TEC Tracks, educational sessions designed to empower the growing audio, production and recording markets, will debut at Summer NAMM in Nashville on July 9-11, 2015. Stationed next to the NAMM Idea Center right on the show floor, TEC Tracks features three full days of free master classes, live interviews and panel discussions on the biggest topics for recording and live sound professionals, including optimizing studios, recording live shows and studio stories from Nashville pro audio legends.

"The new TEC Tracks offerings add even more value to Summer NAMM's robust educational programming," said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. "We've heard from many of our members, both retailers and manufacturers, that this is one of the fastest growing segments of the market. NAMM members who attend these sessions will be better equipped to seize these opportunities." 

Read more: TEC Tracks Amplifies Pro Audio’s Presence at Summer NAMM

Trade Regrets

On May 13th, MMR received the following news from PianoDisc:

With much regret, PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin reports the passing of company co-founder and president, Gary Burgett. Mr. Burgett passed away at his home in Sacramento, California of natural causes; he was 65. A high-profile figure in the piano industry, Mr. Burgett was known for his affable style, strong work ethic, enthusiasm and his sincere respect for all industry partners that he worked with and was well-loved by the staff of PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin. He will be greatly missed and his memory and legacy lives on in those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. Gary's brother Kirk Burgett, co-owner and president of both PianoDisc and Mason & Hamlin will continue to oversee executive management and daily operations of both companies with no other changes in management structure. 

Read more: Trade Regrets: Gary Burgett


American Music & Sound (AM&S) recently announced the new hire of Gilbert Perales as the Southern California sales representative for Allen & Heath.

Perales will provide technical sales support and training for Southern California dealers, installers, and end users for Allen & Heath products.

“We are pleased to have him on board, his experience in product management as well as working as an outside sales rep makes him a perfect fit for the position. We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm he will be bringing,” said Michael Palmer, vice president of Sales for Allen & Heath USA.

Read more: AM&S Names Perales as the Southern California Sales Rep for Allen & Heath

Supplier Scene

Pearl Artist, Chris Jago, recently finished up a residency at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California where he performed 96 shows over a 3-month long tenure with the Los Angeles production of Wicked

Jago's drumming was widely present throughout each of the 96 shows played during Wicked’s Los Angeles residency. And, although holed up in a separate drum booth located under the stage, Chris was able to rig up a GoPro camera and piece together a small brief video, which can be viewed online.

Read more: Under the Stage with Wicked’s Chris Jago


CAD Audio has promoted Glenn Roop to the position of vice president, Business Development. In this capacity, Roop will be responsible for new product development and marketing, artist relations and establishing new markets for CAD.

Roop’s longstanding commitment to the music industry started in the 1980s as the owner/manager of a successful DJ entertainment company while also designing and manufacturing loudspeakers. He worked for Audio-Technica in the early ‘90s, significantly contributing to the growth of the company and eventually becoming a sales director overseeing a team of territory managers and reps throughout the U.S. and Canada. Roop joined CAD in 2010 as director of Business Development.

Read more: CAD Audio Promotes Roop to VP, Business Development


Fishman announced that Brad Townsend has been appointed as vice president of Global Retail Sales. A longtime industry veteran, Townsend will be in charge of Fishman’s domestic and international retail sales.

Townsend has been in the music products industry since graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in music. He’s worked for several companies, most notably Fender Musical Instruments where he held domestic and international sales and marketing positions for almost twenty years. Most recently, Brad served as senior vice president of Sales & Marketing for AXL Musical Instruments.

Read more: Fishman Names Townsend To Head Global Retail Sales

Supplier Scene

When lighting designer Susan Rose was asked to add an extra level of visual excitement to country legend Dolly Parton’s My People show, she called on the Intimidator Beam LED 350 from CHAUVET DJ. Rose was not only drawn to the fast movements, output, and sharp 4° beam angle of the moving fixture, it also helped her meet the requirements of a tight budget and tighter stage space.

The newest Dolly Parton show took place at the theatre in the singer’s namesake Dolllywood Theme Park. Part of the charm of this venue is the down-home feeling engendered by its relatively small size. Although this intimacy is popular with fans, it creates special challenges for lighting designers. The high output and compact size of the Intimidator Beam LED 350 helped Rose meet this challenge by allowing her to create a big aerial beam look using only four of the fixtures.

Read more: CHAUVET DJ Intimidators Used In Dolly Parton Show

Supplier Scene

Marshall USA currently has openings for four regional business managers throughout the U.S. Responsibilities will include driving growth in independent and key accounts, enhancing profitability and developing relationships with dealers in the assigned sales territory for the Marshall USA brands that include Marshall Amplification, Eden Amplification and Natal Drums. Additional tasks may include assisting with artist relations, market research, merchandising and special events. This position will report directly to both the MUSA general manager and the MUSA VP of Sales.

Read more: Marshall USA Seeks Regional Business Managers

Supplier Scene

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

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