Retired MMR publisher Sid Davis was a contributor to a recent book published by SABR (Society of American Baseball Research), Who’s on First: Replacement Players in World War II, covering major league players who made their entrance into the league during the four seasons in which the U.S. was in the second World War.  Davis authored a biography of Butch Nieman, a hard-hitting outfielder for the Boston Braves during that period. 

Read more: MMR’s Davis Contributes to Who’s on First


Roland Corporation U.S. has announces three new personnel appointments that align with the company’s current strategic business plan. The announcement was made by Jay Wanamaker, president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S., and reflects Roland’s ongoing commitment to the expansion of the company and its brands.

Read more: Roland Announces New Personnel Appointments

Trade Regrets

Layton V. Rawlins was the founder of Rawlins Piano Company in Southern California and a veteran of the piano industry. Rawlins witnessed many of the biggest changes within the piano business over his 50 plus year career.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Layton V. Rawlins


Hal Leonard was honored to host famed lyricist and librettist Alain Boublil at its Milwaukee headquarters on March 6th.

The world’s longest-running musical, Les Miz is an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. The show made its debut in 1985, and Hal Leonard has represented it in print for nearly as long.

Read more: Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard

Supplier Scene

Hosa Technology is pleased to announce that it has named Audio Geer as its 2014 Rep of the Year award winner. This year’s winner is recognized for exceptional performance with two of the company’s core product lines: Hosa Technology and Mogan Microphones. The two awards were presented at one of the company’s functions during the recent Winter NAMM Show.

Read more: Hosa Names Audio Geer Rep of the Year


Samick Music Corporation, Inc. (SMC) has announced the appointment of Mike Johnson as Western sales manager of the company’s Musical Instrument Division.

In his new role, Johnson will have the responsibility of managing sales in the Western U.S. and will be directly involved in the development of new products, utilizing over 40 years of experience in the music industry.

Read more: Samick Names Johnston Western Sales Manager


ESP Guitars and Takamine Guitars have announced a partnership in which Takamine instruments will be available exclusively through ESP and selected dealers in the U.S. This new distribution partnership began in March 2015.

“This is a momentous leap forward for both ESP and Takamine,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of the ESP Guitar Company. “The new agreement between ESP and Takamine allows ESP to offer one of the world’s most respected acoustic guitar brands to our dealers and customers, and gives Takamine the kind of sales distribution and marketing support that this fine brand merits.”

Read more: ESP and Takamine Announce U.S. Partnership


NAMM invites music product retailers worldwide to stand up and take a bow as the fifth annual Top 100 Dealer Awards nominations open. Retailers can now enter in seven “Best of” categories, for Dealer of the Year and to be named one of the world’s Top 100 Dealers. The Awards, which applaud excellence and innovation in music products retailing will be presented Friday, July 10 during Summer NAMM in Nashville.

Read more: 2015 NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards


LOUD Technologies has announced the appointment of Sean Humphries to the position of sales director, APAC Region, and Craig Lewis to the position of sales director, U.S. National Accounts.

Lewis comes to LOUD after more than a decade with Music Group, where he held a number of sales and support positions. His career has also included positions with IK Multimedia, Steinberg, and Yamaha.

Read more: LOUD Technologies Announces Two New Sales Directors

Supplier Scene

Casio America, Inc is proud to celebrate the winner of the fourth installment of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter artist discovery program. Lanita Smith of Memphis, TN competed for the grand prize on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 4 Grand Finals at the Troubadour in West Hollywood along with four other talented singer-songwriters. As a sponsor of this program, Casio awarded all five finalists a Casio Privia digital piano to further perfect their musical skills.

Read more: Casio Celebrates Lanita Smith

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