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Come on down to our new Clinic and Ensemble Center!

Saturday, May 5th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at 49 Lamb St in South Hadley!
Just down the road from Gerry’s Music Shop at our NEW Clinic and Ensemble Lesson Center.

This is an event dedicated to helping students find their intermediate or professional instrument! HUNDREDS of instruments will be available to audition and purchase at THE LOWEST PRICES OF THE YEAR! You won’t find this selection of instruments – flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, baritone saxophones, euphoniums, and many more – ANYWHERE! Along with the great selection, we are offering 3 AMAZING clinic opportunities! Eric Berlin – a Yamaha Artist – will give a Trumpet clinic and workshop – Kai-Yun Lu will lead a Masterclass on the Clarinet, and John Fedchock – a Jupiter XO Brass Artist – will present a clinic and Masterclass on the trombone. Come and stay the whole day, or stop in for the clinic you want to see and FIND YOUR INSTRUMENT!

Schedule for the Event

9:00am – Doors Open at 49 Lamb St.
9:45am-10:45am – Trumpet Clinic with Eric Berlin.
11:30am-12:30pm – Clarinet Master Class with Kai-Yun Lu.
1:30pm-2:30pm – Trombone Clinic with John Fedchock.
2:30pm-4:00pm – The Pros Help You! Our Staff, along with our Guest Clinicians and Manufacturer Representatives will help you find the perfect instrument!

If you are a RENTAL CUSTOMER interested in attending, and looking to purchase an intermediate or professional instrument, CALL THE STORE first so that we can schedule an appointment for that day!

About our guests:

Eric Berlin

As Principal Trumpet of the Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Eric Berlin can be heard with that ensemble on more than a dozen acclaimed recordings that include works by John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Aaron Kernis, John Harbison, Morton Gould, Roy Harris and William Schuman to name a few. He holds the same position with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where he can be heard on several dozen recordings by living American composers including Derek Bermel, Jacob Druckman, Robert Erickson, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Steven Mackey, Gunther Schuller, and Evan Ziporyn. Since 2006, has spent his summers performing as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. He also founded the Majestic Brass Quintet in 1988. Mr. Berlin enjoys international regard as a trumpet pedagogue as Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was elected to two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild and hosted the 2007 ITG Annual Conference. He has given masterclasses worldwide and at such prestigious institutions as Baylor University, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and the University of North Texas as well as the Turku Conservatory in Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He also has a recurring column in Brass Herald, the world’s largest brass magazine.
A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Berlin attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Charles Schlueter, former Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. He has also studied extensively with Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Frank Kaderabek, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Kai-Yun Lu

Kai-Yun Lu is the principal clarinetist of Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, holding the Muriel Bledsoe Chair since 1998. She is also a frequent performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Woodwind Society. Appearances with other ensembles include the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center/New Fromm Players. An active performer, Ms. Lu has worked with Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, James Conlon, Sir Neville Marriner, Robert Spano, Andre Previn, Gunther Schuller, Keith Lockhart and John Williams.
Already well known in Taiwan as a soloist and winner of several national competitions, both as a pianist and clarinetist, Kai Yun Lu came to the United States to study at the New England Conservatory of Music and pursue a career as a clarinetist. Ms. Lu was sponsored, in full scholarship, by the Evergreen Foundation and the Chimei Culture Foundation. In her sophomore year at the New England Conservatory she won the school’s annual Concerto Competition, becoming one of the youngest students in the Conservatory’s history to win this award.
Ms. Lu is currently on the faculty of the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

John Fedchock

John Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC’s premier jazz artists. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists. The JFNYBB’s five CDs on the MAMA and Reservoir Music labels have all received high praise from critics and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. The early success of the band resulted in Fedchock’s name appearing in DOWNBEAT’s Readers Poll under the categories of Trombone, Arranger and Big Band, simultaneously for several consecutive years. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills, Fedchock is a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee for “Best Instrumental Arrangement”. The JFNYBB’s recordings have appeared in jazz radio’s Top Ten, and the New York Times has applauded the band’s “Cheerful Syncopation, Served With Spit-and-Polish Precision.” Small group projects with his quartet and NY Sextet showcase A-list sidemen along with Fedchock’s “incomparable trombone playing, which seems to have no limit, technically or musically” (
Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Woody’s “Thundering Herd” for seven years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman’s last two Grammy Award nominated albums “50th Anniversary Tour” and “Woody’s Gold Star”, and received accolades from jazz journalists worldwide. Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather called him the “unsung hero” of Woody’s “50th Anniversary Tour” album and Woody said of Fedchock, “He’s my right hand man. Everything I ask of John he accomplishes, and I ask a lot. He’s a major talent.” DOWNBEAT magazine stated that, “it was the young blood of musicians like Fedchock that helped keep Woody Herman’s last years musically healthy and growing.” Fedchock still maintains a close association with the Herman orchestra, performing with the group on occasion and continuing to add his own compositions and arrangements to the band’s library.
Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson Big Band, Bob Belden Ensemble, Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and abroad performing as guest trombonist/composer/conductor. To add to his already diverse list of multiple talents, Fedchock is also a producer of note, and has lent his studio expertise to several recent recording projects.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fedchock is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He also holds a master’s degree in Jazz Studies And Contemporary Media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is an in-demand clinician, and conducts seminars and workshops at colleges and universities across the country. His compositions and arrangements are published by Jazzlines Publications, Kendor Music Inc, and Walrus Music Publishing. John Fedchock is a trombone artist for XO Professional Brass and plays XO trombones exclusively. His collaboration with the prominent instrument company to create the XO1632 trombone has proven to be an overwhelming success in both innovative design and industry popularity.

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