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New ‘Print Music Source’ Offers Digital Downloads and Printed Products

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  • Supplier Scene
• September 3, 2013

Print Music Source, a new printed music publisher based in San Antonio, Texas opened its virtual doors on July 20, 2013. The company founded by print music industry veteran, Bob Dingley is built around some out-of-the-box thinking and challenges many industry paradigms. Print Music Source brings forth a modified approach to the traditional journey between publisher and consumer, keeping in mind the age-old axiom “you can always eliminate the middle-man, but you can never eliminate the middle-man’s function.” The music store provides the link to the local consumer and as such can provide a significant service by taking the product awareness and visibility to their local consumer, assisting in the marketing journey.

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Gretsch’s Anniversary Celebration Comes “Home” To NYC

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  • Supplier Scene
• September 3, 2013

Events celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Gretsch Musical Instrument Company have been taking place all over the U.S. this year. But it was particularly fitting for two of those events to be held this past August 3 in Gretsch’s “home town” of New York City. The Gretsch Company was founded in 1883 when German immigrant Friedrich Gretsch opened his musical-instrument shop in Brooklyn. The company grew over the next several decades, and the Gretsch factory at 60 Broadway became a local landmark. Though Gretsch vacated the building in the late 1960s, it still stands today as a monument to the legacy of a great New York-based musical enterprise.

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MoMM Gala raises $40K to Help Fund Music Ed Programs

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  • Upfront
• August 30, 2013

The Museum of Making Music (MoMM) raised more than $40,000 at its August 23 gala auction, which featured a lavish live auction and silent auction, and a powerful performance by Santana vocalist Greg Walker.  The funds raised from the auctions, which included a beautiful variety of donated music products such as electric and acoustic guitars, a Celtic harp, a banjo, and ukuleles, as well as music lessons, accessories and music books, help offset the $60,000 annual cost of operating the Museum’s many educational programs.

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Alfred Music Supports VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Supplier Scene
• August 30, 2013

Alfred Music, in collaboration with The ASCAP Foundation, recently delivered over $14,000 of music curriculum and performance music to more than 35 school ensembles across the United States, in support of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.   

“Alfred Music’s core mission is to promote and support music education,” stated Ron Manus, CEO of Alfred Music. “The VH1 Save The Music Foundation shares our goal of giving each child the opportunity to experience music. Their program strengthens school music and provides more music-making opportunities for young people that would otherwise not have received musical training.”

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Batliner Appointed US Sales Leader for HARMAN’s AKG

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• August 27, 2013

John Batliner has assumed additional responsibility as US AKG Sales Leader in addition to his role as senior director, Sales, Amplifiers BU. In this role, Batliner will be responsible for developing the new US AKG sales structure, driving AKG sales revenue and working closely with channel partners and dealers in the US to ensure the highest level of customer engagement and satisfaction.

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Kawai’s Mannino Receives ‘Hall of Fame’ Award from PTG

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 27, 2013

Don Mannino RPT, director of field services for Shigeru Kawai Pianos, received the “Hall of Fame” award from the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) at their annual convention and technical institute held in July in Chicago, Illinois.  The Hall of Fame award is presented to only one or two piano technicians each year. According to the PTG, the award is given “to honor those who have shared their talents, time and loyalty with our profession so that we may have what is ours today.”  Mr. Mannino’s tributes and personal profile will be preserved in perpetuity at the Piano Technicians Guild offices in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Outline Outfits Oasis Stage at Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2013

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 26, 2013

Clearwing Productions, a full service production company specializing in audio, light, stage and video support for major concerts and festivals, chose an Outline GTO-based speaker system to provide the sonic thunder at the Miller Lite Oasis Stage for Summerfest 2013. Dealing with an eclectic range of music acts from Diplo (EDM), Dropkick Murphys (Celtic punk) and Imagine Dragons (rock), to Leann Rimes (country) and Nelly (rap), among others, the Outline system faithfully delivered the essence of each musical genre for eager audiences of up to 15,000 people per show.

“Summerfest 2013 was our first experience with the Outline GTO system and I can say the sound quality was exceptional,” says Bryan Baumgardner, audio operations and logistics, Clearwing Productions. “We knew Outline was very good, but the system far exceeded our expectations and worked flawlessly. The GTO system was used to provide the sound for a wide variety of acts, such as country and electronic dance music, for example.  That is hard to do and only found in the realm of the best systems. The Outline GTO is right up there.”

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Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps Wins First Ever DCI Championship with Yamaha

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 26, 2013

Carolina Crown, a drum and bugle corps based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, won its first Drum Corps International (DCI) championship recently at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In addition to its championship victory, the corps received the Jim Ott High Brass award for the third year in a row, scoring a perfect 20.00 (the first time a perfect score in brass has ever been achieved). Corps using Yamaha brass instruments have now won eight high brass awards since the activity switched from the key of G to Bb in the year 2000.

In 2007, Carolina Crown began playing Yamaha brass and percussion instruments. From 2008 on, the corps placed fourth or higher every year, finishing second two times. They are the first corps to ever win a DCI championship in the Open Class and the World Class levels. 

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D’Addario Foundation Supports Music Programs to Offer Free Community Music Instruction

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 26, 2013

The benefits of music education are too important to be reserved only for those who can afford them. It is this belief that drives the D’Addario Foundation to commit its support to programs that provide free musical instrument instruction to their communities.

The foundation supports over 40 organizations that provide free music instruction, and the list is growing. The organizations range widely in curricula, instrument and location but they are unified by a central idea: that musical instrument instruction can have a transformative effect on people’s lives, especially for those who may not have the access or resources typically required to attain it.

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Full Compass Systems Sponsors Wisconsin’s ‘Opera In the Park’

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 26, 2013

Madison Opera recently staged the 12th annual “Opera in the Park” for the city of Madison. This free annual event is a grand musical celebration that presents highlights from the upcoming Madison Opera season, opera classics and Broadway show tunes. “Opera in the Park” is performed at Garner Park, a Madison city park that features a natural hillside amphitheater. The event is an accessible and inviting experience for everyone from first-time opera goers to long-time opera enthusiasts.

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Shure ULX-D Wireless Outfits KC Jewish Community Center

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 26, 2013

A staple in the Kansas City area, the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City has been serving the local Jewish and secular communities since 1914 with a robust offering of community events, educational and athletic programs, and ongoing support of the cultural arts. With the organization’s White Theatre hosting performances of Hairspray, Les Misérables, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Monty Python’s Spamalot, among others, the AV team turned to the Shure ULX-D™ Digital Wireless System to upgrade the audio technology and transition from analog to digital wireless to improve the sound quality—eliminating frequent feedback—and better manage radio frequency (RF) interference issues.  

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Rotosound Celebrates ‘Swing Bass’ Strings’ 50th with P-Bass Giveaway

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 26, 2013

When Rotosound Swing Bass strings were introduced fifty years ago they changed the sound of rock forever. Rotosound’s Swing Bass RS66LD strings have been used by some of the highest profile, most respected bass icons over the last fifty years. They were the first roundwound strings in the world and were developed by Rotosound at the request of the Who’s John Entwistle.

To celebrate this great birthday Rotosound have launched a competition to design a T-shirt commemorating this unique event. The prize is worth over £2500 and includes the newly launched Fender American Vintage '63 Precision bass, plus a set of Swing Bass strings signed by Billy Sheehan and two extra Swing Bass sets. On top of that Rotosound will produce a limited edition of six exclusive T-shirts using the winning design especially for the winner.

For over fifty years now Rotosound’s Swing Bass strings have been used on some of the most amazing albums recorded by some of the best bassists in the business including:

Duff McKagan used Rotosound Swing Bass strings to record the highest selling debut album of any band, Guns n’ Roses Appetite For Destruction

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