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Ludwig Enhances Marketing Team with the Addition of Tim ONeal

Tim O'Neal PR PhotoConn Selmer proudly announces the addition of TIMOTHY O’NEAL to the Ludwig Marketing team in the position of Category Manager (Combo), effective immediately. Tim will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of combo product marketing strategies. In addition he will lead and develop marketing materials, training, and merchandising closely working with internal sales team and dealers. Tim will also manage the world class global artist roster and endorsements.

Tim has over 20 years of experience in the percussion industry, including Guitar Center, Kaman (Gretsch Drums) and Davitt & Hanser (Premier Drums). Tim’s career has spanned positions in Sales & Marketing, Purchasing and Sourcing. His deep understanding of the industry, knowledge of percussion and experiences from various perspectives are an exceptional addition to Ludwig.

Tim stated: “I am thrilled to join the Ludwig Family and proud to work on this iconic brand. I look forward to meeting dealers and customers at NAMM and during the coming month.”

Tim is joining Ludwig during in its 105 year anniversary year. He will continue the focus on USA manufactured drums built on a legacy of differentiated industry leading sound. 

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December 20, 2013

Earlier this year Musser moved from LaGrange, IL to the Conn-Selmer campus in Elkhart, IN and its going great!  

photo1.jpgLast month the new M500 was built and shipped to continue satisfying customers.  The success of smoothly transitioning is due to a holistic team effort, including having the right people to uphold the Musser standards and produce its unique sound.  There are several employees who enable this to happen on a daily basis.  The whole team is featured in the photo to left with the M500 instrument.

photo2.jpgDavid Avila, Jonathan Pederson, Chris Frano and Lorenza Ranallo are part of that team (From Left to Right: David Avila - Tuner Technician , Jonathan Pederson - Inspector / Tester, Chris Frano - Chime Tuner / Assembler and Lorenza Ranallo - Tuner Technician).  Their dedication to maintaining the Musser quality transferred them from the LaGrange, IL plant to Elkhart, IN and it shows in the products they make every day!


With the team well on its way at the Elkhart campus, Musser continues its tradition of excellent instruments with the unique Musser sound.

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Jay Schreiber has accepted the position Vice-President of Sales (USA and Canada) starting December 16, 2013. He will be responsible for all facets of sales in these regions.

Jay Schreiber joins Conn-Selmer with over 30 years of experience in the music industry. He has held various positions of increasing responsibilities in band, orchestra and combo percussion. His caliber is demonstrated from the rise in his career, beginning in music retail, then as a district sales manager and elevating to the Yamaha General Manager for Pro Audio and Combo products. Jay Schreiber is an excellent asset for Conn-Selmer to achieve its goals in 2014 and beyond.

Jay Schreiber has a Bachelor of Science in Music with a minor in Business from the University of Wisconsin. In addition, he has a certificate in Supply Chain Management from California State University.

Conn-Selmer is excited to roll in the New Year 2014 with Jay on the team.

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m300K_Field.jpgMusser is bringing innovation to both the stadium and the concert hall with the new M300K Performer marimba.  Face the elements with the all-weather durability of Musser Kelon bars or upgrade to the concert performance sound of rosewood on the same instrument.  

“The Musser M300K Performer Marimba is built to accommodate the musical performance for the field with a robust frame, as well as the inside concert hall,” said Jim Catalano, Musser Business Manager.  He continued, “The ability to have one frame that can hold Kelon Synthetic Bars or be interchangeable with Rosewood Bars is a great feature.”

The M300K is a 4.3 octave marimba with a square tube steel frame that rolls over the toughest terrain on 8” hard rubber wheels.  Standard features include: the Kelon bars with scratch resistant and durable silver vein powder coated resonators for full bodied tone, a front-mounted square tube accessory rack with two accessory clamps and gas strut-assisted height adjustment from 34” to 44”, accommodating for the various heights in student performers.  Rosewood bars are also available at an additional cost.

The new M300K Musser Performer Marimba carries the American made Musser sound to any performance venue with this all-weather, versatile 2-in-1 performance instrument every band will want to be playing on. 

To view a short video of the M300K visit: http://youtu.be/KXp1PJ4uewc

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Equipment moveWith new positions in the south plant, friendly faces and the equipment in place Musser is settling in well to its new home at the Conn-Selmer Elkhart Campus.  Pre-production activities are already beginning this week with full-production starting the week of August 18, 2013.

This transition has the facility environment excited and moving full speed ahead. Plant manager, Perry Richards stated, “The Musser consolidation from LaGrange to Elkhart is nearing completion.  A move of this size takes careful planning, intense focus on training, considerable time and a lot of attention to detail. Our team has really done an outstanding job in each of these areas. We are on-schedule, the equipment and processes from La Grange have been precisely moved. We have a combination of highly skilled incumbent employees moving to Elkhart and well-trained new employees anxious to begin producing the highest quality percussion instruments that are synonymous with the Musser brand.” 

ChimesAfter months of hard work, members of the Musser team (Chris Frano (left) and Tim Masterson), shown here with a milestone production:  the first chimes being shipped out of the South facility.  Maintaining the Musser sound with each product made in Elkhart is paramount, with quality management systems and everyone on the team committed to meeting this goal.

Existing and new customers are welcome to experience the Musser sound.

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Joni Perez The Division of Education would like to congratulate Conn-Selmer V.I.P.  Joni Perez for being named Phi Beta Mu’s Texas Young Band Master of the Year.  Joni is currently a band director at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas.  Joni is an exemplary educator who is dedicated to her craft and an outstanding example of a director who is committed to providing life-changing musical experiences for her students every day.   

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get-attachment-3.aspx.jpegSelmer Paris saxophone artist Javon Jackson continues the great tradition of teaching at the University level.  Starting this August, he will be the Associate Professor of Jazz and Chair of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.  He will serve as the educational and administrative leader for the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.  Duties include: teaching, ensembles, recruitment / development efforts and representing the Institute and The Hartt School both internally and externally.  The Hartt School is a comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford that offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre.

Javon Jackson shared how thrilled he is with us.  He said, “I am excited and honored to work alongside an incredible faculty and student body at the University of Hartford in the hopes of continuing the vision and passion established by friend and mentor, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean.” 

Jackie McLean joined the Hartt faculty in 1968.  During his tenure, McLean developed Hartt’s African American Music Department, and in 2000 it was renamed in his honor. Through distinguished faculty, the Institute trains young musicians to perform at the highest levels of accomplishment in the tradition of the Hard Bop era and beyond. 

Jackson was a natural selection for this prestigious position as he is an icon for the new generation of musicians that blend traditional sounds with neo-jazz.  Jackson has released 14 recordings as a band leader and recorded more than 135 CDs with other great jazz artists including Elvin Jones, Ben E. King,  Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd and Dr. Lonnie Smith, only to name a few.
Find out more about Javon Jackson or other artists, visit http://centerstage.conn-selmer.com

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In 1948, Clair Omar Musser started the Musser Mallet Company in the mid-west.  Musser was an innovative marimba performer, conductor, composer and designer.  As a trained aircraft engineer, he utilized his natural gifted talents to create the modern day Vibraphone design.  He grew his instrument offering to include marimbas, xylophones, chimes and orchestra bells.  It became a dominant mallet instrument company in the world, renowned for its Musser sound and is now celebrating its 65th Anniversary. 

Musser's design work became the standard for marimbas sought out by many artists.  He was also creative for players too.  He introduced the Musser Grip, an original technique for playing the marimba with two mallets in each hand that was different from the prevailing cross grip. The Musser Grip allowed for more individuality between the four mallets.

Artists like Lionel Hampton and Gary Burton elevated the Musser brand to new heights. From the very beginning, Lionel Hampton was the first Musser artist, truly revolutionizing the vibraphone and became known as the father of the instrument.  Since 1965, Gary Burton has been a loyal supporter and Musser musician. He has innovated the vibraphone and continues to do so.  Winner of a Grammy in 2013, Gary had this to share, “I started playing Musser marimbas and vibraphones when I was six-years-old, so I have been playing these instruments for 64 years. But officially speaking, I have been a Musser endorser for 50 years and I am still whole-heartedly a fan of Musser vibraphones.  They are the best and the most reliable.” 

Looking forward, Conn-Selmer is proud to have secured the legacy brand Musser and its eminent sound as a part of the company.  It is soon to be located at headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana with many more decades of success. The arrival of Musser at the Elkhart Campus will add to the strong brands in the distribution centers, the Vincent Bach brass and Woodwind facilities. 

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Known for its high quality, Henri Selmer Paris is pleased to announce the release of the latest in its line of professional saxophone mouthpieces that continues its exceptional reputation, “The Concept.”  Upholding the generational standards, “The Concept” is available for the alto saxophone.

“The Concept” delivers tone quality, consistency and playability that only a Henri Selmer Paris mouthpiece can create.  Professor of Saxophone at Northwestern University, Tim McAllister has been playing with this mouthpiece and states, “[The Concept] has amazing response and clarity…better than any mouthpiece before.”

“The Concept”, currently available for the alto saxophone and in one opening (1.47mm), is a round chamber mouthpiece designed for the rigors of classical playing through articulation, allowing for full expression.  The mouthpiece retails for $360.


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Three hundred music educators, college music majors, and arts administrators from across the country chose to be a part of the 16th annual "SOLD OUT" CONN-SELMER INSTITUTE held at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.   When asked about this year’s event, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice-President for the Division of Education at Conn-Selmer stated, "It is always an honor and a privilege to be in the presence of music educators who are committed to excellence in every aspect of their school programs. Conn-Selmer Institute is a forum for all those who are dedicated to quality music learning and music making. CSI 2013 helped raise-the-bar for everyone...first class from beginning to end!"

During the opening ceremonies, John Stoner, President and CEO of Conn-Selmer Inc also showed his support for the 2013 event by saying, “The genesis of this program was SELMER UNIVERSITY, and its debut effort produced an audience of twenty-eight college students.  Through the years it has evolved to become one of the most recognized and relevant events of its kind, serving an enthusiastic group of today and tomorrow's music education leaders.  Conn-Selmer is thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind program in support of music in our schools.”

A wide based curriculum offering accommodates four specific personnel areas:  college/university music education students, the young teacher track, veteran music educators, and fine arts/music administrators.  The faculty includes the most revered iconic master teachers in the field; an elite group in the music education community.

In addition to a jam packed schedule of relevant workshop topics, the participants had the opportunity to be a part of the JW Pepper Music/Hal Leonard Reading Band, visit the Bach and Woodwind production facilities, and enjoy an evening concert presented by the popular Canadian Brass.  

The following testimonials highlight the trademark signature synonymous with CSI:

“Thank you once again for the opportunity to attend this year’s CSI.  It was a packed filled three days and I had a chance to begin unpacking all of the things learned, discussed, etc. earlier in the week.  I look forward to our building a relationship for the good of the kids everywhere who are or want to be involved in music!” Thomas Bracy, Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL

“I can’t say enough how much the last few days helped me as a musician, teacher, and person.  I put Conn-Selmer 2013 in the top five of all professional development events I’ve experienced in my 20 years of teaching.” Kyle Weirich, Director of Bands, Elkhart Central High School, Elkhart, IN

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for such an amazing opportunity to attend the Conn Selmer Institute.  It was an awesome experience!  I had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with so many great leaders from around the country.  It was truly eye opening to hear about our common issues around the country as well as our not so common issues.” Dustin Winson, Assistant Director of Fine Arts, Pasadena ISD, Pasadena, TX

It was also announced that Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education is being expanded to bolster the ongoing support of music educators around the world. Michael Kamphuis has been appointed as Managing Director of the Division. “I’m excited for this great opportunity to help promote the mutual agenda of music education and the music industry; the possibilities are endless. Witnessing the great energy this week I began to recognize the immeasurable value of the networking benefits of everyone concerned. This is evidence of the possibilities that lie ahead. Working alongside Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice President of Education, and the visionary leader of the Division of Education, I’m proud to be a part of this great initiative supported by Conn-Selmer and I look forward to working closely with Tim and all the dedicated educators who continue to make a positive difference in countless ways,” Mike stated.

Corporate partners for Conn-Selmer Institute include: Fred J. Miller, Remo, Marching Show Concepts, Manhasset, JW Pepper, Educational Tours Inc., Charms, Wenger, National Association for Music Educators, Indiana Music Education Association, Vandercook College of Music, NAMM Foundation and Supportmusic.com

Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI) 2014 will be held June 8 – 11 at Bethel College; for further information, please send inquiries to gjohnston@conn-selmer.com, or you can visit the Conn-Selmer Institute website at: www.conn-selmer.com under the educators tab.

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