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Fred and Dinah Gretsch were presented the General Henry H. (Hap) Arnold Award for helping sponsor the First Annual John Calabro Night of the Arts celebration and awards ceremony at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. The April 10 event, coordinated through the Department of English and Philosophy and the Cadet Fine Arts Forum, showcased cadet creativity and talent in music, photography, film, poetry, prose, and fine art.

Read more: Fred and Dinah Gretsch Presented With Henry H. Arnold Award


Ten students were recipients of $1,000 scholarships for their prize winning entries in the School Band & Orchestra essay contest, “How Does Your Music Class Prepare Your For Life…”

Read more: 2015 SBO Essay Contest Winners

Trade Regrets

George Quinlan Jr. got in touch on May 10th to share with us the sad news that industry vet Joe Guth passed away on May 6th:

Read more: Trade Regrets: Joe Guth

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DANSR, Inc announced that first quarter sales of the new V21 Bb clarinet reed have exceeded original projections. Feedback continues to be positive and interest remains strong.


“We are very pleased with the acceptance of the V21 reed,” says DANSR President Michael Skinner. “From the first day seeing the response from artists like Martin Frost and Anthony McGill, just to mention a couple, we knew it would be successful. We’re just a little surprised how quickly it happened.”

Read more: V21 Shows Record Growth in First Quarter of Release

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Journalists of more than 100 special interest magazines from all over the world were called upon to nominate and vote for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2014/2015 in the 37 categories of the mipa/pipa Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound International Press Award.

The winners received their awards at a mipa/pipa awards ceremony & party held during the Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound 2015 on Thursday, April 16th. More than 300 international representatives of musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturers and distributors got together for the mipa/pipa award show, including guests from the USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium, China, Indonesia, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

Read more: D'Addario Takes Home Best Innovative Product (Musical Instruments)

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For the second consecutive year, PRS Guitars is teaming up with the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys. As the exclusive acoustic guitar of the summer-long festival, PRS Guitars will be activating in Warped’s Acoustic Basement at 40+ concert events this summer, starting on June 17 in Anchorage, Alaska, traversing the USA, and culminating in a final concert on August 8 in Auburn, WA. PRS also has planned a special appearance at the July 18 Columbia, Maryland event where the Maryland guitar manufacturer plans to let concert goers see and play a variety of PRS Acoustic guitars including the newly introduced SE A10E and SE Alex Lifeson signature acoustics.

 “We are thankful for our partnership with PRS Guitars and recognize their involvement with, and encouragement of, young artists. Together, we are building a foundation for musicians of the future,” stated Kevin Lyman, founder and producer of the Vans Warped Tour.

Read more: PRS Named Official Acoustic Guitar of 2015 Vans Warped Tour


Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) recently appointed Dan Rodowicz, a veteran manager with three decades of music education and retail experience, to head its Institutional Solutions Group and Sales Department.

Rodowicz holds the newly created position of institutional channel manager, leading Yamaha’s team that focuses on sales, service and support for the institutional/academic community throughout the country.

Read more: Rodowicz Appointed Institutional Channel Manager of YCA


Joyful Noise Drum Company has appointed Todd Trent as their chief operating officer.

Trent brings over three decades of percussion industry experience to Joyful Noise. Having been in music retail, artist relations with Ludwig Drums, wholesale/OEM sales and marketing with Taye Drums, as well as pro touring management, he is well suited to propel Joyful Noise.  Trent has been a fan of the product, their mission and leadership team since the beginning of the company and now feels the time is right to add his abilities to such an outstanding company. 

Read more: Joyful Noise Drum Company Names Trent COO

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Jack White’s Third Man Records has now launched their own Little Third Man Electric Guitar. These come in customer black and yellow matte finishes, have a vinyl pickguard made at Nashville's United Record Pressing, a Third Man Records logo steel plate, and special packaging that includes a printed playing-guide and tablatures for "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy,” "Black Math,” and "We're Going to Be Friends."

Read more: Jack White’s Third Man Records Launches Electric Loog Guitar Model

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JBL Professional has become the Title Sponsor for Day One (Thursday, May 14) at the 18th Annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament. Known as the “Live Sound Day,” as it features professionals mostly in the live sound industry, the event’s hole sponsorships are completely sold out for both May 14 and May 15, however there is still room for a few golfing foursomes on Thursday, May 14, now officially known as the “JBL Professional AudioMasters Live.”

“I have played the AudioMasters several times over the years, and it was one of the most fun-filled events I can remember,” stated Bryan Bradley, general manager at JBL Professional. “The entire Nashville audio community comes together for the AudioMasters, and JBL Professional is glad that we can participate and support such a worthwhile fundraising cause.”

Read more: JBL Title Sponsor for AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament Day One

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