KHS America has named Gary Ingraffia Combo Drum Business unit manager. Ingraffia has come to KHS with the acquisition of Hohner, Inc., where he served briefly as SONOR product manager. He is a music industry veteran with over 23 years of MI experience highlighted by his work as co-founder of Crush Drums, his key contributions to ddrum, and his management and real estate experience at Guitar Center.

Read more: KHS America Taps Ingraffia as Combo Drum Business Unit Manager


As part of the company’s continued growth, Roland U.S. has expanded its team with new appointments in sales, management, marketing, support and finance.

Niko Spanos joins the Roland executive management team as director of accessories. Based in the L.A. office, he will call upon his product design experience and industry insights to oversee the growth and promotion of Roland’s guitar, technology and percussion accessories, and offer market and consumer feedback to the product development team. A guitarist and music industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, Spanos worked his way up from retail sales clerk to the Guitar Center corporate offices where he was a buyer/director. Most recently, he served as the director of accessories at Fender Musical Instruments.

Read more: Roland Continues to Expand U.S. Team


SABIAN has announced that drummer/educator/author Joe Bergamini has joined the company as an education consultant. Bergamini's main focus will be the design, implementation, and maintenance of a new program aimed at drum teachers called the SABIAN Education Network. This program will provide a community for drum teachers to obtain tools and exchange ideas to build their education and business skills. The community will consist of a special members-only website, as well as other online and physical events and programs.

Read more: SABIAN Names Bergamini Education Consultant


KHS America has announced the promotion of Jeff Mulvihill to the position of percussion product manager, responsible for Mapex and Majestic Marching and Concert Percussion.

Read more: KHS America Promotes Mulvihill to Percussion Product Manager


Willcox Guitars has appointed virtuoso guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer and author Marc Cooper (Coop) as senior product advisory consultant.  

“As an artist endorser of the Willcox brand, Coop possesses a unique perspective to be a public face of Willcox Guitars to our dealers and end users,” stated Tom Kowalczyk, Willcox vice president of Sales and Marketing. “Coop has a proven track record as an immense talent, and we are proud to be able to expand his role with Willcox with this appointment.” 

Read more: Willcox Guitars Welcomes Cooper as Senior Product Advisory Consultant

Trade Regrets

Gene Fresco, longtime and much beloved sales rep, passed away on May 26th.

Fresco's innovative and practical sales methods helped establish the Sunn Company as a major player in the early 1970s and, over the next 30 years, he would take on over 20 lines and befriend many in the music products industry. He was also a longtime contributor to The Music & Sound Retailer, penning the magazine's "Sales Guru" column through its retirement at the end of 2014.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Gene Fresco

Supplier Scene
Roland U.S. was the title sponsor for the recent BRIDGES benefit gala and concert in Seattle, in support of the Children’s Music Foundation (CMF). Founded in 2009, CMF was created exclusively to promote the study of music as an educational tool in our elementary schools, to support school music programs, and to promote music in education throughout the United States. 

Read more: Roland U.S. Sponsors Children’s Music Foundation Benefit Gala


Premier Builders Guild, a group of leading USA-based boutique guitar and amplifier brands supported by proven management, sales, and customer service, recently announced that industry veteran Chris Fleming has joined the company as its new VP of Design, Development and Sourcing. In his new role, Fleming will oversee all new product development efforts within the company, as well as develop new resources for all products and ensure top quality standards.

Read more: Premier Builders Guild Adds Fleming as New VP


Connolly Music Company has announced a new, exclusive distribution deal with U.K. based Faith Guitars, a brand of Barnes & Mullins, a U.K. based distributor.  

Connolly Music has decades of experience in the orchestral market and growing presence in the Pro Audio and MI/ Combo markets. As a result of those successes, Connolly was inspired to diversify their portfolio of products, and the multi award-winning British Faith Guitars brand was their first choice.

Read more: Connolly to Distribute Faith Guitars


Piano sales manager and store co-owner Keith Heckman will end his nearly four-decade tenure, retiring June 6, 2015 at Dietze Music in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The retail veteran started out repairing orchestral instruments at the store in the ‘70s while in college and later joined partner Robert Fenton who incorporated the company in the ‘50s after the founder August Dietze established the full-line music store in 1927 in the capital city. The company increased from a single storefront in the ‘90s to four locations in eastern Nebraska. Keith looks forward to spending more time with his grandchildren.

Read more: Industry Vet Heckman Announces Retirement

Visit our online supplier directory for the latest industry resources:



MMR Supplier Directory

Visit our online supplier directory for the latest industry resources:

Get the MMR newsletter!