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Casio America, Inc. Launches New Music Education Initiative

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  • Supplier Scene
• March 3, 2014

Casio America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of some of the industry’s most progressive, feature rich keyboards and digital pianos, has launched an initiative focusing on music education with the help of Sandra Kilpatrick Jordan at NAMM 2014. Educators attending the 2014 NAMM event can register to win their own Privia PX-350 digital piano, meet the Casio team and pick up a Casio information package on Saturday and Sunday at booth #5900.

“Casio has always been present in schools, as its affordable weighted-key Privia piano is a staple for many school music departments,” said Ms. Jordan, a leader in music education advocacy and former associate of PBS’ Sesame Street and NAMM. “The difference now is that Casio is making a concentrated effort to build its relationships with these educational institutions and really address educators’ needs in a more direct way.”

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2014 NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• March 3, 2014

Music-products industry retailers take center stage as NAMM presents the Top 100 Dealer Awards July 18 at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Entries are now being accepted for the awards, which focus on retailer excellence in eight “Best Of’ categories. The 2014 “Dealer of the Year” will be chosen from among the Top 100. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards was created to spotlight the industry’s very best music product retailers and share their stores’ strategies for success.

According to NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond, the Top 100 Dealers are the role models for music retailers’ success. “The Top 100 Dealer Awards recognizes NAMM Member retailers who have achieved a high level success in serving their customers in creative and innovative ways," Lamond said. "Music retailers work tirelessly, year-round to enrich their communities with music. NAMM Members shouldn't miss this chance to receive well-deserved recognition for their efforts from their peers, vendors and local community."

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Universal Percussion Named 2013 Remo Distributor of the Year

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Supplier Scene
• March 3, 2014
In 2013 Universal sold more Remo products than any other distributor in the country. In recognition of this achievement Remo vice president Bob Yerby and sales representative Brian LeVan presented a celebratory plaque to Universal founder and president Tom Shelley, along with VP of domestic sales Jim Bickley. The presentation took place at the Music […] Read More...

Music Group Names Mitchell VP

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• March 3, 2014

The Music Group recently announced the appointment of Barry Mitchell as the new VP of customer management, Prosumer Division for the Americas. Barry will be responsible for propelling the Music Group’s groundbreaking prosumer products to the position of market leader by leveraging his extensive market knowledge, along with sales and customer support resources.

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New Appointments at Harman Professional

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• March 2, 2014

Harman Professional has appointed Noel Larson to the role of director of marketing for its Signal Processing Business Unit. In this role Larson will be responsible for marketing and product roadmaps for the BSS Audio, dbx, Lexicon and DigiTech brands. He will report to TJ Smith, senior director, Harman Signal Processing Business Unit.

Most recently, Larson served as market manager, Portable PA, Tour, and Recording for HARMAN Signal Processing. In this role he managed product development, market strategy and social media for the dbx and Lexicon brands. He also previously held the position of director of business development for Musician’s Friend, a major online retailer and subsidiary of Guitar Center.

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St. Louis Music Gains Two New VPs

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• February 27, 2014

St. Louis Music has appointed Craig Denny and Patrick Stevenson to new positions in the company.  Patrick Stevenson will become senior vice president of sales, while Craig Denny will take the position of vice president of band.

“It is with great excitement that I am able to announce these promotions,” says SLM CEO Mark Ragin.  “Patrick will be managing our inside and outside sales team, as well as the major national accounts, and Craig will be responsible for all aspects of the band division.”

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Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy

Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy Joins Gator Artist Family

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  • Supplier Scene
• February 25, 2014
Notable Metal and Progressive Rock drummer Mike Portnoy has recently joined the Gator Cases family as an officially endorsed artist. Portnoy is a founding member of Dream Theater, with whom he spent 25 years. He's currently playing with his new rock super group, The Winery Dogs, featuring bassist Billy Sheehan, and guitarist Richie Kotzen. Portnoy […] Read More...

Jensen Introduces New Interactive Website

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  • Supplier Scene
• February 25, 2014
Jensen® Musical Instrument Speakers recently announced the new Jensentone.com website. The new website features improved technical data, an advanced tone chart with comparing capabilities, genre specific sound samples, a dealer locator, videos, wiring diagrams for specific applications, vintage and modern speaker recommendations and an enhanced version of the company's “Tone Generator." jensentone.com Read More...

Sabian and Cymbal Masters Team Up for Crescent Model Cymbals

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  • Supplier Scene
• February 25, 2014

To meet the demands of customers and artists for new cymbals, Cymbal Masters of Kenesaw, GA, will begin offering select Crescent models in North America, handmade to their exacting specifications by Sabian, LTD. 

Sabian CEO, Andy Zildjian says, “I am very happy to be working with Cymbal Masters. I am impressed with their passion for and knowledge of cymbals. This is an opportunity to expand our tradition of hand hammering cymbals, originally brought to Sabian by Kerope Zilcan." 

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Rush’s Alex Lifeson Joins PRS Acoustic Signature Artist Family

Rush’s Alex Lifeson Joins PRS Acoustic Signature Artist Family

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  • Supplier Scene
• February 25, 2014

Rush’s Alex Lifeson Joins PRS Acoustic Signature Artist FamilyPRS Guitars recently announced the new Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic guitar, new for 2014. The Alex Lifeson signature PRS acoustic is slightly thinner than the company’s Angelus Cutaway and Tonare Grand and is constructed in such a way that it lends itself to louder stage volumes and the rigors of the road.

“During the 2013 Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a PRS Angelus Cutaway.  It quickly became my pre-show warm up guitar, and I spent many hours in many hotel rooms lost in the gorgeous sound and tone of that beautiful instrument,” said Lifeson.

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RHC Redefines Targeted Marketing Strategies at 2014 NAMM Show

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  • Supplier Scene
• February 25, 2014

RHC Holdings recently announced its new targeted marketing strategies. Under this plan, RHC Holdings, comprised of well-known dependable brands including RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, will target its brands to their specific markets.

This marketing strategy means that RHC Holdings offers comprehensive audio and cable solutions for a variety of budgets and projects, from 100,000-seat stadiums to single-room houses of worship and everything in between. RHC’s collection of brands affords users the options of low-, mid- and high-grade instrument, speaker or microphone cable options. Fans will also find solutions such as guitar pedals, digital snakes, personal audio interfaces, digital facility design software and personal monitor systems. 

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Gretsch Custom Shop Team

Gretsch Celebrates 10 Years of the Gretsch Custom Shop

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  • Supplier Scene
• February 25, 2014

When Fender acquired licensing for the manufacture, distribution and marketing of Gretsch guitars in 2002, Mike Lewis helmed the effort. An accomplished guitarist with an especially keen mind for product authenticity and marketing, he’d been with Fender for a dozen years, first in charge of amps and then in charge of guitars. Fender’s own custom shop, founded in 1987 in Corona, Calif., had earned acclaim by the dawn of the 2000s. With the 2002 Fender/Gretsch licensing deal in place, high-quality Gretsch guitars soon started coming from Japan, with considerably more manufacturing and marketing muscle behind them than Gretsch had experienced in quite some time.

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