Alfred Music recently announced the 2016 winners of the Alfred Music Premier Dealer Awards.
The recipients of the awards are AMC Music, Popplers Music Store, Stanton’s Sheet Music, and Twigg Musique. These awards honor dealers for building strong relationships with Alfred Music over the past year and achieving excellence in the music products industry.
Established in 1974, AMC Music has enjoyed 43 years in the print music business. Specializing in piano, vocal, and choral music, AMC's dedicated staff is committed to the print music industry and service to its customers.
“The team at AMC Music provide their customers with an unmatched level of customer service and dedication that should be seen as an example across the industry,” said Paul Melancon, sales representative. “They take the utmost care with each client and always go above and beyond to make sure AMC Music is always front of mind for their needs.”
“Popplers Music has been an important partner of Alfred Music for many years, but the primary reason they should be recognized is their longtime and continuing commitment to music education,” said Danny Smolenski, sales representative, key accounts, and instrumental specialist. “In short, Popplers Music is a key advocate for what Alfred Music has always stood for—helping people to learn, to teach, to play, and to experience the joy of making music.”
Popplers Music, established in 1909, is associated with numerous local, state, and national organizations as a member or underwriting exhibitor. Owner Don Langlie has been a board member and is the current president of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association. They also host workshops and reading sessions, both in their store and in partnership with various organizations and institutions, for teachers at all levels, from elementary through college. The staff at Popplers Music includes many former educators who understand the unique challenges of music education today.
Stanton’s Sheet Music is a full service print music and gift store and provides excellent recommendations from their talented staff. Teachers rely on their expertise in the areas of band, orchestra, choral, and piano and know that whatever they need they can get it there. Stanton’s supports Alfred Music by hosting numerous clinics and by bringing our products to all of the music conventions where they exhibit. They also have an extensive listening library and virtual workshops on their website so educators can always find what they need.
“Stanton’s Sheet Music always goes above and beyond to ensure the customers receive the best possible service. They are an invaluable resource and we are fortunate to work with such an incredible partner who is constantly reviewing new products and are so well-versed in all areas of music education,” said Pam Hendricks, senior director of sales, USA.
Twigg Musique started in 1958 as a repair shop. Eventually it expanded to selling instruments, and in 2013, it acquired Musi Club which was an established band music store. Together Dany Lamothe and Jasmin Boily have grown this business impressively over the last three years.
Christie Smith, senior sales representative for Canada said of Twigg Musique, “I have been so impressed with the grand projects that Dany Lamothe and Jasmin Boily work on. They have two full-time staff members and one part-time and they handle everything from receiving, sales, marketing, and events all by themselves. They are responsible for the website, all marketing pieces, and any events or promotions that take them outside of the store. They put hours and hours of their time into pulling these things off and the end result has been impressive.” Christie goes on to say, “I think in this day and age where sometimes it’s easy to get cynical and down about the future of print music, it’s refreshing to see these two people who are excited about the potential of print and have used their creative energy and personal commitment to their community to grab an impressive amount of the market share in the Quebec print music market.”
Alfred Music congratulates these four tremendous dealers and thanks them for being solid partners in music education.
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