Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

All of the Bertrand’s Music locations were celebrating yesterday–hope you had a chance to stop in and trick-or-treat! We have some pictures from each of our locations, all over Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Mission Viejo, Poway, Pasadena, and Burbank. In our San Diego store, even the ukuleles got into the act! Thanks for the picture, Fernando! At our flagship store in San Bernardino, the staff may have gone a bit too far… Reylina must be having an interesting day! In Burbank we all Continue reading →

Every Musician Needs a Pencil

Did you know…every musician needs a pencil! Different instruments require different accessories–some more, some less. What does your child’s new instrument need? Let’s find out! Woodwind Accessories Flute – Flutes don’t need much, but they do need to be swabbed out when you’re done performing or practicing. A cloth or Swab to put in the end of the cleaning rod does the trick. Clarinet – Clarinets also need a Swab, but they use one with a weight on one end, rather than on a rod. Clarinets also need Reeds Continue reading →

5 Reasons to Rent a Musical Instrument

Every musician has a story–how they started playing what they play. Some inherited an instrument from an older relative so that’s what they play. Some borrowed an instrument from school and had to take what was available at the time so they kind of fell into a certain instrument. Some people play what someone they admire played or loved a particular song or sound and wanted to be able to do that, too. Sometimes kids choose an instrument and sometimes an instrument–or situation–chooses them. Your Continue reading →

Ukulele Circle Time!

Halloween is past and our store decorations have come and gone–time for a Ukulele Circle! Our intrepid Sales Associate, Abby Lyons, will lead beginners and up in easy songs on Tuesday, November 15th from 6:30-7:30pm here at Pedersen’s Band & Orchestra. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of ours, we have many to choose from including waterproof and glow-in-the-dark! You don’t need any musical training or experience to play the ukulele, just a readiness to learn. You will be surprised at how quickly you Continue reading →

October is here!

Yes, it’s been October for a while now, but time can get away from us when we are very busy! Rental season has slowed down, but we are still getting calls for instruments from private and parochial schools every day. It’s not too late to rent a band or orchestra instrument for this year and start your musical journey! We are decorating for Halloween and plan to be ready for trick-or-treaters this year Friday-Monday of Halloween weekend. We might even be in costume on Monday, Continue reading →

Autumn is in the air!

Happy Fall! ‘Tis the season of falling leaves, cool evenings, and Beginning Band! (and Orchestra, of course!) We have had so many parents and students in Pedersen’s, eager to choose and try out their new instruments–and to pet Perry! Now the fall has really begun and most of our customers have been playing for a few weeks. “Hot Cross Buns” is old news and some of you are probably trying out some Halloween tunes. We would love to hear how you are doing with your Continue reading →

Happy Labor Day!

Hi from the new Manager of Pedersen’s Band & Orchestra, Wendy Stackhouse! Louis and I are busy with instrument rentals–but not too busy to help you find the perfect instrument for your child before band or orchestra rehearsals begin! Stop by and see us for all of your band and orchestra instruments and accessories! Guess the Composer-of-the-Day we are playing in the store and win a prize! Today’s composer is an American known as the King of Marches. I played some fun music by him in marching Continue reading →