the events taking place at our Lexington, KY location this month.
Don’t miss our Amplifier & Guitar Sale Event, happening now until June 16!
This month we have 2 Yamaha Disklavier In-Concert Performances at our store on June 9 & 23.
Plus, we begin a monthly CHURCH MUSICIANS DAY which will take place on the second Tuesday of every month.
To wrap up the month we will host a Live Streaming Event of the Drum Corps International (DCI) competition that evening from Muncie, Indiana. Come enjoy drum corps with a massive pro-quality surround sound system.
YAY FOR SUMMER!
June 1st – Say Something Nice Day! – Come in and say something nice and get 5% Off.
June 7th – Prince’s Birthday – 5% off electric guitars.
June 12th – Chick Corea’s Birthday -5% off synthesizers.
June 15th – Open Jam! Come one come all! 5 to 8 pm.
June 17th – World Juggling Day – 5% off if you come in and juggle.
June 20th – Brian Wilson’s Birthday – 5% off Jaguars and Jazzmasters
June 24th – Open Jam! Come one come all! 12 to 4 pm.
June 30th – Ygwie Malmseen’s Birthday – 5% off Strats.
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!!!
May is one of our favorite months of the year! Recitals galore and our annual SHRED FEST event where we have AMAZING DEALS planned on guitars and amplifiers!
This year May will be sprinked in with a Yamaha Clavinova Event featuring Yamaha professional, Lori Frazier. Plus add 3 Yamaha Disklavier Night’s during the month.
Finally, we add 2 Ukulele Workshops by David McLean. If you do not have an uke, come purchase one at the workshop at 2pm on May 21. Then stay for he 2nd workshop immediately to follow for a crash course on ukulele techniques and songs.
Click on the calendar to see it closer up.
In stock now at your local Willis and Moeller stores for only $999.99! Come in to check it out and bring your iOS device to unlock Cubasis and FM Essentials!
The MX88 music synthesizer is the complete solution for the modern piano player, aspiring music producer and live performer. Boasting a realistic piano touch — thanks to over 100 years of piano manufacturing experience — MX88 features an 88-note weighted keyboard, modern synthesizer technology and easy connectivity to computers and iOS devices.
May 1st – Tim McGraw’s Birthday – 5% off Acoustic Guitars
May 4th – Star Wars Day – 10% off for anyone dressed as a character.
May 8th – Joe Bonamossa’s Birthday – 5% off electric guitars.
May 13th – Stevie Wonder’s Birthday – 5% off keyboards
May 14th – Dance Like a Chicken Day – 5% off for doing the chicken dance while here.
May 22nd – Talk Like Yoda Day – 5% off you will get for talking like Yoda during your transaction.
May 23rd – Annual VIP Event – More details to come
May 24th – Bob Dylan’s Birthday – 10% off harmonicas.
May 26th – Miles Davis’ Birthday – 5% off trumpets.
May 27th – Monthly Open Jam!!!
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!!!
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!
April is a busy month here at Eastgate. We are celebrating Yamaha Allegro instruments all month! Our Indoor Yard Sale is the 20-23 and that is always a blast!
See you soon!
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
“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!!!
We are celebrating MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS for the entire month of March! Check out all the sales planned in the Lexington Willis Music location this month!
MARCH MONTH LONG EVENTS
Acoustic Drumset Sale: This month we have AMAZING deals on acoustic drumsets by Mapex, Gretsch, Tama, and Yamaha. Plus Roland Electric Drumkits! Two members of our staff (Chris & Casey) are professional percussionists who gig regularly in the Lexington area. Come play and take your favorite drumkit home today!
Musician Accessories Clearance Sale: As Lexington’s One-Stop Music Shop, we carry a lot of product in our store. It’s fair to say that you just can’t see everything in one visit. So this month we are going to make it easier! Look for our clearance table loaded with must see accessories you don’t see everyday!
What’s going on in March at Eastgate? Check out the calendar below to find out. We have lots of sales going on as well as Music in the Schools Month! Did you know that all year long, Willis Music will donate 5% back to your school to help keep music in the school?
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
When – March 9, 2017
Time – 7pm
Where – 7567 Mall Rd, Florence, KY, 41042
Cost – FREE
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.
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!!!
Don’t let the winter weather slow you down this month! We are excited to come to work each day in February to serve YOU in all your musical needs. Come enjoy “The Yamaha Experience” at our Lexington location!
Did you know there is an app out there for certain digital pianos, for electronic drumkits, and for guitar amplifiers? Explore the amazing possibilities these apps create at our Yamaha App Corner in Lexington!
February always brings out one of our biggest sale events of the year! Don’t miss the annual Willis Music Penny Sale, February 23-26! There will be over twenty deals when purchasing one item, you get another item for only a penny! Could you ever imagine getting an guitar clip-on tuner for only $0.01? What about purchasing an ukulele for $0.01?! Even better, how about a Powerwerks speaker for $0.01!! You will find those deals and much more during our Penny Sale event.
Two events you’ll want to add to your personal calendars in February include the GUITAR WORKSHOP with Alan Robinson, on Saturday, February 11 at 4 p.m. This workshop is going to be great for any level of musicianship! In fact, we promise you that its not even necessary that you play guitar in order to attend this free workshop. Learn how to solo over different chord progressions, and gain a few tricks in how to create your own melodies!
Our monthly Disklavier concert on the 4th Friday takes place on February 24 at 6 p.m. Attend a live piano concert, in an intimate setting, with tons of technology making it all happen! It’s a beautiful evening you’ll be happy to experience!
Check out our February calendar of events:
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
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.
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!!!
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!
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).
Check out the videos below and stop in and check them out!
New at Willis and Moeller Music is the New Ortega Horsekick Pro! This is a great accessory for just about any musician. Solo acoustic player? Add hands free kick drum, tambourine, cajon, cowbell, or casaba to your song. Great for percussionist also. Bassist can also benefit as you’ll see in the video below. Stop by and check one out today!
DIGITAL STOMP BOX with multiple built-in digital samples of percussion sounds that can be played on its own, as a percussive instrument, or blended with your stringed instrument signal through the output.
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