Friday, April 18, 2014

The Common Thread Tour Coming to Cascio!

     Cascio Interstate MusicSuperStore, 13819 W. National Ave. in New Berlin, presents a free drum clinic, The Common Thread Clinic Tour, on Tuesday, April 22, at 6:00 pm. This clinic is comprised of drummers Matt Halpern (Periphery), Mike Johnston (Mikeslessons.com), and JP Bouvet (Guitar Center Drum Off Winner and Roland V-Drums Competition). Mapex Cymbals is proud to sponsor this clinic, and Mapex products will be featured and on sale.

     The goal of The CommonThread Clinic Tour is to inspire musicians of all ages and skill levels to believe in themselves, realize what they are capable of, and work passionately and fearlessly toward their dreams.


     Matt Halpern, a Baltimore native, started playing the drums at the young age of 3. By middle school Matt was performing locally and by high school he was performing throughout the Northeast region of the US weekly. After college Matt toured extensively with a couple bands and eventually joined up with instrumental group, Animals as Leaders. After performing with the group in 2009, Matt had the opportunity to join progressive metal band Periphery, and he’s been with them ever since.

     Performing and touring all over the world, Matt and Periphery have shared the stage with bands such as Dream Theater, Gojira, Lamb of God, the Dillinger Escape Plan, August Burns Red, Arch Enemy and many more. Matt is highly regarded as a very active drum instructor and participant in the expansion of music education. In 2008, Matt founded Bandhappy - the only online market place for live music lessons from musicians from all over the world. In 2013 Matt was the winner of “Best Metal Drummer” in Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2013, and Runner Up for “Best Clinician/Educator” in the same poll. Read more at http://mapexdrums.com/us/artists/matt-halpern/ and https://www.presskit.to/matthalpern#.

     Mike Johnston currently runs the educational website, Mikeslessons.com, where he offers live and pre-recorded drum lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. He
began studying the drums at the age of 5. He spent the next 15 years studying privately with Pete Magadini, Steve Ferrone, and Steve Smith. At the age of 21 he received his first major label record deal with his band Simon Says and spent the next 5 years touring the world. He received a gold record for his contributions to the Varsity Blues soundtrack and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as on MTV's Fashionably Loud. Mike has also toured with Warner Bothers Recording artists
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     Vater manufacture Johnston's signature drumstick, named the "2451", which is made in both maple and hickory woods http://www.interstatemusic.com/search/vater%2520mike%2520johnston.aspx Read more at http://www.mikeslessons.com/.

     JP (Jean-Pierre) Bouvet is the drummer of Helicopria, Dave Mackay Group, and "Drew and JP." From his home in New York City, alongside these groups and frequent sessions, he is consistently and passionately uploading new content to his website, JPBouvetMusic.com. JPBouvetMusic.com is a hub for inspiration and education, filled with interactive video and written content to inspire, teach drums, and bring his students and fans along with him as his career continues to unfold. The website is a place for drummers around the world to learn and share.

     After studying at Berklee College of Music for two years, JP made his initial entrance into the public eye in 2012 when he won the Guitar Center Drum Off and Roland National V-Drums Competition. Of active touring drummers, JP is one of the more busy educators on the scene, known for setting up lessons, clinics, and discussions whenever possible during his frequent travels around the world. JP was raised in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read more at http://www.jpbouvetmusic.com/.



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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

GRAMMY® Award-Winning Trumpeter Randy Brecker to give Free Jazz Clinic with Area High School Students


NEW BERLIN, WI, February 4, 2014 – Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore, 13819 W. National Avenue in New Berlin, along with Yamaha Musical Instruments, present seasoned jazz veteran Randy Brecker, a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning virtuosic trumpeter, flugelhornist and prolific composer.

Randy will appear on Cascio's stage from 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Monday, February 17 for a FREE Jazz Masterclass Clinic and Performance. Randy will begin the clinic with solo performances, and will then instruct and perform with students in their jazz ensembles from Hartford Union High School at 4 p.m., Arrowhead Union High School at 5:15 p.m., and Oconomowoc High School at 6:30 p.m.

Brecker will take each school's ensemble on a “jazz adventure” for an hour, teaching proven techniques as the students are personally guided through their performance pieces. A key component to his clinic will be swinging and bop phrasing articulation. The event is free and open to the public, featuring prize giveaways plus photo and autograph opportunities. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early, as seating and parking are limited.

"We are extremely pleased to present six-time GRAMMY-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and give these schools and students the exclusive chance to play with an artist of Randy's caliber,” said Michael Houser, Cascio’s CEO. “Randy's appearance precedes his upcoming concert March 29 with jazz musicians of the Newport JazzFestival’s 60th Anniversary at the Wilson Center in Brookfield."


Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than 4 decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Randy released “Brecker Brothers Band Reunion” on Piloo Records in the fall of 2013, featuring a live DVD recorded at the Blue Note in NYC bundled with a new 11-song studio recording featuring members of the Brecker Brothers bands from throughout the years including David Sanborn, Mike Stern, Will Lee, and Dave Weckl. It is dedicated to his brother, Michael, and other departed Brecker Brothers Band members. See a great performance of the Brecker Brothers with their blistering solos in “Some Skunk Funk” from a 1992 European tour at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIGsSLCoIhM.

Brecker is currently touring with the “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60!” group featuring vocalist Karrin Allyson. On January 26 in Los Angeles, Brecker, along with the Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic, received a GRAMMY® Award for "Night In Calisia" for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. See and hear the title track at http://youtu.be/z-6beDg2YRs. As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world. Read more about Randy at http://randybrecker.com/.


Cascio’s roots began in 1946 in Milwaukee from a small music store to what is now the nation’s 11th largest musical instrument retailer, providing instruments and accessories to music educators, professionals and hobbyists worldwide. Today, over 75,000 musical products are marketed nationally online, and at their SuperStore in the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin. Cascio also carries their own company-designed brands of guitars, drums and band instruments – Archer, Union and Ravel – for consumers and schools and major retailers across the country. 


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bob Tjarks of Cascio Interstate Music Brings Pro Audio to the Public

          Cascio Interstate Music is known for bringing renowned musicians and leading brand experts to their New Berlin store. Customers can participate in free clinics, master classes and one-on-one workshops to help expand their knowledge and love for music.  Now Cascio has one of their own offering his expertise to whoever would like to learn!  They've just announced that Pro Audio expert, Bob Tjarks, will be hosting a series of free clinics to touch on every aspect of audio technology and recording techniques.  Sessions will be held from 10:00am - 11:30am on first three Saturdays in February, covering a wide range of topics each day:



  February 1st:  Understanding Microphones, Operating Levels,                                                        and Equalization 
  February 8th:  Dynamic Effects Processing, Digital Sample Rates                                                  & Resolution, Audio Cables 
  February 15th:  Time & Pitch-Based Effects, Mixing & Mastering

 No sign-up necessary! 


Giveaways EACH day, including:


Meet Bob Tjarks!




Cascio Interstate Music welcomes the experience and knowledge of Bob Tjarks to our team of talented sales professionals. A veteran of the Chicago audio and music industry for the past three decades, Bob has recently chosen to relocate to the Milwaukee area where he will continue to expand his list of clients. 

He has worked with a wide range of Grammy award winning artists, audio engineers and producers from Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Steve Albini (producer for Nirvana), to Richard Marx, Donny Osmond and film producer John Hughes. Bob has designed and supplied equipment to recording studios, audio for video post production facilities, mobile recording trucks, and performance stages throughout the Midwest and thoroughly enjoys consulting home recording enthusiasts. 

He received his music education degree from the University of Iowa and has been a guest speaker at a number of colleges, universities and high schools discussing audio technologies, recording techniques and careers in music. Bob also performs on bass guitar with "The Kingfish" and tours regionally throughout the Midwest. 

CLASSES ARE HELD AT CASCIO INTERSTATE MUSIC SUPERSTORE
138TH & NATIONAL, NEW BERLIN


QUESTIONS?  FOR MORE INFORMATION
 CALL 262.789.7600 

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