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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!

For more information on CSI go to:

http://www.leblancclarinets.com/en-us/educators/conn-selmer-institute/

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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.leblancclarinets.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.leblancclarinets.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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February 7, 2013

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Conn-Selmer proudly introduces the highly anticipated extension in their pBone line:  the pBone Mini

pBone_ORANGE.jpgFirst there was the Jiggs pBone and all its glorious colors.  That same team now brings you the pbone mini, specially designed for the young, beginner player exploring the world of brass.  It is a fully functioning, plastic, pitched in Eb trombone and a fun, cost effective introduction to the world of alto trombones.

This incredibly light and durable instrument with its special mouthpiece positively encourages young players from their first few notes played, due to the great sound and useful working range they can develop quickly.  “We created the special pBone mini beginner mouthpiece for 5, 6 and 7 year olds who are having their first experience of brass instruments,” stated Chris Fower, Managing Director of pBone in a recent interview.  He goes on to say, “One of the things we found in research was that with small kids it’s hard for them to generate air pressure and lip tension to cross harmonics up to a concert Bb from an Eb.”  The pBone mini was designed with young lips in mind and is smaller than any other modern trombone mouthpiece. It is versatile with any small shank mouthpiece as well, so it is easily added to any jazz instrument collection. The pBone mini has seven full positions and a great first octave. 

pboneminiredblue.jpgThe pBone mini could very well be the cutest trombone in the world!  It is available in Blue and Red.  The Jiggs pBone is available in 7 color varieties: Orange (new!), Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White and Purple. Both versions are sold with a bag and strap.

 
 
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It’s that time again:  The Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees are listed below and we’d like your help to decide this year’s winner!  Many nominations were received for this prestigious award.  The top 5 finalists and their biographical links are below. Read about these artists and then vote for who you think will be the 2013 Centerstage Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Vote at: 

http://www.leblancclarinets.com/en-us/artist-information/vote-for-this-years-lifetime-achievement-award-winner/

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Fred Hemke

Charles “Butch” Miles

 

Donald Oehler

Chris Vadala

Bill Watrous

Artists Biographies:

http://www.fredericklhemke.com/biography.htm

http://www.butchmiles.com/bio.html

http://music.unc.edu/facstaff/oehler

http://www.chrisvadala.com/bio.php

http://www.billwatrous.com/

Voting closes March 30, 2013.

The award recipient will be announced: June 10, 2013. 

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March 4, 2013

Ludwig Continues to Innovate and Increase Set-Up Flexibility with The ATLAS Mount!

The Ludwig ATLAS mount creates a positioning location anywhere on a drum, NO DRILLING REQUIRED. It adds mounting where you need it, taking drum placement and tone to new heights.

The new hardware is a three-point suspension system in a self-contained unit that simply attaches to the shell by replacing the lug. The new ATLAS mount effectively separates the isolation system from the drum, allowing the drum to resonate as an independent unit, without effect from the drum mount.   The result is smoother decay, longer sustains, and increased resonance.  Plus, the set-up flexibility it presents is truly stunning.” Commented Joshua Allen, engineer developer of the Ludwig ATLAS Mount.

Floor tom legs, auxiliary cymbal arms and other accessories are positioned with ease and totally isolated from the shell. The 12.7mm clamp on the ATLAS Mount is isolated from shell contact by two hardened steel pins, floating on elastomer mounts over the integrated tension casing. The Ludwig ATLAS mount fits 25mm-43mm sized drum hole spacing. 

The ATLAS Mount is available now on Keystone Series drum sets and components, and custom-configured Legacy and Classic Maple drums from Ludwig USA.  It will be available as a single item in summer 2013.

 
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Conn-Selmer Artist Wins Jazz Recording of the Year Award

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 MillerJoel 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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February, 4, 2013

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Ludwig and Amir Thompson present Breakbeats by Questlove


QuestloveSerious about your sound but restricted with space to express your voice? Questlove and Ludwig understand and have your solution.  Breakbeats by Questlove is a portable, compact, quality sound kit that provides you the fullness to make your pulse heard.

"I wanted to build a device that was apartment-friendly and compact for the street musician.  Also something that was quality-sounding.  A gritty, raw, 'Break-able' kit for gigging in clubs that you can fit in a cab," said Grammy Award-winning producer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots) in a recent interview.

The multi-purpose, versatile kit was designed with the city and small spaces in mind but plays like a full-sized kit emanating traditional, virtuous tone and volume. With its compact  14x16” bass drum, 7x10”tom, 5x14” wood snare drum, 7-ply hardwood Questloveshell, vintage kit look, and velvet storage bags  this is a must have  to any drummer on the move.

Create heartfelt beats on the fly and have your sound heard at gigs, on the street or in an apartment.  Be a Voice. Be a Legend – Join the Family. 

 


 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
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On Thursday, September 7th, Conn-Selmer honored its exclusive Japanese Vincent Bach distributor Nonaka Boeki with a presentation of the 700,000th Bach Stradivarius trumpet.  The 700,000th serial number instrument was built at the Bach plant in June and was held for the special presentation in front of the entire manufacturing team.

 

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Conn-Selmer and Selmer Paris are proud to announce a collaboration project for two new saxophone models with planned arrival in time for the 2012 holiday season. Since the inception of the saxophone, the Selmer Paris brand has become the most recognized name in professional instruments. As the North American distributor and the owner of the Selmer name in the USA, Conn-Selmer has established an equally strong market position in student and intermediate instruments. This collaboration will draw the two companies’ brands together in performance and value for price packages that cannot be offered by any other manufacturer.
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