Learn to Play Traditional Irish Instruments in a Free Clinic at Wisconsin's Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore on March 12

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Wisconsin's largest music store encourages folks to try their hand at playing Irish music in time for St. Patrick's Day. Derek Byrne, former Riverdance musician and member of Milwaukee-based Irish band "Paddygrass" presents a free clinic sponsored by music publisher Hal Leonard and Ireland-based Waltons Music.

Bodhran Drums and Instructional Books & DVDs available at Cascio Interstate Music

Waltons Bodhran Drums and Instructional Books & DVDs

Get a chance to play pro-level authentic Irish percussion instruments!

Cascio Interstate Music Superstore, 13819 W. National Ave. in New Berlin, Wisconsin, presents former Riverdance musician Derek Byrne in a free clinic – "Learn to Play Traditional Irish Instruments," on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. The event is sponsored by Cascio Interstate Music, Hal Leonard Corporation and Waltons Music, the world's largest manufacturer of bodhrans (Irish frame drums).

With St. Patrick’s Day almost here, now is a great time to try playing Irish music. For those longing to play Irish ballads, jigs or reels in their home or even at a session, this is a great opportunity. No experience is needed. Anyone can do this. The bodhran, bones and spoons are affordable and easy to learn. If folks want to impress their friends or join in with the band at their favorite Irish bar, they're encouraged to attend this workshop and give it a try. Musicians at all levels will learn something new.

  • Learn the rhythms used in Irish music
  • Play along with Irish music in a drum circle setting while Derek goes from player to player giving tips on technique
  • Get a chance to play pro-level authentic Irish percussion instruments
  • Learn the history of the bodhran, bones and spoons
  • Learn the dos and don’ts of Irish session etiquette
  • Learn how to care for, maintain and condition the bodhran in the Wisconsin climate
  • Get the chance to purchase the instruments played at the event

Derek Byrne was born in Ireland and toured the world for six years as a musician with Riverdance, the phenomenal, international theatrical show of Irish dance and music. He has been a fixture in Wisconsin's Irish scene for the last twelve years. His band "Paddygrass" plays in all the best Irish bars and festivals, including Milwaukee's Irish Fest. He gives regular world drumming workshops specializing in his native culture.

Cascio Interstate's website features products from Waltons Music as well as other Bodhrans. Bodhran Instructional Materials are also available as well as DVDs & Books for all Irish instruments.

Cascio Interstate Music is among the nation’s top independent musical instrument retailers, and is the 12th largest musical instrument dealer in the United States. Cascio celebrated 66 years as a music retailer in 2012, and is headquartered in New Berlin in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which houses its call center, web center and corporate offices. Its distribution center in Waukesha, Wisconsin handles over 75,000 items, including consumer electronics items, available online only.

The retail location, Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore, has grown from a small Milwaukee music store in 1946 to today's spacious 30,000 square foot retail floor... it's like having a guitar store, drum shop and more all under one roof! Wisconsin's largest musical instrument store also carries band and orchestra instruments, sheet music, PA equipment, basses, amps, keyboards, plus studio and recording gear in a variety of the best brands of musical instruments and accessories in the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin. The expert, knowledgeable sales staff in every department consists of teachers, sound engineers and Milwaukee musicians who are musician-driven. More information on the Company is available on its website.

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