Spring 2018 Newsletter
New Brass Instrument Technician
We'd like to introduce you to our newest band instrument repair technician, Dwayne Johnson. Dwayne studied at William Penn University where he majored in music with a minor in business management. After earning his bachelor's degree at William Penn, he went on to study Band Instrument Repair at Minnesota State College-Southeast. 
 
After earning an associate degree in Band Instrument Repair, Dwayne was hired at Rieman Music. Dwayne had the opportunity to work with and learn from master technican Jerry Peoples until Jerry retired in February. Dwayne now works on all brass instruments received at our Urbandale location and does a great job.   Dwayne can play nearly any brass instrument but his specialty is the tuba.
Yamaha TransAcoustic
The Yamaha TransAcoustic guitar has amazing sounding reverb & chorus built right into the guitar....no need for external amplification or effects! An actuator installed on the inner surface of the guitar back vibrates in response to the vibrations of the strings. The vibrations of the actuator are then conveyed to the body of the guitar, and to the air in and around the guitar body, generating authentic reverb and chorus sounds from inside the body.

Three simple knobs let you adjust your amount of effects and the line out volume level. Several models and finishes are available.

The Hits are Here!
We are excited to offer the new Faber Supplementary books! FunTime and BigTime Hits for Levels 3 and 4 are now available at all of our locations! Enjoy a variety of current blockbusters and Grammy winners as performed by pop artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and more. Great new songs for spring recitals, talent shows and summer fun!
New Lesson Coordinator
We'd like to introduce you to our new lesson coordinator, Michael Erman. Michael attended the UMKC Conservatory of Music before transferring to Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion with a minor in Music Technology. While attending Iowa State as a member of the ISUCF'V'MB Drumline, Michael helped in the creation and instruction of the group 'State Storm' which performs at football games, wrestling meets, and gymnastics meets. 

Michael began taking piano lessons at age three and believes that anyone interested in playing an instrument should invest in lessons to learn how to play it the right way. 


Yamaha TBRX Bass Guitars
Yamaha recently released their TRBX line of bass guitars. Pictured is the TBRX605FM, which has an intricately finished flame maple top and matching headstock, a comfort-contoured mahogany body and premium electronics.

Custom Yamaha H series pickups use four Alnico V pole pieces per string to offer a wide frequency response and noise-free operation. The flexible onboard electronics allow players to take full advantage of the pickups’ range with an easy-to-use balance control and a three-band EQ that can go from active to passive operation with the flip of a switch.

Boss KATANA Guitar Amps
We really like these new guitar amps from Boss! Katana amps have received worldwide acclaim for their authentic tube tone and feel, onboard BOSS effects, and exceptional value.

Pictured is the flagship model, the Katana-Artist. Built for pro players, this100-watt combo features a new cabinet design with front-facing controls and a premium Waza 12-inch speaker. The semi-closed back is ideal for rock tones, and the tight, rugged construction produces rich, full sound with impressive projection.

Graduate to Yamaha
I t’s almost graduation season and that means it’s time for the annual Graduate to Yamaha rebate promotion! Beginning April 1 and continuing through June 30, Yamaha will offer a $100 consumer mail-in rebate on all qualifying professional and Custom level instrument purchases. This includes piccolos, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets, cornets, flugelhorns, trombones, French horns, alto horns, baritone horns, euphoniums or tubas.
Rebate will be in the form of a VISA ® Gift Card.

Alvarez Artist Series Guitars
We've been very impressed with the guitars coming out of the Alvarez factory, especially their new Artist line.

Without doubt one of the world’s leading lines of solid top guitars, the Artist Series takes quality to the next level through incredible attention to detail and design, delivering a rare level of value.

Pictured is the AG70CEAR. This Grand Auditorium Cutaway features a bevel edged armrest which makes the guitar more comfortable to play.

The neck is made of mahogany and the top wood is solid Sitka spruce. The fingerboard and headstock plate are both rosewood. The guitar also features an LR Baggs Stage Pro EQ and Element Pickup.