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Announcing: The S.E. Shires Q Series!

Extra Extra, read all about it!  S.E. Shires is adding a new line of instruments to the family!  

“We understand not every musician may be ready for a Shires custom instrument or may find those costs prohibitive, so the development of the Q Series with Eastman allows the best aspects of our custom instruments to be at a very affordable price; certainly worthy of the Shires name.” - Steve Shires

When you purchase a Q Series instrument you join the S. E. Shires family, a family that includes some of the finest professional musicians in the world.  The Q Series line of instruments represent the philosophy of Eastman to produce the finest musical instruments at every price point and embody the reputation of Shires: to produce the highest quality hand crafted instruments for every player.

How do we do it?  It's international commerce at its finest.  S.E. Shires fabricates the Q parts in Hopedale, Massachusetts, USA, then ships the parts to the Eastman factory in China where they are assembled, and then the instrument is sent back to Shires.  The final finishes, quality checks and play-tests are  then done in Hopedale before shipping to dealers.  And that's how you get a custom quality trombone/trumpet at a moderate price!

And the best part?  Q Series Instruments are compatible with S.E. Shires Custom Instruments!  So that means that you can purchase a Q Series trombone and purchase additional Shires Custom components over time if you would like to upgrade or change your specifications!

The Q Series instruments are set for a Fall 2016 release and will be available at S.E. Shires Authorized Q Series Dealers.

Q Series Model Tenor and Bass Trombone

  • Large-Bore Tenor Trombones – TBQ30YR, TBQ30GR, TBQ30YA, TBQ30GA
  • F/Gb Rotary Valve Bass Trombone – TBQ36YR and TBQ36GR

The Q Series Model Tenor Trombone is available with the following options:

  • Choice of Valve
    • Rotary Valve - fast response, short lever throw, lighter weight
    • Axial Valve - free blowing with an even feel between Bb and F
  • Choice of Bell
    • The yellow brass bell offers the best projection and stability.  Its tone is similar at all dynamic levels.
    • The gold brass bell has a warmer, broader tone, with more malleability.

The Q Series Model Bass Trombone features your choice of yellow or gold brass bell with a rotary valve.

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Student Profile: Michael Morrissey

Hello to everyone in the blogosphere! My name is Michael Morrissey, and I am a freshman trumpet performance major at the University of North Dakota. I have been asked to write a blog on the recent activities in the University of North Dakota trumpet studio, and I am glad to do so. I have been performing on a Shires B-flat trumpet for several years now, and I am experiencing a newfound love for playing as my sound and flexibility has become significantly easier! Blending with the trumpet ensemble is much easier, and changing sounds with different styles is easier to execute.

Anyway, this year the UND Trumpet Ensemble was selected for the semifinal round of the National Trumpet Competition. This marks the third year in a row we have made the semifinals! Since this was my first year at UND, needless to say I was very excited. We performed a work that the trumpet studio commissioned specifically for the competition by Dr. Christopher Gable, professor of composition at UND. The countless hours we rehearsed really paid off.

After the competition we received notice from the International Trumpet Guild Conference that we would be playing at this year's conference in Anaheim, California. Performing a prelude concert for an international conference is nothing that I imagined even a year ago. We are all excited to perform at such a prestigious event, and to be heard by hundreds of people! It will indeed be an honor.

We have had several guest artist here at UND in my first year, including Dr. Dennis Edelbrock, founder of the National Trumpet Competition and Professor of Trumpet at George Mason University (who performed and conducted masterclasses and lessons at our annual "Trumpet Volunscary" in October), and Jeff Jarvis, Professor at California State University Long Beach, to name a few. In the meantime, my trumpet Professor Dr. Ronnie Ingle has been extremely active over the past year as a performer. He has performed several concerts in Shanghai and Beijing, China, performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance in Texas, conducted several guest artist residencies at universities throughout the United States, and performed recitals in the region. He works tirelessly for the studio, helping us all enter competitions (and win!), enter graduate school (over the past two years members of the studio have been accepted to New England Conservatory, CSULB, University of Arizona), and being recognized at UND with awards and leadership positions. I am so very proud to be a part of this extremely active trumpet studio!

I cannot begin to explain how eager I am to see what transpires in the trumpet studio over the next three years. This summer I will be attending the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver and a trumpet seminar with Boston Brass in Wyoming. I am also on the wait list for Brevard Music Center, and am crossing my fingers for a call! Thanks so much to Samantha Glazier for asking me to write this post. Happy trumpeting to all!

Michael Morrissey

Freshmen Trumpet Performance Major, University of North Dakota

Dealer Spotlight: Jamey Van Zandt, Music and Arts

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"S.E. Shires instruments are ideal for who? Everyone!"

I am currently working on my DMA in Trombone Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. While finishing my doctorate I have the privilege of working part-time at Music & Arts in Austin, Texas.

In the past year Music & Arts has been incredibly fortunate to begin stocking several models of S.E. Shires trumpets and trombones in our store in South Austin.. and wow the word is out! I frequently get inquiries from fellow musicians and colleagues from around the country and also from Europe!

Music & Arts serves the musical needs of all level of players; ranging from young musicians in school band programs all the way to career professionals seeking the finest of handmade instruments. But the majority of the store’s customer base is school age musicians and their families.

So do I only speak about S.E. Shires instruments to professionals? Heck no!

While the sublime character of our Shires instruments may not yet be appropriate for most school-age musicians, these young players always have one placed carefully in their hands! What fun it is to see their expressions transform when the Shires' trademark engraving catches their widening eyes!  I say, “Practice everyday, prove to yourself, and to mom and dad that you love music and love playing your instrument, then come see me when you’re ready!"

So yes! Everyone! Everyone is the ideal person for our S.E. Shires Instruments!

I am so grateful to be able to work closely with the Shires team in Boston and with my Eastman reps locally—always so amazing and helpful! The people at S.E. Shires are truly looking out for you! The company's logo "quality without compromise" is more than a slogan; it is truth.

-Jamey Van Zandt

Music and Arts-Austin, TX

A new year, a new blog!

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