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Eastgate Calendar of Events – August 2017

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.

Lexington August Events

August Events in Lexington

This is going to be an exciting month at the Willis Music Lexington location! It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time which means we will be busy renting orchestra & band instruments, selling recorders for local music classrooms, and much more. In fact, its going to be such an awesome month that we have decided to open an hour earlier Monday through Friday, to better serve you!

Click on the calendar below to see all the performances & sale events planned for August.

Here are two events we are highly anticipating:

Friday, August 12 – We host our 3rd annual Live Streaming Event of the Drum Corps International World Championship Semi-Finals. From 2-10pm we will have video on a large projection screen, plus pro-quality surround sound to give you the ultimate DCI experience. It will be as if you were in the stadium!!  The event starts at 2:00pm and ends by 10:30pm. We will have free drinks & popcorn, plus door prizes! Come and go as you please, or get comfortable and join us for the entire day!

Friday, August 26 – Our first ever Yamaha Disklavier In-Concert Performance! Starting at 6pm that evening you can bring a friend and enjoy a piano performance unlike any other!  This month we will enjoy world-renowned classical pianist Claire Huangci. We promise you’ll love this!

August 2016

What You Need To Know About Renting An Instrument

We Tapped Our Knowledge Base To Find The Top Inquires

Your Questions Answered

Why?

Why should your child be in a band or orchestra class? I could write for months about the benefits of music but I think this video below really gives a great introduction.

Who?

Who has to rent the instrument? The parent or legal guardian must be present to fill out the rental contract. We have monthly and yearly rental options available. For more information about the rental contract, please contact a Willis Music Sales Associate.

What?

What do I need for my child’s band class? Typically the band director will provide a list of essentials which will include a Band Method book (click HERE to see more info on that subject). Besides the method book, other essentials will be different depending on the instrument that is being rented. Here are a few examples:

  • Woodwind instruments such as clarinets and saxophones require reeds for that instrument to produce sound. A typical rental comes with one reed to get the student started. Your child will go through these reeds at a pretty good pace so purchasing reeds throughout the year is common and expected. Each instrument has specific reeds and specific sizes/strengths. Buying reeds in boxes is always more cost effective. Please consult with the band director on the specified reed sizes/strengths.
  • Brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones will require specific oils/lubricants to maintain it’s continuity. A typical rental will come with a small bottle of oil. Not unlike reeds, your child will go through oils/lubricants throughout the year and it is a common recurring purchase. Most band directors do not require a specified oil for these instruments, so please consult with a Willis Music Sales Associate or your child’s private lessons teacher for recommendations. (Is your child not taking private lessons? Click HERE for information)
  • Percussion instruments will require specific sticks or mallets throughout the year. A typical rental will come with a basic set. Sticks and mallets are also a common purchase recurrence during the year. In many cases, the band director will specify the brand and size for their students.

The constants for every instrument are cleaning kits (specified for each instrument) and a music stand. The music stand holds the music and band methods in a proper position for practicing their instrument at home (which is just like doing “homework”). The cleaning kit is exactly as it sounds; a kit to clean the instrument. It is very important that your child’s instrument is cleaned consistently. Don’t believe us? Check out this article. Full Disclosure: All of our rental instruments go through a strict anti-bacterial sterilization process before they are rented to the general public.

Parents, treat these accessories just as you would school supplies; they are necessary for your child’s development.

When?

When can I rent an instrument? Right NOW! We rent instruments throughout the year. But this is typically the busiest time and we do have somewhat of a limited supply. If your child knows what instrument they want to play, the time is of the essence: come in and rent that instrument.

Where?

Where can I rent an instrument? ALL Willis Music locations and Moeller Music have the ability to rent instruments for your child for band class. Click HERE for store locations.