Lansing Musical Instrument Exchange 2019
LANSING, Michigan – The 6th Annual Musical Instrument Exchange will be held Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Causeway Bay Convention Center in Lansing, MI (6820 S. Cedar St. Lansing, MI). Nine years ago, while attending the Chicago Drum Show, Shawn VanSteeland decided it was time to do a drum swap at Lansing. The event started as a drum swap and has grown to include equipment and all instruments to buy, trade or sell. VanSteeland is no stranger to the music scene, having performed in many local bands and hosting many local festivals and events in the area. Event coordinator Mark Steele is an avid guitar collector, traveling guitar shows and exchange meetups across the country.
There are only two similar shows happening in Michigan – in Detroit and Grand Rapids. VanSteeland and Steel are happy to host this event in their hometown. “We thought it would be a great opportunity for local musicians to have the chance to see custom, new, vintage and used equipment all in one place,” said VanSteeland. “This show will allow customers to talk to vendors who build custom instruments. Normally, people would have to travel hundreds of kilometers to see this wide variety of second-hand equipment in one place. “
Many returning sellers make the show a kind of reunion. “Over the past six years, we continue to see more and more customers come through the door,” said VanSteeland. “The joy on the faces of customers when they buy a new or used musical instrument is a pleasure to see every year. Because Lansing has such a big music scene, it also gives musicians a chance to visit old friends and make new ones.
The Causeway Bay Hotel and Convention Center offers an 8,000 square foot room, allowing 70 to 80 tables expected. Instrument brands will include Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Paul Reed Smith, Taylor, Washburn, Marshall, Behringer, Peavey, Ludwig, Tama, Pearl, Zildjian, Paiste and many more. Recording, live sound equipment, collectibles, vintage and more will be available. Admission is $ 5 at the door.
To purchase tickets or vendor space, contact Shawn VanSteeland at (517) 410-6409 [email protected]