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In the Music Community

On January 20-21st,2011, several hundred music educators and students fought the blustery sub-zero temperatures to gather in downtown Fort Wayne for the annual Indiana Music Educators Association conference. This was the first time the convention has moved from it's Indianapolis headquarters in several years.

The show started off on Thursday with a 2 hour reception in the Exhibit hall sponsored by Marching Band Concepts. Great music, appetizers and drinks were enjoyed by attendees and exhibitors. On Friday morning the general session featured an inspirational speech by Keynote Speaker Dr. Tim Lauzenheiser with performances by Martin Ellis, Embassy Theatre Grande Page organ, and Cantantes Angeli of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Henry Leck.

The Woodwind & Brasswind had a display in the exhibit hall along with 78 other exhibitors. Of those exhibitors, 18 represented local Colleges and Universities eager to talk to prospective music students and parents about the next step in their education. At the Woodwind & Brasswind booth, our Indiana School Account Manager greeted many music educators, students and future music educators. Paula talked to music educators about our educator discounts, school bid programs and took several orders for FREE folders and pencils for their music programs.

School budget cutbacks is still a difficult issue for many music programs in Indiana and all the teachers were very happy to hear about our discounts and to receive free folders and pencils. While many of the teachers were busy enjoying sessions and attending rehearsals for the upcoming all-state concerts, Paula took the opportunity to introduce herself to the many universities and colleges that were present at the show. She gave them a copy of our master catalog and made sure everyone was aware of the educator discounts and school bid programs available to them through The Woodwind & Brasswind.

Thank you to all the educators, students and parents that visited our booth at this year's IMEA and we look forward to meeting even more educators and students at next year's conference!

The planning session for the January 19-21, 2012, IMEA Convention will be on Friday, March 4, 2011, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the IMEA/ISSMA Offices, 100 E Thompson Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227. All IMEA/MENC members are invited to attend; mileage is reimbursed.

Woodwind & Brasswind is proud to offer high-quality musical instruments for musicians from professional to beginner. Many of our items ship internationally, and all of our music instruments and accessories are backed by The Woodwind & Brasswind's 110% Price Guarantee, assuring that you won't find musical instruments at a lower price anywhere else.

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