Our Selection Team
We are excited to announce our collaboration with Richie Hawley, professor of clarinet at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Richie assists in selecting clarinets at the Buffet-Crampon factory in Paris, France and Jacksonville, FL.
What do you get with a Richie hand-selected clarinet?
- Outstanding intonation
- An impeccably even scale throughout the clarinet
- Variety in tone color
- A truly amazing clarinet!
Contact our clarinet specialist today to learn more about all of MMI’s hand-selected clarinets. 612-331-4717
Richie Meeting the Original Tradition Clarinet Richie Developing the New D'Addario 'Evolution' mouthpiece
Clarinet Department Mission
At MMI, our clarinet department strives to educate and provide the best quality products available. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or just started playing the clarinet, we have the team and services you need.
Our clarinet specialists, Tori, Amelia and Brandon, have the unique ability to tailor our selection to your needs and are here to help. With years of performing experience and collaboration with the country’s top clarinetists and repair technicians we have honed our skills to meet almost any performer’s need. We take special care in selecting high quality instruments directly from the factory and set-up our instruments in a manner that ensures a great seal no matter what climate you live in. Every instrument is play-tested by either Tori, Amelia or Brandon, ensuring you receive your clarinet in the best possible working condition!
Whether it is a day-to-day accessory order, a clarinet rental, or an instrument purchase, Tori, Amelia and Brandon are here to provide exemplary customer service. We’re only satisfied if you are completely happy!! Call us today to see how we can help you!
Work With Our Specialists
Meet Tori, Brandon and Amelia, Clarinet Specialists
TORI OKWABI, D.M.
“My passion is clarinet performance and education and as a clarinet specialist I get to do both. I enjoy helping people of all levels find their voice on the clarinet. My patience and attention to detail allows players to try several options and ultimately decide on the right fit for their individual sound. With a no pressure approach, I find that most customers feel more relaxed and are able to make an educated decision after talking through the process and learning about what they truly want in an instrument. ”
Tori is an active performer and educator who regularly attends national and international music festivals where she serves as a clinician and guest performer. She can be found playing with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinetist where she won the 2015 WSO Concerto Competition. She received a Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University.
“I enjoy working as a clarinet/saxophone specialist because it gives me the opportunity to use my skills and as a player and my many years of experience working with various woodwind instruments. Musicians come to us for various reasons but I most enjoy helping people select an instrument or figuring out a solution to problem like what mouthpiece/reed to use or diagnosing a repair issue.”
Brandon is an in demand jazz saxophonist who regularly records, performs and tours nationally and internationally with some of the best musicians in the world. 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, and Chris Bates Red 5 among others.
AMELIA SMITH, D.M.A.
“As a performer, I understand the process and care it takes when selecting new clarinet equipment, everything from reeds and ligatures to an entire new instrument. I want customers to feel as comfortable as possible when making a decision, and educate them on their options so they feel confident in their selections. MMI has a vast range of products, brands and styles to choose from and I look forward to sharing my knowledge from personal experience with customers.”
Amelia can be seen performing throughout the Twin Cities with various chamber ensembles as well as orchestras and wind bands. She also teaches several private and group clarinet lessons in the metro area. She recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
MMI offers only the best clarinet brands and all of our instruments are set-up by our repair specialists. Stop in to work with one of our specialists, or browse from our online selection and find a brand new clarinet today!Show New
If you’re looking to purchase a clarinet, but looking to spend a little less, consider our inventory of refurbished clarinets. Browse our selection online or stop in to work with a specialist to find the perfect instrument.Show Used
Brands We Carry
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