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Music Group welcomes Full Compass as the newest full-line reseller for its Behringer- and Bugera-branded MI products. As a significant partner in Music Group’s expanding dealer network, Full Compass will carry all of Behringer’s and Bugera’s 500+ products online. 

Barry Mitchell, Music Group VP, Customer Management Prosumer Division commented, "We are extremely honored to have Full Compass join our growing family of full-line dealers. Behringer and Bugera is enjoying all-time record success in the U.S. market and we are thrilled that they have chosen to carry the entire Behringer and Bugera catalog – every single SKU. It truly is a testament to the tremendous confidence our dealer partners have in all of our brands, quality and support."

Read more: Music Group Adds Full Compass as Full-Line Dealer


Yamaha has appointed Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

 “Dave brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and education to this position,” said Garth Gilman, general manager, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “As a music educator and performer, his background helps Yamaha further the goal of spreading the joys and benefits of music education and gives him the ability to talk shop with the most knowledgeable percussionists.”

Read more: Yamaha Appoints Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments


US Music Corp. has hired Jonathan Lee as director of product design and development for guitars. Lee has more than 20 years of experience as a luthier of high quality acoustic guitars, combined with expertise of creating production facilities to manufacture acoustic guitars.

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Design Oasis has called on six Geyser RGB foggers from CHAUVET DJ to add some extra drama and excitement to this year’s halftime performance, which featured Grammy-winning country superstars Little Big Town. The foggers, which shoot red, green and blue shafts of LED light through a voluminous column of white water-based fog, played a key role in LD Abas Ritscher’s stunning halftime lightshow.

Read more: CHAUVET DJ Geyser Helps Adds Impact To Halftime Show At Capital One Orange Bowl


KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany.  Hohner, Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded Harmonicas, Accordians, Melodicas, Guitars and Bluegrass Instruments; SONOR Drums and Orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, H. Jimenez Guitars, Hohner Airboard, as well as Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands.  Transfer of ownership will take place today, January 12, 2015.

Read more: KHS America Announces Acquisition of Hohner Inc. USA

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The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing is proud that its relationship with HARMAN Professional's leading audio brands AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional, and Lexicon has been increasingly successful in its efforts to promote quality in audio. As official "P&E Wing Sustaining Partners," these brands have participated in a wide variety of activities including being the title sponsor of high-profile Academy Chapter events, having a presence on the P&E Wing section of the new GRAMMY PRO site, and being supporters of the P&E Wing Manufacturer's Council. Now, for 2014-2015, HARMAN Professional has reaffirmed its sponsorship and has also added dbx as a fourth brand that will work cloesely with the P&E Wing to support its initiatives and membership.

"HARMAN proudly continues to support the Prouducers and Engineers Wing," noted Bryan Bradley, GM, Loudspeaker, Headphone & Microphone Strategic Business Unit, HARMAN Professional. "Their work as advocates for the recording industry, artists, equipment manufacturers, and listeners is of vital importance in this period of transition in the music industry and beyond."

Read more: HARMAN Renews Support of Recording Academy P&E Wing


Sweetwater Sound, Inc. issued the following press release in early 2015 regarding alleged theft of the company’s intellectual property:

Sweetwater Sound Inc. continues to be victimized by the misappropriation of its proprietary intellectual property. Most recently, Sweetwater's web content has been pirated by many music retailers, including UniqueSquared, Music & Arts (owned by Guitar Center), Cascio Interstate Music, Island Music Company, ProAudioStar, Chicago Music Exchange, and more than 70 more, with the violations ranging from a few pages of content to as much as hundreds and even thousands of pages. In response to these infringing acts, Sweetwater has increased its efforts to defend itself and its intellectual property rights.

Read more: Sweetwater Alleges its Content has been Plagiarized by More than 70 MI Retailers


NAMM members bring music to Anaheim’s John Marshall Elementary School with a day of service on Tuesday, January 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. The effort celebrates the Anaheim City School District’s (ACSD) re-introduction of music education programs. Assisted by the NAMM Foundation and Metro Nashville Public School’s “Music Makes Us,” ACSD re-initiated its music education program with an orchestra program in 2013. The district added three full-time music teachers in 2014 – the first music teachers in the district in 20 years. During the day of service, the NAMM Foundation will donate $5,000 and 12 guitars to bolster the district’s budding music programs.

Read more: NAMM Members Bring Music Instruments, Lessons to Anaheim School

Trade Regrets

Peavey Electronics mourns the loss of one of its most celebrated engineers, Jack Sondermeyer, who passed away on January 4 at the age of 75.

Sondermeyer was Peavey’s hief engineer for 29 years, and had more than 30 patents to his credit. He was a brilliant and gifted analog design engineer who was well-respected in the engineering community.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Jack Sondermeyer

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Last month at The Midwest Clinic international band and orchestra conference, Hal Leonard Corporation launched its highly anticipated Essential Elements Interactive (EEi) iPad app. The free app is a mobile version of the company’s EEi browser-based program, which has been a game-changer for music teachers, students, parents and retailers since it debuted two years ago.

Read more: Essential Elements Interactive (EEi) Now Available as an iPad App

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