Amati USA has announced that industry veteran Jay Wanamaker has been named president & COO. Wanamaker will oversee all Amati U.S. operations, including Amati Woodwind & Brass Instruments and V.F. Cerveny Brass Instruments, as well as overseeing the Strunal String Instrument brand. “Jay’s vast experience in running world-class MI wholesale and retail companies, as well as his history as a highly revered music educator, makes him the perfect person to lead our U.S. operations,” comments Vaclav Hnilicka, Amati CEO.
Peavey Electronics is also making its presence felt in the DJ market. Just one look at the company’s awe-inspiring booth at DJ Expo in Atlantic City made this abundantly clear.
Hosted by Canal Sound and Light, the booth featured an all-star lineup of DJ performers and an eye-tingling lightshow created with a plethora of fixtures from Chauvet Professional. The lighting highlighted a selection of acclaimed pro audio products from Peavey, including the company’s benchmark line array system, the Versarray™, along with the Peavey IPR™ Series and Crest Audio Pro-LITE™ Series of power amplifiers. Areas of the booth were also outfitted with Peavey’s compact and portable PVX™ series of active and passive loudspeakers, plus Peavey microphones and stage accessories.
D’Addario is pleased to announce that Nick Gordon and Chris Scialfa have joined D’Addario’s Product Management team as the Percussion Business Unit Manager and Woodwinds Business Unit Manager respectively.
As the company’s new Percussion Product Manager, Nick Gordon is responsible for leading the business management of all percussion products, including Evans, Promark, and Puresound. He manages the Marketing and Product Development vision and strategy for his assigned brands and develops supporting business plans and budgets according to brand goals and creative guidelines.
The Museum of Making Music (MoMM), a division of the NAMM Foundation, raised more than $42,000 at its annual gala benefit, which featured a powerful performance by celebrated slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, as well as live and silent auctions. The funds raised during the August 16 event support the Museum’s educational programs, which promote the industry’s music making principles by providing access to music making for people of all ages. More than 160 attendees bid on musical instruments, lessons, art, jewelry, gourmet food, travel packages, and other items donated by NAMM members and members of the local business community.