News

Music for All Considers Extension of Programming

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• October 6, 2013

Arts education leaders, advocates, and educators from across the nation responded to an invitation from Music for All to help it identify priorities and supporting initiatives for its next strategic plan. More than 40 persons assembled with Music for All board and staff on September 11 to hear first hand from key stakeholders and advocates in the field of scholastic music and arts education. The board of directors, executive leadership and sponsors of Music for All are now focusing on those and other new ideas recently proposed for the organization’s future, largely highlighting the need for more inclusive programming and an expansion of resources to further both reach and access of scholastic music education.

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TC Group Appoints Xing Managing Director of Chinese Division

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• October 4, 2013

TC Group has named Owen Xing as managing director of its Chinese division, TC Group China. Owen Xing, 34, has held managing positions in the music and audio industries for more than a decade, which makes him a perfect match for TC Group China that operates out of Beijing in the MI, install, touring, broadcast and production markets. Further, Owen Xing has a background as a guitar player and composer, which also ties in well with the core values of TC Group that is rooted in the passion for sound in all forms.

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Yamaha Promotes Macpherson to GM Pro Audio & Combo

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• October 4, 2013

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) president Hitoshi Fukutome has announced the appointment of Alan Macpherson to the position of general manager of the company’s Pro Audio & Combo (PAC) Division.

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Showtime Boxing Adopts Shure ULX-D

hoff •
  • Supplier Scene
• September 30, 2013

Since 2001, ShoBox: The New Generation, a television series produced by the Showtime® network, has been recognized as a premier show for up-and-coming boxers. Featuring the journey of boxers as they work to make it in the professional ring, ShoBox showcases competitive matches held throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, bringing the science of boxing directly to viewers’ living rooms.  

Traveling to more than seven cities for 16 episodes per season, the demands of the show’s production team require robust gear that can move from location to location, while seamlessly delivering flawless programming. Recently charged with upgrading the production’s audio gear was Gordon Hall, Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports, who worked alongside Paul Tarter, a technical manager for the network. Understanding ShoBox’s needs, Tarter sought advice from wireless microphone experts at Soundtronics and began to demo potential new systems. The Shure ULX-D™ Digital Wireless Microphone System stood out.

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Casio Keyboards Installed at Wittenberg U. Piano Lab

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  • Supplier Scene
• September 30, 2013

Casio America, Inc. is proud to announce that Wittenberg University, located in Springfield, Ohio has just equipped their piano lab with 16 of its newly launched Privia PX-350 digital pianos for educational use.

“Music education is a significant area of importance for Casio – we understand the need to inspire creativity and foster development at a young age,” said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division. “It’s a great privilege to further the education and growth of students who are passionate about music and aspire to be professional musicians.”

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World-Famous DJs Celebrate 25 Years with the Sennheiser HD 25

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  • Supplier Scene
• September 30, 2013

Iconic, cult, legendary: only a product that inspires passion and remains in demand after 25 years earns this level of acclaim. Launched in 1988, Sennheiser’s HD 25 has come to define the ultimate DJ headphone. Alongside the launch of a new edition – the HD 25 ALUMINIUM, the anniversary is being marked by 25 of the world’s greatest DJs, who wish the iconic headphone a “Happy Birthday” and explain its essential role in their music and performance.

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Zildjian Announces 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition Winner

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 30, 2013

Zildjian announced that Ethan Ahmed from the University of Southern California is the winner of the 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship.   Ethan is a student of Jim Babor.  Ethan will receive a $5,000 tuition award, an all expense paid trip to the Zildjian factory, and cymbals of his choice.

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Yamaha and The Queen Latifah Show Help Keep Music in the Schools

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 30, 2013

In conjunction with the premiere episode of the The Queen Latifah Show, which aired on September 16, 2013, Yamaha Entertainment Group donated $45,000 worth of musical instruments to the James A. Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles.

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Deering Raises Over $25,000 for Charity

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 30, 2013

The Deering Banjo Company raised $25,777.68 for charity this summer through the auctioning off of one of a kind Deering Goodtime Gentlemen of the Road banjos signed by Mumford and Sons. A different banjo was made for each Gentlemen of the Road Stopover date, five total, bearing the location’s name as well as signatures from all four members of the band. The money from each auction was donated to a local charity, hand picked by the band for each concert location: Lewes, UK; Simcoe, Canada; Troy, OH; Guthrie, OK; and St. Augustine, FL.

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New Artist Relations Hires at Korg USA

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 25, 2013

Korg USA has announced new hires to its artist relations area.

Mike Bigel has been hired as a Korg USA Artist Relations Specialist. Bigel comes to Korg USA with extensive experience in label management and marketing, as well as ownership of an artist management company. He will be responsible for managing day-to-day artist relations activities and seeking out new artist-related opportunities, as well as liaising in-person with artists at events and shows.

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Trade Regrets: Jo Edstrom

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Trade Regrets
• September 24, 2013

Jo Edstrom died on Tuesday, September 10th in Winona, Minnesota at the age of 102. She was the widow of Harold “Hal” Edstrom, who co-founded Hal Leonard Corporation in 1947 with his brother Everett “Leonard” Edstrom and Roger Busdicker.

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Gibson Set to Acquire Cakewalk

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 24, 2013

Adding to a growing – and at this point sizable – list of recent acquisitions of MI operations outside of the guitar realm, Gibson Brands is poised to take control of Cakewalk, Inc.

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