Layton Family Organ Restored

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

In the fall of 2009, the Schmidt Piano And Organ Service was contacted by Jack Layton, then Leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP), who was seeking to have the family organ restored. During the 1800s, the Layton family was involved in the piano and organ business, distributing and manufacturing pianos and pump or reed organs in and around Montreal. The organ, called The Symphony, was manufactured by the Thomas Organ Company in Woodstock, ON and sold by the Layton Brothers Piano and Organ Showrooms in Montreal. (more…)

Fender Opens New Global Headquarters

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation’s (FMIC) executives and employees officially commemorated the grand opening of the company’s new corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ, on February 14. The new 110,000 sq. ft. building replaces the company’s previous corporate location. Pictured is L-R: FMIC CLO, Mark Van Vleet; FMIC CFO, Jim Broenen; Scottsdale Mayor, W.J. “Jim” Lane; FMIC CEO, Larry Thomas; Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, Kevin Wilson; Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, Barbara Allyn; Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, Henry Shweiri; Patrick Hanley & Scottsdale Chamber Ambassador, William Bennett.

Yorkville Sound & Gibson Celebrate 25-Year Relationship

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Yorkville Sound is celebrating its 25-year relationship with Gibson Guitars, a relationship that started in 1986 when Yorkville became the exclusive Canadian distributor of the key Gibson brands.

“When I visited Nashville in 1986 and was asked to be the Canadian distributor for Gibson, I was very excited about the possibilities,” says Jack Long, Yorkville Sound’s CEO. “Since that time, it has been a happier and more productive relationship than I ever could have imagined.” (more…)

NAMM To Host NSCA Education & Outreach Sessions At The 2012 Show

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced a new education and outreach initiative with the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) where the group will host a mini-conference called “Best Practices in Identifying, Selling and Managing Systems Integration Projects” at NAMM’s Hands-On-Training (H.O.T.) Zone area on Thursday, Jan. 19 from noon to 6 p.m. (more…)

Irene Besse Keyboards Furnishes Calgary Philharmonic’s Pianomania

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Irene Besse Keyboards continues a quarter-century of support of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) by furnishing a selection of the concert grand pianos for the Pianomania! performance at the Epcor Center.

A first for Calgary, this display of musical virtuosity will showcase six winners of the Honens piano competition simultaneously playing Bechstein, Bluthner, Fazioli, and Steinway concert grands with the CPO. (more…)