City Music’s New Violin Instructor

Nathan Samulak
Nathan Samulak offers lessons at the City Music Lesson Studios in Leominster.  Click Here to meet Nathan.

City Music Welcomes Nathan Samulak

to their Leominster Music Studios

Nathan has a BA in Music and has been performing and teaching violin and viola professionally since 2001.

We are really excited to have Nathan at our studios.  Just re-located from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Nathan arrives with many accolades from his teaching there.  He is an engaging person that quickly puts students of all ages at ease.  He plays a variety of styles including world fusion and classical, and is happy to gear his lessons toward the student’s musical interests.  Nathan also offers lessons in the Suzuki method for students as young as age four.

Beginning students of all ages OR students of any age that want to pick up their violin again – Nathan can get you playing!

Nathan will be offering studio hours beginning in September.

Call now, to sign up!

Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun at City Music

Rock school bandCity Music Leominster’s

Rock ‘n’ Roll School

with John Nickerson

Musicians 18 years or younger,

this is your chance to

play, sing and jam in a band.

We’re putting young musicians together to experience the fun of playing in a group and working towards a live performance.   You can do it!

Groups will be assembled by age, interest and instrument suitability.  City Music staffer and professional musician John Nickerson will oversee each session assisting in repertoire choices and arrangements while supervising rehearsal technique.   Players should be able to play basic chords and rhythms on their instruments as the sessions will focus on working together towards a future performance.

8 Weekly 90 minute Sessions held Sundays 4 – 5:30 or 5 – 7:30 pm, in Leominster only.

Sessions Dates run June 29th through August 24th.  (no rehearsals July 6th)

Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll School fee is $260.

Hurry!  Sign up now!  The fun starts June 29th. Only two groups will be formed, so space is limited.  Click here for the application.

Effects Pedals Galore

Pedals GaloreAt City Music

Check out our expanded Effects Pedal Department!

We’ve got the latest from:

  • Electro Harmonix
  • Mooer
  • Tech21
  • BBE
  • Budda
  • MXR
  • BossSatisfactionOD Glove East River Drive EHX Soul Food
  • Behringer
  • Plus – TREX Power supplies

Just in and HOT from Electro-Harmonix:

  • Satisfaction Fuzz – for that 60’s fuzz sound of it’s name-sake song, updated with true bypass circuitry.
  • OD Glove – with the thick, rich sound of versatile MOSFET overdrive/distortion.
  • Soul Food distortion/fuzz/overdrive – tone enhancement and transparent  over-drive. Our hottest OD, get one while they last!
  • East River Drive for the *perfectly* tweaked NYC tube-screamer sound.
  • Ravish Sitar offers the exotic sounds of the sitar from your guitar.

Mooer SkyverbNew to the US in 2014: Mooer Micro Series:

Compact pedals, as endorsed by David Escobar of S.T.E.   Lots of WOW in these colorful little boxes – listening is believing!

Tech 21 Blonde Made in the USA Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series:

Tube amp emulation with the highest quality products and touring-tough construction.  As pre-amp and direct box units, get the 50’s Fender amp sound with the Blonde or the sound of the classic Vox with the Liverpool.  Amazing characteristic amp sounds packed into a small pedal. Plenty of tone shaping tools for the bass player, too!


Budda Karma ChorusALL New!  Guitar effects pedals from Budda Amplification!

Built to last, with smart features like true-bypass for completely transparent signal output when the pedal is not engaged, and in and out jacks placed in the back of each pedal.

MXR Phase90 The venerable MXR brand:

All the classics, such as the Phase 90 phase shifter and Dyna Comp compressor, and others destined to become classics, like the Carbon Copy delay and the Zakk Wylde Black Label chorus.

Slash Cry Baby Classic


Dunlop’s Cry Baby – wahs for every taste, including Slash’s Cry Baby with built in distortion!

BBE Sonic Stomp

BBE Stomp Boxes offers sound enhancement for the more discerning players.


Tons of legendary BOSS pedals:BOSS RC 30

Blues Driver, Chorus, Metal Zone, Tuner and most notably, the RC-3 &  RC-30 loop stations, with USB connectivity and recording capacity…there’s no limit to your creative canvas!

 And then…

TREX ChameleonPower your pedal board with rugged T-Rex Fuel Tank power supplies – Junior, Classic, Chameleon – all built to last.

Stop in today to try the latest in effects technology!

Yamaha Guitar Raffle

Yamaha FGX700SCThis beautiful guitar will be raffled to benefit the Gardner Music Boosters.   It is  a Yamaha FGX700SC  acoustic/electric cut-away featuring:

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Nato (Eastern Mahogony) back, sides, and neck
  • Rosewood fret board and bridge
  • Built in tuner and 1-way piezo/pre-amp

Quality construction and materials ensure an outstanding sound acoustically or plugged in.  A $300 value, it is a guitar that will please any player.

Tickets are $1 each/ 6 for $5, and are available at City Music in Gardner and Leominster.

The winner will be drawn at the FutureStars 2014 Showcase on March 30th at the Bull Restaurant.

The Showcase is also a fundraiser for the Gardner Music Boosters, and will feature local teen musicians and bands.    (Read more…)

The guitar has been donated by Yamaha Corporation and City Music in an effort to support the music programs of our local schools.  The Gardner Music Booster Association assists the school music programs in a variety of ways including financial support of music events and equipment needs throughout the Gardner Public Schools.


City Music Presents….

FutureStars Showcase 20144-8 PM Sunday, March 30th at the Bull Run Restaurant

Performing On Stage:


Ameriah Schober

Bradley Bartlett-Roche

Chloe Courtney

Divided Paths

Opal Facet

Slow Motion Underground

Unforeseen Tragedy

Its an impressive line-up of bands and soloists playing both cover and original material in a variety of genres.  Come see what these young people – all 18 and younger – have accomplished on their own and with friends.  It is very likely that you will witness the early performance of true Future Stars.

Tickets are on sale from the performers and at City Music for $15  ($20 at the door).    Be sure to support your favorite performer as the band and soloist that sells the most tickets will win recording time courtesy of The Root Cellar

AND – you will support music in our schools: proceeds will benefit the Gardner Schools Music Boosters.

Since 2005, City Music has donated more than $11000 from FutureStars events to support music in our public schools through the Leominster and Gardner Music Boosters.   Learning a musical instrument offers a lifetime of benefits.


10th Anniversary & Back-toSchool Bash

10th Anniversary  & Back-to-School Bash

Saturday, September 14th, 11 -5pm

City Music Celebrates 10 Years with a

FREE CONCERT & Tailgate Party

at 17 Sack Blvd  Leominster

Grand PRIZE Drawings
Free burgers, hot dogs and CAKE!

Back to School deals store-wide
Meet n Greet City Music Instructors
Test Drive Fender’s new USB Guitar

Concert line-up will include performances by:

    • Ken Macy (WMA winner)
    • Andy Cummings (WMA winner)
    • Johnny Romance & the City Boys
    • Mark Frederick Fisher (WMA winner)
    • Captain Chris Coombs
    • City Music’s Catching Rhythm
    • and more TBA   

Enter City Music’s Drawing to win great prizes:

  • A Fender acoustic guitar ($199 value)
  • A FREE month of music lessons ($88 value)
  • A Bull Run Restaurant gift certificate ($50 value)
  • And other brand name instruments TBA

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If you bring back-to-school supply items for the City Music School Supply Drive  for the Salvation Army  you’ll get a free City Music folder  and an additional entry to  City Music’s Drawing!


Discounts and Back to School deals will be available at either location.

Concert, party, giveaways and drawings to be held at the Leominster location only.

Rain Date: Sunday September 15th







Leominster Music Booster Raffle Winner

Winner of Fender Guitar
City Music owner Marc Rines
and winner Sherry Cutler

Congratulations to the Leominster Music Booster guitar raffle winner, Sherry Cutler!

Sherry won a beautiful Fender CD60CE  acoustic-electric guitar with a hard shell case, donated by Fender Guitars and City Music (a $429.99 value).  The raffle was drawn at City Music’s FutureStars Showcase on April 7th, where several local teen musicians played for family and friends at the Bull Run Restaurant.   Proceeds from the Showcase and guitar raffle will benefit the Leominster public school music programs through the Leominster Music Boosters.

Since 2005, City Music has donated for than $10,000 to the public school music programs in Gardner and Leominster.  The benefits of music education has been scientifically proven through numerous studies; children who study music perform better scholastically.  City Music is proud to support our local schools in providing music education.

Stay tuned for the the unveiling of the FutureStars’ proceeds, TBA.

City Music Staff at the WMA

2013 Worcester Music AwardsCongratulations to Our

2013 Worcester Music Awards Nominees

Ken Macy


Andy Cummings

Ken Macy‘s newest CD “Outlines” has been nominated for Best CD.   Metronome Magazine’s review says “Over his last five albums, Ken Macy has proven himself to be a diverse and creative songwriter. His newest offering, Outlines is just more proof of his burgeoning talents. Good Stuff! ”  We certainly think so!

Andy Cummings‘ has two nominations: Best CD for his newest collection of work “Backyard Superhero”  and one for Best Solo Acoustic Act.  Andy has been called a ‘human jukebox’.  He is known for a repertoire that spans many generations and genres of music, all done with style.  When he is not teaching guitar lessons at his City Music Studio, he is sure to be performing nearby.

Ken and Andy have received several WMA awards in the past.  Good Luck in 2013!

YOU can get private guitar instruction from either of these great musicians at the City Music Studios.  Call to find out more about their schedules.

Peavey’s AT-200 Guitar Tunes Itself!

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This AT200 Guitar tunes itself!

Just in at City Music:

The Peavey AT-200

Perfect Tuning. Perfect Intonation. Instantly. With the simple push of a button on the new Peavey® AT-200™, guitar players can now create music in perfect tune and pitch. The Peavey AT-200 features Antares® Auto-Tune® for Guitar with String Tune and the Solid-Tune™ intonation system, two technologies that work together to bring the clarity of perfect pitch to this high-quality instrument.

With the Peavey AT-200, you can even switch into alternate tunings like Drop D, Open G, Baritone and more instantly by adjusting your finger positions when engaging the Auto-Tune for Guitar feature. And no bulky, unattractive hardware weighs down the playing experience – the Peavey AT-200 looks, plays and sounds just like a conventional guitar. Exactly the way it should.

Stop in to try it for yourself.  MSRP: $999.99   –  YOUR PRICE at City Music: $499.99