KMC Appoints David McAllister as VP of B&J Music

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

David McAllister

Jam Industries recently acquired the trade names and assets of KMC Music, and B&J Music.  B&J Music, a subsidiary of KMC will report to Mark Terry of KMC and Jeff Carman of Jam Industries. The newly appointed Vice President to operate B&J Music is David McAllister.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of David McAllister to the position of vice president of B&J Music,” says Mark Terry, CEO of KMC Music. “David is a highly accomplished and respected music industry executive and will be able to bring his extensive musical instrument industry experience and expertise to help B&J meet and exceed its business goals.”

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JAM Industries Buys KMC Music from Fender

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Jam Industries President & CEO Martin Szpiro

Jam Industries President & CEO Martin Szpiro

Jam Industries has announced the asset purchase of the wholesale distribution business, KMC Music, B&J Music, and selected trade marks from Fender Musical Instrument Corp.

For almost 50 years, KMC Music has been a staple of distribution within the musical instrument industry. During that time, they have distributed a large number of important musical brands and accessories to stores across the U.S. and Canada.

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NAMM Elects Eight New Board Members

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

11 NAMMBoardAt NAMM’s Annual Meeting of Members, held Jan. 24 during the 2015 NAMM Show, the association named eight new members of its board of directors, including Jam Industries President Martin Szpiro. The NAMM board provides leadership, counsel and direction to NAMM, the NAMM Foundation, and the global music products industry.

The following NAMM Members were elected to serve three-year terms on the incoming 2015 board: Martin Szpiro, Jam Industries; Joseph Castronovo, Korg USA; Greg Deering, Deering Banjo Company; Ron Losby, Steinway & Sons; Paul Decker, Music Villa; Michael Doyle, Guitar Center; Brian Reardon, Monster Music; Peter Sides; and Robert M. Sides, Family Music Centers.

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KHS America Purchases Hohner Inc. USA

Tuesday, January 13th, 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 took place Jan. 12, 2015.

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DW Drums Acquires American Percussion Brands from Fender

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Drum Workshop and Fender Musical Instruments have finalized an asset sale agreement for DW to purchase owned and licensed percussion brands including Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Hardware, and KAT Percussion from Fender’s KMC subsidiary. Ovation Guitars, and exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Sabian Cymbals are also included in the transaction.

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Gibson Brands Launches Neat Microphones Division

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
(L-R) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles.

(L-R) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles.

Gibson Brands has announced the launch of Neat microphones.

Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO and Chairman of Gibson Brands, says, “The time for entirely new thinking in how microphones are designed, manufactured, and applied is overdue—not only to benefit professionals, but also to create products that improve the audio experience of all consumers.”

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