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Excelcia Music Publishing’s ‘Adaptable Quartets’

August 24, 2020

Excelcia Music Publishing’s Adaptable Quartets is a timely expansion of its flexible instrumentation series, Adaptable Ensemble Series. Specifically designed for music classrooms where the number of students and instrumental make-up are unknown and changing by the day, Adaptable Quartets exponentially broadens options for music educators by providing genuine flexibility with quartets that can be used with any combination of wind and percussion instruments.

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Chedeville Teeth & Mouthpiece Protector Cushions

The Chedeville Teeth and Mouthpiece protector cushions are smaller than many other cushions because too large a patch can deaden vibrations from the mouthpiece, which takes away some of the richness in the sound. This is the best clear mouthpiece cushion to protect your mouthpiece and the enamel on your teeth. Pack includes four mouthpiece cushions. MSRP: $5.95

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Gear Check – August 2020

August 19, 2020

The latest and greatest gear for jazz educators and musicians – August 2020.

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Excelcia’s Jazz Ensemble Music Catalog and Flexcel Series

August 10, 2020

Excelcia Music Publishing launches its first Jazz Ensemble music release with 15 new and inspiring tunes from well-known composers as well as talented newcomers. The publisher’s 2020 Jazz Ensemble music release includes charts from composers Blair Bielawski, Jack Cooper, David Samuel, Peter Sciaino, Carl Strommen and Steve Wiest. Published with Excelcia Music Publishing’s signature grading system, the 2020 Jazz Ensemble Music charts are grouped into four levels that range in difficulty from music appropriate for middle school students just starting their jazz journey to more challenging music for high school groups. The levels are Jazz Exploration Series (grade 1.5), Jazz Horizon Series (grade 2), Jazz Voyage Series (grade 3) and Jazz Zenith Series (grade 4 and up).

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Rogers Drums’ Covington Series 3-Piece Shell Packs

Rogers Drums’ Covington Series 3-Piece shell packs (rack/floor/kick) are available in Red Ripple or Black Lacquer finishes, in either 12″/14″/20″ or 12″/16″/22″ configurations. All kits feature classic styling and appointments, like the Bowtie T-rods and script logo badges, with your choice of 9mm round steel spurs and hex-steel floor tom legs, or lightweight 12.7mm chrome-plated aluminum legs and spurs.

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Kawai’s CA49 and CA59 Digital Pianos

The CA49 and CA59 are the latest high-performance additions to the popular Concert Artist series of premium digital pianos from Kawai. The CA49 and CA59 incorporate technologies developed in collaboration with premium Japanese audio equipment manufacturer, Onkyo. Both instruments feature new motherboard and amplification hardware designed for richer, higher quality sound, and 4-speaker delivery systems that reproduce the sound field of a grand piano. The latest models use improved cheekblock control panels that incorporate modern OLED graphic displays, while the CA49 boasts a new interface for easier, more intuitive operation.

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JodyJazz’s DV BEATBoX Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

July 27, 2020

JodyJazz’s new DV BEATBoX Tenor Saxophone mouthpiece is a new addition to their range designed with “Beatbox Sax” virtuoso Derek Brown. The new DV BEATBoX Tenor is a silver-plated customized DV mouthpiece in Derek’s #5 tip opening. The new DV BEATBoX Tenor also features “DV BEATBoX” engraved on the side in the characteristic typeface used by Derek in all his projects in order to solidify the mouthpiece’s association with him. MSRP: $650.

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Key Leaves’ Spit Sponge Pad Dryers

Key Leaves’ new Spit Sponge pad dryers remove moisture left behind on pads and tone holes that swabs miss, extending pad life and keeping instruments clean. The Spit Sponge is a unique, dual-texture pad dryer with an ultra-absorbent top to clean delicate pads, while the bottom has micro-texture grooves to trap and remove gunk that grows on tone holes. Spit Sponge pad dryers have a laser-fused edge that never frays and they are completely washable for years of reuse. The universal woodwind size Spit Sponge can clean flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons or any woodwind instrument you play. The Spit Sponge for saxophones features an easy-fit shape to care for large sax pads and those hard-to-reach places like G# or between key guards.

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‘Charlie Parker: The Complete Scores’ from Hal Leonard

Hal Leonard has published Charlie Parker: The Complete Scores boxed set, a quintessential collection features a hardcover book with forty note-for-note transcriptions for all the instruments that played on each iconic track. Published to coincide with the centennial of Parker’s birth on August 29, 1920, the Hal Leonard editorial crew worked closely with Parker’s Estate to ensure the highest quality transcriptions and production. The book features forty transcriptions from Parker’s exemplary studio recordings of tracks including “Anthropology,” “Billie’s Bounce (Bill’s Bounce),” “Blues for Alice,” “Ornithology,” and more. Transcriptions for saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums are included for each piece. Charlie Parker: The Complete Scores retails for $60.00. It should be in stock in September.

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Flexcel from Excelcia Music

July 14, 2020

Flexcel is a flexible Concert Band and Orchestra series with high-quality pieces from well-known composers like Sean O’Loughlin and Carol Brittin Chambers. Pieces in the Flexcel series are designed to be used with significantly-reduced ensemble sizes and any combination of wind, string and percussion instruments. Each piece is uniquely arranged in five-part writing by transposed keys, rather than by instrument, providing endless options depending on which students are in the classroom or at home. The works can be performed by as few as five players plus percussion. Included in the purchase of each set in the Flexcel series is unique photocopying permission from the publisher, as well as access to digital copies for remote learning. 

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