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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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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PreSonus Marks Two Decades

PreSonus Marks Two Decades

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

PreSonus Audio Electronics, a company known for its audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware and related accessories, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It’s been a long road since Jim Odom and Brian Smith designed, built and sold their first piece of professional audio equipment back in 1995. Working in a borrowed garage space in […]

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Sweetwater Has Another Great Year

Sweetwater Has Another Great Year

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sweetwater recently announced another record year in total sales and job creation, plus a significant expansion of its campus in Fort Wayne IN. Since 2010, Sweetwater’s total sales have more than doubled. Total sales in 2014 were up 28 percent over 2013, which was also a record-breaking year. December 2014 sales were up 30 percent […]

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JAM Buys Kaman Music, Appoints Terry

JAM Buys Kaman Music, Appoints Terry

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

JAM Industries, Ltd., recently announced the asset purchase of the wholesale distribution business, KMC Music, B&J Music and selected trademarks from Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC). The transaction provides JAM Industries an expanded product line and accessory-driven expertise to better serve its dealer network throughout the United States and Canada. The JAM Industries U.S. MI […]

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PreSonus Shuffles Leadership Team

PreSonus Shuffles Leadership Team

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Board of Directors of PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., recently announced that COO Stephen Fraser has become the firm’s CEO, effective February 10. The Directors also announced that the Founder and former Chief Strategy Officer, Jim Odom, has become President. Kevin Couhig, Board Chairman, said, “We believe Stephen is ideally suited to lead PreSonus forward […]

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Education Initiative Launches Powerfully

Education Initiative Launches Powerfully

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pro musicians, students, teachers and fans came together at the Apollo Theater on February 12 to celebrate a new education initiative based on an award-winning documentary feature film, “Take Me To The River.” The brainchild of director/producer Martin Shore, the film chronicles a project that spans generations, races and genders to create a new music […]

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Sennheiser, Apogee Announce Partnership

Sennheiser, Apogee Announce Partnership

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

During the NAMM show, Sennheiser and Apogee Electronics announced their intention to collaborate. While in Anaheim, Betty Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee, and Peter Claussen, COO of Sennheiser, jointly announced the cooperation of their companies. Claussen said, “Apogee and Sennheiser are a perfect fit. We both operate in the demanding premium sector, serving professional […]

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