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Backun Musical Services Ltd., manufacturer of world-renowned clarinets and woodwind accessories has signed an agreement for the exclusive distribution of its products in China. The recent agreement caps a year of unprecedented growth for the company, based in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Backun Musical has partnered with Sodiam Co. Ltd., based in Beijing, China. Previously the exclusive distributor of Buffet Crampon products in China, Sodiam will leverage its vast dealer, artist and educator network to bring Backun clarinets and accessories to its economically diverse and growing market.

Read more: Backun Partners with Sodiam for Exclusive Distribution in China

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Yamaha's John Schauer, Nithin Cherian, and Tom Sumner recieve the trophy for "Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year" from MMR executive editor Christian Wissmuller - one of four Dealers' Choice Awards won by the company this past December.

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Robert Clyne of Clyne Media with Guitar Center's vice president of communications & corporate affairs Christopher Ian Bennett and newly appointed EVP of merch, marketing, and ecomm Michael Amkreutz.

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MMR publisher Terry Lowe presents NAMM's Mary Luehrsen with the Don Johnson Industry Service Award in Anaheim on Saturday afternoon.

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At its Annual Meeting of Members, held January 24 during the 2015 NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) named eight new music industry professionals to its board of directors. The NAMM Board provides leadership, counsel and direction to NAMM, the NAMM Foundation, and the global music products industry.

In welcoming the eight incoming industry leaders, chairman Larry Morton expressed his confidence in the expertise and dedication of the new directors. “We are delighted to welcome these successful and respected professionals to the NAMM Board,” said Morton. “They represent a diverse cross-section of our NAMM Membership and they will bring their unique market perspectives to help us lead the organization forward. We’re very grateful that they are willing to make this commitment on behalf of our NAMM Members and the industry at large.”

Read more: Eight New NAMM Board Members Elected

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Craigie Zildjian receives her trophy at this year's SheRocks Awards held during the NAMM Show in Anaheim.

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The Chauvet DJ team with the hardware for the company's "two-fer" Dealers' Choice Award wins.

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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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