For over a quarter century, MMI has been serving musicians around the world with expertise in a careful and thoughtful manner. Our staff of conservatory trained instrument specialists and highly skilled repair technicians are here to provide you with the care and expertise that comes from years of performing and teaching.
For over a quarter century, Midwest Musical Imports has been serving musicians around the world with expertise in a careful and thoughtful manner. Our staff of conservatory trained instrument specialists and highly skilled repair technicians are here to provide you with the care and expertise that comes from years of performing and teaching. Whether you are interested in choosing an instrument, finding accessories, or simply need a good reed, we’re here to help. Our no pressure approach will keep you informed and make your experience comfortable.
We are committed to keeping our prices competitive–do not hesitate to call and discuss prices with us! We look forward to helping you!
Satisfying the needs of musicians since 1983, Midwest Musical Imports takes pride in providing high quality new and used oboes, bassoons, English horns & oboes d’amore, saxophones, clarinets, and more.
Instrument Specialists (Sales Staff):
Jessica Nelson, bassoon specialist and manager
Jessica holds a degree in bassoon and piano performance from the University of Minnesota, Morris where she studied bassoon with Russell Peterson. After graduating from UMM, she lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 5 years and studied at the Universidade Livre de Musica with Alexandre Silverio. During this time, she was also bassoonist in the Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio and the Cubatao Symphonic Band. She has participated in masterclasses and festivals with: Alfonso Venturieri, Bill Buchman, Oleksiy Tkachuk, Fabio Cury, and Benjamin Coelho. Currently, Jessica is a member of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and the Valley Chamber Players. She maintains a private teaching studio at her home in Minneapolis and also at Cadenza Music in St. Paul.
Trent Jacobs, bassoon specialist and school bid coordinator
A native of Owatonna, Minnesota, Trent Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and completed MM and DMA degrees from the University of Illinois. Trent has been a regular performer with nearly every performing group in East-Central Illinois and has played with several groups in the Memphis area, the Green Bay Symphony and the Orchestra at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. Trent is an innovator on the bassoon, expanding the possibilities of electric bassoon amplification and effects processing as the creator of the “Little-Jake” electric bassoon pickup, and actively pursuing non-standard performance opportunities to use these innovations. Trent’s musical interests are unique and varied, having a history of jazz guitar and barbershop quartet singing as well as a strong commitment to the performance of contemporary music. He is a member of the progressive jazz-rock quartet Art for Hunting and the improvisational new music ensemble The Cherry Spoon Collective.
Steven Maijala, oboe specialist
Steven Maijala is oboist and English hornist with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestras, both located in northern Wisconsin. His major teachers include Peter Cooper, Anna Mattix, Christa Garvey, and Leonid Sirotkin. He holds a masters degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and dual bachelors degrees in oboe performance and biology from DePauw University. Steven has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. When he is not making reeds, performing, or helping customers at MMI, Steven is an amateur potter; he also enjoys cooking, cross-country running, and rock climbing.
Jeff Marshak, oboe specialist
A native of Dayton, Ohio Jeff comes to MMI with 19 years of oboe experience. A current doctoral candidate in performance and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota, Jeff maintains an active teaching and performance career in and around the Twin Cities. Before arriving in Minnesota, he has performed with the Kentucky Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony, The Quad Cities Symphony, and Minnesota Opera orchestra starting in the 2012-2013 season. His performance career has also lead him to fellowships with several summer music festivals including the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Opera Theater and Orchestra festival of Lucca, and the National Orchestral Institute. He also has extensive experience as a pit orchestra musician including performances with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Arnoff Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and Bloomington Civic Theater. Jeff has a BM from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, a MM from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH, a Performance Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and will obtain his DMA from the University of Minnesota this spring. His primary teachers include Dr. Mark Ostoich, Dwight Parry, Cynthia Koledo-DeAlmeida, and John Snow.
Brandon Wozniak, saxophone and clarinet specialist
One of Minnesota’s most exciting saxophonists. He returned to the twin cities in 2006 after six years in New York City and a six month stint in Shanghai, China. Wozniak studied music at Indiana University with David Baker and privately with Tom Walsh. Brandon performs regularly with Dave King’s (Bad Plus, Happy Apple drummer) Dave King Trucking Company with saxophonist Chris Speed, the Atlantis Quartet (City Pages Best Jazz Artist 2011, Star Tribune Best Jazz Artist 2012), the great drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner), Bryan Nichols Quintet, Chris Bates Red 5 plus others. Brandon has also performed with singer Nellie McKay, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Jazz Orchestra and shared the stage with organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg.
Eric Anderson graduated with a degree in musical instrument repair in 2005 from Minnesota State College SE tech. He has been repairing wind instruments since, with a primary focus in Bassoon and Oboe. As a member of NAPBIRT, he continues to further the education of his career, by attending annual conferences and sharing knowledge and techniques amongst other technicians in the craft. His support of music on a local and national level is a driving factor for both his professional and personal life.
Matt Reich is a native of Milbank South Dakota and 1983 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Music Education Degree. After service in the US Army in 1987, Matt began a career in the music retail industry throughout Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and now Minnesota. Matt graduated from Redwing Technical College (Minnesota State College Southeast Tech) with a Band Instrument Repair Diploma in 1998 and has been behind the bench turning a screwdriver ever since. Matt is a member in good standing of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).