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josh estes

About josh estes

Josh Estes is an undergrad student at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and currently interning with AZ Big Media. Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Josh has knowledge on many place, events, and things to do throughout the Valley. In his spare time, Josh can be found in his music studio at home.

Diamondbacks, Chase Field

Podcast: Diamondbacks, Fulton Homes Home Run Program

The Arizona Diamondbacks have partnered up once again with Fulton Homes for another season-long charity.

The Fulton Homes Home Run Program has been a part of the Diamondbacks culture off and on for the last couple of years. With each home run hit by a Dback, Fulton Homes will donate $150 to the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) or the Youth Assistance Foundation.

This week, I had the privilege of speaking with Fulton Home’s CEO Doug Fulton for our weekly podcast. On top of that, Fulton is also a member of CAMRA and was part of the initial setup of the Youth Assistance Foundation with the sheriff’s office.

Last season the Dbacks hit their way to $25,000 worth of donations, and Fulton hopes that they will do the same this year. With no limit on how much the company will donate, Fulton hopes to financially support CAMRA and its “heroes of Arizona” as much as he can.

Click the link below and tune into my interview with CEO of Fulton Home’s Doug Fulton as we talk about the Fulton Homes Home Run Program and the different charities they work with.

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NCAA March Madness

NCAA March Madness: Get Your Tickets Now

You can watch as much of Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology as possible, study your match-ups and build your Excel spreadsheets, but the office secretary who picked her teams based on mascots will still beat you.

Yes, it is that time of the year again: March Madness.NCAA March Madness Bracket

And luckily for us college hoops fans here in Phoenix, the West Regional will be landing at the US Airways Center March 22 and 24.

Tickets through Ticketmaster already are sold out, but they are currently on sale on StubHub. Get them now before the tournament gets started and before fans make plans to come to Phoenix to support their teams.

If rankings play out, there could be some high-profile programs coming through town.

From Big 10 Tournament champion Michigan State (27-7) to Big East Tournament champion Louisville (26-9), the best of the best have the opportunity to play in the building Barkley built.

That’s only if they can get past some of the dark horses hidden within the West Regional.

And what would March Madness be without some of the tournament-defining upsets?

So here we go. My predictions. Because what kind of March Madness article would this be without them?

While I’ve been doing March Madness brackets for more than 10 years now, I am in no way an expert. Because, truthfully, no one is thanks to past teams like Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason.

I’m going to break this down region by region.

South

In the South Regional, there aren’t too many teams that will get the upper hand in the earlier rounds. And picking VCU in the 5-12 matchup versus Wichita St. is not going to give you the edge on any of your friends or co-workers, as they are likely to pick after the runs they’ve made in the past.

But watch out for Indiana. Even though they are a four seed, they still have a tough road ahead facing the No. 1 overall Kentucky in the Sweet 16 (if both make it there). And don’t forget about Indiana’s year-defining win over Kentucky earlier this season.

I expect to see Indiana taking out Baylor in the Elite 8 and representing the South Region in the Final Four.

West

My end result of the West Regional may be a little conventional, but leading up to that I took some risks with my picks.

And while this may not be a shocker due to their amazing record (30-1), Murray State is going to face Michigan State in the Elite 8.

Also, watch the Lobos from New Mexico as a I predict them taking out Louisville in the round of 32. I don’t see them getting past Michigan State, which will eventually head to the Final Four in New Orleans out of the West.

East

Like the West Regional, my end results here are not very unconventional.

While Syracuse and Ohio State sat in the top 10 rankings all year long, it’s the Florida State Seminoles who you need to watch out for. Coming off their ACC Tournament championship, and beating Duke and UNC both twice this year, they are my pick to come out of the East Regional.

With experienced guards and an athletic inside game, this is the year the usually-disappointing Seminoles make a run in the tournament.

And riding off alumni’s Linsanity, watch Harvard to win the 5-12 matchup against Vanderbilt, and then upset No. 4 seed Wisconsin.

Midwest

And finally, the Midwest.

We’ll start with the upsets. After San Diego State takes out NC State in the first round, look for them to end No. 3 Georgetown’s championship dreams.

Also, Cal., coming off the play-in game vs. South Florida will follow my trend of 5-12 upsets taking out Temple. And if Cal doesn’t beat South Florida in the play-in game, look to see the athletic USF team create the 5-12 upset on their terms.

Every year I seem to end up picking Kansas to make a nice run in the tournament, and it’s the same this year. I don’t know what it is about the Jayhawks and coach Bill Self, but they impress me every year. And this year is no different.

Final Four

On the left bracket we’re going to see Indiana and Michigan State meet in New Orleans. While Michigan State should be the obvious victor in this matchup, Indiana will be riding a string of huge victories that will carry them into the championship.

And on the right, the Seminoles and the Jayhawks will also be meeting in New Orleans. The inside play of Robinson will be too much for the Seminoles to handle, propelling Jayhawks into the NCAA championship tournament for the first time since 2008.

On April 2, Indiana’s amazing tournament run will end. Kansas has too many weapons inside and out and will win the university’s fourth national championship.

To see all my March Madness bracket picks, click here.

St. Mary's

St. Mary’s Girls Basketball Ranks As No. 1 Team In Nation

The St. Mary’s (Phoenix) high school girls basketball team has accomplished a first in the history of girls basketball in Arizona.

After closing out the 2011-2012 season undefeated at 30-0, the St. Mary’s Knights is ranked the No. 1 team in the nation, according to ESPN’s Powerade Fab 50 rankings. They repeated as Arizona state champions with a 65-40 win over Chandler Hamilton.

With less than five victories by less than 10 points, the Knights practically breezed through the season. The closest game was against Windward High School (Los Angeles), who is ranked No. 6 nationally, and the Knights won by four points.

Led by Coach Curtis Ekmark, this team is poised to make another run at being one of the nation’s elite again in the 2012-2013 season — despite the team’s graduating seniors Shilpa Tummala, No. 68 prospect signed to Harvard, and Courtnee Walton, No. 58 prospect signed to Louisville.

With returning players to the AAU U9 National Championship team — Chantel Osahor and twin sisters Danielle and Dominique Williams, plus Courtney Ekmark, one of the top prospects in the nation for the 2014 class — the Knights are in good shape.

On top of that, the core of this basketball team has been playing together since they were nine to 11 years old; and the on-court chemistry is proof.

The Knights started the 2012 season by winning the biggest high school girls basketball tournament in the nation, the Nike Tournament of Champions, hosted in Phoenix, Ariz.

Pat's Run

Podcast: 8th Annual Pat’s Run

In May of 2002, Pat Tillman turned down a $3.6 million contract from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army following the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, Tillman’s wife Marie founded the Pat Tillman Foundation and a year later the inaugural Pat’s Run took place in Tempe, Ariz.

The Pat Tillman Foundation was set up to raise money for the Tillman Military Scholars, a program that supports active and veteran service members by financially supporting their pursuit of a college degree. Since the inception of the program, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested more than $2.2 million in financial support for these scholars.

This year’s 8th Annual Pat’s Run will take place on Saturday April 21 starting near the Arizona State University football stadium. With limited space and the past couple years reaching capacity, signing up sooner than later is suggested — especially because this is the first year there will be no day-of registration.

And Pat’s Run isn’t just for the serious runner; walk, jog, run, do whatever you’d like. From competitive runners to families, friends and children, Pat’s Run is a day-long event that offers something for everyone.

This week I had the privilege of speaking with Tony Alba, the marketing communications manager from the Pat Tillman Foundation. We spoke about everything from the historical background of Pat’s Run to the registration deadlines and information about the race.

I encourage everyone to consider taking part in Pat’s Run and help support our nation’s service members and honor Pat’s legacy.

Enjoy the interview.

The 8th Annual Pat’s Run is taking place on Saturday, April 21, at Arizona State University with race times starting at 7:05 a.m.

Albert Pujols Adds Extra Excitement To Tempe Spring Training

Albert Pujols Batting

SD Dirk, Flickr

Beautiful weather, sunny skies, hotdogs, beer, and now, Albert Pujols, one of the most prolific players in the MLB over the last decade will be apart of Arizona’s Spring Training season.

Three-time MVP, and reigning World Series champion as part of the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Pujols signed a new contract with the Anaheim Angels who spend their Spring Training season at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

While the Arizona Cactus League brings in fans from all over to watch their favorite teams prepare for the upcoming season, the addition of Pujols adds even a bigger attraction for Angels and baseball fans alike.

And Pujols has told Enrique Rojas (ESPNdeportes.com) that he plans on arriving in Tempe a week earlier than position players are schedule to, which would be around February 19.

At 32-years-old, the first basemen signed a 10-year $240 million deal with the Angels after winning the world-series with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 season.

On top of the $240 million, if Pujols reaches 3,000 hits, he will receive a $3 million bonus. And if he breaks Barry Bond’s home run record of 762, he will receive a $7 million bonus.

While many questioned the Angels for giving Pujols such a long contract, that will conclude when he is 42-years-old, but Angels fans are more than excited about the new acquisition.

Since being drafted in 1999, Pujols was named the Rookie of the Year in 2001, MVP in 2005, 2008, and 2009, and won Golden Glove awards in 2006 and 2010.


The Angels will open up their Spring Training season at Tempe Diablo Stadium facing the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, March 6. Tickets are on sale now for through the Tempe Diablo Stadium box offices and range from $10-$40.

Tempe Diablo Stadium is located at 2200 West Alameda Drive Tempe, AZ 85282.

ADHD

Podcast: Andres Torres & Playing With ADHD

This summer, the Chusy Haney-Jardine directed documentary “Gigante” will be hitting theaters. “Gigante” is a documentary that follows Torres through his daily routine as a professional athlete and how he handles performing at such a high level while living with ADHD.

Torres spent 10 years in the minor leagues fighting with himself to perform at a high level while trying to maintain focus on the game. And in 2007, he acknowledged the issue; three years later he won a MLB World Series.

Torres, now the center fielder for the New York Mets, is 34 years old and came to the United States from Puerto Rico.

To get a more in-depth look at ADHD and how it affects professional athletes, I spoke with local psychologist Dr. Silverman. He has worked with professional athletes and helping them deal with ADHD through different practices.

Whether it’s neurofeedback practices that measure brain performance and help focus the brain or basic ADHD medication, Dr. Silverman answers some of my questions about the types of symptoms to look for with ADHD and some of the many options to treat it.

For more information on Dr. Silverman’s practices for athletes, head on over to his website at peakperformanceaz.com, and for more of his general work with ADHD head on over to centerforadd-az.com.



Podcast: Baby Boomers Redefining Retirement

Podcast: Baby Boomers Redefining Traditional Retirement

The baby boomers generation, comprised of about 90 million people, are beginning to head in retirement, but where are they headed?

In this week’s edition of the AZ Business Magazine’s podcasts, we’ll take a look at not only where the baby boomers will take up residence, but also how this transition into retirement looks, as well as the economical impact it can have in Arizona.

Starting back on January 1, 2011, 10,000 baby boomers will reach the age 65 every day for the next 19 years.

But the baby boomer generation is beginning to redefine how the public sees traditional retirement. According to a survey from the AARP, about 40 percent of baby boomers plan to continue to work until they drop.

It is evident that this new approach to retirement is filled with a generation of citizens looking to live an active lifestyle, and retirement communities filled with amenities can provide exactly what baby boomers are looking for.

With Arizona’s ideal weather and land to build on, new communities will being to take advantage of this new, in-demand market.

But how does this help our economy?

Baby boomers will begin to move to the Valley to call it home for retirement, and while doing so, they will begin to spend money, putting more into our economy; more people equals more demand for businesses and goods.

But what happens when the baby boomer community is gone? Will we still need these communities that were built to meet their needs? Or will businesses and communities have to close up shop once the demand is done?

This week, I spoke with Deborah Blake, vice president of marketing for Robson Resort Communities, about why the baby boomers are so interested in these active, adult living lifestyle communities and what we can expect to see here in Arizona as a result of that.

Also, Joe Scarp, owner and broker of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, called into the podcast to shed some insight on what kind of real estate trends we can expect here in Arizona and how the baby boomers will provide an impact on the state’s economy.

Hit play below to tune into this weeks podcast about the baby boomers generation, and don’t forget to leave a comment!

 

Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials Of 2012

Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials Of 2012

Every year the biggest brands in America spend millions of dollars for a small window of advertisement during the biggest sporting event of the year. From the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld to the growling voice of Clint Eastwood, 2012’s Super Bowl commercials were pretty spot on.

The Coca-Cola polar bears even had me leave at half-time to go grab a drink at the nearby gas station.

And outside of the completely unoriginal Go Daddy ad that runs every year (and lost their shock factor about five years ago), this year’s commercials had a nice mixture of old and new themes. While some commercials like Honda’s “Bueller’s Day Off” might not be relatable to a younger audience, others like the M&M’s “I’m sexy and I know it” ad may have missed an older demographic.

Let’s take a look at my top 10 2012 Super Bowl commercials:

10. Bridgestone – Performance Basketball

Who doesn’t love Steve Nash?


9. Samsung – Thing Called Love

What’s more funny — the commercial or the fact that Samsung thinks reinventing the Palm Pilot is going to be “revolutionary”?


8. Toyota Camry – Reinvented

Is it weird that the DMV was the part I was most excited about?


7. Cars.com – Confident You

What’s not funny about a second head singing disco?


6. Honda CRV – Matthew’s Day Off

While bigger fans of Bueller’s Day Off might put this higher on their list, it gets the No. 6 spot for originality more than anything.


5. Bud Light – Rescue Dog

How many times did we all hear a friend say, “I’m going to train my dog to do that”?


4. Acura – NSX – Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the funniest comedians, ever. And it’s only fitting that Jay Leno is the villain to end the commercial. #TeamCoco


3. Chevrolet – Happy Grad

What’s not exciting about a mini-fridge?


2. M&M’s – Just My Shell

Somehow this chocolate candy keeps me laughing every year.


1. Chrysler – It’s Halftime America

Whose party got real quiet during this commercial? Yeah, I had chills.


Is this list missing any of your favorite 2012 Super Bowl commercials?
Let us know!

Scottsdale Saguaro's DJ Foster (Darryl Webb, East Valley Tribune)

ASU Football: Immediate Impact Players in 2012 Recruiting Class

Outside of the yearly Duel in the Desert game against Arizona and the possible bowl appearances, National Letter of Intent Day is one of the biggest days for ASU football and Sun Devil nation.

With fresh new faces committing to each university, it is a look at the future and the new faces of each school. And on February 1, new ASU football Head Coach Todd Graham brought in his first recruiting class.

Only 50 days into his tenure, most fans in Sun Devil nation have applauded Graham for his work of salvaging what seemed to be a dismal recruiting class. By bringing in some of the best, local talent in Arizona and some nationally-recognized junior college players, Graham looks to make a splash in the PAC-12 this season with his “high-octane” spread offense.


Let’s take a look at some players in this ASU’s new recruiting class who have the ability to be a factor on the field in the 2012 ASU football season:


1. DJ Foster

DJ Foster, ASU Football
With the highest-ranked recruit coming to ASU since 2004, DJ Foster of Scottsdale Saguaro High School has the ability to make an immediate impact on the field. With his speed, play-making ability and ability to play from the back field or lined up as a receiver, Foster can become a dangerous weapon for the Devils. In his senior season, he scored 64 touchdowns, including an Arizona state record 10 touchdowns in one game. While he still needs to develop some size to become an every-down back, look to see Graham move Foster around the offense in 2012.

2. Marion Grice

Marion Grice, ASU Football
A relatively unknown recruit to most Sun Devil fans, Grice was the highest ranked junior college running back in the nation. While most did not believe the Sun Devils had a chance at landing Grice, he was a pleasant signing-day surprise for the maroon and gold. At 6-0, 215 lbs., Grice is a hard-nosed tailback that adds depth to an already stacked back-field for the Devils. With Cameron Marshall returning for his senior season, Deantre Lewis back from injury, and DJ Foster — these four running backs will give OC Norvell plenty of options in 2012.

3. Chris Young

Chris Young, ASU Football
ASU had plenty of needs to be filled with this recruiting class after graduating a handful of seniors from last years starting line-ups. Chris Young, another junior college recruit that Sun Devil fans can look to make an immediate impact in 2012. With the new 3-3-5/3-4 offense that Graham will be running, Young is the perfect Hybrid form to fit this defense. It also doesn’t hurt that he was named the Western States Football League and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

4. Steffon Martin

 Steffon Martin, ASU Football
A teammate of Young at Arizona Western, Martin looks to join Young and fill the shoes at middle linebacker that were left with the departure of Vontaze Burfict. At 6-2, 240 lbs., Martin runs a 4.5 forty. This kind of speed can make Martin a terror from sideline to sideline and hopefully create some stability at the middle line-backer position that ASU never had with Burfict.

5. Evan Goodman

 Evan Goodman, ASU Football
After Foster, Goodman may be one of the most prized recruits in this year’s class. A four-star ranked offensive tackle out of Florida, Goodman is a nationally ranked recruit. With offers from Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and more, it’s obvious that the boy has talent. And his 6-4, 290 lbs. frame doesn’t hurt much either. With ASU graduating three of the starting offensive linemen from last season, Goodman may have to step up as a freshman. With the recruit of Goodman, ASU has hopefully opened a door into the recruiting realm of Florida, a territory that is usually owned by SEC teams.

6. Mike Pennel

 Mike Pennel, ASU Football
Another big time junior college recruit, Pennel comes from just down the road at Scottsdale Community College. A monstrous defensive tackle, at 6-5, 340 lbs., Pennel may be the beastly nose-tackle that is needed to cause havoc in Graham’s three-man defensive line. Without many options at the nose tackle position, look to see Pennel on the field at the beginning of the season.

7. Alonzo Agwuenu

 Alonzo Agwuenu, ASU Football
The pass game at ASU has plenty of uncertainties heading into the 2012 season. Gerrell Robinson, Mike Willie and Aaron Pflugrad, the top three receivers for ASU last year have all graduated — and star-in-the-making QB Brock Osweiler — has opted for the NFL draft. Agwuenu, another junior college recruit, has a big 6-4, 210-pound frame that will make him an easy target for the new quarterback in the fall.

Click here for an in-depth look at ASU’s entire 2012 recruiting class.

Superbowl 2012

Podcast: Super Bowl 2012 Preview

Tom Brady and Eli Manning will meet each other once against on one of sports biggest platforms, the NFL Super Bowl 2012.


In a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, one of the most exciting Super Bowl games of the last decade, Brady and Coach Bill Belichick will look to get revenge for the Giants spoiling their almost perfect season in 2008.

As Brady looks to grab his fourth Super Bowl title, Manning will look to step out of the shadow of his older brother, Peyton, and win his second.

With a receiving core and defensive front line that statistically beats the 2008 team, the Giants look more evenly matched than they did 4 years ago. And a beat up Patriots team could cause some vulnerability, both offensively and defensively.

But you can never count out Belichick and Brady. The combination of these two football minds have created one of the most potent offenses of the 2000s.

In the end, it comes down to who is better on Sunday. Not last week. Not in the Giants regular season win over the Patriots. But, Sunday.

I sat down with Peter Madrid, editor of AZRE Magazine at AZ Big Media, this week and discussed the Super Bowl matchup and our predictions for this weeks podcast.

So tune in below to get a little more insight and information about Super Bowl XLVI.

NFL Superbowl 2012 — Super Bowl XLII — will be televised on NBC at
4:29 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2012.

Podcast: GoVote Aims To Change Voter Turn Out

Podcast: GoVote Aims To Change Voter Turn Out

Voter turn-out is a constant issue with every political campaign, but GoVote.com is looking to do something to change that.

By educating its visitors on a local and national level, GoVote looks to positively impact the voter turnout for the 2012 presidential elections.

While based in Arizona, GoVote has contributors to the website from all over the country; they are also made up of contributors from all over the political spectrum.

By doing this, GoVote aims to continue to educate its visitors in an unbiased manner.

But if you want to hear some of this from television or radio, GoVote can provide you with that as well. The website hosts links to all local and national media outlets (columnists, blogs, television and radio), so visitors can search through all their possible sources of information.

Another feature of GoVote that is new to a politically-charged website is its ad campaign. Its “innovative platform for political ad spending” allows everyday citizens like you or me to post ads on their website in favor or against any certain candidate. And once you do so, your ad is personally sent to the candidate to see.

Constantly growing, GoVote currently has about 2,000 members and was able to raise $1 million from investors within its first year.

GoVote.com PodcastI had the privilege of speaking with Brad Anderson, GoVote’s director of state public relations, for this week’s new podcast. Anderson was the former intern to former U.S. Senator Robert Bennett and has worked on multiple campaigns across the country as well.

GoVote is free to sign up for, and you are able to create your own personal page to bookmark the information you want to have handily available.

Hit play below to tune into this week’s daily podcast series.

Dave Ramsey Podcast

Business Podcast: The Dave Ramsey Show 1/12/12

Dave Ramsey, a renown financial guru and speaker, delivers his daily radio show through podcasts hosted on his website and the iTunes store.

Utilizing interviews with others, call-ins from listeners, and more — Dave Ramsey gives a realistic perspective on how to properly handle your finances and the stresses that come along with doing that.

Dave RamseyFrom getting out of debt to building and maintaining wealth to managing your money, Ramsey covers practical financial topics for all demographics.

And who knows better than Ramsey?

A former debt-dependent citizen like most Americans, he sought out to broaden his financial horizons after losing everything he owned. Through his experiences, interviews and studies, Ramsey has turned into one of the most trusted financial gurus.

And he understands that the rest of America needs the same education that he has given himself, so he formed The Lampo Group in 1992.

Now, through his company and daily radio show, Ramsey aims to extend his knowledge and help those who are hurting with the same financial stresses he once had.

Take some time out of your day to tune into Ramsey’s show from January 12, 2012 by clicking the link below.

The Dave Ramsey Show – 1/12/12

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

The Musical Instrument Museum: The Museum You Hear

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) located in North Phoenix has quickly become one of the must-see attractions in the Valley. Robert Ulrich, former CEO of Target Corporation and founder of MIM, was inspired to build the museum after his trip to a musical instrument museum in Brussels, Belgium.

Getting to the MIM is quite easy if you know where you’re going. But for first time visitors, it’s oddly easy to miss the 190,000-square-foot building. Right off the 101 near the Desert Ridge Marketplace, this museum’s modern architecture compliments the desert surroundings.

Upon entering MIM, the quiet stillness of a typical museum makes you feel like you may be in the wrong spot. That is, until the grand piano in the lobby and the over-sized guitars hanging from the ceiling give away that this isn’t an ordinary museum.

And the minute you’re handed the audio headset to guide your journey, you know you’re in the right spot.

Broken up into geographical exhibits, the museum takes you on a tour of instruments from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, to Africa and more —  but in no particular order. The audio headsets do not lead you, but instead assist your experience at the museum.

As you walk up to instruments and exhibits, the headset immediately switches over to playing music of the exhibit you are facing. Some exhibits include flat-screen televisions that display the way these instruments are played.

But the MIM isn’t all “look but don’t touch.” Heading downstairs, you will find the Experience Gallery that gives guests the opportunity to play some of the most unique and bizarre instruments in the world. Whether I was banging on a 10-foot gong or picking at a European harp, the hands-on gallery was one of the most popular galleries in the museum.

And right next to the Experience Gallery is the other most popular gallery in the museum. The Artist Gallery hosts instruments from famous musicians; whether it’s John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano or Eric Clapton’s guitar “brownie,” the gallery had me in complete awe.

Make sure to bring some extra cash, too! The cafe on the first floor of the museum features meals from nearly every part of the world.

From field trips to tourists to musicians to Arizona residents, the Musical Instrument Museum is an attraction I will continue to recommend to visit while in the city.

For more information about the Musical Instrument Museum, visit themim.org.

Check out our video about the Musical Instrument Museum.