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Yamaha helped celebrate the 30th anniversary of the University of Kentucky percussion program by presenting a new 9300 Series marching snare drum to James Campbell, director of percussion studies at the university and a Yamaha artist since 1993.

Read more: Yamaha Helps Commemorate University of Kentucky Percussion Department’s 30th Anniversary

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Calling it the start of the next great chapter in its proud history of serving the MI and Pro Audio industries, KMC Music (www.kmcmusic.com) has announced that it has completed its transition from Fender Musical Instruments to JAM Industries ownership with the opening of a new corporate headquarters in Bloomfield, Connecticut, the relocation of its warehousing and distribution to the JAM Industries operations center in Southaven, Mississippi, and the implementation of new credit and order processing systems based in JAM Industries’ Montreal, Canada headquarters.

Read more: KMC Opens New HQ in Connecticut, Relocates Warehousing and Distribution to Mississippi

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Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces two personnel appointments: Susan Starnes has been named senior vice president, Services, Guitar Center (the branch under which GC Pro operates), and Bradley Johnson has been named director of Guitar Center Professional.

Read more: GC Pro Makes Appointments to Management Team

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On June 10, Mike Adams, Moog Music Inc. president/CEO, stopped production in the factory and gathered the employees for an impromptu meeting. Adams began by saying, "I called you all here to let you know I sold the company.

After a brief silence, he continued, "The good news is I sold it to all of you."

Read more: Moog Music Now Employee-Owned

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Fender announces the Fender American Standard Test Drive promotion, which takes place between June 8 – July 5 at participating Fender authorized dealers in America and Canada. Consumers who test-drive a new Fender American Standard series guitar or bass can sign-up online to receive a free limited edition Fender t-shirt, plus a chance to win a VIP trip for two to Lollapalooza 2015.

Read more: Fender Announces American Standard Test Drive Promotion

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Sponsored by Fishman, Premier Guitar, and Hal Leonard, the “Win Greg Koch” Sweepstakes received over 15,000 entries in eleven weeks. Grand Prize-winner Mark Mizhrai from Los Angeles was visited at home by “The Gristle-man” in person on May 19th. 

Read more: MI Brands Provide Experience For Grand Prize Winner Of “Win Greg Koch” Sweepstakes

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Fred W. Gretsch was recognized for his 50th anniversary with an in-store event at StreetSounds NYC on May 30th.

Read more: Fred W. Gretsch Celebrates 50 Years in the Music Business

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ZimMusicInc. has been named the U.S distributor for Canadian stick manufacturer, Los Cabos Drumsticks.

Read more: ZMI Named Los Cabos Drumsticks U.S. Distributor

Upfront

St. Louis Music (SLM) has acquired E.K. Blessing from Verne Q. Powell Flutes. Founded in 1906, E.K. Blessing is one America’s most historic brands of concert and marching band instruments and accessories.

Read more: SLM Purchases the E.K. Blessing Company

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Producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and performer Joe West (Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Justin Timberlake) is part of the growing trend of music professionals using theDiGiGrid DLS audio interface to enhance networking and tracking and to increase their plugin count.

DiGiGrid DLS is an all-in-one processing and networking hub that bridges Pro Tools and the WavesSoundGrid system. With its built-in SoundGrid DSP server, network switch, and two DigiLink ports providing as many as 64 digital inputs and outputs, DiGiGrid DLS gives users more processing power and lets them take full advantage of their existing Pro Tools system. By providing full plugin integration inside users’ DAWs, DiGiGrid DLS lets users track, monitor, and mix while running hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins in real time—all with a low latency of 0.8 milliseconds.

Read more: West Uses DiGiGrid

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