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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the appointment of Set Square as its live console partner in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company, owned and operated by Dave Lee, who has worked in the Dubai live industry for over 15 years, has purchased an SSL Live. L300 for rentals and will handle distribution of both the L300 and L500 throughout the UAE.

Read more: SSL Appoints Set Square to Lead Live Console Sales in UAE

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Sail aboard the world's oldest active sailing ship, and a national historical landmark to celebrate 40 years of crafting American made banjos in San Diego! Deering Banjos is proud to be partnering with the San Diego Music Foundation to bring about this celebration. Proceeds from this event will go to music in the schools programs around San Diego County.

It is a rare occurrence to have a public concert aboard the Star of India. Deering is thrilled to bring the Kruger Brothers back to San Diego to headline for this memorable night.

Read more: Deering Benefit Concert on Star of India

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Full Compass Systems has announced that Michelle Grabel-Komar has accepted the leadership role of vice president of sales, and will be overseeing the company’s vertical sales channels.  Grabel-Komar will take advantage of her years of knowledge both within Full Compass and in her industry experience by heading up the Sales Department along with our new Sales Management team.

Read more: Full Compass Names Grabel-Komar as Vice President of Sales

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U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) met with Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) senior management on a number of common-interest topics, including west coast port labor negotiations and the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind.

Yamaha representatives first met with the 12-term congressman last year as part of the National Association of Music Merchant’s (NAMM) annual music education advocacy Fly-In held in Washington, DC.

Following a tour last week of the music product company’s campus in Buena Park, Rep. Royce sat down with YCA President Hitoshi Fukutome and Senior VPs Tom Sumner, Rick Young and Brian Jemelian to discuss important topics that are affecting all musical instrument manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

Read more: Congressman Royce Meets with Yamaha

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