Irvin “Herb” Brochstein: 1927-2013

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Irvin “Herb” Brochstein, musician, industry pioneer, and founder of Pro-Mark Drumsticks, passed away on Jan. 16 at the age of 85.

Launched in 1957 with just 1,200 drumsticks, the Pro-Mark became one of the premier manufacturers of drum sticks in the world . Aside from his drumstick success, Mr. Brochstein was multi-dynamic throughout his long music career of recording and performing, teaching, and owning a drum shop.

After he bought a few pairs of drumsticks made out of oak from a passing salesman, Mr. Brochstein’s interest in sticks took hold. Noticing their superior performance over sticks made of traditional materials, he began selling the sticks to his students as well as travelling drummers passing through Houston, TX.

Acquired by D’Addario in 2011, Pro-Mark still operates as a family business based in Houston. Exporting to 110 countries around the world, their products are endorsed by top current drummers from from Rush to Radiohead.


Remembering Bill Stonier: 1935-2012

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

We at CMT are very saddened to learn of the passing Bill Stonier. As the founder of Northwest Music in Vancouver, Bill was a leader in the Canadian retail music industry and he will be sorely missed. From all of us at CMT, our sincere condolences go out to Bill’s family, friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of working him.

The following message is from the Retail Print Music Dealers Association, of which Bill was a key member:


Trade Regrets: Michael Golden, 1962-2012

Monday, May 14th, 2012

CMT regretfully announces the passing of Michael Golden, VP at Erikson Music, on May 11, 2012. Golden was a a well-respected member of the Canadian MI industry and will be greatly missed.

From JAM Industries:

“Michael passed away peacefully, on Friday, May 11, 2012, at the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Beloved husband and best friend of Micheline Bedard. Loving father and father-in-law of Dawna, Cory, Jessica, and Graeme. Sweetest Zaidie of Kashmyr and Nemis. Cherished son of Marilyn Schwarzbartl Golden and Marty and Yoshiko Golden. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Annie and Jeff, Joel, Matthew, and Jennifer. He also leaves to mourn his mother- and father-in-law, André and Theresa, and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Mark and Kim, Frank, Melanie, Laurie, and Paul, Lisa and Eric; as well as his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We would like to thank Dr. Cholette and the amazing staff at the West Island Palliative Care Residence; Michael’s attending physicians, Dr. Mihalciou and Dr. Garoufalis at the Royal Victoria Hospital; Dr. Petrecca at the Montreal Neurological Institute; and Dr. Panet-Raymond at Montreal General Hospital, as well as their support staff. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to the West Island Palliative Care, (514) 693-1718, to Nova West Island, (514) 695-8335, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, (514) 255-5151. Michael fought a brave battle and had the strength to know when to let go.” 



Trade Regrets: Warren Price, 1941-2012

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

On April 20, 2012, Warren Price, Founder and Owner of the Mother’s Music chain of music stores, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family at the age of 70 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Price leaves behind his immediate family, Lloy, his daughter Laurie, daughter Ginger and her husband Al, and four grandchildren Brittini, Olivia, Jason, and Cole.  (more…)

Trade Regrets: Steve Kirman, March 3, 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012

It is with heavy heart that we at Canadian Music Trade announce the passing of Steve Kirman, President and Founder of the Steve’s Music chain of music stores. Kirman died on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Kirman opened the first Steve’s Music 47 years ago in Montreal in 1965 when he was 19 years old. That store, located at 51 Rue St-Antoine Ouest, remains a landmark in the city, serving a significant segment of its music community. Throughout the years, Steve’s Music opened two additional locations in Toronto and Ottawa.

A funeral service for Kirman will take place at Montreal’s Paperman & Sons (3888 Jean Talon St. W.) on Tuesday, March 6th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Beth Ora Congregation Section, Kehal Israel Cemetery, D.D.O. Shiva to be announced.

CMT extends sympathy to Kirman’s family, friends, and colleagues during this time of mourning.