Fender CEO Larry Thomas to Retire

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced the upcoming retirement of CEO Larry Thomas, effective May 31, 2014. Thomas was appointed to the FMIC Board of Directors in 2009 and later appointed CEO on Aug. 1, 2010. Current interim COO Scott Gilbertson will assume the role of interim CEO until the company completes its search for a successor.

Gilbertson is a partner at TPG Growth and currently serves on the board of Fender Musical Instruments and has also served as interim COO since Oct. 2013. Previously, he held a variety of executive positions at leading companies including J.Crew, Under Armour and Bally International. 

JEN Conference 2015 Exhibitor Enrollment Now Open

Exhibitor enrollment for the 2015 Jazz Education Network Conference, which takes place in San Diego January 7-10, is now open.  JEN invites all past and current exhibitors to log in at the jazzednet.org website to reserve a place at the leading jazz education conference.  Current JEN membership is required to purchase exhibitor space online, and users must be logged on as current members for the registration forms to work correctly.

Kidder Music Celebrates 40th Anniversary

2014 holds exciting news for family-owned Kidder Music as they announce their 40th anniversary. The store kicked off their anniversary celebration at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in January, and has plans for events, sales, and specials throughout the year.

Smith Promoted to N. American Sales Manager at Zildjian

The Avedis Zildjian Company has announced the promotion of Jerry Smith to North American sales manager effective April 1, 2014.

In this newly created position, Jerry will report directly to Andy Schlosser, vice president of Global Sales and have responsibility for the management of the Company’s independent sales representatives in the U.S. and distributors in Canada and Mexico.  In addition, Jerry will be a major contributor to the development and execution of strategic sales plans for North America. 

NAMBACKER B2B Networking Group Welcomes New Members

NAMBACKER B2B networking group announced the addition of three new NAMM exhibitor manufacturers as dues-paying members since the 2014 Anaheim show.

The first new member is Rick Schubb, owner of the legendary Schubb Capo Company, celebrating his 40th year in the business. Here is one of Rick’s greatest quotes… “Dave Coontz and I formed a partnership on a handshake in 1974 based on a solid premise: no compromises.”

Lanikai Partners with Jake Shimabukuro Foundation

Lanikai Ukuleles has announced a partnership with Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro’s Four Strings Foundation.  The non-profit, founded by Shimabukuro and Chicago educator Polly Yukevich in 2013, seeks to curate music education workshops nationwide.  Lanikai, one of the world’s largest ukulele brands, remains committed to music education and will provide their patented TunaUke ukuleles to schools and educators in support of this initiative.

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Eventide H9 Core

The H9 Core delivers the sounds of Eventide’s H910 and H949 Harmonizers, while all of Eventide’s stompbox effects, including new H9 exclusives UltraTap Delay and Resonator, can be added. The H9 Core features a simple, one-knob user interface and is fully-featured as a standalone stompbox. Using H9 Core with the H9 Control app for Windows, OSX (via USB), or iOS (wirelessly via Bluetooth), makes creating and managing presets, live control, and in-app algorithm purchases easy.  H9 owners can sync up to five H9s to a single Eventide.com account so their H9 algorithms can be used by five H9s simultaneously.

Takamine G-Series Classical and Bass Models

The new G Series classical guitars are crafted with spruce tops and mahogany or rosewood backs and sides. GC3 and GC5 series models are fitted with premium solid spruce tops with classic fan bracing. Each GC1 series acoustic-electric model is outfitted with the Takamine TP-E preamp with built-in tuner, while the GC3 and GC5 series acoustic-electric models come with the Takamine TP-4T preamp with built-in tuner. (MSRP: $289.99 - $584.99)

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