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Matt Kerns

Matt Kerns

Yamaha

Matt Kerns has been involved in school music for just about as long as he can remember. From the early days tagging along to his big sister’s marching band tournaments, he’s been a performer, an instructor, a salesperson and now a proud band parent. Matt heads up our band and orchestral accessories department – drawing from decades of knowledge and expertise on everything from mouthpiece tip openings to valve oil viscosities.

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I worked in a music store for many years, and one of the most common requests we’d get from customers was help with picking a new mouthpiece. The conversation would often start something like this: “I

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As we began discussing in Part 1 of our series, brass mouthpieces seem relatively simple at first glance. After all, they’re basically just a metal funnel, right? But a closer look shows that there are

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Are you tired of your valves sticking halfway through your performance, even though you just oiled them? Brass instruments like trumpets and French horns need a lot of lubrication to work properly. All of the different moving parts need

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Recorders are a fun and accessible first instrument that’s easy to learn and play. In fact, it’s safe to say that the simple recorder is one of the most common musical instruments on the planet, with millions of children

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(This is the third part of a series about brass mouthpieces.)  In Part 1, we talked about choosing the right mouthpiece for your needs. In the previous article we explored

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