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Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer comes to a close this month after a year-long run at The History Center in Tompkins County in Ithaca, New York. The exhibit celebrates the seminal creation of Moog modular synthesizer over 50 years ago by electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. On Saturday, May 16, 2015, a week before what would be Moog's 81st birthday, The History Center and the Bob Moog Foundation will honor Moog's life and legacy through the Bob Moog Birthday Bash, which will include performances, discussions, and presentations by notable musicians and Moog experts.

The celebration begins with a special screening of the documentary Moog at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca at 5 P.M. on Friday, May 15th. Trevor Pinch, co-author of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, will introduce the film. Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation, will lead a question-and-answer session afterward.

Read more: Moog Foundation Celebrates Closing of Switched-On Exhibit

Trade Regrets

Jerry Andreas of SKB Corporation got in touch with MMR to tell us of the passing of Jim Coffin on April 9th, 2015.

For more than 20 years, Jim was employed in the percussion industry, overseeing marketing, sales, education, artist activities, and product development – first for Premier Percussion then Yamaha Corporation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society, was secretary for the PAS Executive Board, and received the PAS President’s Industry Award and PAS Outstanding Supporter Award. As a clinician, soloist, conductor, and adjudicator, he appeared in more than 40 states and five Canadian provinces.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Jim Coffin

Supplier Scene

On April 25th at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, people came together to help raise awareness for autism at the third annual Light Up the Bluesconcert. The sold-out event was attended by celebrities including Brad Pitt, Jack Black, Christina Applegate, Gary Cole, and Amy Brenneman, and featured musical performances by Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, The White Buffalo, Chris Stills, and others. The evening ended with all the performers taking the stage to sing Neil Young’s hit “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

As part of their ongoing initiative to help raise awareness of autism, Roland donated several musical instruments that were hand-signed by the performers and included in a silent auction to benefit Autism Speaks. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children in the United States and millions more worldwide.

Read more: Roland Supports Light Up the Blues Concert

People

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is hiring its first chief marketing officer (CMO) to lead the company's global marketing strategies and initiatives. Evan Jones is tasked with building deeper consumer connections with Fender® and its portfolio of brands.

"Hiring our first CMO is another milestone in our long-term plan to continue to engage consumers in unique ways with the Fender brand. We are incredibly excited to have Evan's multi-brand experience, leadership and passion for Fender leading our strategic marketing efforts," said Scott Gilbertson, who joined Fender as interim chief executive officer in Spring 2014 after private equity firm TPG Growth invested in the company in 2012. 

Read more: Fender Adds First Ever Chief Marketing Officer

Supplier Scene

Peavey Electronics sponsored the movie premiere of Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, April 17, 2015. The event helped raise funds for motor sports non-profits Racing for Cancer and Indy Family Foundations while promoting Carolla’s new film.
Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, is a documentary produced and directed by comedian Adam Carolla. It chronicles the 35-year racing career of Newman as both a driver and owner, and features Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Redford, Robert Wagner, Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno, Tom Cruise, and many others in its cast.

Read more: Peavey Supports Racing for Cancer and Indy Family Foundations

Upfront

Shannon Larkin, drummer for rock band Godsmack, is the 2015 Celebrity Spokesperson for the International Drum Month (IDM) “Roadie for a Day” prize. One lucky winner will have the opportunity to go backstage for a day with Godsmack drummer, Shannon Larkin, for a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to be a drummer on tour.

“I strongly believe in music education and want to share my experience on tour with a hopeful drummer. During this May’s International Drum Month, we will get more people engaged in playing drums, through the PlayDrums.com website and local music stores across the country,” says Larkin. “We are going to have a blast that day as someone gets to see the inner works of what I do for a living!”

Read more: May Is International Drum Month

Upfront

St. Louis Music has announced their appointment as the exclusive distributors of this excellent product for the United States and Canada.

“The Ponzol line of mouthpieces present a phenomenal option to retailers and players alike,” Says Craig Denny, vice president of Band & Orchestra at St. Louis Music. “They are machined extremely well, they are very consistent, and most importantly, they sound amazing. Ponzol Mouthpieces are well suited for playing in a variety of situations and hold their sound very well. They allow saxophonists to concentrate on musicianship instead of simply trying to play the saxophone.”

Read more: SLM to Distribute Ponzol Mouthpieces

Supplier Scene

Mapex MyDentity custom drums is offering a free matching tom with any *MyDentity four, five, or six piece kit purchased during the promotional period of May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015.

Mapex MyDentity custom drums are built in Nashville and offer a wide array of options for shell sizes, wood type, wraps, and hardware colors. The SONIClear™ bearing edge was added to the MyDentity line last year.

Read more: Free Tom from Mapex with MyDentity Kit Purchase

Supplier Scene

Casio America, Inc will be a sponsor of the 10th annual ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo, a national conference for songwriters, producers, and music business leaders. Casio’s variety of electronic musical instruments – including key models from its Privia Pro, XW, and Workstation series – will be on display from April 30 – May 2, 2015, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

As part of the sponsorship, Casio will support the ‘She Rocks Showcase,’ an event hosted by The Women’s International Music Network (WIMN) where Dia Frampton, lead singer of the band Meg & Dia, is set to headline. In addition, event attendees (ASCAP members) will receive a 20 percent off coupon for select Casio products valid at Sam Ash Music Stores nationwide.

Read more: Casio to Sponsor 10th Annual ASCAP 'I Create Music' Expo

Supplier Scene

Breedlove's Custom Sound Studio, inspired by Kim Breedlove, allows players to express themselves and their music through custom heirloom instruments with distinctively crafted sound.

Crafting your Breedlove Custom Sound Studio instrument begins with an extensive menu of rare and exotic tonewoods, state-of-the-art electronics, custom options, finish styles, inlay patterns, custom artwork, and hardware. 

Read more: Breedlove Offers Customizable Instruments

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