Author Archives: melswick

Mary Baldwin University 175th Commencement Ceremony

Last Sunday I was asked to play baritone sax with the Stonewall Brigade Band, in Staunton, VA, for the Mary Baldwin University 175th Commencement ceremony. We played a variety of marches and ceremonial music. I mean, how often do you … Continue reading

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Why a beginning player needs a perfect playing instrument!

A parent or grandparent walks into my shop and is interested in purchasing an instrument for a student to play. The first thing they say is, “I looking for an instrument for my son/daughter for band. It doesn’t have to … Continue reading

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Beignets, Cafe Au Lait and the JazzFest

Back from New Orleans baby! Tons of history, boatloads of music and a veritable plethora of food filled our four days in the Crescent City. I played with four different bands during our visit. Each group was dramatically different and … Continue reading

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Repaired a Mauriat PMB-300UL Baritone Sax

This past Sunday Kit French was in town playing with Parachute at the Jefferson Theater. Kit does sax, piano and vocals in the band. He brought his Mauriat baritone sax by the shop for a bit of rapid repair work. … Continue reading

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Clean Me Up!

Before and after! This flute is destined to become part of an art project at my house. The top photo is before the flute was cleaned and, of course, the lower photo is after the flute was cleaned. This is … Continue reading

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A Saxophone with Issues!

This is a Yamaha YAS-23 alto sax that came in for repair. While I was aligning the bell I noticed something odd about the low B tone hole. After removing the low B & Bb keys I discovered that the … Continue reading

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Fallopian Tubas!

My wife, Vanessa, went to the Women’s March in Washington, DC a couple of weeks and this was one of the numerous things that she saw. So very musical, don’t you  think?

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If you play an instrument made of grenadilla wood (Clarinet, Oboe an English horn)

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Looking for an Instrument?

If you are on the hunt for a instrument for yourself or your student, well, I might have what you seek. First, check my list of instruments which is to the right of this post. Piccolos, flutes, clarinets, bass clarinets, … Continue reading

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Oboes! Are they Satan’s Instrument? Well, yea!

Here’s one that you don’t see everyday. These photos are of a student model oboe specifically the upper and lower joints of the oboe. I am focusing on the center of the photo where the upper and lower joints come … Continue reading

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