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Avedis Zildjian Company presented their 2014 “Outstanding Dealer Award” to Dale’s Drum Shop of Harrisburg, PA.   Dale’s was 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 Dale’s Drum Shop who particularly achieved substantial, year-on-year sales growth with our brand.” 

Read more: Zildjian Present Dealer Award to Dale's Drum Shop; Present Cymbal to Sam Ash Music

Supplier Scene

Boulder Creek announced a marketing alliance with the Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”) to create a Remington line of acoustic guitars. 

Gary Keffer, director, media & partnerships at ROC, said, “Guitars are a natural fit for Remington, because so many outdoorsmen and women are musicians and music lovers. I can picture sitting around the campfire after a day in the field and happily strumming a Remington guitar or listening to one of my campmates play for us.”

Read more: Boulder Creek Announces New Line of Remington Series Guitars

Supplier Scene

D'Addario Woodwinds announced their artist Rhythm X Winds as the first winner of the new WGI Sport of the Arts Winds Division. Rhythm X Winds is sponsored by D'Addario Woodwinds and exclusively uses their products, including Reserve Saxophone and Clarinet reeds as well as Select Jazz reeds.

"Our relationship with Evans and D'Addario has been pivotal to the quality and consistency of our musical success," says Mike Scott, CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. "This year, with the start of our world-class WGI Winds ensemble, we sought to find products that would give us a jump start and an incredible quality of sound. D'Addario Woodwinds was exactly what we were looking for. Their huge line-up of woodwind products was well received by our cast and staff members and proved to be a huge asset to the ensemble."

Read more: D'Addario Woodwinds Artist Wins WGI Winds Division

Upfront

Roland Corporation U.S. has an exciting opportunity for a District Sales Manager for the SW territory, representing Roland and BOSS products within the MI channel.

As the first point of contact to assigned dealers in the Southwest US territory (NM, AZ, OK, UT, TX region), the District Sales Manager provides valuable resources in support of Roland's products, strategy, and objectives to the dealers. The District Sales Manager (DSM) is responsible for accurate analysis of market-by-market territorial sales potential, establishing distribution for all product groups, developing the Roland Dealer's business, monitoring sales results, and meeting company established individual sales budgets and objectives. The DSM will train retail salespeople, assist with product merchandising and retail sales promotions, and help retailers develop and implement Roland Sales Programs as requested and approved by Roland Musical Instrument's (MI) management.

Read more: Roland Seeks SW District Sales Manager

Upfront

TEC Tracks, educational sessions designed to empower the growing audio, production and recording markets, will debut at Summer NAMM in Nashville on July 9-11, 2015. Stationed next to the NAMM Idea Center right on the show floor, TEC Tracks features three full days of free master classes, live interviews and panel discussions on the biggest topics for recording and live sound professionals, including optimizing studios, recording live shows and studio stories from Nashville pro audio legends.

"The new TEC Tracks offerings add even more value to Summer NAMM's robust educational programming," said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. "We've heard from many of our members, both retailers and manufacturers, that this is one of the fastest growing segments of the market. NAMM members who attend these sessions will be better equipped to seize these opportunities." 

Read more: TEC Tracks Amplifies Pro Audio’s Presence at Summer NAMM

Trade Regrets

On May 13th, MMR received the following news from PianoDisc:

With much regret, PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin reports the passing of company co-founder and president, Gary Burgett. Mr. Burgett passed away at his home in Sacramento, California of natural causes; he was 65. A high-profile figure in the piano industry, Mr. Burgett was known for his affable style, strong work ethic, enthusiasm and his sincere respect for all industry partners that he worked with and was well-loved by the staff of PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin. He will be greatly missed and his memory and legacy lives on in those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. Gary's brother Kirk Burgett, co-owner and president of both PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin will continue to oversee executive management and daily operations of both companies with no other changes in management structure. 

Read more: Trade Regrets: Gary Burgett

People

American Music & Sound (AM&S) recently announced the new hire of Gilbert Perales as the Southern California sales representative for Allen & Heath.

Perales will provide technical sales support and training for Southern California dealers, installers, and end users for Allen & Heath products.

“We are pleased to have him on board, his experience in product management as well as working as an outside sales rep makes him a perfect fit for the position. We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm he will be bringing,” said Michael Palmer, vice president of Sales for Allen & Heath USA.

Read more: AM&S Names Perales as the Southern California Sales Rep for Allen & Heath

Supplier Scene

Pearl Artist, Chris Jago, recently finished up a residency at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California where he performed 96 shows over a 3-month long tenure with the Los Angeles production of Wicked

Jago's drumming was widely present throughout each of the 96 shows played during Wicked’s Los Angeles residency. And, although holed up in a separate drum booth located under the stage, Chris was able to rig up a GoPro camera and piece together a small brief video, which can be viewed online.

Read more: Under the Stage with Wicked’s Chris Jago

People

CAD Audio has promoted Glenn Roop to the position of vice president, Business Development. In this capacity, Roop will be responsible for new product development and marketing, artist relations and establishing new markets for CAD.

Roop’s longstanding commitment to the music industry started in the 1980s as the owner/manager of a successful DJ entertainment company while also designing and manufacturing loudspeakers. He worked for Audio-Technica in the early ‘90s, significantly contributing to the growth of the company and eventually becoming a sales director overseeing a team of territory managers and reps throughout the U.S. and Canada. Roop joined CAD in 2010 as director of Business Development.

Read more: CAD Audio Promotes Roop to VP, Business Development

People

Fishman announced that Brad Townsend has been appointed as vice president of Global Retail Sales. A longtime industry veteran, Townsend will be in charge of Fishman’s domestic and international retail sales.

Townsend has been in the music products industry since graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in music. He’s worked for several companies, most notably Fender Musical Instruments where he held domestic and international sales and marketing positions for almost twenty years. Most recently, Brad served as senior vice president of Sales & Marketing for AXL Musical Instruments.

Read more: Fishman Names Townsend To Head Global Retail Sales

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