Instruments & Gear

Kaces percussion line includes a broad selection of everyday items such as marching drum stick quivers, snare drum porters, bell kit porters, snare and bell kit duo porters, snare drum backpacks, and bell kit bags. All porters feature durable heavy-duty wheels, convenient telescoping double-handles and either padded shoulder straps or built-in backpack straps.

Read more: Kaces Redesigned Percussion Line

Instruments & Gear

The JazzDeck™ “textbook in a box” is designed to help players of all levels build confidence and sharpen their chops as jazz soloists. Comprised of 54 high-grade playing cards color-coded by chord type, the JazzDeck systematically illustrates the ways to excel as a soloist.

Read more: JazzDeck from NorCal Jazz

Instruments & Gear

The new Carl Fischer Music 2014-0215 String Orchestra features 35 new titles, including a variety of music for all levels featuring some of the best known names in string orchestra writing, such as Alan Lee Silva, Keiko Yamada, Sean O’Loughlin, Joseph Compello, Doris Gazda, Matt Turner, George Sweet, Bill Calhoun, Yukiko Nishimura, Kevin Mixon, Deborah Baker Monday, David Hinds, and Larry Clark, along with new composer James Meredith.

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Read more: Carl Fischer's 2014-2015 String Orchestra Catalog

Instruments & Gear

Meredith Music’s new Intermediate Studies for Developing Artists on the Flute, Intermediate Studies for Developing Artists on the Oboe, and Intermediate Studies for Developing Artists on the Bassoon (by Shelley Jagow) cover all styles appropriate to intermediate methods for woodwinds. They include music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century eras while representing more than a dozen countries. Original compositions are included to strengthen young artist skills in developing both facility and tone.

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Manufacturers discuss the latest keyboard tools for the music classroom

The integration of powerful new software has changed the way many sectors of the music industry have done business, from recording software to live sound and lighting and even at-home guitar rig design. But one segment that’s been poised to take advantage of this shift for years is electric keyboards, specifically those designed in tandem with educational programs.

For both educators and students, it’s all about options, according to Roland key accounts manager Ellen Gonzales. “We, as a consumer nation, have changed the way that we consume things,” she says. “We’re not just looking for things that we can buy to use today. We want something that can grow with us. Just think of iPads – people buy them and then constantly upgrade and add to them. I do think that’s a trend that won’t go away and it’s wise to play into that mentality.”

Read more: Exploring New Electronic Keyboards

Instruments & Gear

The Rolled-Heel’s technology, recently awarded patent protection, is designed to help student marching foot technique become automatic. The Rolled-Heel’s design is built to “groove” students’ step into proper technique. That benefit is indispensable to the consistent success of a marching program, while also offering flexibility and light weight for unrestricted movement and foot articulation.      

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Instruments & Gear

Kaces’ newly redesigned University Series bags for Cello and Upright Bass feature 12mm high density foam padding, a bow pocket, accessory compartments, and multiple double-stitched handles. All University Cello bags additionally include padded backpack straps. Symphony Series Cello and Bass bags are constructed using extra-thick 20mm high density foam, a velour lining, and a rigid reinforced bridge panel for added stability.

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The u-mount line is designed to mount tablet computers onto stands. The full-size Snap-On™ back covers are a tough combination of high-strength velvet-textured plastic and aluminum, available in purple, black, gunmetal, or mauve. The mini models feature the same textured high-strength plastic throughout. Precision cutouts provide access to all the tablet’s buttons and data/charging ports. They are available with an elliptical u-mount clamp for gripping mic stands and other round surfaces, or a flat u-mount clamp for hold flat surfaces such as table edges.                      

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Instruments & Gear

The Reserve cut for clarinet is built on a standard thickness blank and features a shorter vamp, rounded tip corners, and a traditional tip thickness. Reserve Bb Clarinet reeds are offered in boxes of 10 and packs of two reeds in strengths from 2.0 to 4.5 with a special 3.0+ strength. The Reserve Classic cut for clarinet is built on a thicker blank and offers a longer vamp, squared tip corners, and a thicker tip. Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet reeds will be available in half strengths, from 2.0 to 4.5, with special 3.5+ and 4.0+ strengths, and offered in boxes of 10 and packs of two reeds. Alto Saxophone Reserve reeds feature a traditional blank option, a heavy spine, a narrow rail slope, and a traditional tip thickness.

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Instruments & Gear

The 1100 Series saxophones combine classic hand-crafted design and modern technology. Featured is the new Sona-Pure™ neck, which undergoes a special annealing process, giving the instrument a full, rich sound with a solid attack. In addition, a G key adjusting screw and adjustable rocker key octave mechanism facilitate quick adjustments by the performer/educator.

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