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Upgrade Your Sound

Beginner instruments are designed for basic musical styles. As students advance, so should their instruments. During UPGRADE YOUR SOUND in April and May, Music & Arts provides you with amazing discounts, special financing, online and in-store offers to take your performance to the next level!

In addition to these great deals, we invite you to attend an Upgrade Your Sound event near you! At these events, you will experience the LARGEST assortment of band and orchestral instruments in the area. Instrument specialists will be on-hand to help you select the right instrument for you AND get that instrument in your hand at a price that you will love! So grab that bow, those reeds, and that mouthpiece and RSVP to Upgrade Your Sound.

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0% FINANCING for 18 months

On instruments $399 or more with 0% down offer available at event locations

Event Schedule

Horns Of Plenty Upgrade Your Sound
Date Time Map Address City State Vendors present RSVP
April 7, 2015 4PM - 8PM map icon FM 3040 and Rockbrook, 360 East FM 3040 suite# 820 Lewisville TX All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
April 11, 2015 10AM - 5PM map icon Steinmart Festival at Midlothian 9712 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond VA All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
April 18, 2015 10AM - 2PM map icon West Trenton Ballroom 40 West Upper Ferry Rd. West Trenton NJ Jupiter | Yamaha | Gemeinhardt | P. Mauriat | Conn-Selmer RSVP
April 18, 2015 10AM - 5PM map icon Arboretum Shopping Center 8046 Providence Rd. Ste. C Charlotte NC All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
April 18, 2015 10PM - 4PM map icon 3211 Preston Rd #14 Frisco TX All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
April 25, 2015 10AM - 2PM map icon St. John's Parish Day School 9130 Frederick Rd Ellicott City MD Jupiter | Yamaha | Gemeinhardt | P. Mauriat | Conn-Selmer RSVP
April 25, 2015 10AM - 2PM map icon Chaparral High School 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave Scottsdale AZ All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
April 25, 2015 11AM - 2PM map icon Manchester Community Music School
2291 Elm St.
Manchester NH All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 2, 2015 10AM - 2PM map icon Woman's Club of Paramus, N.J.
W65 Ridgewood Ave
Paramus NJ All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 2, 2015 10AM - 3PM map icon Trinity Christian School 11204 Braddock Rd. Fairfax VA Yamaha | Jupiter | Conn-Selmer | Gemeinhardt | P. Mauriat | Ventus RSVP
May 2, 2015 10AM - 2PM map icon RIT Inn & Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Rd.
Henrietta NY All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 2, 2015 11AM - 2PM map icon RJ Grey Junior High School (cafeteria)
16 Charter Rd.
Acton MA All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 2, 2015 10AM - 4PM map icon Portifino 19075 IH 45 South Suite 111H Shenandoah TX All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 9, 2015 11AM - 2PM map icon Renbrook School 2865 Albany Ave. West Hartford CT All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 9, 2015 10AM - 4PM map icon 19335 Gulf Fwy suite #10 Webster TX All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 14, 2015 4PM - 8PM map icon 8206 Agora Pkwy Suite 110 Selma TX All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 16, 2015 10AM - 2PM map icon Cherry Creek High School
9300 E. Union Ave
Greenwood Village CO All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 16, 2015 10AM - 4PM map icon 5207 Brodie Ln Suite 220 Austin TX All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
String Showcase Upgrade Your Sound
Date Time Map Address City State Vendors present RSVP
April 14, 2015 4PM - 8PM map icon FM 3040 and Rockbrook
360 East FM 3040 suite# 820
Lewisville TX Eastman | Otto Benjamin RSVP
April 18, 2015 10 AM - 6PM map icon 907 W. Irving Park Road Itasca IL Eastman | Yamaha | Otto Benjamin RSVP
April 25, 2015 10 AM - 3PM map icon Presidential Market Center
1905 Scenic Highway Ste 610
Snellville GA All the top brands will have product representation RSVP
May 2, 2015 10 AM - 5PM map icon 1412 Greenbrier Parkway #126 Chesapeake VA Eastman | Otto Benjamin RSVP
May 9, 2015 10 AM - 4PM map icon 290 Easton Rd Horsham PA Eastman | Otto Benjamin RSVP
May 16, 2015 10 AM - 3PM map icon Park Plaza 560-B Ritchie Highway Severna Park MD Eastman | Otto Benjamin RSVP
May 16, 2015 10 AM - 4PM map icon Portifino 19075 IH 45 South Suite 111H Shenandoah TX Eastman RSVP
May 30, 2015 10 AM - 4PM map icon Mercer Mall
3375 Route 1 South, Suite 150
Lawrenceville NJ Eastman | Otto Benjamin RSVP

EVENTS

View Horns Of Plenty

April 7, 2015
4PM - 8PM
Lewisville, TX

RSVP

April 11, 2015
10AM - 5PM
Richmond, VA

RSVP

April 18, 2015
10AM - 2PM
West Trenton, NJ

RSVP

April 18, 2015
10AM - 5PM
Charlotte,NC

RSVP

April 18, 2015
10PM - 4PM
Frisco, TX

RSVP

April 25, 2015
10AM - 2PM
Ellicott City, MD

RSVP

April 25, 2015
10AM - 2PM
Scottsdale, AZ

RSVP

April 25, 2015
11AM - 2PM
Manchester, NH

RSVP

May 2, 2015
10AM - 2PM
Paramus, NJ

RSVP

May 2, 2015
10AM - 3PM
Fairfax, VA

RSVP

May 2, 2015
10AM - 2PM
Henrietta, NY

RSVP

May 2, 2015
11AM - 2PM
Acton, MA

RSVP

May 2, 2015
10AM - 4PM
Shenandoah, TX

RSVP

May 9, 2015
11AM - 2PM
West Hartford, CT

RSVP

May 9, 2015
10AM - 4PM
Webster,TX

RSVP

May 14, 2015
4PM - 8PM
Selma,TX

RSVP

May 16, 2015
10AM - 2PM
Greenwood Village, CO

RSVP

May 16, 2015
10AM - 4PM
Austin,TX

RSVP
View String Showcase

April 14, 2015
4PM- 8PM
Lewisville, TX

RSVP

April 18, 2015
10 AM - 6PM
Itasca, IL

RSVP

April 25, 2015
10 AM - 3PM
Snellville, GA

RSVP

May 2, 2015
10 AM - 5PM
Chesapeake, VA

RSVP

May 9, 2015
10 AM - 4PM
Horsham, PA

RSVP

May 16, 2015
10 AM - 3PM
Severna Park, MD

RSVP

May 16, 2015
10 AM - 4PM
Shenandoah, TX

RSVP

May 30, 2015
10 AM - 4PM
Lawrenceville, NJ

RSVP

Articles

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Massimo La Rosa
Interview with Music & Arts

Born in Palermo, Italy, Massimo La Rosa studied with Filippo Bonanno. He released two solo albums and is currently the principal trombone of The Cleveland Orchestra and the head of the trombone department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The Bach artist shares his thoughts on instrument upgrades.

What inspired you to play music?
Passion for music was part of my family when I was growing up. Many of my relatives were playing in the local wind band in my hometown. I didn't choose to play; my father wanted me to play. I learned to like it, and now I cannot imagine my life without music.

When do you think is the right time for a student to consider upgrading their instrument?
Every student knows when something clicks in their brain - when they discover a new love for what they're doing. Buying a new instrument for a student is not like buying soccer shoes or a fishing pole. In those cases, if the passion vanishes in a couple of months, no one has lost a great deal of money. In the case of a new musical instrument, people want to be sure that the moment is right for making that big investment. I think that sometimes it's good to take that risk. I still remember when my parents bought me a new trombone - a Bach 42. It cost my father three times his salary. I was twelve years old, and knowing the significance of my father's investment made me very responsible and respectful of his sacrifice and the care he had for my future.

Often, we see students buy an upgraded instrument, without a better mouthpiece. What do you recommend?
My recommendation is that if you change from a small bore trombone to a large bore trombone, you must get a Bach 5G mouthpiece with a large shank. You can play your entire career on this mouthpiece.

Many students do not pursue music in college or as a professional. How can an upgraded instrument benefit a middle or high school student now?
I would like to say that to have an instrument with dents is not good, especially if dents are in the slide or in the curves. To have an instrument with bad lacquer can create allergies for the player. An instrument that is not clean inside is not good. Bach has a wonderful line of instruments for the young player. These instruments are affordable. Having an instrument of good quality, such as the Bach 42BO, will benefit the student's development and enjoyment of playing.

Many upgraded trombones include a trigger. What is the benefit of this, and do you recommend it for advancing students?
I definitely recommend the trigger. One benefit is that it helps develop a very homogenous range of tone. A trigger, among many options, gives you the opportunity to work on the low range, which is very good for the tone quality, for increasing breathing capacity and for developing legato playing. The trigger also provides more physical ease of playing. For example, without the trigger, one has to move the slide from B-flat in first position to B-natural in seventh position. But, with the trigger, you can play B-flat in first position and B-natural in second position - just a few inches instead of a couple of feet! And, the combinations for alternate positions are many!

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You recently worked with Conn-Selmer to develop a new trombone - a "La Rosa" model. Could you tell us a little about the instrument?
It was a great pleasure to work with the fine craftsmen at Conn-Selmer. Together, we created a fantastic instrument. The model name is the A47-MLR, and we worked very hard to make sure that it's all about the Quality - with a capital "Q"! I have been using it full time in The Cleveland Orchestra and when I play concertos and recitals. It's a very versatile instrument. I recorded my most recent CD, Sempre Espressivo, on the A47-MLR. There are many great things to say about this trombone, but one particularly notable difference is the valve section. The air flows more smoothly, resulting in a more even, beautiful sound. In fact, many professionals and students all over the world have started playing this great new instrument.

LA ROSA AND MUSIC & ARTS CONGRATULATE BACH ON 50 YEARS OF SUPERIOR CRAFTSMANSHIP IN ELKHART, INDIANA
The year 2015 marks an important milestone in the history of Vincent Bach manufacturing. In 1965, Bach manufacturing was moved from Mount Vernon, New York to Elkhart, Indiana where it has remained to this day. Since the late 1800's, Elkhart has been considered the birthplace of school bands in the US and quickly became known as the band instrument capital of the world. With its home in Elkhart for the past 50 years, Vincent Bach has carried on the time honored tradition of producing the highest quality brass instruments in the industry.

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