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  • Eight New NAMM Board Members Elected

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 25, 2015

    At its Annual Meeting of Members, held January 24 during the 2015 NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) named eight new music industry professionals to its board of directors. The NAMM Board provides leadership, counsel and direction to NAMM, the NAMM Foundation, and the global music products industry.

    In welcoming the eight incoming industry leaders, chairman Larry Morton expressed his confidence in the expertise and dedication of the new directors. “We are delighted to welcome these successful and respected professionals to the NAMM Board,” said Morton. “They represent a diverse cross-section of our NAMM Membership and they will bring their unique market perspectives to help us lead the organization forward. We’re very grateful that they are willing to make this commitment on behalf of our NAMM Members and the industry at large.”

  • Craigie Zildjian Honored at 2015 SheRocks Awards

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 24, 2015Craigie Zildjian receives her trophy at this year's SheRocks Awards held during the NAMM Show in Anaheim. Read More...
  • Chauvet DJ Takes Home Two DCAs

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 24, 2015The Chauvet DJ team with the hardware for the company's "two-fer" Dealers' Choice Award wins. Read More...
  • D’Addario Team Receives MMR Dealers’ Choice Award

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 24, 2015D'Addario once again wins "Accessory Line of the Year": Jim D'Addario, Peter D'Addario, Ari Simon, MMR editor Christian Wissmuller, and John D'Addario III. Read More...
  • Peavey Electronics Honored with NAMM Milestone Award

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 24, 2015

    NAMM honored Peavey Electronics Corporation® with the Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the music products industry. The award recognizes retailers and manufacturers who have succeeded over the years through best practices and strong community standing to reach a landmark anniversary.

    “Our philosophy has always been simple – we didn’t start out to be the biggest, we wanted to be the best”, said Hartley Peavey of Peavey Electronics Corporation in Meridian, Miss. 

    Hartley was given the award by NAMM CEO and President Joe Lamond during Peavey’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the Hilton Anaheim on Jan. 22.

  • Brian Ball Appointed President of Ernie Ball, Inc.

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 23, 2015

    Ernie Ball, Inc. has announced Brian Ball as its new president. Company CEO Sterling Ball made the announcement, representing the company’s long-term plans for growth and expansion.

    Brian’s grandfather Ernie Ball founded the company in 1962; Ernie Ball Inc.’s three-generation family legacy is strong, and Brian’s rich background and history with the company will allow him to serve the business while adding innovations and updates to the product line, as well as company culture and branding.

    Sterling Ball stated, “Since 1962, Ernie Ball Inc. has been dedicated to providing tools for artists, and we are excited to see what another 50-plus years in the industry will bring under Brian’s leadership.”

  • AES Announces that Avid’s Hernandez, Jr. Will be Keynote Speaker at 57th Intl. Conferene

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 22, 2015

    The AES has announced that Avid chairman, president, and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. will give the keynote speech at the 57th International Conference, taking place in Hollywood, California, March 6-8, 2015. The Conference, being held at the world-famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Hollywood Boulevard, will feature some of the best and brightest in the world of engineering for entertainment production, as the AES holds its first-ever dedicated event on The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology. Hernandez will present his keynote address on March 6, at 8:00 AM.

  • HARMAN Acquires SM Pro Audio

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 22, 2015

    HARMAN announced the acquisition of Melbourne, Australia-based SM Pro Audio and its incorporation into the HARMAN Professional Division as an innovation hub for a wide range of pro audio and musical instrument (MI) technologies across HARMAN’s professional product brands.  According to Blake Augsburger, president, HARMAN Professional Division, the depth of innovation and quality of engineering talent at SM Pro Audio provides HARMAN Professional with a strong internal technology partner for a broad range of products 

  • Roland Announces Two Major New Appointments

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 22, 2015

    Roland Corporation announced today two senior management appointments effective February 1, 2015. Mr. Jay Wanamaker will assume the role of president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S., while Mr. Kim Nunney, current president and CEO, has been appointed to the newly created position of Executive VP, Global Business Development for Professional A/V of Roland Corporation.


  • Music for All Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 18, 2015

    Music for All has announced the industry leaders who will be inducted into the 2015 Bands of America Hall of Fame: Remo D. Belli, Richard Saucedo, Mark Jolesch, and Dr. Nicholas Valenziano.

    The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life- changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs, participants, and music education. 2015 inductees were announced during the Finals of the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, Saturday, November 15th, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

  • Disneyland Band to Open 2015 NAMM Show

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 15, 2015

    The Disneyland Band will officially open the 2015 NAMM Show, with a beloved American icon serving as guest conductor for this rousing musical performance.

    Yamaha, the official supplier of musical instruments to the Disneyland Resort and a proud sponsor of the Disney Performing Arts program, will present the band to the music products industry, reinforcing the two companies shared deep commitment to music education and performance.

  • KHS America Announces Acquisition of Hohner Inc. USA

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 12, 2015

    KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany.  Hohner, Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded Harmonicas, Accordians, Melodicas, Guitars and Bluegrass Instruments; SONOR Drums and Orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, H. Jimenez Guitars, Hohner Airboard, as well as Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands.  Transfer of ownership will take place today, January 12, 2015.

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