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Beginning January 2015 Kala Brand Music Co™ will include Aquila™ strings on all ukuleles in the company’s Makala™ and Ukadelic™ series. Aquila strings have been standard on the company’s Kala ukuleles since 2005.

The Makala Brand is the very popular and award winning entry level ukulele series by Kala, which is now in its tenth year of production. The Makala series includes multi-color dolphin and shark bridge ukuleles, Ukadelic™, Mahogany, Makala Packs, and the new Makala Waterman series.   

Aquila Corde Armoniche SRL is the manufacturer of fine gut and synthetic musical strings and is based in Vicenza Italy.

Read more: Kala To Feature Aquila Strings On All Models

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March 3rd, 2015 has officially been declared Deering Banjo Company Day throughout San Diego County. Bill Horn, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and all of the County Board of Supervisors of San Diego honored Janet, Greg, and Jamie Deering for the 40th Anniversary of the Deering Banjo Company at their Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisor Dianne Jacob presented the Deering family with a proclamation that honored them as the founders of “a small family-run business (that) through hard work, passion, and attention to detail has grown into one of the world’s leading banjo manufacturers.”

Read more: Deering Day Proclaimed In San Diego

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Avedis Zildjian Company presented their 2014 “Outstanding Dealer Award” to three top Zildjian dealers at the recent 2015 Winter NAMM show. American Musical Supply, Cascio Interstate Music, and Sweetwater Sound were recognized for their sales achievements in 2014.

Zildjian CEO, Craigie Zildjian, remarked, “Our company saw solid sales growth from 2013 to 2014 thanks to the combined efforts of all our valued dealers. A special thank you goes out to these three dealers who particularly achieved substantial, year-on-year sales growth with our brand.” 

Cascio -  L to R: Jerry Smith (Zildjian North American Sales Manager), Craigie Zildjian; Scott Thayer (Cascio Interstate Music); Debbie Zildjian; Andy Schlosser (Zildjian VP, Global Sales)


Read more: Zildjian Presents 2014 Dealer Awards


Legator Musical Inc. has announced the appointment of Mr. Jose Ferro as the company's new vice president.

“Mr. Ferro has an extensive well-known background in the wholesale, retail, and global market sales that Legator has been striving for,” says Kennon Yi, president of Legator. “Mr. Ferro brings with him a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years dating back from his days on the famed 48th Street back in New York; Jose Ferro brings very important new perspectives and talents to Legator's ongoing quest to build brand exposure and continue with the excellence of quality, service, and dedication that we have always provided for our consumers, and dealers. We are excited and happy to have him join our team."

Read more: Legator Music Inc. Appoints Ferro as Vice President

Trade Regrets

On Sunday, March 8, MMR received the following from NAMM's Dan Del Fiorentino:

Our dear friend, Lennie DiMuzio, passed away yesterday.  Already our industry seems a bit different. Lennie showcased what is most incredible about our industry - characters are allowed to be characters!  While conducting business, Lennie was able to be himself, and as a result, his creativity soared. I can't name too many people who had more friends than Lennie.  He was special - a treasure.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Lennie DiMuzio


NAMM members have the unique opportunity to participate in a free two-day Intellectual Property (IP) Academy on April 8 and 9, 2015, at the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia.

Read more: The IP Academy is Back and Free!

Trade Regrets

Fred Dee Hoyt, 71, passed away February 16, 2015 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dee, as he was known, was born in Dodge City, Kansas on July 26, 1943. He graduated from Ford High School where he was an outstanding athlete (basketball and track) and also played low bass for the band. He attended Fort Hays State College where he continued his interest in music by playing bass guitar for the band The Tornadoes, cutting a record and touring.  While making music and pursuing his college degree, he got the “call,” like so many others, to put down his instrument and pick up the sales side of the music products business. It started at Hays Music Co in 1963 where he was hired as guitar manager. This opportunity gave him the experience needed for things to come.  Dee spent the next 50 years selling instruments, designing new products (guitars, amps and accessories), building sales forces and developing marketing strategies for the music industry. His innovations were industry changing and led to unprecedented success for each company he worked for.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Fred Dee Hoyt


American Music and Sound (AM&S), has announced the new hire of Kristyn Fryrear as the social media & promotions manager, effective immediately.

Fryrear comes to AM&S with seven years experience, multiple awards for her work in journalism and social media marketing. Having a background in television, print, and radio has created a terrific dynamic in her ability to brainstorm creatively using different medias. Fryrear can write, produce, report, edit and shoot video, all of which is great for developing engaging posts and promotions on social media platforms.

Read more: AM&S Names Fryrear Social Media & Promotions Manager

Supplier Scene

Korg is releasing Step Master, a dance training iPhone app aimed at improving the users’ sense of rhythm in a game like manner. Dancers from beginner to expert level will work at becoming a better dancer by improving the body’s core strength and sense of tempo. Designed from the dancer’s point of view, Step Master provides both entertainment and instruction.

Step Master contains cutting edge technology from Korg, who initiated a new avenue of participation in the entertainment world in 2013 by opening the Topfield Dance Center in Shibuya, Tokyo, with internationally acclaimed dancer Takahiro.  Korg has uploaded three instructional videos featuring internationally acclaimed dancer Takahiro to help breakdown the functions and features of the app.

Read more: Korg Launches Dance Training App: Step Master


Guitar Center opened its 264th location in Champaign, Illinois, on February 26.  Guitar Center’s latest store, a state-of-the-art musical instrument and technology center covering over 8,000 square feet, is the first in a series of new store grand openings in 2015.  The announcement was made by Michael Amkreutz, Guitar Center executive vice president, marketing, merchandising and e-commerce, and is said to “further [exemplify] the company’s ongoing plans for growth and long-term expansion and its primary goal of providing customers with the widest selection of musical instruments and professional audio products at the best prices sold by an experienced and knowledgeable sales staff.” 

Read more: GC Opens New Store in Illinois

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