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D'Addario once again wins "Accessory Line of the Year": Jim D'Addario, Peter D'Addario, Ari Simon, MMR editor Christian Wissmuller, and John D'Addario III.

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NAMM honored Peavey Electronics Corporation® with the Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the music products industry. The award recognizes retailers and manufacturers who have succeeded over the years through best practices and strong community standing to reach a landmark anniversary.

“Our philosophy has always been simple – we didn’t start out to be the biggest, we wanted to be the best”, said Hartley Peavey of Peavey Electronics Corporation in Meridian, Miss. 

Hartley was given the award by NAMM CEO and President Joe Lamond during Peavey’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the Hilton Anaheim on Jan. 22.

Read more: Peavey Electronics Honored with NAMM Milestone Award

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Ernie Ball, Inc. has announced Brian Ball as its new president. Company CEO Sterling Ball made the announcement, representing the company’s long-term plans for growth and expansion.

Brian’s grandfather Ernie Ball founded the company in 1962; Ernie Ball Inc.’s three-generation family legacy is strong, and Brian’s rich background and history with the company will allow him to serve the business while adding innovations and updates to the product line, as well as company culture and branding.

Sterling Ball stated, “Since 1962, Ernie Ball Inc. has been dedicated to providing tools for artists, and we are excited to see what another 50-plus years in the industry will bring under Brian’s leadership.”

Read more: Brian Ball Appointed President of Ernie Ball, Inc.

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The AES has announced that Avid chairman, president, and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. will give the keynote speech at the 57th International Conference, taking place in Hollywood, California, March 6-8, 2015. The Conference, being held at the world-famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Hollywood Boulevard, will feature some of the best and brightest in the world of engineering for entertainment production, as the AES holds its first-ever dedicated event on The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology. Hernandez will present his keynote address on March 6, at 8:00 AM.

Read more: AES Announces that Avid’s Hernandez, Jr. Will be Keynote Speaker at 57th Intl. Conferene

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HARMAN announced the acquisition of Melbourne, Australia-based SM Pro Audio and its incorporation into the HARMAN Professional Division as an innovation hub for a wide range of pro audio and musical instrument (MI) technologies across HARMAN’s professional product brands.  According to Blake Augsburger, president, HARMAN Professional Division, the depth of innovation and quality of engineering talent at SM Pro Audio provides HARMAN Professional with a strong internal technology partner for a broad range of products 

Read more: HARMAN Acquires SM Pro Audio

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Roland Corporation announced today two senior management appointments effective February 1, 2015. Mr. Jay Wanamaker will assume the role of president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S., while Mr. Kim Nunney, current president and CEO, has been appointed to the newly created position of Executive VP, Global Business Development for Professional A/V of Roland Corporation.

 

Read more: Roland Announces Two Major New Appointments

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Music for All has announced the industry leaders who will be inducted into the 2015 Bands of America Hall of Fame: Remo D. Belli, Richard Saucedo, Mark Jolesch, and Dr. Nicholas Valenziano.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life- changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs, participants, and music education. 2015 inductees were announced during the Finals of the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, Saturday, November 15th, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Read more: Music for All Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Disneyland Band will officially open the 2015 NAMM Show, with a beloved American icon serving as guest conductor for this rousing musical performance.

Yamaha, the official supplier of musical instruments to the Disneyland Resort and a proud sponsor of the Disney Performing Arts program, will present the band to the music products industry, reinforcing the two companies shared deep commitment to music education and performance.

Read more: Disneyland Band to Open 2015 NAMM Show

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KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany.  Hohner, Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded Harmonicas, Accordians, Melodicas, Guitars and Bluegrass Instruments; SONOR Drums and Orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, H. Jimenez Guitars, Hohner Airboard, as well as Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands.  Transfer of ownership will take place today, January 12, 2015.

Read more: KHS America Announces Acquisition of Hohner Inc. USA

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Sweetwater Sound, Inc. issued the following press release in early 2015 regarding alleged theft of the company’s intellectual property:

Sweetwater Sound Inc. continues to be victimized by the misappropriation of its proprietary intellectual property. Most recently, Sweetwater's web content has been pirated by many music retailers, including UniqueSquared, Music & Arts (owned by Guitar Center), Cascio Interstate Music, Island Music Company, ProAudioStar, Chicago Music Exchange, and more than 70 more, with the violations ranging from a few pages of content to as much as hundreds and even thousands of pages. In response to these infringing acts, Sweetwater has increased its efforts to defend itself and its intellectual property rights.

Read more: Sweetwater Alleges its Content has been Plagiarized by More than 70 MI Retailers

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