interview with Jim Disner

As part of KUVO’s new annual series on “The State of Jazz Education,” Jim Disner from one of the region’s largest instrument rental stores – Flesher-Hinton – visited “First Take with Lando and Chavis” to discuss trends in music education.


“A lot of band directors are re-building programs that have been killed off in the past few years, but are coming back,” said Disner.  ”They have smaller groups and combos to work with, and many are using Real Books (the famous compilation of jazz lead sheets.)”

What else is hot in sheet music these days?  ”With high school directors, Latin jazz has been really big lately,” said Disner.  ”It’s an exciting music, fun to play, accessible to Denver kids.”   

“We’re all about music education,” said Disner.   Much their clientele are school-based music programs, for which they rent and sell LOTS of instruments.  ”(Instruments) can get pretty banged up, dinged up.  We have some great technicians, and a lot of pros come into the shop to get their instruments tuned up.”

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