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FEB. 20 I SABIAN I OBITUARY
Margaret Zildjian Dies

Margaret "Willi" Zildjian, the lifelong partner of Sabian's founder and leader, passed away on Feb. 14. {more}

FEB. 14 I ZILDJIAN I APPOINTMENT
Zildjian Names John Stephans President

Zildjian has announced that John Stephans has been appointed president, reporting directly to CEO Craigie Zildjian. {more}

FEB. 7 I ARMADILLO ENTERPRISES I OBITUARY
Armadillo's Elliott Rubinson Dies at 62

Elliott Rubinson, the founder of Armadillo Enterprises, has passed away at the age of 62 following a battle with cancer, according to family sources. {more}

FEB. 6 I NAMM I EVENT
The NAMM Show Delivers ... Again!
The NAMM Show 2017 has come and gone, but the world's strongest gathering of the music products industry once again served as one part family reunion, one part gear-geek heaven and one part new year's business catalyst for retailers and suppliers alike. {more}

FEB. 6 I YAMAHA I COMPANY
Yamaha Celebrates Milestones
Yamaha has released more than 70 new products at the NAMM Show. {more}

FEB. 6 I HAL LEONARD, DW I PARTNERSHIP
Hal Leonard, DW Strike Distribution Deal
Drum Workshop has announced that effective Feb. 1, Hal Leonard will serve as the exclusive U.S. distributor for several of its product lines, including Gibraltar hardware, KAT, Percussion Plus Drums and CB Percussion lines. In addition, Hal Leonard will be the U.S. sales representative for the Gretsch Renown, Catalina and Energy lines of entry level and mid-priced drum sets. {more}

FEB. 6 I EASTMAN, BACKUN I PARTNERSHIP
Eastman Music Partners with Backun Clarinets
Eastman Music Company, manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories, announced that it has made a significant investment in Backun Musical Services, manufacturer of clarinets and woodwind accessories. {more}

FEB. 6 I MOGAMI, SWEETWATER I PARTNERSHIP
Mogami, Sweetwater Partner Up
Mogami announced that Sweetwater will be the strategic launch partner for Mogami's CorePlus cable series during a joint press release with MXL Microphones. {more}

FEB. 1 I DRUM WORKSHOP, HAL LEONARD I DISTRIBUTION
DW Announces Distribution Deal with Hal Leonard
Drum Workshop has announced that effective Feb. 1, Hal Leonard will serve as the exclusive U.S. distributor for several of its product lines, including Gibraltar hardware, KAT, Percussion Plus Drums and CB Percussion lines. In addition, Hal Leonard will be the U.S. sales representative for the Gretsch Renown, Catalina and Energy lines of entry level and mid-priced drum sets. {more}

JAN. 31 I GENELEC I OBITUARY
Genelec's Ilpo Martikainen
Passes Away

Ilpo Martikainen, founder of Genelec, passed away on Jan. 30. He was 69 years old. {more}

JAN. 24 I BEST IN SHOW I EVENT
'Best in Show' Highlights Great Gear at NAMM
Best In Show, the popular Sunday-morning breakfast panel discussion at NAMM U, featured 19 new products and eight companies highlighting excellence at The NAMM Show 2017. {more}

JAN. 16 I THE 2017 NAMM SHOW I BY ALEX HARRELL
Where the Music Begins
There's only one thing left to do before The 2017 NAMM Show: wait. The majority of the exhibit floor for the trade show has been filled. Hotel rooms and flights to Anaheim, California, have been booked. Last-minute exhibitors scramble to finalize their displays and keynote speakers rehearse for the convention held Jan. 19– 22. {more}

JAN. 16 I NAMM FOUNDATION I AWARD
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry to Receive Les Paul Award
Aerosmith's co-founding member and lead guitarist Joe Perry will receive this year's Les Paul Award during the 32nd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, to be held Saturday, Jan. 21 in Anaheim, California — during The NAMM Show. {more}

JAN. 16 I The Women’s International Music Network I EVENT
2017 She Rocks Awards Honorees Announced
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) has announced the 2017 She Rocks Awards honorees. {more}

JAN. 12 I HAL LEONARD I APPOINTMENT
Hal Leonard Names Two New VPs
Hal Leonard has announced the promotions of two long-time employees. {more}

JAN. 10 I REVERB.COM I WEB
Reverb.com Rolls Out Reverb Sites
Reverb.com has introduced Reverb Sites, a service that helps sellers promote their music business online. {more}

JAN. 9 I TKL I PROGRAM
TKL Releases Retail Support Network
At The 2017 NAMM Show, TKL will announce its Retailer Support Network (RSN) sales program of authorized musical instrument retailers. {more}

JAN. 9 I ALVAREZ I CONTEST
Alvarez Dealers Get Chance to Win $10K Guitar
Alvarez has announced a first quarter drawing that will give Alvarez dealers the chance to win a one of a kind, custom Yairi guitar valued at a retail price of $10,000. {more}

JAN. 9 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
GC Expands Presence in Texas
Guitar Center has been expanding its presence in the Texas market with store grand openings in Cedar Hill in October 2016, and north Fort Worth in November 2016. {more}

JAN. 9 I RHYTHM BAND INSTRUMENTS I ACQUISTION
RBI Purchases Toca Percussion
Rhythm Band Instruments (RBI) has purchased Toca Percussion from Drum Workshop. {more}

DEC. 15 I NAMM I EVENT
NAMM Announces 8 TECnology Hall of Fame Inductees
The NAMM Foundation has announced that eight culturally significant musical inventions, ranging from 1954–1998, will be inducted to the TECnology Hall of Fame on Jan. 21 during The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The ceremony will be presented by The NAMM Museum of Making Music and will be hosted by veteran pro-audio journalist George Petersen. {more}

DEC. 12 I GUITAR CENTER I THEFT
Armed Robber Steals $10K From Guitar Center
An armed robber stole more than $10,000 in cash from a Guitar Center in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. {more}

DEC. 12 I HAL LEONARD, SCHAUM PUBLICATIONS I ACQUISITION
Hal Leonard Acquires Schaum Publications
Hal Leonard announced they have acquired Schaum Publications which specializes in educational piano materials. {more}

DEC. 12 I MUSICAL INNOVATIONS I AWARD
Musical Innovations Owner Receives Award
Tracy Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations in Greenville, South Carolina, has been named the winner of the 2016 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. {more}

DEC. 7 I ERNIE BALL, KMC MUSIC I DISTRIBUTION
KMC Distributes Ernie Ball
KMC Music has been appointed to serve as a United States distribution partner by Ernie Ball. {more}

DEC. 1 I ERNIE BALL I COMPANY
Ernie Ball Debuts Spring Collection
Ernie Ball has debuted 27 models that are part of the Music Man 2017 product line, which includes the Monarchy Series John Petrucci Majesty guitars, 30th Anniversary StingRay5 bass and the Cutlass guitar. {more}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 




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