• Full Compass Promotes Kjensrud, Glojek

    Christian Wissmuller | People | January 6, 2014

    Full Compass Systems has announced two new promotions of key individuals within the company.  

    Kyle Kjensrud moved up from assistant product manager to general merchandising manager & planning supervisor. Kjensrud will manage all merchandising initiatives, select products for promotional activities and work closely with the e-Commerce team for website recommendations.  In addition, he will supervise the Planning team as they recommend products for inventory. Kjensrud will also continue to develop and maintain vendor relationships.     

  • Prase Engineering Now Distributing Shure in Italy

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 5, 2014

    Shure has named Prase Engineering as its new exclusive distributor for Italy. The Venice-based organization takes on distribution for Shure and its DIS conferencing products across the country as of January 16th.

  • DWV Orchestrates Sale of Soundsphere to MSE

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 5, 2014
    The Mergers & Acquisitions arm of David Wiener Ventures (DWV) has helped broker a successful acquisition in the audio industry: after more than 25 years as a leader in omni-directional speakers for commercial installation applications, Stratford, Connecticut-based industry innovator Soundsphere has been acquired by MSE Audio of Kansas City. MSE, known for its wide variety of commercial and consumer-based audio brands, led by speaker giant SoundTube Entertainment, has acquired Soundsphere in an all-cash transaction. David Wiener Ventures was chosen to orchestrate the acquisition, based on DWV Chairman David Wiener’s business acumen and extensive knowledge of the audio industry.   
  • Trade Regrets: Sam Ulano

    Christian Wissmuller | Trade Regrets | January 5, 2014

    Sam Ulano was a celebrated drum teacher, performer, method book author, and drum shop owner. During his long career, Ulano played with some of the legends of jazz and popular music.  In 1948 he published the first of nearly one thousand drum method books to assist musicians on their techniques and skills.  A few years later he opened Sam Ulano's World of Drums in NYC.

  • Young Chang Announces the Return of Denny Reed

    Christian Wissmuller | People | January 3, 2014Young Chang announces the return of industry veteran Denny Reed. Reed has been in the industry since 1973 and spent time with a number of manufactures including Young Chang from 1986 to 2003. He will cover the midwest states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. "Denny's knowledge of both acoustic and […] Read More...
  • Lamond Honored with Midwest Clinic’s Music Industry Award

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 2, 2014

    Joe Lamond received the Midwest Clinic's Music Industry Award  for his outstanding support of music education. Among his accomplishments on behalf of music education, Lamond was honored as instrumental in creating the NAMM Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of the association, raising funds to support NAMM’s mission.
  • Trade Regrets: James F. Manley

    Christian Wissmuller | Trade Regrets | January 2, 2014
    On November 23, 2013, James (Jim) Manley passed away of natural causes surrounded by his family at Arbor Hospice of Ann Arbor Mich.
  • Trade Regrets: Nan Tanker

    Christian Wissmuller | Trade Regrets | December 30, 2013

    Nan Tanker, a senior customer service associate for Yamaha Corporation of America’s Band & Orchestral division, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 28th.  During her 10 years of service with Yamaha, Nan served as a customer service associate and was promoted to senior customer service associate in 2004. During her tenure, Nan worked with many of the division’s largest dealers, developing strong relationships along the way.  She was an instrumental part of the inaugural customer service team that helped bridge the gap during the B&O division’s transition from Grand Rapids, Mich. to Buena Park, Calif. in 2003. 

  • PASIC 2013 Video Wrap-Up

    hoff | Upfront | December 30, 2013Just ahead of our full report on this year's PASIC show (coming soon in MMR's January issue), we present the final installment of our 2013 PASIC video series, featuring new product talk with Peterson Strobe Tuners, Pearl/Adams, Don Vaughn, Tycoon Percussion, and Meredith Music. {youtube}TJ6SZYJjSBw{/youtube} Read More...
  • Da Vinci-Designed Instrument Makes (Much-Delayed) Debut

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 30, 2013

    Leonardo da Vinci designed the Viola Organista more than 500 years ago, but never got round to actually building the thing. Cut to the present day: Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has completed da Vinci’s task for him, having spent three years and 5,000 hours creating the instrument.

  • Learning Music Makes You Smarter… Usually

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 30, 2013

    In mid-December, Oklahoma resident Zackary Aders is believed to have set off on a 26-mile walk through the snow and frost “to see a woman,” but got lost on the way and fell through the ice into a pond.

  • NAMM Foundation Grants President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities Support for Turnaround Arts Program

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 30, 2013

    Continuing its commitment to advancing participation in music making, The NAMM Foundation is supporting a research project in collaboration with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its Turnaround Arts program. Turnaround Arts expands music and arts education in low-performing schools with the goal to close the achievement gap and increase student engagement using high quality, integrated arts education.  

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