Author Archive: Dan Ferrisi

I am the Editor of The Music & Sound Retailer, the most widely read trade publication serving the music products market. I am a lifelong writer and editor, working for Testa Communications, publisher of The Retailer, for more than eight years.

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FMIC Welcomes Beats Electronics President Luke Wood To Board

FMIC Welcomes Beats Electronics President Luke Wood To Board

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) has announced that Beats Electronics (Beats) President Luke Wood has joined Fender’s Board of Directors. Under Wood’s leadership, Beats, which is owned by Apple, has grown into a global household name. Wood was also instrumental in facilitating the company’s recent acquisition by Apple Inc. Today, he lends his more than […]

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SLM’s Jim Eaton Announces His Retirement

SLM’s Jim Eaton Announces His Retirement

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

St. Louis Music has announced that Jim Eaton, the Vice President of Knilling and Orchestral Sales for more than six years, has decided to retire effective October 1. He will remain with St. Louis Music in an advisory role after his retirement. Eaton is a product of a public school music education, coming up through […]

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KHS Adds Jessica Bartoshesky As Education Relations Coordinator

KHS Adds Jessica Bartoshesky As Education Relations Coordinator

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jessica Bartoshesky recently joined KHS America as Education Relations Coordinator, a newly created role. She will be working with the Marketing Department to help guide and spearhead marketing initiatives for music educators. By understanding music-education trends, music-education forums and programs, Bartoshesky will focus on creating and strengthening partnerships with the music-education community. In addition, she […]

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Amati USA Names Jay Wanamaker President, COO

Amati USA Names Jay Wanamaker President, COO

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amati USA, maker of wind instruments, has announced that industry veteran Jay Wanamaker has been named President and COO. Wanamaker will oversee all Amati U.S. operations, including Amati Woodwind & Brass Instruments and V.F. Cerveny Brass Instruments, as well as overseeing the Strunal String Instrument brand. “Jay’s vast experience in running world-class MI wholesale and […]

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Santana Headlines PRS Guitars’ Benefit Concert

Santana Headlines PRS Guitars’ Benefit Concert

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the evening of Monday, October 13, Paul Reed Smith Guitars will host the 15th Anniversary of the acclaimed One Night One Show One Cause Benefit Concert, presented by The Baltimore Sun Media Group for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. This year’s event will take place at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The […]

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Peavey Makes A Statement At DJ Expo With Chauvet

Peavey Makes A Statement At DJ Expo With Chauvet

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Peavey Electronics is making its presence felt in the DJ market, as was made clear by the company’s booth at DJ Expo in Atlantic City. Hosted by Canal Sound and Light, the booth featured a line-up of DJ performers and a lightshow created with a plethora of fixtures from CHAUVET Professional. The lighting highlighted a […]

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<strong>MORLEY’S</strong> M2 PEDAL LINE

MORLEY’S M2 PEDAL LINE

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sound Enhancement Products, Inc., maker of Morley pedals and Ebtech professional audio solutions, is a company that truly values its customers and, more specifically, the helpful feedback they provide. So, when it comes to Morley’s latest innovation, there’s plenty of credit to go around. Bill Wenzloff, Sales & Marketing Manager, said, “We had been receiving […]

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D’Addario Appoints New Product Managers

D’Addario Appoints New Product Managers

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

D’Addario has announced that Nick Gordon and Chris Scialfa have joined D’Addario’s Product Management team as the Percussion Business Unit Manager and Woodwinds Business Unit Manager, respectively. As the company’s new Percussion Product Manager, Gordon is responsible for leading the business management of all percussion products, including Evans, Promark and Puresound. He manages the Marketing […]

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Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month’s “Five Minutes With” holds perhaps even greater interest than usual because our interview subject, Rusty Shaffer, CEO and Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar), tackles head-on some of the most vexing issues currently facing the music products industry. From the sometimes-troubled relationship between large manufacturers and scrappy mom-and-pop stores to the “ego” […]

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Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Emanating from the gorgeous Music City Center, this year’s Summer NAMM, held from July 17 to 19, delivered some “southern comfort” with its trademark blend of bustling product exhibits, progressive education sessions and fun nighttime events. The thousands who descended on an unseasonably cool and cloudy Nashville all seemed to agree their investment to attend […]

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