Thursday, July 23, 2015

Enter to Win in Cascio Interstate Music's Big Drum Giveaways

Current prizes include: 
  • Steve Gadd 70th Birthday Celebration Vic Firth Prize Pack. The pack includes all Vic Firth products: the Steve Gadd Padd, Steve Gadd Signature Wood Tip Drumsticks, and Steve Gadd Signature Wire Brushes. Gadd is one of the most well-known session/studio drummers in the recording industry. (All entries must be submitted online by September 30, 2015.)
  • Remo Drumhead signed by Gavin Harrison, best known for playing with British progressive rock bands Porcupine Tree and King Crimson. (All entries must be submitted online by July 31, 2015.)
  • DVD "Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer Part II" signed by Jojo Mayer, Swiss drummer and leader of live electronica trio Nerve. (All entries must be submitted online by July 31, 2015.)
  • Pearl Snare Drum signed by Gene Hoglan, drummer for Testament, Dethklok, and Meldrum. (All entries must be submitted online by July 31, 2015.)
  • LP Micro Snare Drum signed by Santana Drummers Karl Perazzo and Paul Rekow. (All entries must be submitted online by July 31, 2015.)
  • Remo Drumhead signed by Thomas Lang, Austrian drummer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer, and founding member of progressive/avant garde metal band, stOrk.
  • The Zildjian $4929 Drums & Percussion Sweepstakes features a Grand Prize of Zildjian K Series K0800 Cymbal Pack, First Prize of Zildjian A Custom A2057911 Box Cymbal Set, and Second Prize of Zildjian ZBTP390F 5 Cymbal Box with free 14" Crash Cymbal. (All entries must be submitted online by October 15, 2015.)
  • The Gretsch, Gibraltar, DW & LP $5000 Drums & Percussion Sweepstakes features a Grand Prize of the Gretsch Renown 3-Piece Rock Shell Pack, plus Snare Drum, Gibraltar Stands, LP's Click Hi-Hat Tambourine, Rock Ridge Rider Cowbell, Medium Pitch Jam Block, and KAT's KTMP1 Percussion Pad. First Prize is a $100 Cascio Gift Card, Second Prize is a $50 Cascio Gift Card, and Third Prize is a $25 Cascio Gift Card. (All entries must be submitted online by January 15, 2016.)
Cascio Interstate's Summer 2015 Drums & Percussion Catalog includes the very latest products for drummers from major manufacturers, as well as best sellers in all categories. The catalog features cymbals, drumheads, drumsticks and mallets, accessories from practice pads to muffling devices, percussion from hand-held to ethnic drums, drum sets and hardware including parts, cases and bags, electronic drums and triggers, microphones and headphones, plus DVDs and books which are helpful for learning new techniques and make great gifts for any drummer, from beginner to the pro.
Cascio Interstate Music ranks in the top 15 nationally among musical instrument retailers as well as being one of the nation's top drum retailers. Cascio provides musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators at over 100,000 schools and universities, as well as music professionals worldwide. The Company started in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and proudly remains independently owned, operated and run by musicians.
Over 100,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For Wisconsin musicians, their suburban Milwaukee music store offers private music lessons, free educational clinics, musical instrument rentals, musical instrument and electronic repair, and more. Cascio designs, markets and manufactures proprietary brand musical instruments including Union Drums, Archer Guitars, Ravel Band Instruments and Melokia Ukuleles for consumers, the nation’s leading eCommerce retailers, and schools worldwide.

Monday, July 6, 2015

New CascioRecords.com Site Launched by Cascio Interstate Music to Focus on Vinyl Records

Nationwide musical instrumental retailer Cascio Interstate Music has launched Cascio Records athttp://www.casciorecords.com. The new site offers Vinyl Records, DVDs, Blu-rays and CDs across all genres of music.
Casciorecords.com is our natural progression into satisfying our 'music-based' customers," states Michael Houser, CEO of Cascio Interstate Music. "We have over 900,000 items on our new site and our primary focus is on Vinyl Records."
According to Nielsen Soundscan, vinyl album sales in 2014 reached 9.2 million units, a substantial increase over 6.1 million sold in 2013. Vinyl sales between January and March of 2015 were 53 percent higher than the same time period in 2014.
Houser adds, "The vinyl industry has continued to grow significantly and steadily over the past 5 years, and our musician customers are very tuned into this trend and the audiophile quality of many of these recordings. Our customers can now look to us to provide a wide selection of vinyl and other formats for their listening and viewing pleasure.”
To celebrate the new site, Cascio Interstate Music is offering a giveaway of Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" Vinyl LP, which won "Best Pop Vocal Album" at the 57th Grammy Awards in 2015. Customers can stay up-to-date with Cascio Records at their Facebook Page.
Cascio Interstate Music ranks in the top 15 nationally among musical instrument retailers as well as being one of the nation's top drum retailers. Cascio provides musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators at over 100,000 schools and universities, as well as music professionals worldwide. The Company started in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and proudly remains independently owned, operated and run by musicians.
Over 100,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For Wisconsin musicians, their suburban Milwaukee music store offers private music lessons, free educational clinics, musical instrument rentals, musical instrument and electronic repair, and more. Cascio designs, markets and manufactures proprietary brand musical instruments including Union Drums, Archer Guitars, Ravel Band Instruments and Melokia Ukuleles for consumers, the nation’s leading eCommerce retailers, and schools worldwide.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Guitar Companies to Descend Upon Brookfield, Wisconsin at Wilson Center Guitar Competition August 13 – 15

Milwaukee area musical instrument retailer Cascio Interstate Music has partnered with eight different guitar manufacturers and their representatives to be on-hand for the third annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival, taking place Thursday, August 13, 2015 through Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The annual, multi-genre festival features four different competitions — Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical. The weekend will include the semi-final and final rounds of competition, free master classes and clinics, as well as ticketed concerts for the public on all three evenings.
Vendor display booths, open to the public, will be spread throughout the Wilson Center and will include the following manufacturers: Fender, Ibanez, Cordoba, Guild, Dean, Luna, Archer and Breedlove. On-site contests and giveaways will also be offered for guitar fans of all types. Cascio Interstate Music is one of the event's major supporting sponsors and is Wisconsin's largest music store, among the top 20 largest musical instrument retailers in the nation.
“We are pleased to again help support the Wilson Center’s Guitar Competition and Festival again this year," said Michael Houser, CEO of Cascio Interstate Music. "In addition to our participation, we will be bringing in some of our best guitar manufacturers with representatives. They'll be available to provide information and answer questions on their brands and how their guitars are built and what models they have to fit any music genre. Cascio is proud to be a part of bringing regional, national and international guitarists to this fun and educational event.”
Featuring $22,000 in prize money, the first-place winners in each competition will perform live on Saturday, August 15, 2015. 59 semifinalists were recently announced from the pool of YouTube and DVD applications received this spring, and will come from across the US and from other countries to perform live during the weekend’s competition. 12 competitors are in the Rock/Blues category; 15 in the Fingerstyle category; 15 in Jazz; and 17 in Classical. Contestants will travel from Pennsylvania, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Puerto Rico. Other competitors will come from Italy, Japan, Brazil and Finland.
The festival weekend also includes three ticketed festival concerts, including Croatian virtuoso classical guitarist Ana Vidovic on Thursday, August 13, at 7:30pm; internationally renowned guitarist Troy Stetina and American jazz guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg on Friday, August 14, at 7:30pm; and fingerstyle legend Leo Kottke with special guest, Canada-based guitarist Antoine Dufour on Saturday, August 15, at 7:00pm. Follow the links to win concert tickets athttp://www.interstatemusic.com/GuitarCompetition.aspx.
Over the years, Cascio's involvement in the Milwaukee music community has included concert sponsorships at area theaters and venues, sponsorship of a stage for local/regional bands at Summerfest, (the world's largest outdoor music festival), the Bucks Beats drumline for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, and live performance/educational clinics at their New Berlin retail store.
Cascio's store and website offer electric and acoustic guitars, with the area's largest in-stock selection of top brands including Milwaukee’s number one dealership for Martin, Breedlove, Guild, PRS, Fender and Yamaha and more, along with guitar amps and accessories, drums, wind and string instruments, and numerous other items.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a beautiful performing and visual arts and education facility nestled in Brookfield, Wisconsin's Mitchell Park that opened its doors in 2002. Located just 20 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee, the Wilson Center serves as a bridge for the arts by connecting communities, linking arts organizations, and fostering a collaborative spirit that helps keep the arts alive and growing in Southeast Wisconsin. The Wilson Center is nestled inside Brookfield's Mitchell Park on Mitchell Park Drive. Mitchell Park Drive is just south off Capitol Drive, between Brookfield Road and Barker Road.
Cascio Interstate Music ranks in the top 15 nationally among musical instrument retailers as well as being one of the nation's top drum retailers. Cascio provides musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators at over 100,000 schools and universities, as well as music professionals worldwide. The company started in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Over 100,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For Wisconsin musicians, their Milwaukee music store offers private music lessons, free educational clinics, musical instrument rentals, musical instrument and electronic repair, and more. Cascio designs, markets and manufactures proprietary brand musical instruments including Union Drums, Archer Guitars, Ravel Band Instruments and Melokia Ukuleles for consumers, major online retailers and schools worldwide.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore's Upcoming Events for Milwaukee Musicians Include Billy Sheehan Bass Clinic, Beginning Guitar Lessons

Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore, 13819 W. National Avenue in the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin, Wisconsin, has some great upcoming events planned for the next several weeks. Milwaukee musicians from young to old can participate in a variety of opportunities at the New Berlin music store. 
  • Cascio will present "Restring Your Guitar Day" on Saturday, May 30 from 10am - 4pm. Replacing old, worn out strings on your guitar will make it easier to tune, just like a brand new model! Sponsored by D'Addario Strings, Cascio's professional staff will restring acoustic and electric guitars at no charge, limited to one per family. (Excludes bass, 12-string and nylon string instruments. While supplies last.)
  • On Saturday, June 6, Cascio will present a "Free Reed Giveaway" from 10am - 4pm, sponsored by D'Addario Woodwinds and Rico Reeds. Stop in to the store and get a complimentary reed for the woodwind instrument of your choice, limit one per family. (Excludes double reeds that are used for oboe, bassoon or sarrusophone.) D'Addario is also offering customers a chance to test out their new Select Jazz alto saxophone mouthpieces.
  • Iconic Bassist Billy Sheehan will visit Cascio Interstate on Tuesday, June 9 to present a Bass Guitar Clinic starting at 6 pm, sponsored by Yamaha. Learn tips and techniques from Sheehan, who changed the way bass guitar is played. Rising to cult status in the 80's with his Buffalo, NY based band Talas, Billy was recruited by David Lee Roth when Roth left Van Halen in 1985. He recorded two platinum selling albums with the former Van Halen front man before setting out on his own. Forming Mr. Big in 1989, the band achieved a Billboard #1 single in the US and 14 other countries with "To Be With You" from their 2nd Atlantic Records album release "Lean Into It." While developing his trademark style of playing he has performed over 4,000 live gigs on every continent except Africa and Antarctica.
  • On Monday evenings throughout the month of June, Cascio will present Group Guitar Lessons with instructor Dan Johnston. Two courses are offered, with 5 classes each: Beginning Guitar Course for Kids (18 & under) held from 6:15 pm - 7pm on June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th; and Beginning Guitar Course for Adults (18 & over) held from 7:15 pm - 8pm on those same Monday nights in June. Price is $90 for either course's 5-class session. Please register before May 29 with Rachel Repetti at (262) 439-5801, via email rrepetti(at)interstatemusic(dot)com, or stop into the store in New Berlin at the customer service counter.
Cascio Interstate Music ranks in the top 15 nationally among musical instrument retailers as well as being one of the nation's top drum retailers. Cascio provides musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators at over 100,000 schools and universities, as well as music professionals worldwide. The Company started in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and proudly remains independently owned, operated and run by musicians.
Over 100,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For Wisconsin musicians, their suburban Milwaukee music store offers private music lessons, free educational clinics, musical instrument rentals, musical instrument and electronic repair, and more. Cascio designs, markets and manufactures proprietary brand musical instruments including Union Drums, Archer Guitars, Ravel Band Instruments and Melokia Ukuleles for consumers, the nations’s leading eCommerce retailers, and schools worldwide. Read more at http://www.interstatemusic.com.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Archer Introduces "Designed Series" Electric Guitars

Archer Designed Series Guitars represent a natural step up in woods, quality and features, made popular with Archer’s “sound value” family of brands. Designed and performance/stage tested in Milwaukee, these electric guitars focus on providing the kind of sound any experienced or intermediate player would be looking for in the finest instrument. Archer guitars are played by musicians across the globe, from beginners to pros, for recording and live performance.
“Our new Archer Designed Series guitars represent a continuation of providing high quality guitars at an affordable price,” states Michael Houser, CEO of Archer Guitars. “These new models feature beautiful handcrafted woods and great sounding electronics. These guitars are designed around classic styles and models popular worldwide.”
Archer’s Designed Series TT-10 Thinline Electric Guitar is based on a popular design from a well-known manufacturer who hollowed out part of a solid-body model and added an f-hole, resulting in a reduced weight, lighter guitar. This model plays great and features a basswood body and flame maple top with maple neck and a rosewood fretboard. The two P-90 pickups give a bright, transparent sound. This guitar features a classic 3-Tone Sunburst finish.
The TT-10VN Thinline Electric Guitar is also based on a popular design, similar to the TT-10 with the f-hole resulting in a lighter guitar, but offers some slightly different features. The TT-10VN has an ash b
ody and ash burl top with maple neck and a maple fretboard, with two single coil pickups. This model features a stunning Vintage Natural finish.
The Designed Series SC-10DB Single Cutaway Electric Guitar is a solid body guitar featuring one of the best-known electric guitar designs for over 60 years, endorsed by a famous musician with the original named after him. Archer’s version is reasonably priced and features a basswood body with a maple set neck, rosewood fretboard, and the solidly-built Tune-O-Matic bridge. It comes in an attractive Desert Burst finish.
Archer's Designed Series DC-10HC Double Cutaway Electric Guitar is a solid-body guitar, with a body style based on a classic best-seller that musicians have known and loved for almost half a century. The double cutaway design allows for a very fast neck, and guitarists enjoy playing this solid basswood body with maple set neck construction, with its beautiful Heritage Cherry finish.
Milwaukee-based Archer Guitars, USA offers acoustic, electric, and electric bass guitars for musicians worldwide. Archer also offers Artist Signature models including singer-songwriter Josh Rouse's Jazz Archtop Model, and the K Sulton Signature Bass Guitar for journeyman and session bassist Kasim Sulton of Todd Rundgren’s touring band as well as Utopia. Archer also designed a Utopia guitar concept for Todd Rundgren which he plays in concert. Archer Guitars are sold nationwide in music retailers as well as most of the nations’s leading eCommerce retailers. Read more at http://www.archerguitars.com/.
Archer Guitar Brands is a division of Cascio Interstate Music, located in the Milwaukee area with a distribution center in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Cascio ranks in the top 15 nationally among musical instrument retailers as well as being one of the nation's top drum retailers. They provide instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators and professionals worldwide. Over 100,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin. The Company started in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and proudly remains independently owned, operated and run by musicians. Read more athttp://www.interstatemusic.com.