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  • Trade Regrets: Leland Smith

    Christian Wissmuller | Trade Regrets | December 30, 2013

    Leland Smith, known to many as “The Father of Computer Music Notation,” passed away on December 17 at the age of 88.

    Smith is recognized as the founder of computerized musical notation, based largely on his work at Stanford University. He came to symbolize the technological changes in print music beginning in the 1960s. Smith’s work as a professor and educator resulted in a method for computers to read and process musical notes. The field of computer science has grown to embrace and enhance musical creation through Leland Smith’s pioneering work.

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  • TRUSST from Chauvet Forms The Backbone of Award-Winning LDI Booth

    Christian Wissmuller | Supplier Scene | December 30, 2013

    Chauvet®  DJ won the Best Small Booth Design Award at this year’s LDI Show, reflecting  not only the booth’s appearance, but the fact that it effectively showcased more than 85 lighting fixtures, representing new technologies, in a space totaling only 400 square feet.  While much attention was paid to its creative design and spectacular light show, the award-winning booth also owes its LDI accolade to an “underlying hero” – a sturdy and ingenious trussing system designed by Chauvet DJ senior product manager Allan Reiss, built with products from TRUSST®, a sub-brand of Chauvet.

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  • Midwest Clinic Reports Successful 2013 Show

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 30, 2013

    "Our expectations for the conference was exceeded in all manners,” declared Denny Senseney, treasurer of the Midwest Clinic. “The exhibit hall was nearly sold-out with approximately 50 new exhibiting companies. But most of all the concerts and clinics met our primary objective of serving the music education profession.” More than 80 professional development clinics were mixed with multiple concerts. “As a result, music educators benefited, and as we hope, so will their students, schools, communities, and our culture.”

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  • Line 6 to be Acquired by Yamaha Corporation

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 20, 2013

    Yamaha Corporation and Line 6, Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6. The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies.

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  • Grabel-Komar Joins Full Compass as VP of Product Planning & Procurement

    Christian Wissmuller | People | December 18, 2013Full Compass Systems has added Michelle Grabel-Komar to its executive staff, as vice president of product planning & procurement.  In this role, she will oversee the Purchasing, Product Management, Planning and Merchandising departments.  Grabel-Komar has over 20 years of experience in high-volume retail, manufacturing and business operations.  She started her career working for Forbes-Meagher Music, […] Read More...
  • D’Addario Retains Inside Track Int’l

    hoff | Upfront | December 17, 2013

    To boost their already strong OEM and private label business, D’Addario & Company, Inc. is excited to announce they’ve retained Inside Track International to facilitate sales of their fretted instrument products. Inside Track is the OEM sales rep firm started in 2012 by longtime Seymour Duncan sales and marketing executive, Evan Skopp, together with Doreen Daley Skopp.

    Inside Track will manage D’Addario’s global sales of both fretted instrument strings—bulk packaged and private label—and D’Addario|Planet Waves.

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  • Hal Leonard and Tycoon Expand Distribution Deal

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 17, 2013

    Starting at the 2014 NAMM show, Hal Leonard will be the exclusive US distributor for the entire Tycoon line – hundreds of products from this highly regarded manufacturer of hand percussion.

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  • Harman Professional Appoints Bogetvedt As Sales Manager

    Christian Wissmuller | People | December 17, 2013

    Harman Professional has appointed Joachim Bogetvedt as sales manager, Nordic, Martin Professional. Based in Kristiansand, Norway, Bogetvedt will lead sales and initiatives for Martin Professional across Northern Europe, reporting directly to Steen Matthiesen, vice president EMEA Sales, Martin Professional.

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  • Conn-Selmer Names Schreiber VP of Sales

    Christian Wissmuller | People | December 16, 2013Jay Schreiber has accepted the position vice president of sales for Conn-Selmer.  He will be responsible for all facets of sales in these regions. Schreiber joins Conn-Selmer with over 30 years of experience in the music industry.  He has held various positions of increasing responsibilities in band, orchestra, and combo percussion. He began his career […] Read More...
  • VIDEO: Mapex Touts “Pantherize It” Promotion Through Dec. 31

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  • Iowa Retailer Griggs Music Celebrates 110th Anniversary

    hoff | Upfront | December 13, 2013

    Griggs Music is celebrating their 110th anniversary. Historical memorabilia including vintage photos, celebrity autographs, and the store’s antique cash register are on display, while patrons were encouraged to share photos, stories, and to sign up for raffle prizes and participate in trivia contests throughout the week of December 8. A reception was at the store on Saturday, Dec 14, with refreshments and prizes.

    Arthur P. Griggs opened A.P Griggs Piano Company in 1903 in downtown Davenport before the store changed its name to Griggs Music in 1946. The company originally concentrated on piano sales and service. Through the years, Griggs Music has responded to the changing needs of the community adding guitars, band and orchestra instruments and even refrigerators and appliances to fill a need during The Great Depression. Griggs was also one of the first to sell stereo components in the Quad Cities.

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  • iMSO Announces New Board

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 13, 2013

    The Independent Music Store Owner (iMSO) association has named new board members, including Don Tegeler of Tegeler Music (Clinton, Iowa) as president.

    “I first want to thank Gordy Wilcher of Owensboro Music Center for all he’s done for the group,” Tegeler said of the former president and co-founder. “He’s made a lot of positive things happened, and I hope to build on that.”

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