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Last week, at the 25th Anniversary of the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) awards in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) Conn-Selmer’s saxophone artist Joel Miller took home the Jazz Recording of the Year Award for his album Swim

Joel commented, “I'm thrilled to have received an East Coast Music Award for my album Swim. The CD was released on U.S. label Origin Records features my saxophone playing and writing along with pianist Geoffrey Keezer, Fraser Hollins and Greg Ritchie. Swim is also nominated for Juno Award this spring and I look forward to future performances in Canada and the U.S.”

“I'm also excited to have discovered the bronze Yanagisawa soprano (992).  I've been playing on it a lot lately.  I can't keep my hands off it actually!  I'm psyched about practicing it and working it into my new repertoire,” added Joel Miller. 

ECMA is a non-profit association that supports music on the east coast of Canada.  It has hosted an annual ceremony since 1989; it was known then as the Maritime Music Awards.  At the launch of these awards, there were five categories:  Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year, now it is up to 25 categories.  ECMA is the biggest Atlantic Canada music event and one of the best of its kind in North America.

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Richard Saucedo joins the Conn-Selmer Division of Education

John Stoner, President/CEO of Conn-Selmer, Inc., recently announced the addition of Richard Saucedo as the newest member of the Division of Education staff.  Mr. Saucedo will be retiring at the end of this academic year from his position as Director of Bands and Chairman of Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel/Indianapolis, Indiana.  In addition to his illustrious award-winning teaching career, Richard is also a prolific arranger/composer and a member of the writing staff for Hal Leonard, Inc.

Richard Saucedo As part of the Division of Education, Mr. Saucedo will focus on the development of the teacher in-service initiative, outreach educational consultation for establishing sequential music curriculums, the creation of a series of educator-training workshops...all supporting Conn-Selmer's commitment to the positive growth of music in our schools. In addition he will continue his rigorous guest-conducting schedule and his many requests for commissions and special arrangements.

Richard served as a presenter at the 2012 Conn-Selmer Institute.  This year he will also play a key role at CSI sharing his expertise with the attending teachers, college track students, and the Music Administration Collaborative registrants.  In regard to this new appointment, Mr. Saucedo shared "I am thrilled and honored to be part of the team!"

"We are very excited to bring this internationally recognized music educator to our ranks," commented John Stoner, "With the many outstanding clinicians we have as part of our educational division, Mr. Saucedo will be in the best company possible in support of quality music education in all schools.  Connecting Richard with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, our Vice President of Education, is certainly a winning combination of endless synergistic possibilities." 

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Ludwig Atlas Pro for PRLudwig’s radically advanced Atlas Pro Hardware line design is gaining worldwide recognition.  During a recent ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany Atlas Pro Hardware won the prestigious Musikmesse International Press Award (M.I.P.A.)

Musikmesse International Press Awards is considered by many to be the “Grammy" of the musical instrument industry.  The 14th annual M.I.P.A. polled 100 magazines from all over the world for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2012/2013 in over 40 categories.  Designed for the touring professional, Atlas Pro Hardware’s innovative function and sleek design received the honor for, “Best Drum Hardware.”

Ludwig Award Winners“Receiving the MIPA award is truly an honor.  Having the opportunity to revamp Ludwig’s hardware offering was a dream come true, and it is exciting to see our designs appreciated by drummers all over the world,”  shared Joshua Allen, Lead Engineer for Ludwig Drums.

In addition to the sleek design, included in the Atlas Pro line are more patent-pending innovations such as: the Centroid 3-point Hi-Hat stability system, Pillar Clutch snare drum stand, the classic look and smooth feel of the Atlas Pro double bass drum pedal. 

Launched in 2012, Atlas Pro won Best in Show honors at Winter NAMM 2012 and also DRUM! Magazine (US) Reader’s Poll winner for Best Hardware.


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Conn-Selmer recently added several key artists to its Henri Selmer Paris Roster. They include Chris Bullock, Joe Girard, Daniel Hawthorne-Foss, Eric Marienthal, Douglas Masek, Mike Murley, Scott Sandberg, Zach Stern and Loren Stillman. Robert Lichty, Product Director for Henri Selmer Paris, did comment, “Henri Selmer Paris is a legendary brand.  The sound of these saxophones is what keeps generations of players attracted to it and seeking it out.  It is phenomenal to see so many accomplished artists joining our roster and sharing their sound on a Henri Selmer Paris instrument.”


Chris Bullock plays saxophone for the band Snarky Puppy, which is constantly on the road. Chris has his master’s from Michigan State University, and plays Series II and Mark VI saxophones.
  Joe GirardJoe Girard plays tenor saxophone with the Donald Sinta Quartet. Joe received his master’s from the University of Michigan and is currently studying for his doctorate at Michigan State University, where he is a teaching assistant. 
  Daniel Hawthorne-FossDaniel Hawthorne-Foss is the baritone saxophonist for the Donald Sinta Quartet. He is currently working on his master’s at the University of Michigan.
Eric Marienthal’s saxophone career is one most would envy, having played with Chick Corea, Al Hirt, Dave Weckl, Lee Ritenour and the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band among many others. Eric has also written a wildly popular series of instructional books. Eric is very loyal to his Mark VI, which he has played since he was 18 years old.
Douglas MasekDouglas Masek is a professor of saxophone at UCLA and is a renowned performer, noted for his ability to play classical, contemporary and jazz all with remarkable ability. He has performed with orchestras around the world and has seven recordings of his own.
Mike MurleyMike Murley is a Juno Award winning saxophonist who teaches at the University of Toronto. Mike mentioned he was “thrilled to be a part of such a distinguished group of musicians on the Henri Selmer Paris Roster.”
Scott SanbergScott Sandberg is on the faculty at University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota where he teaches woodwinds, chamber music, music theory and aural skills. Scott commented he was “thrilled to be part of such a legendary brand.” Scott plays Series II and Series III saxophones.

  Zach SternZach Stern is the alto saxophonist for the Donald Sinta Quartet. He is currently pursuing his master’s at the University of Michigan.
  Loren StillmanLoren Stillman is a freelance jazz musician, based out of Brooklyn. His own recordings have received countless accolades including four star recognition from BBC Jazz Review, Jazz Man Magazine and Downbeat Magazine. He has also played with the likes of Charlie Haden, Greg Osby, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many others.

Congratulations to these artists in joining a growing list of impressive musicians. For more on Conn-Selmer and the entire family of endorsing artists and clinicians visit http://centerstage.conn-selmer.com/

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Mike MurleyThis year the Juno Awards (the Canadian version of the Grammy’s) was held on April 21, 2013 at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  The theme was, “It’s Gonna Get Loud!” … and it delivered – with the famous host Michael Bublé, driving viewership higher than last year, and topping out at nearly 7 million throughout the evening.  The award show captured the 18-34 year olds attention last Sunday and was the third highest audience it has had on that national network.

Congratulations go out to Mike Murley, a Selmer Paris Saxophone artist who won the Juno for Traditional Jazz Album of The Year category.  Said Mike on winning the award, “I am thrilled that my latest release, “Test of Time” has won the 2013 Juno Award in the traditional jazz category. As usual, there were a number of strong Canadian Jazz recordings released over the past year and I am truly honored to receive this recognition.”

The Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year has been awarded since 1977.  It began as the Best Jazz Album, later was also known as the Best Mainstream Jazz Album and then Best Traditional Jazz Album – Instrumental.  It is in recognition of the best traditional jazz album nationally across Canada. The Juno Awards are bestowed annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to recognize their musical accomplishments.

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Musser’s New Home in the USA Instrument Manufacturing Capitol

We are proud to announce the integration of the Musser production site to our Woodwind manufacturing facility located in Elkhart, IN later this year (2013). Musser products and the world-renowned sound of these percussion instruments have always been an integral part of the music industry. Conn-Selmer hosts plant tours and summits throughout the year in Elkhart. Having Musser production in Elkhart will ensure that artists, educators and students who visit will be able to experience the unique artistry of our employees making a comprehensive line of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments for band and orchestra at an American company.

Months of planning and application of the most contemporary strategies for successfully relocating a production facility are being utilized to oversee the upcoming transition. Focus on product quality and meticulous maintenance of production processes is paramount.  Musser’s use of wood is a natural fit in the Elkhart Woodwind facility and has access to resource advantages not previously available.

Even current suppliers are participating in the effort to ensure that the Musser products are moved without any disruption to our customers. Twenty-seven of Musser’s current suppliers attended a recent Supplier Day event, one supplier summarized the general sentiment of Musser’s dedicated partners by stating, “We’ve been on board for many, many years with Musser and look forward to remaining a strategic business partner with Musser after the move. We are committed to assist in any way possible to help make this great transition totally successful.”  This type of support and attention to all details, including the transfer of key employees with over 82 years of experience, are only some of the endeavors being taken to guarantee that Musser will continue to provide the world with the finest sounding, American made, percussion instruments.    

We are looking forward to the arrival of Musser at our Elkhart Campus which includes our corporate headquarters, distribution centers, the Vincent Bach and the Woodwind facilities. 

Thank you for your continued support.

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Caleb Hudson, a graduate from the Juilliard School in 2012, is the newest member of Canadian Brass.  At age 25, he is a charismatic gifted trumpet player.  A native of Lexington, Kentucky his resume includes being the National Trumpet Competition Winner multiple times, performances with the New York City Ballet, New World Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and a solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

"I'm thrilled to be the newest member of the Canadian Brass! Not only am I eager to meet the fans and to reach audiences all over the world through making music with such an incredible ensemble but I'm also looking forward to sharing my passion with aspiring young musicians," said the gracious young man

Caleb Hudson joining Canadian Brass was a surprise announcement made on satellite radio last Friday, March 15th.  Fans listening were thrilled to hear the news in addition to the impressive performance they were tuned in for. Caleb’s first official appearance with the Canadian Brass will be in Residence at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music on March 20-23rd.

Canadian Brass performs exclusively on Bach and Conn brass instruments from Conn-Selmer and record on the Steinway & Sons record label.


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Every year the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) hosts a consortium, and this year it was held in Atlanta, Georgia.  During the closing banquet, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) made a generous announcement, supporting 10 HBCU students with full paid scholarships to attend the upcoming Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI).

Conn-Selmer annually sponsors the HBCU Consortium and this year many Conn-Selmer Schools from across the country were in attendance, including the University of Arkansas, South Carolina State University, Cheney University of Pennsylvania and Savannah State University.  There are 105 historically black colleges and universities in the United States. A Conn-Selmer company representative attending the evening’s event stated, “We are proud to support this organization and its mission to further advance the musicianship of its membership now and for many years to come,” said Mike Kamphuis, Senior Director of Product Marketing.

Congratulations to the 10 honored recipients attending this year’s Conn-Selmer Institute.  A huge thanks to NAMM for their efforts and contribution, without them this would not be possible.  This year’s CSI is being held June 9-12, 2013 in Mishawaka, Indiana, it promises to be even better than last year and not one to miss!

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Mt. Whitney High School Becomes a Conn-Selmer All-American School

Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, California joined Conn-Selmer as an All-American School earlier this year. "We are thrilled to welcome Mt. Whitney High School and Band Director Jordan Ray to our acclaimed list of Conn-Selmer All-American Schools. It is a privilege and an honor to join in this beneficial partnership supporting artistic excellence in every aspect of the music program. Everyone who is part of the Mt. Whitney community can be justly proud of this special recognition; here's to a great future of mutual success," commented Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice President of Education.

“Mt. Whitney was in desperate need of new instruments and Conn-Selmer’s All-American School program was our best option. The quality instruments give our students years of performance opportunities and as well a boost in the morale and excitement that comes with new equipment,” said
Jordan Ray.

Jordan Ray also remarked, “I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Conn-Selmer. Every staff member that I have had the pleasure of contacting has been knowledgeable, courteous, and generally interested in the growth of my program and as a result, our partnership has created an instrument inventory that will last many years. Big thank you to Conn-Selmer for not only promoting music in our schools but helping schools like Mt. Whitney maintain and build our instrumental programs.”

The Conn-Selmer All-American School program provides quality instruments to all students for their success in musical performance. For complete information on how to become a Conn-Selmer All-American School visit http://www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/education/endorsing-school-programs/ and discover benefits for your school to join the program. Or contact Michael Kamphuis via email at mkamphuis@conn-selmer.com with any direct questions.
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Missouri’s Ellington High School Becomes a Conn-Selmer All-American School

Ellington High School in Ellington, Missouri joined Conn-Selmer as an All-American School earlier this year. This program provides quality instruments to all students for their success in musical performance. With this special relationship, the Conn-Selmer program assists in educational and fiscal resources, improving quality to reach the full potential of excellence.

Mr. John Kerley Jr., Director of Music and Bands at Ellington High School sees, “The Conn-Selmer program as there to help schools promote music in schools.” He also added, “The quality of the instruments benefits not only the music program but also gives the students great quality instruments to perform on. This program is designed for programs that are well established or programs that are rebuilding.  The staff at Conn-Selmer is there to answer all questions and to make this program run super smooth. We are very fortunate and honored to be working with the Conn-Selmer Company. We are very thankful for the boost this program has given to our band program.” 

“Our All-American School program assists in providing the resources for the students to learn superior skills and be better prepared for success in music,” said Mike Kamphuis, Managing Director, Division of Education at Conn-Selmer. The six year program helps to establish the school system as a leader in music and music education. The program also includes scholarships and educational opportunities for the band program.

For complete information on how to become a Conn-Selmer All-American School visit http://www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/education/endorsing-school-programs/ to discover benefits for your school when joining the program. You may also contact Mike Kamphuis via email at mkamphuis@conn-selmer.com with any direct questions.

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