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The Association of Washington Business (AWB), which serves as the state’s Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturing and Technology Association, announced their selections for manufacturing excellence for 2014 and Manhasset Specialty Company was awarded with the Green Manufacturing Award. Judges evaluated firms maximizing energy efficiency levels, going above and beyond regulatory requirements, minimizing waste from the production process, and reducing their carbon footprints.

Read more: Manhasset Receives Green Manufacturing Award

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Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of GP Marketing as the company's new representatives for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Based in Redmond, WA, GP Marketing was founded by industry veteran Gary Ponto, and specializes in the Professional Audio and Video, and Security and Data Communications sectors. The firm will represent Renkus-Heinz in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Western Montana, as well as Alaska.

Read more: Renkus-Heinz Appoints GP Marketing

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Out of a variety of first prize P. Mauriat saxophones to choose from, competition winner, Katherine Weintraub, chose the new Master-97A.

“It’s always an honor to sponsor the competition in the way we do,” Says Craig Denny, vice president – Band and Orchestra at St. Louis Music. “The Master-97A is a huge step forward for us in terms of saxophone making, and we feel that Katherine choosing the 97A validates all the hard work that went into its design.”

The ISSAC competition was held in October of 2014, and the 1st prize included a cash award, a performance on Dan Trueman’s next album, and the winner’s pick of professional P. Mauriat saxophones. 

Read more: Katherine Weintraub Wins ISSAC; Chooses P. Mauriat Master-97A

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For the seventh consecutive year, Yamaha Cares participated in the Southern California Half Marathon and 5K races to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County for Type 1 juvenile diabetes research.

In January, about two dozen Yamaha staff members and friends completed one of the two races and more than 100 individuals contributed donations, the highest number of participants since the program’s inception. The more than $17,000 raised this year, thanks to matching funds from Yamaha Cares for each donation, brings the grand total of overall donations to just over $77,000. Children’s Hospital of Orange County is one of just a handful of research facilities in the U.S. trying to find a cure for Type 1 Juvenile diabetes.

Read more: Yamaha Helps Take On Type 1 Diabetes


Retired MMR publisher Sid Davis was a contributor to a recent book published by SABR (Society of American Baseball Research), Who’s on First: Replacement Players in World War II, covering major league players who made their entrance into the league during the four seasons in which the U.S. was in the second World War.  Davis authored a biography of Butch Nieman, a hard-hitting outfielder for the Boston Braves during that period. 

Read more: MMR’s Davis Contributes to Who’s on First


Roland Corporation U.S. has announces three new personnel appointments that align with the company’s current strategic business plan. The announcement was made by Jay Wanamaker, president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S., and reflects Roland’s ongoing commitment to the expansion of the company and its brands.

Read more: Roland Announces New Personnel Appointments

Trade Regrets

Layton V. Rawlins was the founder of Rawlins Piano Company in Southern California and a veteran of the piano industry. Rawlins witnessed many of the biggest changes within the piano business over his 50 plus year career.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Layton V. Rawlins


Hal Leonard was honored to host famed lyricist and librettist Alain Boublil at its Milwaukee headquarters on March 6th.

The world’s longest-running musical, Les Miz is an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. The show made its debut in 1985, and Hal Leonard has represented it in print for nearly as long.

Read more: Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard

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Hosa Technology is pleased to announce that it has named Audio Geer as its 2014 Rep of the Year award winner. This year’s winner is recognized for exceptional performance with two of the company’s core product lines: Hosa Technology and Mogan Microphones. The two awards were presented at one of the company’s functions during the recent Winter NAMM Show.

Read more: Hosa Names Audio Geer Rep of the Year


Samick Music Corporation, Inc. (SMC) has announced the appointment of Mike Johnson as Western sales manager of the company’s Musical Instrument Division.

In his new role, Johnson will have the responsibility of managing sales in the Western U.S. and will be directly involved in the development of new products, utilizing over 40 years of experience in the music industry.

Read more: Samick Names Johnston Western Sales Manager

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