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Guitar Center has announced that Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park will be performing in Los Angeles at The Wiltern on Friday, October 24th in celebration of the retailers 50th Anniversary. Interested parties can visit to enter for their chance to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles, attend a meet & greet with the band, catch the show, and take home a guitar signed by the band, a merch pack, and a $5,000 Guitar Center gift card. Tickets will be given away by KROQ both on air and at select Guitar Center locations in Southern California during the weeks leading up to the event.

Read more: GC Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Lincoln Park Concert >>>


The Educational Foundation of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the recipients of the 2014 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in Audio Engineering. The announcement was made by Don Puluse, president of the AES Educational Foundation (AESEF), on behalf of the foundation’s Board of Directors.

This year the foundation offers a special scholarship marking Bruce Swedien’s 80th birthday and recognizing over six decades of recording artistry. This scholarship is funded by his colleagues, family, fans, and friends. The scholarship will aid young recording engineers who believe in putting “Music First!” For more information, visit

Read more: 2014 AES Educational Foundation Awards >>>

Trade Regrets
Yoshi Kobayashi, the former Import Manager for Yamaha Corporation of America, passed away on September 13th at the age of 85.
Kobayashi began working for Yamaha in 1958 and was tasked with supervising the import and export of the motorcycle division.  As the musical instrument side of the company grew and expanded into the United States, Yoshi-san was placed in charge and soon created the foundation for the Yamaha distribution plan.  He and his team worked hard to manage the customs rules as well as ensure the products arrived safe and on time.  He retired from the company in 1995.
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Trade Regrets

Music retailer, teacher, and philanthropist Ruth J. Charles passed away on September 4. She was 89.

Ruth was born in Birmingham, Michigan, June 26, 1925. In 1947, she and her late husband, Dick, both graduates of Michigan State University, moved to California. In 1950 they founded the Charles Music Store and Studios on Glendale Avenue. From the beginning, it was and remains today a highly successful and respected institution where, in the beginning, Dick concentrated on band instrument sales and Ruth, in addition to running the store, taught piano and organ. Until recently, she continued to teach privately in her home where she has positively impacted the lives of many students, both adults and beginners.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Ruth Charles >>>


KMC Music has appointed Darren Wallace as brand manager for Ovation Guitars. As a master luthier, Wallace has been an integral part of Ovation’s product design and development throughout his 21 years with the company. He began his career at Ovation managing the Standard Balladeer Cell, working up to production manager and then Engineering and R&D manager. As brand manager, Wallace will oversee all Ovation brand activity, including manufacturing, new product development and strategic marketing.

Read more: Ovation Names Wallace as Brand Manager >>>


Music & Arts recently opened two new locations in the North Houston, Texas areas of Humble and Tomball. The roughly 3,000 square foot Music & Arts stores offer a large selection of instruments and accessories as well as six music lesson studios, which will have the capacity to serve about 250 students. Instructors at these locations will offer a variety of one-on-one or group music lessons including: piano, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, percussion, voice and more.

Read more: Music & Arts Adds Two New N. Houston Locations >>>


PreSonus has announced that Tony Flammia has accepted the position of commercial channel manager. In his new position, Flammia will work closely with PreSonus/WorxAudio Loudspeaker Division managing director Hugh Sarvis on new loudspeaker systems that integrate AVB (Audio Video Bridging) and Dante digital audio networking technologies. In addition, he will train systems integrators to install and use these systems.

Flammia is well suited for his new responsibilities, having spent most of his career as a systems integrator, designing and installing AVL (audio, video, and lighting) systems in churches all over the USA, including many WorxAudio systems. Always on top of the latest technology, he has the distinction of completing the first AFMG FIRmaker beam steering project in the world. A proven businessman and entrepreneur who is intimately familiar with both WorxAudio and PreSonus products and technologies, Flammia founded Creative Sound Solutions of Cape Coral, Florida in June 2007 and turned it into a highly successful systems integration company.

Read more: Flammia to Manage Commercial Channel for PreSonus >>>


Nineteen sixty-four saw The Beatles debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, Lyndon B. Johnson win a landslide re-election, and Colin Bailey release Bass Drum Control. This book has become a perennial favorite, helping countless drummers develop their bass drum technique and increase their flexibility through the mastery of exercises. Hal Leonard Corporation is proud to reissue Bass Drum Control – one of its consistent bestsellers for decades – in a special 50th anniversary edition. Deemed one of the “25 Greatest Drum Books of All Time” by Modern Drummer, the book is the bible on the subject.

Read more: 'Bass Drum Control' from HLC Celebrates 50 Years with Aniv. Edition >>>

Supplier Scene

The MI industry mourned this loss of ZVEX Effects' Andrew Richardson last week. In an effort to pay tribute to Richardson, his colleagues have set up an auction through to help fund a memorial fund.  Earthquaker Devices' Julia Robbins distributed the following message:

Read more: ZVEX Runs "Auction for Andy" at >>>

Supplier Scene

Guitar Center was presented with three 2014 Content Marketing Awards, including the Award’s highest honor, Project of the Year, for its YouTube channel. The retailer beat out thousands of top-tier brands for this distinction, and was named winner out of six finalists including Target, Four Seasons, and General Electric. Additionally, Guitar Center’s YouTube Channel received a Gold Award in the category of Highest Subscriber Growth and a Silver Award in the category of Best Use of YouTube for Content Marketing. These are Guitar Center’s first Content Marketing Awards.  

Read more: Guitar Center Grabs Top Honors at Content Marketing Awards >>>

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