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About Upgrade Your Sound

Beginner instruments offer curious new students easy introductions to the experience of making music. But as students strive to develop stronger technique and improve sound quality, a beginning instrument may start to hinder that progress. A progressing student will eventually require a better instrument – a step-up instrument. Typically, a step-up instrument is crafted from better-quality materials, features improved action from finer construction and is designed for consistency across practice and performance. These elements help to improve sound, technique and build a student’s confidence which will help drive long-term success.

During UPGRADE YOUR SOUND we provide you with amazing discounts, special financing and online and in-store offers that can help take your performance to the next level!

You are invited to 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 AND get you that instrument at a price that you will love!

Exclusive Offers for Upgrade Your Sound
10% Off Instrument Purchases $299* or more

Use online code: UYSFALLTEN View details

Events

Horns Of Plenty Upgrade Your Sound
Horns of Plenty
  • Experience the LARGEST assortment of brass and woodwind instruments around!
  • Take advantage of our AMAZING discounts and 0% financing.
  • Meet with on-site instrument specialists from your favorite brands like Yamaha, Bach, Conn-Selmer, Buffet, Fox, Vandoren, Rico and more!
  • Looking for something unique? Request it when you RSVP and we will work to get it there for you!
Date Time Map Address City State Phone Vendor RSVP
November 7, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Frisco
3211 Preston Road #14
Frisco TX (972) 668-1176 Ventus, Giardinelli RSVP
November 7, 2015 10AM - 6PM View Map Music & Arts Westerville
43 North State Street
Westerville OH (614) 891-9008 Pearl, P. Mauriat, KHS America, Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Yamaha, Jody Jazz, Vandoren, D'Addario RSVP
November 12, 2015 3PM - 7PM View Map Buffet Group Showroom
153 West 36th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 201-444-9800 Buffet RSVP
November 12, 2015 4PM - 8PM View Map Music & Arts Lewisville
360 E FM 3040 Suite 820
Lewisville TX (972) 315-8400 - RSVP
November 14, 2015 10AM - 2PM View Map Music & Arts Itasca
907 W Irving Park Rd
Itasca IL (630) 285-1485 P. Mauriat, KHS America, Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Yamaha, Vandoren RSVP
November 14, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Woodlands
19075 Interstate 45 S Suite 111H
Shenandoah TX (936) 273-3602 - RSVP
November 14, 2015 10AM - 3PM View Map Bridgeway Christian Academy
4755 Kimball Bridge Road
Alpharetta GA (770) 977-7073 Pearl, Buffet, KHS America, Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Yamaha, Jody Jazz, Vandoren, D'Addario RSVP
November 14, 2015 10AM - 2PM View Map Mercer Island Community & Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island WA (425) 881-8777 Powell-Sonare, Pearl, Buffet, P. Mauriat, KHS America, Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Yamaha, Vandoren, D'Addario RSVP
November 14, 2015 10AM - 5PM View Map Music & Arts Chesapeake
1412 Greenbrier Parkway #126
Chesapeake VA (757) 366-0666 KHS America, Conn-Selmer, Yamaha, Vandoren RSVP
November 19, 2015 4PM - 8PM View Map Music & Arts Lakewood
6111 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW Ste Q
Lakewood WA (253) 581-2926 - RSVP
November 21, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Round Rock
2541 S IH-35, Suite 750
Round Rock TX (512) 255-0558 - RSVP
November 21, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Webster
19335 Gulf Freeway, #10
Webster TX (281) 316-1724 - RSVP
December 5, 2015 10AM - 5PM View Map Music & Arts Cary**
426 Crossroads Blvd
Cary NC (919) 854-0024 Pearl, Buffet, P. Mauriat, KHS America, Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Yamaha, Vandoren RSVP
December 5, 2015 10AM - 2PM View Map Embassy Suites
3100 East Frontera
Anaheim CA (909) 599-0325 Pearl, P. Mauriat RSVP
December 5, 2015 10AM - 3PM View Map Tallyville Fire Co.
3919 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE (302) 633-0600 Powell-Sonare, Pearl, P. Mauriat, KHS America, Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Yamaha, Vandoren, Jody Jazz, D'Addario RSVP
December 16, 2015 4PM - 9PM View Map Music & Arts Manalapan
Galleria Dental, 100 U.S. 9 #2
Manalapan NJ (732) 414-6250 - RSVP
December 19, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Doylestown
422 N Main St.
Doylestown PA (215) 230-3300 - RSVP
String Showcase Upgrade Your Sound
String Showcase
  • Experience the LARGEST assortment of string instruments around!
  • Take advantage of our AMAZING discounts and 0% financing.
  • Meet with on-site instrument specialists from your favorite brands!
  • Looking for something unique? Request it when you RSVP and we will work to get it there for you!
Date Time Map Address City State Phone Vendor RSVP
October 24, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Oakton
2916 Chain Bridge Rd
Oakton VA (703) 281-0400 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
November 5, 2015 4PM - 8PM View Map Music & Arts Lewisville
360 E FM 3040 Suite 820
Lewisville TX (972) 315-8400 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
November 7, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Ellicott City
9210 Baltimore National Pike, Suite W-7
Ellicott City MD (410) 461-1844 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
November 14, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Manassas
8029 Sudley Rd
Manassas VA (703) 361-0149 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
November 21, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Princeton
3375 Route 1 Ste 150
Lawrenceville NJ (609) 987-9595 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
November 28, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Horsham
490 Easton Rd
Horsham PA (215) 443-7880 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
November 28, 2015 10AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Woodlands
19075 Interstate 45 S Suite 111H
Shenandoah TX (936) 273-3602 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
November 28, 2015 11AM - 4PM View Map Music & Arts Rockville
12274 Rockville Pike, Suite K
Rockville MD 301-881-6440 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
December 5, 2015 10AM - 2PM View Map Music & Arts Gilbert
891 E Baseline Road Suite 101
Gilbert AZ (480) 898-1499 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
December 5, 2015 10AM - 2PM View Map Music & Arts Bothell
10120 Main Street
Bothell WA (425) 486-5000 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
December 6, 2015 12PM - 5PM View Map Music & Arts North Tucson
8320 N Thornydale Rd Ste 150/170
Tucson AZ (520) 579-2299 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
December 12, 2015 10AM - 2PM View Map Music & Arts Englewood
5158 South Broadway
Englewood CO (303) 788-0707 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
December 12, 2015 11AM - 3PM View Map Music & Arts Paramus
762 Route 17 North
Paramus NJ (201) 444-9800 ext. 2 Howard Core, Eastman RSVP
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An Interview with Massimo La Rosa

(Principal Trombone, The Cleveland Orchestra)

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.

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