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November Calendar of Events in Lexington

Every November in Lexington, KY is full of color! The foilage on trees change to orange and red. Every now and then some white snow finds its’ way to the ground. You’ll also find UK blue throughout the city as the football season is in full steam, and basketball season beings!  It’s a beautiful time of the year to be in Lexington indeed!

Every day at Willis Music in November is full of color as well!  We just added new guitars and drums! We rearranged those sections so that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before on your next visit. New pianos just arrived! This month also brings about the single best day to purchase a Step-Up Band & Orchestra instrument. Plus the annual Willis Music Warehouse Sale!

The Lexington Experience is unique at Willis Music! Come try a new instrument! Visit with our experts on staff!

Click on the calendar below to see all the colors of our November calendar!

 

October Calendar of Events – Lexington

Fall has arrived in Lexington, KY and the experiences taking place at our Lexington store in October are just as fantastic as a day of racing at Keeneland!

  • A Yamaha Music Production Workshop on October 16 featuring the Montage 8 made by Yamaha!
  • 3 Hamiltunes LEX gatherings on the First Friday, Third Tuesday, and a special Kids sing-a-long on October 7.
  • A one day only discount to celebrate 10-4 Day with 10% off a purchase of four items or more.
  •  A Last Chance Sale Event on all scratch & dent items in the store from October 19-22.
  • Our monthly Worship Musician Night continues on the Second Tuesday at 6:30pm.
  • Come see the Disklavier In-Concert Performance featuring Sir Elton John this month!
  • For the entire month we are offering a special Piano Trade-Up event for owners of Yamaha P Series keyboards!
  • Don’t miss out on our Creepy Composers sale from October 23-31.

Lexington September Calendar of Events

This September our Lexington location is busy with many fun-filled events! Click on the calendar below to see a larger version.

  • HamiltunesLEX begins in September! We are hosting this sing-a-long event licensed by the creators of Hamilton: The Musical!  Come to our recital hall on the First Friday & Third Tuesdays each month for your chance to sing & rap along with the most popular musical in the world! We will be featuring the Yamaha Clavinova, DBR Speakers, and TF Mixing Consoles for all HamiltunesLEX sing-a-long events!
  • It’s a busy month for pianists, piano teachers, and piano enthusiasts at our Lexington location! In fact, we’ve moved all our digital pianos right by the front door to celebrate!!  On September 5 we are hosing a Piano Workshop titled “Teaching with Technology” which will be presented by Lori Frazier of Yamaha. In addition to 2 piano student recitals this month, we will also host back-to-back performances by Jamie Cullum at our Disklavier In-Concert performances on September 22 & 23.  Finally, we are celebrating National Piano Month with a sale event September 14-17 on all new & used acoustic pianos, Clavinovas, Yamaha hybrid pianos, stage pianos, synthesizers, and keyboards!

Lexington July Calendar of Events

July is an exciting month at the Lexington, KY location of Willis Music!  For YOU we will have multiple sale events! These will be two of the best opportunities of 2017 for you to save money!

July 1-16 we are having a huge amplifier blowout sale! As many as 12 new guitar amplifiers from Blackstar, Fender, and Peavey – for a limited time will have a lower price than what you will find in any other store or even online!

July 20-23 is our annual Create Your Own Discount sale! You can save up to 20% on an item during this 4 day event!

Other events include:

  • Our 2nd ever Church Musician Day. This monthly event (second Tuesdays) provides not only good deals, but an opportunity for networking and a jam session! Mark your calendars for July 11!
  • Twice during July we will host our regular Yamaha Disklavier In-Concert Performance. You will want to come check out one of these dates: July 8 will be Shades of Sinatra & July 28 will be a performance by John Prouix.
  • July 22 will be our second (of three) Drum Corps International (DCI) live streaming events for the summer.
  • July 29 we will host both an Ukulele Workshop & Songwriting Workshop with David McLean.

Lexington May 2017 Calendar of Events

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.

Lexington April Calendar of Events

April is going to be a month full of GREAT DEALS at Willis Music Lexington! Click on the calendar below to see all the events this month. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Guitarists: All month long we celebrate International Guitar Month with special savings on all Fender Telecasters on Tuesdays, and Fender Stratocasters on Saturdays. Take home a Tele or Strat over $375 and save money this month!
  • Band and Orchestra Instrumentalists: Current rental customers will receive special savings on a new Step-Up instrument this month!  Also, thanks to Yamaha we have the perfect graduation gift opportunity for the favorite wind player in your life! Get a $100 mail-in rebate April 1-June 30 on a purchase of a several Yamaha instruments, including Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium, and Trombone.
  • All Musicians: You will want to come visit our store April 20-23 for our Indoor Yard Sale where tables of items that MUST GO will be on sale! This includes sheet music, accessories, and instruments! RAIN OR SHINE!!!!
  • Finally we are excited for our Spring Recital season to kick-off with several recitals during the month.

 

Lexington February 2017 Calendar of Events

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:

Lexington January Calendar of Events

Click on the calendar photo for a closer look at our events planned at the Lexington location this month:

 

January Events (Lexington Location Only!)

  • January 2-10 we will be showcasing the best products of 2016. Not only will we feature the best selling products from our store, but we also will display the winning product lines of the MMR Dealers Choice Awards for 2016!
  • January 19-22 while our buyers at at NAMM in California we will have a Clearance Sale Event!  You can call it our “OUT WITH THE OLD & IN WITH THE NEW” Sale! There will be some amazing deals on brand new product all four days.
  • January 27 is our monthly “4th Friday Concert” featuring a Yamaha Disklavier! It’s an elegant experience, so bring a date and enjoy live music unlike anything you’ve seen before. Starts at 6pm in our Recital Hall.
  • January 29 we will be celebrating at the 3rd Annual Lexington Music Awards (taking place at the Lyric Theatre) where we are nominated for the third consecutive year for Best Music Store in Lexington!
  • All month long we have a Yamaha Piano sale event where you get get 12 months same as cash by purchasing a new piano using Allegro Finance on approved credit!

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

Lexington July Event Calendar

Willis Music was recently named by NAMM as a Top 100 Dealer for 2016! We are honored to be recognized in this way, and so this month we want to celebrate with you our customers!

During July at our Lexington location we have 5 straight weekends of events:

  • July 1-4: Our 4th of July Sale event this year will feature products made right here in the USA! Get 10% OFF the current price of all American made products! This includes Fender guitars, some of which we recently marked down for the summer. That’s an additional savings we are excited to give to you.
  • July 7-10: It’s a summer blowout (the good kind!) on guitars, amplifiers, and pro audio equipment. Don’t miss out on first dibs for the best deals of the summer!
  • July 15: The Yamaha Experience is the event of the year at Willis Music! You will want to be present whether you are a Music Educator or Music Enthusiast.  Click here to learn more!
  • July 21-24: We move our clearance items to the front of the store, so it’s less work for the gear to go home with you! We need to make room for new product, and we want to help you find the perfect purchase!
  • July 28-31: Our annual MAKE YOUR OWN DEAL event is the final opportunity of the summer to find a HUGE DEAL on new or used gear! Everything in the store is on sale. The more items you buy, the better the deals!

July 2016 Calendar

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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Celebrate Local Music on Make Music Day

Celebrate Local Music in Lexington, KY for Make Music Day, this coming Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Visit Willis Music Lexington where we will have local musicians performing from Noon to 8 p.m. Plus we have invited other local musicians to come and sell their merchandise (cd’s, gear, etc.). It’s going to be a great day to support local music and build new relationships within the Lexington music community.

Also, come join in a jam session at either 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.

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Make Music Day is a celebration of music around the world that began in 1982 in France and now takes place in more than 120 countries.

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Noon- Lissy Taylor
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  • 2 p.m.- Point 7
  • 3 p.m.- Kabello Chirwa
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  • 5 p.m.- Whitney Acke & Ray Adams
  • 6 p.m.- Taylor Hughes
  • 7 p.m.- Noble Giants

**Live performances are free to attend, and will take place in the John Thompson Recital Hall at Willis Music located at 130 West Tiverton Way in Lexington, KY.**

ACTIVITIES & DEALS FOR MAKE MUSIC DAY

  • Store Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Jam Sessions at 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Instrument Petting Zoo for children
  • Extra 10% OFF storewide instruments & gear already on sale. A total savings of 20-40%!
  • 30% OFF Straps, Drumheads, and Clearance Music

June Calendar of Events in Lexington

Summer has arrived in Lexington, KY. At our Willis Music location on West Tiverton Way, June is jam packed with great workshops, recitals, and sale events!

Here are some of the highlights from the June Calendar of Events (Click on the calendar for a larger version!):

  • Our Summer Clearance Event begins on guitars, amplifiers, percussion, and pro audio equipment. This lasts all month long.
  • D’Addario presents a Clarinet & Saxophone clinic, featuring Krista Weiss, on Saturday, June 4.
  • June 10-19 will be a unique Father’s Day Sale Event you won’t want to miss!
  • Our Open Mic experience Lexington Live takes place on the third Saturday of each month!
  • Make Music Day is June 21. It will be a fun day to visit Willis Music, and we will be featuring and publizing local bands all day long.
  • Piano Teachers will want to be present for our summer Piano Workshop featuring Carolyn Miller on June 28.

 

June 2016 Calendar
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SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for July 15 and join us for Lexington’s Yamaha Experience Event here at Willis Music!  7 Yamaha representatives will be presenting the best of their products in our store all afternoon. Marching & Concert Percussion, Pianos, Clavinova, Keyboards & Arrangers including the new Montage, Band & Orhestra instruments, guitars, and drums will all be featured!

 

April 2016 Calendar of Events Lexington

Spring has arrived! Horses are about to begin galloping around race tracks, flowers & trees are blossoming, and it won’t be long before swimming pools open and school’s take their summer break!

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There is no break for us though! At Willis Music we thrive on serving YOU each and every day!

Here at the Lexington location we’ve recently made some changes. Our guitar department has taken a new shape, and the opportunity of jamming with your buddies is a must! We are now also Kentucky’s only dealer of the full line of Yamaha Acoustic & Digital Pianos! Our showroom is stocked full and more beautiful than ever. Come see for yourself!

Here are a few of the things we are excited about in Lexington this month:

  • Every Day! – Celebrate International Guitar Month with us and SAVE! Many of our guitars have already dropped in price! Get additional savings this month – it changes with each day of the week in April:
    • Mondays: Ibanez Electric Guitars are electrifying the sales floor this month. SAVE 10% and get a 10′ RHINO GUITAR CABLE for FREE!
    • Tuesday: Fender Telecasters on SALE! 10% OFF in-stock Tele’s! Plus get two free sets of D’Addario NYXL Strings!
    • Wednesday: Acoustic Guitars by Fender, Luna, Cordoba, Yamaha, and Seagull are 10% OFF!
    • Thursday: Bass Guitars are stocked full and begging for a new home! 10% OFF PLUS A FREE STAND!
    • Friday: Save an EXTRA 15% on all Scratch & Dent, Discontinued, and Used Guitars!
    • Saturday: Buy a Martin Guitar and get a FREE Strap & D’Addario Humiditrak System! Click here to learn more about this brand new product in 2016.
    • Sunday: Fender Stratocasters are 10% OFF this day each week of April! We will throw in a FREE GIG BAG TOO!guitar blog
  • Every Day! – It’s Jazz Appreciation Month so learn a new jazz tune or two this month! All Jazz Music is on SALE just for you! Get 15% off any in-stock jazz genre music book in April!
  • Every Thursday Evening – Group Guitar Classes meet 4-8pm with David McLean.
    • Buy a guitar in April and get free tuition for the summer group guitar class!
  • Saturday, April 16 -Our monthly open-mic experience called LEXINGTON LIVE is from 3-5pm.
  • Sunday, April 17 – Local music educator Kim Whitehead holds her Student Recital from 3-4:30pm.
  • Saturday, April 30 – Live Accordian Concert presented by the world renowned Tony Lovello at 3pm.
  • COMING SOON – You won’t want to miss our Yamaha Piano Open House Event! Date to be announced. This will be the biggest event ever at our store! Guest artists, food & drinks, clinicians, and much fanfare!

 

April Band of the Month Lexington

April Band of the Month Lexington

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock once said “The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.”

It is in that spirit that we are thrilled to share with you that our Band of the Month for April 2016 is The MetroGnomes!

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We are quite fond of The MetroGnomes. Composed of 17 musicians, this big band is made up of people from various walks of life who love to play music! They are directed by Doug Oatley, a retired band director from Lexington.

The MetroGnomes perform quite often in the Central Kentucky area! Keep reading below to learn how The MetroGnomes can save you money this month at Willis Music.

Also, you can find out more about The MetroGnomes at these links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Metrognomes-253513281345045/?fref=ts

Learn more about The MetroGnomes online at: http://www.themetrognomes.com/

Be sure to catch The MetroGnomes live in concert on April 15  and May 17. More information on those performances can be found on their Facebook page we listed above.

Did you know that by clicking LIKE on The MetroGnomes facebook page you can save money at Willis Music this month? CLICK HERE to learn how this works!

 

Want to be the next Band Of The Month in Lexington? Click Here!

March Calendar of Events – Lexington

Check out what’s happening at the Lexington location during March!

SALE EVENTS

March 2 – In-Store Used Items on Sale

March 13 – Headphones on Sale

March 17 – Annual St. Patrick’s Day Sale

March 25 – Ukuleles on Sale

EDUCATIONAL & PERFORMANCE EVENTS

March 12 – LEXINGTON LIVE! Our free open-mic experience. All are welcome!

March 19 – Beginning Guitar Workshop  (Click here to learn more)

March 21 – Lexington Chapter of Nashville Songwriter’s Association meets

March 24 – The Spring session of our group guitar classes with David McLean begins

 

Coming in April……. Date TBA for our OPEN HOUSE EVENT showcasing our new Yamaha Piano Showroom!

 

(Click on the image below for the best view.)

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March Band of the Month – Lexington

Lexington dance & party band, Kung Fu Grip is the Willis Music Lexington Band of the Month for March 2016!

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They recently won a Lexington Music Award for Best Funk/R&B/Reggae band. Kung Fu Grip is an awesome live band, and will make everyone in the room want to get up and dance! Keep reading below to learn how Kung Fu Grip can save you money this month at Willis Music.

Also, you can find out more about Kung Fu Grip at this link:

 

Learn more about Kung Fu Grip here: http://artistecard.com/kungfugripky

 

 

Want to be the next Band Of The Month in Lexington? Click Here!

 

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!

February Band of the Month

Lexington rock band, Pulse is the Willis Music Lexington Band of the Month for February 2016!  Pulse recently  released an EP titled “Call Me the Captain.” The musicianship is superb! We promise you’ll love it, so be sure to check it out! Keep reading below to learn how Pulse can save you money this month at Willis Music. Also, you can find out more about Pulse at these links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PulseLexington

Bandcamp Channel: https://pulsebandlex.bandcamp.com

Here are some FAQ about our Band Of The Month promotion:

What is it?

The Willis Music Band Of The Month is a new promotion offered by Willis Music in Lexington, 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 15% on products at Willis Music in Lexington for that month. We will also provide your band with easy, free publicity, as well as potential new followers on social media.

How does it work?

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

Customers will get an instant discount of up to 15% of 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 can show this 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 registered for the monthly drawing!

So stop by our location at 130 West Tiverton Way, just off Nicholasville Road in Lexington to sign -up your band today!

Beginning Guitar Workshop – March 19

Have you always wanted to learn the guitar?

Did you receive a guitar for Christmas and it’s starting to collect dust?

Here is how you can get a jump-start on one of the most popular instruments in history!

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Willis Music in Lexington, KY will host a two-hour Guitar Workshop for beginners!

1:30pm – Registration
2-4pm – Beginning Guitar Workshop

The workshop will made given by Brent Larimore. A great music educator in the Lexington area!

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Come learn basic technique, picking and strumming styles, chords, a popular 12 Bar Blues progression, plus an easy scale for soloing! Each participant will receive a booklet to take home with you.

The cost for this two-hour workshop is $20. (A normal 30-minute guitar lesson would cost at least $20!) 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 March 19! Be sure to bring your own guitar (sorry no amps this time!). If you do not have a guitar, come see our awesome sales staff at the Lexington Willis Music store location and they will be glad to help you find the perfect guitar for you!

February Calendar of Events

See What’s Happening in February at Willis Music in Lexington, KY!

  • Month-Long Electric Guitar Closeout Sale on Charvel, Dean, EVH, LTD, and Schecter in-stock guitars. (While they last!)
  • Free Drum Workshop on February 13 by our staff from 4-5pm.
  • Annual Willis Music Penny Sale Event February 18-22
  • Lexington Live (our Open Mic experience!) is on Febuary 20!
  • Hallet Davis acoustic piano sale (While they last!) is February 26-29

February Calendar Blog

Announcement: Lexington’s New Dealer of Yamaha Pianos

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Willis Music Company is now the authorized dealer of Yamaha Pianos for Lexington, KY.  At our location in the Tiverton Crossing Shopping Center at 130 West Tiverton Way, you will find Yamaha Acoustic Pianos, Digital Pianos, Hybrid Pianos, Portable Keyboards, Synthesizers, and Arranger Workstations.

No where else in Kentucky will you find the full line of Yamaha pianos! This includes Grand & Upright pianos, plus the entire line of Digital Pianos including Clavinova, Arius, Disklavier, Contemporary, and Silent Pianos. We are also the dealer for popular Synthesizers such as the MONTAGE and MOXF.

To learn more about the complete selection of Yamaha Pianos & Keyboards visit the Yamaha website, or contact Matt or Chris at the Lexington location, 859-273-4063.

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The Yamaha Corporation began in 1887 as a producer of reed organs, and has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of  a full line of musical instruments. Yamaha’s focus is to contribute to the enrichment of the quality of lives for people around the world.  The Willis Music Company was founded just 12 years later in 1899, and is known internationally for its’ educational piano catalog. The focus of Willis Music has always been to serve the needs of music educators and encourage music participation.

Together Yamaha and Willis Music bring a total of 246 years to serve Lexington and all of Central Kentucky. Willis Music also carries Yamaha Band & Orchestra Instruments, including the exclusive Allegro line of Step-Up Wind Instruments. Willis Music provides its’ customers with a large selection of  Yamaha Acoustic Guitars and is a dealer of Yamaha Acoustic, Digital, and Hybrid Drumsets, as well as for the Yamaha Marching & Concert Percussion instruments. Willis Music carries the Yamaha Pro Audio equipment including mixers, loudspeakers, and studio monitors. You will also find a great selection of Yamaha accessories throughout the entire store.

Stay tuned for our future announcement of an Open House Event in May of 2016 for a great day at our showroom in Lexington, KY.

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Happy New Year!

 

The entire staff at the Willis Music location in Lexington, KY would like to wish YOU,

our friends, a very Happy New Year! We also want to Thank YOU for a wonderful 2015!

We are looking forward to 2016 and hope to see YOU soon!

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Pictured above: Chris (Top Left) – Store Manager, Matt (Top Right) – Piano Specialist,

Chase (Bottom Left) – School Service Representative, and Justin (Bottom Right) – Salesperson

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Pictured above: Joel (Top Left) – Salesperson, Barry (Top Right) – Salesperson,

Aaron (Bottom Left) – Salesperson, and Dillon (Bottom Right) – Salesperson

Willis Music nominated for a Lexington Music Award

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Willis Music in Lexington, KY has been nominated for a Lexington Music Award for the second consecutive year.  Willis Music is one of three nominees for the Best in Industry – Music Store (instruments). It is an honor to be nominated and we appreciate everyone who voted.

The Lexington music community is fantastic, and we love serving local musicians on a daily basis.  The Lexington Music Awards is a great way to bring the music community together across all genres. To learn more details click here.

Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader first reported the nomination results here.

The awards ceremony will take place at 6pm on January 31 at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Center located at 300 East Third Street in Lexington. Tickets are $12.

 

 

December Band of the Month

Our December Band of the Month is Taylor Hughes!

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Taylor Hughes is a local country/pop artist here in Lexington, KY. You can see her perform at places like Henry Clay’s Public House, Chatham’s, and Twisted Cork on a regular basis. Taylor is currently working on creating an album of original music – so stay tuned for that one!  Keep reading below to learn how she can save you money this month at Willis Music. Also, you can find out more about Taylor online using these links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Taylor-Hughes-Music

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/Taylor-Hughes-Music

Here are some FAQ about our Band Of The Month promotion:

What is it?

The Willis Music Band Of The Month is a new promotion offered by Willis Music in Lexington, 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 15% on products at Willis Music in Lexington for that month. We will also provide your band with easy, free publicity, as well as potential new followers on social media.

How does it work?

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

Customers will get an instant discount of up to 15% of 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 can show this 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 registered for the monthly drawing!

So stop by our location at 130 West Tiverton Way, just off Nicholasville Road in Lexington to sign -up your band today!

Popular Used Pianos for Sale

Here at Willis Music in Lexington, KY you can always find a great selection of Used Pianos made in the USA!

Our pianos all include delivery to your home, as well as one in-home tuning!

 

Come see our current selection of a few of our pianos in stock today:

 

Aeolian Console

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Kimball Console

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Story & Clark Console – Made in 1962

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To learn more about our entire Used Piano selection at Willis Music go HERE.

 

 

 

Used Hallet Davis Pianos at Willis

At the Willis Music location in Lexington, KY you can currently find 3 premium quality Used Upright Pianos at an affordable price!

We have 3 Hallet, Davis & Co. pianos made in 2013, that are technician approved and ready for a new home. These pianos include delivery to your home and one free in-home tuning.

 

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Hallet, Davis French Console Satin Cherry Upright

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Hallet, Davis Studio Chippendale Cherry Upright

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Hallet, Davis Studio Mahogony Polish Upright

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To learn more about our entire Used Piano selection at Willis Music go HERE.

Used Technics Electric Organ

Have fun making music with this Used Technics SX-SN2 Electric Organ we now have available for purchase here at Willis Music in Lexington, KY.

Technics Organ

This organ is in extremely good condition, and lightweight!

 

Some of the features include:

  • Upper & Lower Keyboard Sound Select
  • Auto Play Chords
  • Music Style Arranger
  • Rhythm Track
  • Transpose Button
  • Tremolo Button
  • And much more!!!

 

To learn more about our Used Piano selection at Willis Music go HERE.

Used Samick Player Piano

At Willis Music in Lexington, KY, we have a beautiful used Samick 5’4″ Grand Piano for sale. It’s quickly become a customer favorite, and won’t be here long!

This SG-161 model was made in Korea and is in excellent condition. It is technician reviewed & approved.

A Piano Disc PDS-128 Plus player device is included with the piano, as well as a matching bench.

Delivery and one free home tuning is also included.

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To learn more about our Used Piano selection at Willis Music go HERE.

Used Baldwin Acrosonic Piano

SOLDWe just received this Used Baldwin Acrosonic Piano on a trade-in at the Willis Music – Lexington, KY store. It sounds fantastic! Come see for yourself.

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Summer Music Camps at Willis!!!

Willis Music in Lexington is excited to offer 3 Summer Music Camp experiences this summer for children ages 6-10!  Piano and Violins players of any ability are welcome and encouraged.

piano camp picFive-Day Piano Camp
For children ages 6-10 years old

June 23-27
(Monday-Friday)
9:30am-Noon

$150 registration

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Twice Weekly Piano Class
For children ages 6-10 years old

July 8-31
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
10:30am-11:30am

$100 registration for 8 classes

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Twice Weekly Violin Class
For children ages 6-10 years old

July 8-31
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
12:30pm-1:30pm

$100 registration for 8 classes

 

MEET THE TEACHER

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Dr. Erica Rumbley is a pianist who is passionate about music and life in general. She began studying the piano at the age of six. At 12 she took up the violin and had lessons during junior and senior high school, played in the Evansville (Indiana) Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and later with the Olivet Nazarene University Symphony. She graduated with a degree in piano performance from Olivet, and then received a Master’s in Musicology and a Masters in Piano from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Rumbley just completed a Ph.D. in Musicology at UK. She frequently gives recitals, serves as a faculty pianist at Transylvania University, and instructs undergraduate music classes, as well as teaching piano and violin lessons. In 2012, she performed in Kiefersfelden, Germany, as part of the International Performing Artists Institute. Erica enjoys getting to know new students and strives to make the lesson experience fun as well as productive.

 

If you have a question about our Summer Music Camps please email us at lexington@willismusic.com.

TO REGISTER CALL US AT 859-273-4063, OR STOP BY THE STORE DURING OUR BUSINESS HOURS.

May 2014 Calendar of Events

Take a look at what is going on here at Willis Music in Lexington, KY during the month of May!  We’ll have Special Deals, Recitals, Classes, and much more.

Plus, be sure to mark your calendars for SHRED FEST 2014 on Saturday, May 24. Electric Guitars, Amps, & Accessories will be on sale! AND….we will be holding a competition looking for the best shredding from electric guitar musicians in the Lexington area!

May Calendar

Piano Rentals at Willis Music

Not quite ready to commit to owning a piano? Don’t worry there are other options!  Willis Music now has pianos available for RENT!

Digital Pianos rent for $89 a month.

A Yamaha Arius YDP-181 or other digital piano of equal quality will be available.
ydp-181Acoustic Upright Pianos rent for $129 a month.

The brand/height/finish will vary depending on availability.

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The first six (6) months of rental may be applied to the purchase of the piano at retail price.

An additional fee of $224 is due at time of rental for Acoustic Pianos. This additional fee includes delivery to home, tuning, and return delivery. The return delivery fee will be credited if the instrument is purchased.

Rental application must be completed and approved prior to delivery. The first month’s rent is due at time of delivery and will be charged to your credit card or supplied checking account on the 15th of every month. The rental period is a minimum of three (3) months. There is no maximum rental period. A proof of insurance is required. Additional terms & conditions apply.

Come stop by Willis Music on West Tiverton Way in Lexington, KY to learn more!

 

Live Performance by “Guitar God” Diana Chittester

We are excited to announce a new performance series titled “Guitar Gods: Live!” Join us for the premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 right here at Willis Music in Lexington, KY, from 2-3 p.m. This is a FREE performance!

Progressive Indie/Folk musician, Diana Chittester, is our featured artist. She is an incredible female guitarist, lyricist and vocalist. Check out these great videos:

No gimmicks, no gadgets. Just a girl, a guitar and a lot of sound! You do NOT want to miss this one!

To learn more about Diana Chittester, visit her website:  http://www.dianachittester.com

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Willis Music and Skinny Devil Music Lab are excited to bring you this NEW monthly live performance & web series, featuring the greatest players from around the globe!

8 Reasons to Buy Your GUITAR at Willis Music

Are you wanting to purchase an acoustic guitar? How about an electric guitar? An amp? Or your first effects pedal?

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Here are 8 Reasons why you should buy your guitar here at Willis Music in Lexington:

1. All guitars are Detailed and Inspected.

2. All guitars necks are Inspected and Adjusted by our guitar product specialists.

3. All guitar frets are Inspected and Polished by our guitar product specialists.

4. Adjustable Bridge Intonated

5. All electronics professionally inspected

6. We give you the Manufacturers Warranty EXTENDED for 1 Full Year! (Excludes Wood and Finish Cracks)

7. We provide a Free “How To” Class for First Time Buyers**

This is a $119 Value that is INCLUDED for Free with your Guitar purchase at Willis Music!

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** The First Time Buyer’s Guitar Care Class takes places on the First Saturday of every month at 10:30 A.M. EST.  Classes are conducted by our guitar product specialists.

This class is a $39 value. Learn how to:
– Tune your guitar
– Care for your guitar
– Change strings

You will also be able to participate in a Question & Answer session, and receive a FREE polish cloth and a FREE set of strings!  (Bass set for 65% OFF!)

 

7 Reasons to Buy Your DRUMS at Willis Music

Are you wanting to purchase a drum set? How about a djembe? Cajon? Or your first snare drum?

Here are 7 Reasons why you should buy your drums here at Willis Music in Lexington:

1. All drums are Detailed and Inspected.

2. All drums are Assembled by our percussion product specialists.

3. All drums are Tuned by our percussion product specialists.

4. All drum sets include an Evans Power Center Premium Snare Head

5. All drum sets include an Evans EQ Bass Drum Beater Pad

6. We give you the Manufacturers Warranty EXTENDED for 1 Full Year!

7. We provide a Free “How To” Class for First Time Buyers.**

This is a $119 Value that is INCLUDED for Free with your Drum purchase at Willis Music!

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** The First Time Buyer’s Drum Care Class takes places on the Second Saturday of every month at 10:30 A.M. EST.  Classes are conducted by our percussion product specialists.

This class is a $39 value. Learn how to:
– Tune your drums
– Care for your drums
– Change a drumhead
– Know about cymbal, stick, and drumhead selection
– Use a metronome and learn the importance of meter

You will also be able to participate in a Question & Answer session, and receive a free pair of drum sticks!

 

DEAL OF THE WEEK – March 15

It’s March Madness time! Are you excited to cheer on your favorite college basketball teams towards a championship?

Here at Willis Music in Lexington we are excited to cheer on YOU, our customers, towards a purchase of your next musical instrument!

We will announce a DEAL OF THE WEEK each and every week via this blog & our Facebook page.

This week we have lowered the price on these two guitars:

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One of our Lexington employees, John Renshaw, can’t contain his excitement for this DEAL OF THE WEEK!

Martin X Little Spruce Top Guitar
Was $300
NOW $150! 

Blueridge Historic Craftsmen Guitar
Was $1,579
NOW $1,200!

Yamaha TRIPLE REBATE Day November, 16th! Step Up To Yamaha

New Yamaha band instruments are now arriving. Step Up To Yamaha Rebates are going on now through December 31st. Purchase any Yamaha intermediate instrument and get a $50.00 mail in rebate or any professional or custom instrument and get a $100.00 rebate.
Now for the big news, for ONE DAY ONLY on November 16th Yamaha will DOUBLE the rebate and Willis Music will give you anINSTANT rebate ($50.00 or $100) at the register!!

12 Months deferred interest with payments financing will available on any qualifying purchase of a Yamaha instrument during this event.

We will be bringing in tons of extra instruments to choose from just for this one day event. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about this promotion.

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Yamaha TRIPLE REBATE Day November, 16th! Step Up To Yamaha

New Yamaha band instruments are now arriving. Step Up To Yamaha Rebates are going on now through December 31st. Purchase any Yamaha intermediate instrument and get a $50.00 mail in rebate or any professional or custom instrument and get a $100.00 rebate.
Now for the big news, for ONE DAY ONLY on November 16th Yamaha will DOUBLE the rebate and Willis Music will give you anINSTANT rebate ($50.00 or $100) at the register!!

12 Months deferred interest with payments financing will available on any qualifying purchase of a Yamaha instrument during this event.

We will be bringing in tons of extra instruments to choose from just for this one day event. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about this promotion.

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Annual Yard Sale Event

NEXT WEEKEND IS OUR ANNUAL INDOOR YARD SALE!!!

Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22

– Receive FANTASTIC DEALS on new, fully warrantied (including the Willis extended warranty) items!
– Receive 10% of purchases over $500 or more ON A GIFT CARD to be used with a future purchase!
– Receive DOUBLE entries on Willis Music Money cards!
– Receive extra FREE goods on certain closeouts until supplies run out!
– Receive mega discounts on HUNDREDS of accessories!
– Receive 50% OFF vintage sheet music titles!

You do not want to miss out on this event! See you next week! RAIN or SHINE! COLD or HOT!
We are located at 130 W. Tiverton Way in Lexington, KY.

For a sneak peek of our YARD SALE instrument deals visit:  www.willismusic.com/yardsale

Annual Yard Sale Event

NEXT WEEKEND IS OUR ANNUAL INDOOR YARD SALE!!!

Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22

– Receive FANTASTIC DEALS on new, fully warrantied (including the Willis extended warranty) items!
– Receive 10% of purchases over $500 or more ON A GIFT CARD to be used with a future purchase!
– Receive DOUBLE entries on Willis Music Money cards!
– Receive extra FREE goods on certain closeouts until supplies run out!
– Receive mega discounts on HUNDREDS of accessories!
– Receive 50% OFF vintage sheet music titles!

You do not want to miss out on this event! See you next week! RAIN or SHINE! COLD or HOT!
We are located at 130 W. Tiverton Way in Lexington, KY.

For a sneak peek of our YARD SALE instrument deals visit:  www.willismusic.com/yardsale

HUGE Storewide Used Gear & “New Old Stock” Sale June 21-24th Celebrating National Music Day

Friday June 21st is summer solstace, the first day of summer,  and National Music Day.
What better time to play music than the longest day of the year? In celebration we are having a HUGE weekend sale, Friday June 21st through Monday June 24th.

We are having a HUGE store-wide sale on all of our used gear and “New Old Stock” items this weekend, Friday June 21st to Monday June 24th. Save an additional 20% off our already priced to move “Amazing Deal” and Closeout tagged items.

Save at least 20% off the tagged price of any used item in the store. We are over run with used gear and merchandise that’s been here too long, and need to move some. These will be the best prices all year long on our used inventory.

There are tons to choose from in EVERY department of the store including: pianos & keyboards, electric guitars and amps, acoustic guitars, bass guitars and amps, percussion, live sound reinforcement and Band & Orchestra.

Here are just a few examples of the savings:

Band and Orchestra:
Musino 4/4 violin outfit, used, was $129.99, Sale Price $99.00
Yamaha TR200AD Trumpet, used was $395.00, Sale Price $299.00
Emerson Solid Silver open hole Flute, used, was $495.00, Sale Price $395.00
Jupiter CXL Tenor Sax, new old stock, was $1975, Sale Price $1575.00
Jupiter CXL Flugelhorn, new old stock was $749.00, Sale Price $599.00

Pianos and Keyboards:
Yamaha PSR-550 arranger used, was $399.00 Sale Price $319.20
Kohler and Campbell console piano, used (Only 3 yrs old) was $2295.00 Sale Price $1836.00
Jesse French spinet piano, used, was $599.00, Sale Price $479.80
Baldwin Acrosonic piano, used, was $1595.00, Sale Price $1276.00
Orla 88 note Digital piano, new old stock was $715.00, Sale Price $572.00

Drums and Percussion:
Verve 5pc. set complete, used, was $249.00, Sale Price $199.99
Mapex Meridian Maple 5pc. new old stock, was $715.00, Sale Price $572.00
Mapex Meridian Birch 5pc. new old stock was $675.00, Sale Price $540.00
Tama Rhythm Mate complete 5pc. new old stock, was $545.00, Sale Price $436.00

Live Sound Re-inforcement:
Peavey 20USB mixer, used, was $440.00, Sale Price $352.00
M-Audio NRV-10 firewire mixer, new old stock, was $269.99, Sale Price $215.00
Peavey SP-5 15″ Speakers, new old stock, was $355.00, Sale Price $284.00 each
Peavey Impulse 15″ Speakers, used, was $299.00, Sale Price $239.00

Electric Guitars:
Godin Triumph (silver sparkle), used, was $299.00, Sale Price $239.00
Epiphone G-400 SG, used, was $259.00, Sale Price $199.00
Ibanez Talman, used, was $349.00, Sale Price $279.00
Jackon Demolition V, used, was $550.00, Sale Price $439.00
Schecter Damien 7, 7 String, used, was $249.00, Sale Price $199.00
Eastwood Sidejack Baritone, used, was $339.00, Sale Price $269.00
Fender USA Hot Rod ’52 Tele, used, was $1349.00, Sale Price $1079.20
Fender USA ’70s Reissue Strat, used, was $849.00 Sale Price $679.20

Electric guitar amps:
Fender FM-212R used, was $269.99 Sale Price $215.00
Peavey Vypyr 100, new old stock, was $325.00 Sale Price $260.00
Peqvey Vypyr Tube 120, new old stock, was $375.00 Sale Price $300.00
Bogner Alchemist 212, new old stock, was $719.00, Sale Price $575.20

Bass Guitars:
Warwick Rock Bass 5, 5 string, used, was $349.00, Sale Price $279.00
Warwick Rock Bass Vampyre, used, was $349.00, Sale Price $279.00
OLP Stingray Bass, used, was $169.00, Sale Price $135.00
Fender Road Worn ’50s P-Bass, new old stock, was $619.99, Sale Price $495.00
Dean Sledgehammer
, used, was $329.99, Sale Price $265.00
Peavey Milestone EXP, used was $119.99, Sale Price $95.00

Acoustic Guitars:
Takamine EG-541C, used, was $275.00, Sale Price $219.00
Dean Performer ac/el, used was $259.00, Sale Price $179.00
Fender CD-60, used was $169.00, Sale Price $135.00
Gibson DSM, used, was $875.00, Sale Price $699.00
Fender MA-1, 3/4 size, used,  was $109.00, Sale Price $85.00
Yakima Classical, used, was $75.00, Sale Price $59.00

plus much, much, much more!!!! Stop in and SAVE BIG $$$$