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JULY 27 I VIC FIRTH I OBITUARY

Vic Firth Passes Away at 85
Vic Firth, legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra timpanist and founder of Vic Firth Company, passed away yesterday in Boston. He was 85. {more}

JULY 13 I NAMM I EVENT
‘Best in Show’ Highlights Top Gear From Summer NAMM 2015

Great guitar gear, next-wave companies, cool accessories and professional educational were the big winners during Summer NAMM 2015’s edition of Best in Show, the popular breakfast panel discussion at NAMM U. {more}

JULY 8 I SUMMER NAMM I EVENT I BY KATIE KAILUS
Summer Chill

This year’s Summer NAMM Show will feature the new TEC Tracks pro-audio educational sessions, along with many other favorites like the annual Top 100 Dealer Awards. {more}

JUNE 30 I SWEETWATER I EVENT
Sweetwater's GearFest 2015
Draws Record Crowd

Sweetwater has announced that GearFest 2015, held June 12-13, was the company's most successful to date. Attendance was record-breaking, with more than 10,100 participants, up 27 percent over 2014, and with sales up by more than 35 percent over last year. {more}

JUNE 30 I JODYJAZZ I EXPANSION
JodyJazz Expands Facility
JodyJazz has completed a major expansion of its facility in Savannah, Georgia, including additional factory space and new offices. Due to significant growth over the past few years, the company tripled its overall square footage in order to fill a need for additional manufacturing and office space. {more}

JUNE 30 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
Guitar Center Opens Store in Redmond, Washington
Guitar Center has opened its 269th store. Its location in Redmond, Washington, covers more than 15,000 square feet. The grand opening took place on June 25. {more}

JUNE 30 I ALLANS BILLY HYDE I OPENING
Australia's Allans Billy Hyde Returns to Brisbane
After a two-and-a-half year absence, Australian music retail store Allans Billy Hyde has returned to Brisbane. The store is now the largest musical instrument store in Brisbane, covering nearly 14,000 square feet, and offering a wide range of instruments and equipment.{more}

JUNE 3 I REVERB I PHILANTHROPY
Reverb Raises $11K for Guitars for Vets
On May 25, Reverb, an online marketplace for musical instruments, pledged to donate 5 percent of its Memorial Day revenue to Guitars for Vets, a non-profit organization which has fulfilled over 20,000 lessons and distributed over 2,000 guitars, free to military veterans. As a result, the online site raised $11,000 for the non-profit. {more}

JUNE 3 I CONNOLLY I DISTRIBUTION
Connolly to Distribute Faith Guitars in U.S.
Connolly Music Company has struck a deal with Faith Guitars, a brand of UK-based distributor Barnes & Mullins, to become the exclusive distributor in the United States. {more}

JUNE 3 I DALE'S DRUM SHOP I AWARD
Dale's Drum Shop Receives Zildjian 'Outstanding Dealer Award'
Zildjian recently presented its 2014 "Outstanding Dealer Award" to Dale's Drum Shop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dale's was recognized for its sales achievements in 2014. {more}

JUNE 2 I FENDER I APPOINTMENT
Fender Appoints Andy Mooney to CEO
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced that Andrew “Andy” P. Mooney has been appointed CEO effective immediately. Mooney joins FMIC from Quiksilver and brings experience growing global brands, such as Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Nike. FMIC reported that the addition of Mooney will help drive its brands with an approach that puts both seasoned and first-time musicians at the forefront. {more}

JUNE 1 I AIMM I APPOINTMENT
AIMM Names Barry Mitchell Executive VP
AIMM, the Alliance of Independent Music Merchants, has appointed Barry Mitchell executive vice president. {more}

MAY 5 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
Guitar Center Opens Store in Westlake Village
Guitar Center has opened its newest retail location a musical instrument and technology center covering more than 9,000 square feet in Westlake Village, California. The grand opening took place on April 30. {more}

MAY 5 I SWEETWATER I PHILANTHROPY
Sweetwater, Nonprofit Donate Instruments to Local Schools
Sweetwater founder and President, Chuck Surack, and his wife Lisa, recently partnered with the Fort Wayne, Indiana, nonprofit organization, Believe in a Dream, to donate 35 stringed instruments to 12 middle and high schools in the Fort Wayne community. {more}

MAY 5 I HAL LEONARD I ACQUISITION
Hal Leonard Acquires Tunessence
Hal Leonard announced on May 1 that it has acquired Tunessence, which operates a Web-based platform for interactive music lessons. The software synchronizes audio and video assets with music notation, providing a follow-along marker, looping and tempo control. {more}

MAY 5 I MANTOVA'S TWO STREET MUSIC I AD CAMPAIGN
Mantova's Two Street Music Releases Local TV Commercial
Mantova's Two Street Music in Eureka, California, recently released a new TV advertisement. The ad was released as part of a local news channel's effort at highlighting family businesses in Humboldt County, California. {more}

APRIL 7 I MICHAEL KELLY I ACQUISITION
Michael Kelly Guitars Acquired by Founder
The original founder of Michael Kelly Guitars has acquired the brand from Hanser Music Group. The Florida-based group that is taking over Michael Kelly Guitars is led by the company‘s original founder, Tracy Hoeft. {more}

APRIL 7 I BAND OF ANGELS, YAMAHA I PHILANTHROPY
Yamaha, Nonprofit Purchase Disklavier for Low-Income School
The University of Kansas School of Music took delivery this week of a new Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano, which will be transported to a local elementary school, enabling students in need at a rural, low-income district to take part in remote music lessons. {more}

APRIL 7 I GUITAR CENTER, LITTLE KIDS ROCK I PHILANTHROPY
Guitar Center, Little Kids Rock Replace Stolen School Instruments
Guitar Center recently partnered with Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit music education provider to U.S. public schools, to help replace audio equipment and instruments that were stolen from the John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School earlier this month. {more}


APRIL 7 I ARTIPHON I PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Artiphon Kickstarter Campaign Exceeds $1M
Artiphon –– the company that has been developing a digital multi-instrument since 2011 –– has exceeded the $1 million mark on its Kickstarter campaign, blowing past its initial goal by more than tenfold. {more}

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 





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