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Casio America, Inc is proud to celebrate the winner of the fourth installment of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter artist discovery program. Lanita Smith of Memphis, TN competed for the grand prize on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 4 Grand Finals at the Troubadour in West Hollywood along with four other talented singer-songwriters. As a sponsor of this program, Casio awarded all five finalists a Casio Privia digital piano to further perfect their musical skills.

Read more: Casio Celebrates Lanita Smith

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Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the appointment of Set Square as its live console partner in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company, owned and operated by Dave Lee, who has worked in the Dubai live industry for over 15 years, has purchased an SSL Live. L300 for rentals and will handle distribution of both the L300 and L500 throughout the UAE.

Read more: SSL Appoints Set Square to Lead Live Console Sales in UAE

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Sail aboard the world's oldest active sailing ship, and a national historical landmark to celebrate 40 years of crafting American made banjos in San Diego! Deering Banjos is proud to be partnering with the San Diego Music Foundation to bring about this celebration. Proceeds from this event will go to music in the schools programs around San Diego County.

It is a rare occurrence to have a public concert aboard the Star of India. Deering is thrilled to bring the Kruger Brothers back to San Diego to headline for this memorable night.

Read more: Deering Benefit Concert on Star of India

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U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) met with Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) senior management on a number of common-interest topics, including west coast port labor negotiations and the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind.

Yamaha representatives first met with the 12-term congressman last year as part of the National Association of Music Merchant’s (NAMM) annual music education advocacy Fly-In held in Washington, DC.

Following a tour last week of the music product company’s campus in Buena Park, Rep. Royce sat down with YCA President Hitoshi Fukutome and Senior VPs Tom Sumner, Rick Young and Brian Jemelian to discuss important topics that are affecting all musical instrument manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

Read more: Congressman Royce Meets with Yamaha

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Beginning January 2015 Kala Brand Music Co™ will include Aquila™ strings on all ukuleles in the company’s Makala™ and Ukadelic™ series. Aquila strings have been standard on the company’s Kala ukuleles since 2005.

The Makala Brand is the very popular and award winning entry level ukulele series by Kala, which is now in its tenth year of production. The Makala series includes multi-color dolphin and shark bridge ukuleles, Ukadelic™, Mahogany, Makala Packs, and the new Makala Waterman series.   

Aquila Corde Armoniche SRL is the manufacturer of fine gut and synthetic musical strings and is based in Vicenza Italy.

Read more: Kala To Feature Aquila Strings On All Models

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March 3rd, 2015 has officially been declared Deering Banjo Company Day throughout San Diego County. Bill Horn, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and all of the County Board of Supervisors of San Diego honored Janet, Greg, and Jamie Deering for the 40th Anniversary of the Deering Banjo Company at their Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisor Dianne Jacob presented the Deering family with a proclamation that honored them as the founders of “a small family-run business (that) through hard work, passion, and attention to detail has grown into one of the world’s leading banjo manufacturers.”

Read more: Deering Day Proclaimed In San Diego

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Avedis Zildjian Company presented their 2014 “Outstanding Dealer Award” to three top Zildjian dealers at the recent 2015 Winter NAMM show. American Musical Supply, Cascio Interstate Music, and Sweetwater Sound were recognized for their sales achievements in 2014.

Zildjian CEO, Craigie Zildjian, remarked, “Our company saw solid sales growth from 2013 to 2014 thanks to the combined efforts of all our valued dealers. A special thank you goes out to these three dealers who particularly achieved substantial, year-on-year sales growth with our brand.” 

Cascio -  L to R: Jerry Smith (Zildjian North American Sales Manager), Craigie Zildjian; Scott Thayer (Cascio Interstate Music); Debbie Zildjian; Andy Schlosser (Zildjian VP, Global Sales)


Read more: Zildjian Presents 2014 Dealer Awards

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Korg is releasing Step Master, a dance training iPhone app aimed at improving the users’ sense of rhythm in a game like manner. Dancers from beginner to expert level will work at becoming a better dancer by improving the body’s core strength and sense of tempo. Designed from the dancer’s point of view, Step Master provides both entertainment and instruction.

Step Master contains cutting edge technology from Korg, who initiated a new avenue of participation in the entertainment world in 2013 by opening the Topfield Dance Center in Shibuya, Tokyo, with internationally acclaimed dancer Takahiro.  Korg has uploaded three instructional videos featuring internationally acclaimed dancer Takahiro to help breakdown the functions and features of the app.

Read more: Korg Launches Dance Training App: Step Master

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Music offers inspiration, creativity, and expression for students of every level. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of ‘Music in Our Schools Month,’ which was designated by The National Association for Music Education, Casio America, Inc. is encouraging individuals this March to embrace their inner musician. 

‘Music in Our Schools Month’ is a time to reflect on how music education truly benefits students’ growth and stimulates development and creativity. Research shows that being educated in music progresses students in other subject areas, such as mathematics, and the skills learned can be used for everyday activities. Examples of this can be found in Casio’s education book, Fostering Mathematical Thinking Through Music, which illustrates that cognitive connections between music and mathematics do exist, as many math teachers have musical talents and the majority of math students have an interest in music overall. Chapters in this volume draw parallels between the two subjects, including topics that highlight the relationships between pitch and ratios, musical transformations and trigonometry, and more.

Read more: Casio Celebrates 'Music in Our Schools Month'

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As the taller half of the superstar Las Vegas magic team of Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette is a master of illusion, but there was nothing chimerical about the magical lighting effects from CHAUVET DJ that illuminated his performance at the Mobile Beat Show.

Rather than “catching bullets,” escaping from helium bags or doing any of the other astounding and comedic tricks that have made him and his partner Raymond Teller world famous, Penn showed a more serious side to the Mobile Beat audience, recounting the journey that led him to become half of one of the longest running acts in Las Vegas history. Displaying the unique brand of humor that has made him beloved from Las Vegas to London, he shared his thoughts about music, magic, and the lessons both hold for DJs.

Read more: CHAUVET DJ Works Magic with Penn Jillette

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