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…

Growing up ”Southern”

| July 5, 2013

My mother and grandmother were born and bred in Kentucky, something that I am most proud of.  Having a Southern heritage is something that I wear like a new suit on Easter Sunday morning – with my head held high. …

“I Love the J.W. Pepper!”

| July 2, 2013

“I love the J.W. Pepper!”  –  quite possibly the best testimonial we have had the pleasure of receiving from a customer – or perhaps future customer.  This was only one of many wonderful things Eddie from Godfrey Elementary School in…

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

| June 13, 2013

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress authorized a brand-new flag – the Stars and Stripes – for a brand-new nation, the United States of America.  Though President Woodrow Wilson established June 14 as Flag Day with an official proclamation…

Sonifly.com – 5 Reasons to Visit

| June 7, 2013

UPDATE: Sonifly has recently changed its focus to an all apparel site.  Come visit us!

J.W. Pepper has a long-standing tradition of serving the needs of professional musicians, directors, teachers and students – 137 years, in fact.  We’re quite proud…

The Rite of Spring – An Appreciation

| May 14, 2013

Igor StravinskyAs I write these words, we are no more than a few days away from the hundredth anniversary of one of the great events in musical history. May 29, 1913 was the date of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s…

Teaching Music to Deaf Students

| January 22, 2013

As a musician and a person who deals with both the music business and the deaf world, I assumed as many do that students with hearing loss would never hear, understand or appreciate music.

Fortunately, as I began talking with fellow…

The Midwest Clinic: Postlude

| January 17, 2013

The 66th Annual Midwest Clinic for band and orchestra was a huge success!  Meeting many of our customers and putting a face to a name is always exciting.  Thank you for stopping by the Pepper booth to check out our…

The Midwest Clinic – A Preview

| December 18, 2012

The 66th annual Midwest Clinic is this week! The theme for this year’s famed International Band and Orchestra Conference is “In Honor of Our Mentors,” and some important figures in band and orchestra music will be in attendance.…