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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 hear from customers was help to pick a new mouthpiece. The conversation would often start something like this: “I

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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 many details about mouthpieces that have a big impact on how they feel to

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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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