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Since the Winter, 2014 launch of Fluence Multi-Voice pickups for electric guitar, artists have been quick to embrace the tone and features of this newest technology from Fishman.

Among the artists who are choosing Fishman Fluence pickups are Stephen Carpenter of Deftones; Joel Stroetzel of Killswitch Engage; Ryan Mendez and Ryan Key of Yellowcard; Gary Hoey; producer Andy Sneap, Mark Lewis, Jon Donais of Anthrax; Timo Somers of Blind Guardian; Lesse Lammert, Buz McGrath and Ken Susi of Unearth; Cameron Liddell and Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria; Oli Herbert from All That Remains; and Pat O’Brien of Cannibal Corpse.

Read more: Fishman Fluence Pickups Quickly Gaining Artist Acceptance


AIMM, the Alliance of Independent Music Merchants has appointed Barry Mitchell to the position of executive vice president.

Mitchell brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the music products industry to the position and he is described as a skilled leader with a passion for building successful business partnerships, sales, marketing, product development, category management, and music education.
Most recently Mitchell served as vice president, Customer Management for MUSIC Group. In his former role he was responsible for the MUSIC Group’s Behringer and Bugera brands in the U.S., Canada, and South America.

Read more: AIMM Appoints Mitchell Executive VP

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Impression Cymbals and its exclusive North American distributor, ZimMusicInc., has announced the launch of its new Custom Cymbal Program.

The Custom Cymbal Program is accessed through the Impression Cymbals website. Once there the user can begin building the B20 cymbal of their dreams. Users can choose among rides, crashes, hi-hats, splashes, China-types, bells, or something otherwise indefinable in sizes ranging from 6" to 24". Other options include: the cymbal’s profile, bell size and profile, hammering, lathing, and a host of possible finishes. Users also have the ability to upload audio examples of the cymbal they want and Impression’s master cymbalsmith will make suggestions based on his analysis of the tracks. Once the final design and production schedule are approved, Impression will bang it out and deliver it to a local dealer within 60–90 days. Prices are based on size and complexity.

Read more: Impression Launches Custom Cymbal Program

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A founding member of the Grateful Dead along with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, drummer Bill Kreutzmann is still going strong after playing in all of the 2,300 live performances the band made during its lifespan. Kreutzmann showed a large appreciative crowd that he hasn’t missed a beat when he performed at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC with his red hot band Billy and the Kids.

Keeping pace with the rummer and his cohorts was a collection of fixtures from CHAUVET DJ. Lighting designer Manny Newman used four Intimidator Spot LED 350 moving fixtures, along with a collection of Rogue R1 Spots from CHAUVET DJ’s sister company CHAUVET Professional, to accent the band’s performance.

Read more: CHAUVET DJ Intimidator Rocks With Grateful Dead Legend Bill Kreutzmann

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Yorkville Sound announced that, effective June 1, 2015, they will be the exclusive Canadian distributor for all Gibson Pro Audio brands including Stanton Audio, KRK Systems, Cerwin-Vega loudspeakers, Neat Microphones, and Cakewalk music software.

“We at Yorkville Sound are thrilled with the addition of the Gibson Pro Audio brands to our ever-expanding catalog,” explains Jeff Cowling, vice president of sales & marketing at Yorkville Sound.  “Our experience and success in the audio industry makes these additions a natural fit for our team.”

Read more: Yorkville Sound to Distribute Gibson Pro Audio Brands for Canada

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KHS America announced the expansion and reorganization of its Combo Sales Division and the integration of the Hohner Inc. sales effort.  Effective May 1st, the KHS America Combo division will now have the added responsibility of managing the sales effort for all brands previously under the Hohner Inc. umbrella. This includes: Sonor Drums, Hohner Harmonicas and Accordions, Anacleto Accordions by Hohner, Hohner Airboard, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, A+ and H. Jimenez Instruments, Rockwood, Green Tones, and Hohner Kids Educations Instruments. To accomplish this, KHS America has increased the number of district managers to ten and will also be implementing a new “team” approach by aligning efforts with their inside team. This reorganization does not affect the current Band & Orchestra sales team or the dealer accounts they serve.

Read more: KHS Strengthens Combo Dealer Partnerships with New Sales Structure


KHS America has announced the promotion of Christopher Hankes to the position of school music business unit manager. In this newly created position, Hankes will lead the U.S. marketing and product team for Jupiter winds, XO professional brass, Altus and Azumi flutes, Majestic percussion, and Mapex marching drums.

Hankes joined the KHS family in 2006 as percussion product manager and has been the driving force behind the emergence of Mapex marching drums and Majestic percussion. Hankes previously enjoyed a long tenure in school music sales with Schmitt Music Centers, and maintained an active career as an educator, performer and clinician.

Read more: KHS Promotes Hankes to School Music Business Unit Manager


HARMAN Professional has appointed Denny McLane as business development leader, western U.S. and Saben Shawhan as business development leader, eastern U.S. Operating in these newly created roles, McLane and Shawhan will provide design support on projects and consultant communications. McLane and Shawhan will report to Gregory Jones and Olivier Roure, senior sales managers for U.S. Installation, who made today’s announcement.

Read more: HARMAN Professional Division Appoints Business Development Leaders


KHS America has named Gary Ingraffia Combo Drum Business unit manager. Ingraffia has come to KHS with the acquisition of Hohner, Inc., where he served briefly as SONOR product manager. He is a music industry veteran with over 23 years of MI experience highlighted by his work as co-founder of Crush Drums, his key contributions to ddrum, and his management and real estate experience at Guitar Center.

Read more: KHS America Taps Ingraffia as Combo Drum Business Unit Manager


As part of the company’s continued growth, Roland U.S. has expanded its team with new appointments in sales, management, marketing, support and finance.

Niko Spanos joins the Roland executive management team as director of accessories. Based in the L.A. office, he will call upon his product design experience and industry insights to oversee the growth and promotion of Roland’s guitar, technology and percussion accessories, and offer market and consumer feedback to the product development team. A guitarist and music industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, Spanos worked his way up from retail sales clerk to the Guitar Center corporate offices where he was a buyer/director. Most recently, he served as the director of accessories at Fender Musical Instruments.

Read more: Roland Continues to Expand U.S. Team

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