Trade Regrets: Vic Firth (1930-2015)

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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Everett “Vic” Firth, the founder of the drumstick and mallet company that bears his name, passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 85.

Firth was born June 2, 1930, in Winchester, MA and raised in Sanford, Maine. He started learning the cornet at age four, turning later to percussion, trombone, clarinet, piano, and music arrangement. When he reached high school, he was a full-time percussionist, and created an 18-piece band at age 16. He played a variety of percussion instruments such as vibraphone, timpani and the drum set.

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Lineup for AES 59th Conference on Sound Reinforcement Released

Monday, June 29th, 2015

04AESThe full lineup of special events, workshops, paper sessions, and tutorials has been released for the 59th AES International Conference on Sound Reinforcement, which will be held at McGill University in Montreal from July 15-17, 2015. This is the first AES International Conference in over 25 years dedicated to large scale sound reinforcement, public address, and live sound.

For the full schedule, go to www.aes.org/conferences/59/PresentersList.

Counterpoint Now Distributing Wood Violins

Monday, June 29th, 2015

ADD Mark WoodCounterpoint Musical Services has been named the sole Canadian distributor for the Wood Violins line of electric violins and cellos. The instruments are designed and created by recording artist, performer, producer, inventor, and Emmy-winning composer Mark Wood. Dubbed “the Les Paul of the violin world” by PBS, the Juilliard-trained violinist got the industry’s attention in the early 1970s with his invention of the first solid body electric violin. His signature Viper violin is used by Lady Gaga’s violinist Judy Kang, Carrie Underwood’s violinist Jimmy Herman, and country artist Rachel Barton Pine, among others.

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NAMM Foundation Grants $600K to Music Making & Music Education Programs

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Music_monday1In 2015, the NAMM Foundation will invest $600,000 in grant funding into 17 global music making programs. This year’s list of grant recipients includes community, national, and industry-based organizations that provide access to quality music education and increase interest and participation in making music across the lifespan. Among the 2015 recipients is the Canada-based Coalition for Music Education.

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Levy’s Appoints International Sales Manager

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

07 TedBurgerLevy’s Leathers has announced the appointment of Ted Burger as international sales manager. Burger is a former professional guitarist and graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia with a degree in business management and marketing.

Burger’s MI career began at Costello’s Music in Fredonia, NY and since that time he has worked for Samson Technologies for two years and six years at Korg USA. Most recently he has been working at The Hanser Music Group in Cincinnati, OH.

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NAMM Show Breaks Records Again In 2015

Friday, January 30th, 2015
Day 2 at NAMM 2015

Day 2 at NAMM 2015

As the music products industry returns home to 100 countries worldwide, they leave the 2015 NAMM Show empowered with fresh ideas and products to amplify the power of music. Held January 22-25, NAMM welcomed a record number of exhibitors to Anaheim. Major product debuts, a bumper crop of new-to-NAMM exhibitors paired with engaging thought-leaders created what many NAMM members called the freshest NAMM Show in years.

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