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Fred Gretsch talks to the Hal Leonard sales team about the rich family history of Gretsch Drums.In honor of Hal Leonard’s recent appointment as the exclusive distributor of Gretsch Drums’ Renown, Catalina, and Energy series, Fred W. Gretsch visited the company’s Milwaukee headquarters.

He met with the 50-person sales department to provide a historical overview of his family’s business that started in 1883 and which he bought back from Baldwin in 1985. Mr. Gretsch also spent time with the marketing team from Hal Leonard to discuss long-term planning.

Fred Gretsch (center) with Hal Leonard managers Doug Lady, Senior VP – Sales; Larry Morton, President; Brad Smith, VP – MI Products; and David Cywinski, Sales Manager – Drum & Percussion Products. Hal Leonard Vice President - MI Products, Brad Smith, commented, “We are well aware of the American legacy being entrusted to us and are honored that Mr. Gretsch would come visit us to share his stories and expertise about the drum market. Hal Leonard is also a family-founded business so we truly value the importance and significance of that history and want to make sure we keep that central to our marketing.”

Fred Gretsch commented, “We believe in partnering with the best companies in the industry who share the goal of making a more musical world. Hal Leonard definitely is a perfect fit for us and we can’t wait to get started. Go, team!” 

Hal Leonard was appointed the exclusive distributor of the Gretsch series by Drum Workshop, Inc., at the Winter NAMM show. In addition to the Gretsch Renown, Catalina, and Energy lines, Hal Leonard will also be distributing Gibraltar Hardware, CB Percussion, Percussion Plus, and KAT Electronic Drums for DW. 

Any retailers interested in ordering these DW brands can call the Hal Leonard E-Z Order Line at 1-800-554-0626.

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