Woodwind & Brasswind staff members Jenna Grisham, Heather Hosterman, Greg Spretnjak, and Kurt Witt attended and exhibited at the 64th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago from December 15-17, 2010. They were pleased to have the opportunity to reconnect with many longtime customers, and make new connections with educators from across the music community.
Joining us at booth #128, were Yamaha-sponsored artists the J4 Saxophone Quartet. Quartet members Joseph Lulloff (Michigan State University), Jordan Lulloff (Okemos High School), Assistant Professor Dr. Jonathan Nichol (Grand Valley State University), and Professor John Nichol (Central Michigan State University) performed on December 16 and 17. Their fans and friends visited with the quartet, and group members had fun trying out the International Woodwind model 661 bass saxophone that was on display.
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Winner Jack Green of Austin, Texas, was randomly selected when we returned to the office. In addition to the Olympus LS-11, Woodwind & Brasswind staff demonstrated the Olympus LS-10 linear PCM recorder and the iKey HDR-7 portable field recorder, which were specially discounted for the conference's Festival of Music adjudicators. Interest in these recorders was high, as they are extremely handy for recording rehearsals and live performances. Kurt Hargleroad, Sr. Vice President of Festivals of Music, sent several of his judges over to our booth to check out the recorders and enter the drawing.
As always, we were interested in getting the message to educators about The Woodwind & Brasswind's musical instrument lease–purchase plans and educator discounts. Though many attendees are already acquainted with these programs, others did not know that they were eligible for special pricing not advertised in our catalogs.
Other gifts to conference attendees included blue Woodwind & Brasswind tote bags given to band directors and music educators who visited our booth and offers of free music folders and pencils for use in school music programs. Woodwind & Brasswind staff accepted requests from a large number of schools for additional folders and pencils to be sent all over the country.
In all, we displayed more than 30 instruments from 20 different brands. Probably the most popular, based on the attention it generated, was the International Woodwind Bass Saxophone, which was accompanied by International Woodwind's Laskar Reese, who graciously answered people's questions about this amazing instrument. We also gave demonstrations of the Allora Baritone Saxophone and a Yamaha Baritone Saxophone. Other popular instruments were a CONNstellation 8D Double Horn and a Leblanc Bliss Clarinet.
Other instruments on display included:
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