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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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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And The Award Goes To…

And The Award Goes To…

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the course of the 29 years they have been bestowed, Music & Sound Awards have been called everything from “the Oscars of the music products industry” to “the most prestigious honor in the MI retail market.” At the recent NAMM show in Anaheim, I had the privilege and the pleasure of presenting this year’s […]

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IK Multimedia’s iRig 2 Is Now Available

IK Multimedia’s iRig 2 Is Now Available

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

IK Multimedia’s iRig 2, winner of the Best in CES 2015 award, is now available. iRig 2 is the new and improved version of the iRig guitar interface. It has powerful sound and streamlined convenience, and it packs essential new features like versatile gain control, a ¼-inch amplifier output and Android compatibility into its sleek pocketable enclosure. Now, everyone […]

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Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard Facility

Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard Facility

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hal Leonard hosted Alain Boublil, the lyricist and librettist behind such beloved musicals as “Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Martin Guerre” and “The Pirate Queen,” at its Milwaukee WI headquarters on March 6. “Les Misérables,” the world’s longest-running musical, made its debut in 1985. Hal Leonard has represented it in print for nearly as long. And […]

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LOUD Technologies Announces Two New Sales Directors

LOUD Technologies Announces Two New Sales Directors

| March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

LOUD Technologies has announced the appointment of Sean Humphries as Sales Director, APAC Region, and Craig Lewis as Sales Director, U.S. National Accounts. Lewis comes to LOUD after more than a decade with the MUSIC Group, where he held a number of sales and support positions. His career has also included positions with IK Multimedia, […]

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Johan de Meij Heads To Hal Leonard

Johan de Meij Heads To Hal Leonard

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Noted Dutch composer Johan de Meij conducts and concertizes around the world. Last week, he landed in the Midwest, and Hal Leonard Corp. was happy to host him to celebrate two decades of distributing his acclaimed Amstel Music catalog. De Meij’s magnum opus, Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings, is based on Tolkien’s […]

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Congressman Royce Meets With Yamaha Senior Management

Congressman Royce Meets With Yamaha Senior Management

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

U.S. Representative Ed Royce recently met with Yamaha Corp. of America (YCA) senior management on a number of common-interest topics, including west coast port labor negotiations and the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind. Yamaha representatives first met with the 12-term congressman last year as part […]

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CHAUVET DJ Works Magic With Penn Jillette

CHAUVET DJ Works Magic With Penn Jillette

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the taller half of the superstar Las Vegas magic team of Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette is a master of illusion, but there was nothing chimerical about the magical lighting effects from CHAUVET DJ that illuminated his performance at the Mobile Beat Show. Rather than “catching bullets,” escaping from helium bags or doing any […]

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Hear Us Roar! Diverse, Growing Music Market Propels NAMM To Biggest-Ever Show

Hear Us Roar! Diverse, Growing Music Market Propels NAMM To Biggest-Ever Show

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

My plane touched down days ago, but the NAMM show still has me soaring. Although the music products industry’s annual sojourn in Anaheim is, without a doubt, my single busiest week of the year, it’s also an incredibly invigorating experience: nearly 100,000 passionate music-makers gathering together not only to check out new products and arm […]

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