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 10 years.

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Doing Well and Doing Good: Celebrating The MI Industry’s Charitable And Philanthropic Spirit

Doing Well and Doing Good: Celebrating The MI Industry’s Charitable And Philanthropic Spirit

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are a lot of stories that, as Editor of The Retailer, I write every single year: “Born In The U.S.A.,” “Salute To Lesser-Publicized Music Products,” “Independent Retailer Roundtable” and several others. None of them, however, brings me greater pleasure and psychic income than writing this piece, which we colloquially call “The Good Stuff.” Here, […]

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Hal Leonard Acquires Tunessence

Hal Leonard Acquires Tunessence

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The world’s largest music print publisher and e-content provider has a new tool in its technology belt. Hal Leonard Corp. recently announced that it has acquired Tunessence. Founded in 2012 by recent Carnegie Mellon graduates, Tunessence operates a Web-based platform for interactive music lessons. The software synchronizes audio and video assets with music notation, providing […]

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FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION ADDS FIRST EVER CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION ADDS FIRST EVER CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

 Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, the world leader in guitars and music equipment, is hiring its first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to lead the company’s global marketing strategies and initiatives. Jones is tasked with building deeper consumer connections with Fender® and its portfolio of brands. “Hiring our first CMO is another milestone in our long-term plan to […]

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Casio To Sponsor The 10th Annual ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo

Casio To Sponsor The 10th Annual ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Casio America, Inc., has announced that it will be a sponsor of the 10th annual ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO, the premier national conference for songwriters, producers and music business leaders. Casio’s wide variety of electronic musical instruments, including key models from its Privia Pro, XW and Workstation series, will be on display from April 30 […]

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Synchrony Financial And Guitar Center Introduce Consumer Financing Program

Synchrony Financial And Guitar Center Introduce Consumer Financing Program

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Synchrony Financial, a consumer financial services company, has announced a new, multi-year agreement with Guitar Center to provide a private label credit program for customers. Synchrony Financial will work with Guitar Center, Musician’s Friend and Woodwind & Brasswind to offer special financing options to customers for the purchase of musical instruments, accessories and equipment through more than 260 stores across […]

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Jammin’ With Guitar Makers

Jammin’ With Guitar Makers

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A few times a year, The Retailer presents “roundtable-style” articles that focus on particular segments of interest within the music products industry. Because April is our annual Guitar Issue, it’s only natural, then, that we here offer a conversation with three prominent guitar manufacturers. It was our goal to speak to guitar makers that touch […]

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Brenden Cohen: CEO, D’Angelico Guitars

Brenden Cohen: CEO, D’Angelico Guitars

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Since April is The Retailer’s annual Guitar Issue, we set out a couple of months ago to book a fitting executive for this month’s “Five Minutes With” interview. In Brenden Cohen, CEO of D’Angelico Guitars, we think we’ve found just the right person. Although D’Angelico is a legendary name in the guitar market—John D’Angelico began […]

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Yamaha Forms New Audio Division

Yamaha Forms New Audio Division

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yamaha Corp. of America (YCA) is forming the Professional Audio division to provide a stronger, more unified presence in the live sound, recording and sound-installation markets. Alan Macpherson, a 27-year Yamaha veteran, will lead a team of professional and commercial audio specialists in the new division. He will report directly to Tom Sumner, Senior Vice President […]

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Brothers Gow Fly With Chauvet

Brothers Gow Fly With Chauvet

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Brothers Gow has done over 500 live shows since the quintet was formed in Flagstaff, Arizona in late 2007, and it’s safe to say that no two performances have ever been the same. Fans never know where this popular jam band is going to take them musically as it seamlessly blends rock, funk, jazz, reggae […]

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Greg Deering: Founder, Deering Banjo Company

Greg Deering: Founder, Deering Banjo Company

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

In some corners of the music products industry, people bemoan the fact that many of the most iconic companies in the musical instrument space—you know the laundry list of them—no longer have anyone in executive management with the name that the products bear. Of course, there are notable exceptions: Hartley Peavey still helms Peavey Electronics. […]

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