Get your musical instruments for back-to-school


♪ IT IS THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST AND IT MEANS THAT KIDS ARE GETTING READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. SCHOOL SUPPLY SHOPPING JUST IN JUST MEAN GETTING BACK PLAQUES — BACKPACKS AND PAPER AND PENCILS. TODAY WE HAVE JOEL HERE ALONG WITH SOME GREAT STUDENTS FROM THE GRAND VALLEY STATE GUESS WHAT? IT WILL BE PERFORMING FOR US THIS MORNING AS WELL, ALONG WITH THEIR BANDMATES. LET’S START OFF BY TALKING ABOUT MUSIC AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. SPECIFICALLY ADMIRE MUSIC HOW YOU MAKE THIS SUCH AN EASY PROCESS FOR PARENTS. RENTING AN INSTRUMENT FOR A FIRST-TIME RENTER CAN BE INTIMIDATING AND WE TRY TO MAKE IT AS EASY AS STREAM — AND STREAMLINED AS POSSIBLE. WITH RENTING YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF OPTIONS AS FAR AS COMING INTO THE STORE AND RENTING THROUGH THE WEBSITE. YOU CAN EITHER PICK IT UP IN THE STORE, HAVE IT DELIVERED TO SCHOOL. YOU MIGHT EVEN HAVE A LIST OF ACCESSORIES THAT YOUR TEACHER GAVE YOU. EVEN IF YOU FORGET THAT, WE HAVE IT ON FILE, SO WE TRY TO MAKE IT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE FOR YOU. TERRI: THAT PROCESS BEGINS AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. FOR PARENTS THINKING ABOUT MAKING AN INVESTMENT IN A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, IT CAN SEEM OVERWHELMING, BOTH FOR THE CHILD AND THE PARENT. HOW DO YOU HELP WITH THAT PROCESS? FOR A LOT OF THOSE FAMILIES THERE MIGHT BE A FIRST STUDENT OR THE FOURTH STUDENT PARTICIPATING, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS SMOOTH AND A GREAT PROCESS. NOT ONLY ARE THEY JOINING SOMETHING THAT WE FELL IN LOVE WITH, THERE ARE HUGE ADVANTAGES TO PARTICIPATING IN MUSIC THAT GO BEYOND PARTICIPATING IN THE CLASSROOM. IT’S A HUGE PART OF DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS. MORE AND MORE RESEARCH IS SHOWING HOW VALUABLE THAT IS TO PARTICIPATE AND HOW IT CAN HELP IN THE LONG RUN AS FAR AS STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN MATH OR OTHER AREAS, LIKE WRITING AND READING. OUR MOTIVATION IS TO HELP STUDENTS HAVE GREAT EXPERIENCES AND FALL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC THE WAY THAT WE DID THAT WE KNOW IT HAS HUGE BENEFITS AND WE WANT THAT TO BE A WONDERFUL PROCESS. TERRI: IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, E SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL. SOMEONE MAY WANT A CLARINET, FOR OTHERS IT MAY BE PERCUSSION. HOW DO YOU COME ALONG WITH THAT DECISION MAKING OCESS? HOW DO YOU FIGURE OUT WHICH INSTRUMENT MIGHT NEED THE RIGHT ONE FOR A CHILD? IT’S A PROCESS THAT GOES THROUGH THE SCHOOL. WE SEND FITTERS OUT TO SCHOOLS AND DEPENDING ON THE SCHOOLS AND THEIR NEEDS, THEY FIT EACH KID WITH WHAT INSTRUMENT WOULD BE BEST FOR THEM. THEY HAVE THEM TRY THEM ALL OUT, BAND OR ORCHESTRA. SOME SCHOOLS MIGHT GIVE THEM A CHOICE BETWEEN THE TWO AND THEY NARROW IT DOWN FROM THERE. FOR PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT PART OF THEIR AFTER HIGH SCHOOL JOURNEY, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU GUYS FEEL? YOU ARE PART OF THAT STORY. [LAUGHTER] FLEX IT HAS SHAPED MY LIFE INTO WHO I AM. I DIDN’T MAJOR IN MUSIC IN COLLEGE. TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT BE MY CAREER, TO HELP STUDENTS BRING THAT INTO THEIR LIVES LIKE IT DID FOR ME AND SO MANY OTHERS, IT’S SOMETHING THAT — NOT SOMETHING I WOULD EVER REPLACE. TERRI: LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE STUDENT MUSICIANS. RACHEL, YOU HAVE SOME GREAT EXPERIENCES WITH BAND. WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO CONTINUE YOUR MUSIC THAT MUST HAVE STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE FOR YOU? I DID BAND ALL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH MARCHING BAND MY FRESHMAN YEAR, IT WAS GREAT AND FUN TO PLAY OUTDOORS. BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE THAT INTO COLLEGE IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME AS A SCIENCE MAJOR. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD ALWAYS SEE THROWN IN THERE. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO JUST DROP THE SCIENCE AND COME BACK AND DO SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE AND HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK IN THERE. TERRI: WE KNOW THAT GRAND VALLEY HAS TREMENDOUS ATHLETICS. THE TEAMS ARE SO COMPETITIVE. WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU GUYS AS A PART OF THE MUSIC? DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PART OF THE ENERGY, THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE OF BEING AT A GAME? LIKE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TOLD EVERY TIME WE ARE THERE TO PERFORM. WE ARE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND WE KIND OF DO IT ALL FOR THE SCHOOL, GIVING THAT ENERGY INTO THE GAME DAY AND THE CAMPUS AS A WHOLE. TERRI: WHAT IS IT ABOUT MAY BE PERFORMING AT AN ATHLETIC EVENT THAT IS SO DIFFERENT THAN MAYBE BEING AT A CONCERT ENVIRONMENT? WHEN WE ARE OUT THERE ON GAME DAY AND THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT ON THE BAND, YOU JUST FEEL SO EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THE GAME DAY IT. AND SEND YOU HAVE GOT THAT HUGE STADIUM FULL OF FANS. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE THINGS YOU CAN BE A PART OF, HONESTLY. YOU FEEL, YOU FEEL LIKE SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. TERRI: IT’S INTERESTING, I HAVE BEEN TO A NUMBER OF GRAND VALLEY ATHLETIC EVENTS AND EVEN WITH FOOTBALL AND THE PREGAME, COMING OUT OF THE TUNNEL, THE TEAM WALKING THROUGH, HOW HAS THAT BEEN FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS OF YOUR CAREER? IT’S BEEN AMAZING. WE DO LITTLE THINGS EVERY YEAR WHERE WE TWEAK IT, WE MAKE THINGS BETTER AND EXCITING. WE GET INVOLVED WITH THE TEAM, WE LET THEM KNOW THAT WE ARE IN THEIR CORNER, IN THERE WITH THEM THE WHOLE TIME, PERFORMING AND BEING ABLE TO DO WHAT WE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF SOMETHING SO MUCH BIGGER IS A GREAT THING. TERRI: YOU GUYS WILL BE PERFORMING IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS, BUT FOR A PARENT SITTING AT HOME, WHAT IS THE TIMELINE CHILD — GOING INTO FIFTH, SIXTH, SEVENTH GRADE, HOW ULD THEY GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU? THERE’S NO TIMELINE, THE SOONER THE BETTER IS GREAT, BUT WE DO YOU RENTALS YEAR ROUND, BASICALLY. EVEN IF YOUR STUDENT STARTS A LITTLE BIT INTO SCHOOL AND CHANGE THEIR MIND, THEY WANT TO DO BAND OR ORCHESTRA INSTEAD, WE WILL MAKE THE SWITCH FOR THEM. THEY CAN EITHER COME INTO THE STORE, ANYONE OF OUR OR BANK LOCATIONS. — FOUR LOCATI. OR THEY CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND DO THE RENTAL ONLINE AND ASK TOCK IT UP IN THE STORE OR HAVE IT DELIVERED TO SCHOOL. TERRI: AND IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TO SWITCH FROM A FLUTE TO A TUBA, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT, THEY HAVE YOU COVERED. AND WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL HAVE A PERFORMANCE FROM PART OF