The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus are pleased to announce three exceptional schools and their music programs as the winners of a recording residency on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus: Scotts Valley High School (Scotts Valley, California), Country Club Hills District 160 (Country Club Hills, Illinois) and Herricks UFSD (New Hype Park, New York).

Read more: The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Announce Winners of Lennon Bus...


KMC Music has been appointed to serve as a United States distribution partner by Ernie Ball, Inc.  According to KMC Music vice president of Merchandising Roger Hart, the appointment is effective immediately and includes the entire range of Ernie Ball® strings, pedals, picks, and accessories.

Read more: Ernie Ball Adds KMC Music to Serve as a United States Distribution Partner

Trade Regrets

On Deceber 2, we received the following message from NAMM’s Dan Del Fiorentno

I'm sorry to report that Victor Tibaldeo Sr. passed away on Thursday at the age of 93.  He started in the business in 1939 and became an icon in music retailing.  He will be missed!

Read more: Trade Regrets: Victor Tibaldeo Sr.

Supplier Scene

A prominent rocky outgroup in Tasman Bay, Nelson’s Fifeshire Rock in New Zealand, was once known and feared as a shipping hazard. Recently, Nelson’s Civic Trust desired to make the rock an attraction by lighting it during the hours of darkness. To illuminate the famous outcrop, MDR Sound & Lighting supplied AV Architects Ltd with a Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixture.

Read more: Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid Illuminates New Zealand Coastline

Supplier Scene

D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads continues its campaign for their new UV1 drumheads with featured artist Omar Hakim kicking off the performance video series this week.

Read more: D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads Features Omar Hakim Playing UV1 Drumheads


HW Products is celebrating its 40th year at NAMM and has welcomed Jim Klingler to their team as manager of direct sales.

Read more: HW Products Names Klingler Manager of Direct Sales

Supplier Scene

Ray Luzier, pictured in his drum room/studio, outfitted with Auralex® acoustical treatmentRay Luzier moved to the Nashville area over two years ago to take part in its music scene. One of the first things he did in his new home was convert several rooms in the house into a recording studio and control room. Like many who create a home studio, Luzier had to find a way to make spaces not designed for sound accommodate music recording. He was able to do that using an array of products from Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.

Read more: Korn Drummer Ray Luzier Relies on Auralex

Supplier Scene

Left to Right: MikeBangs, MaryamLarki-Bavi, and JamesDuvall.Allen & Heath has recently expanded the marketing team based at its USA distributor, American Music & Sound, with the appointment of Mike Bangs as Live Sound & Touring expert, James Duvall as Commercial Solutions Specialist, and Maryam Larki-Bavi as Marketing Manager.

Read more: Allen & Heath Expands U.S. Marketing Team

Supplier Scene

D’Addario has welcomed Eric Johnson to their fretted artist roster.

Read more: Eric Johnson Joins D’Addario Fretted Artist Roster

Supplier Scene

Capping a year of record breaking growth in its Pro Audio business, KMC Pro Audio today announced the expansion of its Galaxy Audio product offering, which now includes the company’s full line of amps, digital signal processing, speakers, media players, microphones, mixers, monitors, ear buds, portable PA, wireless microphones and monitors, and audio solutions.

Read more: KMC Pro Audio Expands Galaxy Audio Product Line

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