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.

September Calendar of Events – Lexington

School is back in session and we are in full throttle at Willis Music in Lexington, KY! Be sure to come experience the thrills of September. It will be a fun month!

  • Our weekday hours are extended through September 16 to better serve you. We open at 10am Monday through Friday during the first half of the month.
  • Earn Double Music Money during Labor Day Weekend! Click here to learn more about how this works! Music Money is free money just for you! It’s also our 4 year anniversary of being at West Tiverton Way!
  • During the middle of the month we are honoring all military and first responders with special deals throughout an entire week! Please bring your ID, and browse through our entire store wide inventory to save money this month! Be sure to check out the new Fender Paramount Acoustic Guitars coming in this month.
  • Lexington Live, our open mic experience, continues on the 3rd Saturday or each month this fall!
  • Our monthly Yamaha Disklavier In-Concert Performance takes place on the 4th Friday of each month. This month we will feature the Tierney Sutton Band.  Click here to learn more!

 

September 2016

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!

 

Willis Music Company Chosen For Top 100 Music Stores In America

NAMM National Association of Music Merchants Top 100 2016 Willis Music

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) recently chose Willis Music Company for the final selection of 2016’s Top 100 Dealer Awards. The NAMM website elaborates, “Each Top 100 submission was reviewed by an independent panel of judges and numerically rated across categories that included customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions and were scored in accordance to determine the Top 100 list, the category winners, and the overall award, Dealer of the Year.” (NAMM)

We would like to thank our customers and staff here at Willis Music for their continued support, allowing us to achieve this prestigious nomination. We pride ourselves on giving our very best to our customers and music community and we are very honored to be part of the Top 100.

 

The Yamaha Experience comes to Willis Music

We are excited for our biggest one-day event of the year!! It’s a great day for Music Educators and Music Enthusiasts alike! Come to Willis Music in Lexington, KY on July 15 for a day of musical fireworks!
A team of experts from the Yamaha Corporation will join our knowledgeable Willis Music sales team and school service representatives to share with you a variety of Yamaha musical instruments made to enrich your lives!
 There will also be door prizes from Yamaha & Willis Music given out during the event, in addition to catered food and beverages to keep you energized on this fantastic day!


Visit our Lexington location at 130 West Tiverton Way from Noon-5pm on Friday, July 15 to experience demonstrations on the following Yamaha instruments which are also available for purchase at a special one day discount:
– Brass, Woodwind, & Orchestra instruments
– Marching Percussion  (Snares, Tenors, and Basses are in-store that day! Come try them out!)
– Concert Percussion   (Snares, Keyboard instruments, and more will be on hand!)clav2
– Disklavier & Silent Pianos
– Clavinovas
– Acoustic & Hybrid Pianos
– Montage Synthesizer (new!) and other workstations
– Portable Keyboards and Digital Pianos
– Acoustic Guitars
– DTX and Acoustic Drumsets
– Pro Audio Speakers & Mixing Consoles

 

Some of the Yamaha Corporation team present will be:

– Michael Brumit: Keyboard Division
– Phil Clendeninn: Senior Product Specialist
– Steve Hauer: Pro Music Division
– Scott Slocum: Band & Orchestra Division
– Troy Wallwage: Percussion Marketing Manager
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Clarinet & Saxophone Workshop June 4 2016

Willis Music is excited to collaborate with D’Addario to present a Clarinet & Saxophone Workshop on Saturday, June 4, 2017 from 11am-3pm. This workshop will feature Reserve Method Clinician, Krista Weiss, and will take place at our Lexington, KY location (130 West Tiverton Way). This is a great opportunity for educators and students alike.

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Krista’s clinics focus on tone production, air support, and reed care. She also enjoys showing the value of focused, efficient practice techniques and encourages an open discussion of all things clarinet between herself and the students she encounters.

Krista Weiss is a freelance clarinetist and teacher in Indiana and Ohio. Through her work with D’Addario, Ms. Weiss has traveled to dozens of schools across the Midwest to give clinics on clarinet fundamentals and equipment. She also currently serves as principal clarinet of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and second clarinet of the Richmond Indiana Symphony. An active freelancers, Ms. Weiss has recently performed with the Cincinnati SYmphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, indianapolis Opera, South Bend Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Ms. Weiss also enjoys a career as a studio musician and has performed in dozens of recordings for Hal Leonard Corporation.

This is a great way to gain motivation for the summer. We hope all woodwind players will make plans to attend.

 

Summer of Music Education in Lexington

Our Lexington location has a summer full of
Music Education 
opportunities on its’ schedule.

Save these dates!

 

Saturday, June 4 – D’Addario Woodwind Workshop

Clinician, Krista Weiss, will present a workshop from 11am-3pm on clarinet & saxophone
fundamentals & equipment. Plus you can come test out  D’Addario products for yourself!

Tuesday, June 28 – Carolyn Miller Piano Workshop

Composer, performer, and piano teacher, Carolyn Miller, offers a morning full of
piano pedagogy tips and best practices from 9am-Noon. You won’t want to miss this!.

Friday, July 15 – Yamaha Music Educator Experience

Music Educators: Join us from Noon-5pm for a day of musical fireworks, as a team of
Experts from the Yamaha Corporation share their products made to enrich your life!

Friday, August 12 – DCI Semi-Finals Live Streaming Event

For the third straight year we invite you to pull up a chair, bring a friend,  and enjoy Drum
Corps International live on a big screen and in a thrilling surround sound from 2-10:30pm.

Saturday, September 10 – Young Percussionists Workshop

Created for 5-8 graders percussionists, this workshop featuring local percussion educators
will focus on fundamentals & musicianship for concert percussion & drumset from 1-5pm.


All of these events are free of charge and will take place in the John Thompson Recital Hall at Willis Music.
RSVP to lexington@willismusic.com

Free Drum Workshop – February 13

Is your child playing percussion at school?

Does your child need extra pratice & tips on mallet percussion, snare drum, or auxilary percussion?

Have you always wanted to play the drums?

Did you get a drumset for Christmas, and it’s started collecting dust?

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On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Willis Music in Lexington, KY will host a hour long Workshop for beginning percussionists from 4-5pm! And it’s FREE!

The workshop will made given by Willis Lexington staff, Chris Teesdale and Dillon Garnett! Door prizes will be given out for all participants!

Chris is our store manager, but also a percussionist & music educator who has taught at many schools in KY.

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Dillon is a part of our sales team, but also a member of the drumline and pep band at the Univ. of Kentucky!

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Come learn basic technique, get an introduction to different drumming styles including rudiments, and discover how to adjust/put together hardware and other parts of your drumset. That’s not all! We will be providing instruction on auxilary and mallet percussion instruments – perfect for any child playing at their school in grades 5-8 in the Lexington area!

To pre-register for this workshop you can stop by the Lexington Willis Music location, send us an email, or give us a call at 859-273-4063.

We look forward to seeing you on February 13! Be sure to bring your own mallets/drumsticks and practice pad!

Workshop participants will also receive a special discount for the day of the workshop on drumsets, cymbals, and more!

Instrument Petting Zoo @ Tween Night

On November 14, 2015 part of our staff at the Willis Music Lexington location, packed up several instruments and took them to the Explorium in downtown Lexington.  The city’s children museum hosted a Tween Night for about 100 children. As part of the event, Willis Music created an instrument petting zoo!

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This was a great event to promote music education to the children of Lexington. We also used this evening to promote our music lesson program to everyone in attendance. We provided violins, trumpets, trombones, a guitar, ukulele, keyboard, djembe, a drum pad, and a melodica!

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