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Upfront

HARMAN announced the acquisition of Melbourne, Australia-based SM Pro Audio and its incorporation into the HARMAN Professional Division as an innovation hub for a wide range of pro audio and musical instrument (MI) technologies across HARMAN’s professional product brands.  According to Blake Augsburger, president, HARMAN Professional Division, the depth of innovation and quality of engineering talent at SM Pro Audio provides HARMAN Professional with a strong internal technology partner for a broad range of products 

Read more: HARMAN Acquires SM Pro Audio

Upfront

Roland Corporation announced today two senior management appointments effective February 1, 2015. Mr. Jay Wanamaker will assume the role of president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S., while Mr. Kim Nunney, current president and CEO, has been appointed to the newly created position of Executive VP, Global Business Development for Professional A/V of Roland Corporation.

 

Read more: Roland Announces Two Major New Appointments

People

Focusrite Novation Inc. has announced several new appointments. The announcement was made by Phil Wagner, president of Focusrite Novation Inc., underscoring the ongoing growth and expansion of the Focusrite and Novation brands and their sales channels in the U.S.

Industry veteran Michael Prager has joined Focusrite Novation Inc. as Focusrite national sales manager. Prager comes to Focusrite with a wealth of experience in Pro Audio. He was most recently with Adam Audio as their director of sales. Prior to that, Michael was the Guitar Center Recording category manager.  

Read more: Focusrite Novation Announces New Appointments

People

Wenger Corporation has named Jeffrey L. Jollay as vice president of Marketing and Product Development.

Jollay brings Wenger over 30 years of experience in marketing, sales, engineering and operations across diverse industries, with a successful track record managing employee teams and complex products for major global corporations.

Read more: Wenger Names Jollay VP 
of Marketing and Product Development

Supplier Scene
With more DJs, mobile entertainers and event companies adding the professional look of trussing to their shows, TRUSST from Chauvet is developing products that offer the ease of use, versatility, affordability, and style that this market demands. The company will be showcasing its recent product innovations at 2015 Winter NAMM, Booth #5574.
Trade Regrets

Carlo Greco was known throughout the world as one of the premier guitar luthiers. After a long association as chief designer for Guild Guitars, Carlo joined his dear friend, Alex Carozza, in New York’s top repair shop, Alex Music, on 48th Street. Carlo created some of the world’s most-loved string instruments and had an equal reputation as a repairman of world-class guitars.  

Upfront

Music for All has announced the industry leaders who will be inducted into the 2015 Bands of America Hall of Fame: Remo D. Belli, Richard Saucedo, Mark Jolesch, and Dr. Nicholas Valenziano.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life- changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs, participants, and music education. 2015 inductees were announced during the Finals of the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, Saturday, November 15th, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Read more: Music for All Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

People

HARMAN Professional has appointed David McKinney as vice president and GM of HARMAN’s Mixer Business Unit, where he will lead the global operations of the Soundcraft and Studer brands. Filling McKinney’s previous position of senior director and general manager of China Operations for HARMAN Professional will be Frank Xiao, who brings more than 15 years experience in the professional AV industry to his new role.

Read more: Upper Management Moves by HARMAN Professional

Trade Regrets

Bob Gand opened Village Music in Deerfield, Illinois in the early 1960s, which impacted both the community, as well as his son Gary.  Gary went on to open his own successful retail business.  Bob was drawn to folk music in the 1960s and formed the Gand Family Singers, which included his children Gary and (celebrity chef) Gail.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Bob Gand

Supplier Scene

Alumni Stadium, home to the Boston College Eagles football team, recently installed a new EAW sound reinforcement system to upgrade the game day experience for fans. Time, weather, and wind had taken their toll on the previous system making its replacement a necessity before the start of the 2014 season.

Boston College's Athletic department called upon Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams (WJHW) to design a new upper deck sound reinforcement system that would "weather the weather" and upgrade the rest of the stadium at the same time. All Pro Sound, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, handled the installation of the system.

Read more: EAW Weathers The Weather At Boston College Alumni Stadium

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