Band Camp: A Crash Course in Life Skills

| August 15, 2013

Band CampFor some, band camp has concluded and the school year is underway;  for others, camp is in full swing, complete with marching and maneuvering basics, sectional rehearsals, and color guard catches.  The tail end of summer is an intense time…

“Fame” High School of the West: The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

| July 15, 2013

If you are reading this, it most likely means that you are either a musician or involved in some type of art form.  As a person involved in the arts there’s a very good chance that you’ve had a strong…

Elliott Carter: Celebrating a Long Life of Music

| December 11, 2012

On November 5th of this year, the classical music world lost one of its giants. Elliott Carter would have celebrated his 104th birthday today, most likely by attending a concert or composing a new piece.

Elliott Carter

Born in New York…

Veterans Day 2012

| November 8, 2012

Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

  • On November 11, 1918, the fighting for World War I actually

Halloween Music For Your Phobias

| October 30, 2012

Halloween is the time of year where many of our fears and phobias come to life.  Haunted houses, hay rides and corn mazes can be found in nearly every city.  Horror movies dominate network TV.  And let’s not forget to…

KISS – Part 3: 12 Songs in the Pepper Vault – and Final Thoughts

| October 25, 2012

In the second part of this series we learned more of the Pepper lore with KISS.  In this final segment, we give a complete list of the “Pepper-connected” songs and our final thoughts.  We hope you have enjoyed this series with

Pass the Pepper, Please

| October 23, 2012

Are you a music teacher or director?  If so, would you “Like” to win a $1,000 Pepper Gift Card?

Simple enough, right?  Actually, it is!

Through May 1, 2013, we are running a sweepstakes to win a $1,000 gift card. …

Our National Customer Service Center

| October 19, 2012

Ever wonder who’s on the other end of your phone call, email, fax, or mail order when you contact J.W. Pepper?  Ever wonder who staffs these areas for 12 ½ hours a day and 10 hours on Saturdays?  We are…

KISS – Tracks and the Pepper Lore – Part 2

| October 12, 2012

In the first part of this series we talked about the beginning of the KISS relationship with both myself and J.W. Pepper.  Here’s more to the story.

KISS started as a folk band called Wicked Lester in New York…

KISS, the Pepper Connection – Part 1

| October 2, 2012

Since 1876, Pepper has been providing music and service to musicians and teachers everywhere.  A rather unique part of our  history, which most are not aware, is  with the rock group KISS.  Here is the first of a three-part series