When it comes to professional instruments, you should choose the very best. The reality is, not every instrument is the same and it should be play tested before purchasing, similar to test driving a new car. Your personal instrument serves as your musical voice and it should stand out just as much as you do! It is also important to keep your instruments in proper working condition so they are always ready for performance, and regular maintenance is required. Refer to the endorsed providers below.
When it comes to instrument repair in the Tampa Bay Area, there is no one that I would recommend more than Josh Hollenbeck with JH Woodwinds. He is a true expert in his field with fine attention to detail when it comes to woodwind repairs. He is a successful performer who truly understands the unique needs of woodwind alignment, sealing, and maintenance that keeps instruments in tip-top performing shape!
If you are going to buy a clarinet, I highly recommend Bill King at Ann Arbor Clarinet Connection. I purchased my personal instruments from Bill, and I have been extremely pleased. Many of my private students have also used Ann Arbor Clarinet Connection and there has been nothing but positive praise!
Bill handles the shipping, includes a warranty (other retailers will charge extra), and he provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise when hand selecting every instrument.
It really is a no brainer that Bill is the best. He is a professional clarinetist based in Ann Arbor who handpicks and plays every single instrument he sells from the Buffet Factory direct, so you know you are not getting a lemon. Tell him Tony sent you and you will be very well taken care of!
Bay Area Youth Winds is Tampa Bay’s premier outlet for outstanding middle and high school students. BAY Winds is designed to challenge and supplement the quality instruction students receive from their local, school-enrolled music programs and private lesson instructors. Students in BAY Winds experience quality training and instruction from well decorated
professional musicians and educators. Membership in BAY Winds is by audition only.
As one of the only professional arts organizations within a 30-mile radius, Punta Gorda Symphony prospers each year with internationally-recognized guest artists, grammy award-winning composers, celebrated musicians from Florida and beyond, and programming which features daring and unique symphonic works. Dedicated to music education throughout life, PGSymphony proudly presents a wide array of programs from summer music camps to interactive concerts for young people, as well as our "Behind the Notes" lecture series and pre-performance talks for all audiences.
The Florida Wind Band is Tampa's premier wind band, bringing entertaining and inspiring performances of high-quality music to our vibrant and engaging community. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians, college professors, and full-time performers who have a deep love for the eclectic repertoire ranging from Bach to contemporary composers.
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