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Jimmy Takes on Summer NAMM

Our President Jimmy Edwards spent a few days taking in the sights and sounds of Summer NAMM in Nashville, last month. Summer NAMM showcases over 1.600 brands, has 500+ exhibitors and offers over 60 educational sessions. These inspiring events inspire our leaders and employees to continue in their pursuit to make the world a more musical place!

School Service Seminar

Tuesday, August 13th was the annual Marshall Music School Service Seminar. Attendees were treated to a brilliant keynote presentation from Allan Greenberg and a practical session on emergency repair techniques presented by Dave Deamud. Thanks to Pete Birchler for doing an amazing job of organizing and for rallying the troops, just in time for rental season! 

Kris Wood Retires After 34 Years

After 34 years of working in our repair shop, Kris Wood is retiring. She began at Marshall Music when our repair shop was small and everyone worked doing general repairs. About four years later, as the shop grew, she began to specialize in woodwind repairs and has continued in this area to this day. Kris will still be doing some part time work during our busy repair seasons, so feel free to stop by and say hello when you see her!

Thank you Kris for all your years of hard work and dedication. We loved having you as part of the Marshall Music Family!

Marshall Music Voted Best Music Lessons in Lansing!

For the second year in a row, we have been named "Best Music Lessons" in the Lansing City Pulse! We were also voted second in the "Best Music Store" category. We cannot begin to thank the Lansing community enough for being so supportive over the years. Our school of music has grown into something truly special and we are grateful to teach music here and across the state!

Our Grandville Store Turns 3!

It's hard to believe that it was 3 years ago this week that our Grand Rapids store moved into its new location in Grandville! We have definitely settled in. It feels like home!

Lansing Employee Showcase

Lansing employees gathered for a fun night of performance on June 19th! The hour-long recital was filled with a variety of instrumental and vocal solos and duets in many styles and genres. This event truly showcased the great talent within our organization. We hope for this to become a regular event that will grow to include more employees. Congratulations and thanks to all of those who participated!

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  • From the Podium: It’s Time to Think About Next Year
    By Dr. Charles T. Menghini

  • Eye Candy

  • The Workbench: Quick Emergency Repair Tips – Part One: Flute
    By David Deamud, Grand Rapids Repair Shop Manager

  • Meet the President: Jimmy Edwards

  • ESSA Michigan Update
    Michigan Department of Education

  • Issue #5 – Theory Challenge Answer

  • Accidentals in F-flat Major

  • From the Podium: Setting Your New Beginners Up for Success
    By Wendy Higdon

  • ESSA UPDATE: Michigan Plan to Move Schools Forward is Approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education (Link Only)
    Michigan Department of Education

  • Employee Spotlight: Joel Hosey

  • Lansing Store Renovations

  • Essexville Music Students Adopt a Band
    By Pete Birchler, Director of School Service, Marshall Music Company

  • The Workbench: Marching Percussion Instruments: Off-Season Care and Maintenance
    By Troy Wollwage, Yamaha USA Percussion Department Manager

  • Issue #4 – Theory Challenge Answer

  • Accidentals in F-flat Major

  • From the Podium: How to Advocate for Music Education (Even When You Have No Clue How to Do So)
    By Anthony Mazzocchi

  • Issue #3 – Theory Challenge Answer

  • Employee Spotlight: Kyle Morse

  • 2017 NAMM Fly-In Recap
    By Pete Birchler, Director of School Service, Marshall Music Company

  • Michigan Submits Updated ESSA Plan to the U.S. Department of Education (condensed)
    Michigan Department of Education

  • Final Thoughts on Effective Advocacy
    NAMM Foundation

  • The Workbench: Bow Repair vs. Rehair
    By Bruce Szarka

  • Accidentals in F-flat Major​


  • From the Podium: Five Things Every Young Band Director Should Know
    By Richard Saucedo, Director of Bands, Emeritus, at Carmel High School, Carmel, IN

  • Dick Case (1931–2017)

  • Employee Spotlight: Ray Smith

  • Michigan ESSA Plan Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education
    Michigan Department of Education

  • Students and Supporters Gather for Music Education Advocacy Day

  • The Workbench: Mouthpieces
    By Chris Harris, Repair Operations Manager

  • Drum Major Camps

  • Accidentals in F-flat Major

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