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Denis Wick Chicago Studio
DANSR hosted several events in September to celebrate the opening of the new Dennis Wick Advisory Studio in Chicago. The grand opening reception featured appearances by Stephen Wick, Director of Denis Wick products, and the entertaining trombone quartet Maniacal 4, which also gave a clinic during the week for brass players interested in pursuing a professional career. Tubist and mouthpiece designer Aaron Tindall hosted a clinic on mouthpiece selection. The new studio will give Chicago brass players a place to rehearse and try out the full range of Wick products. ( 12/16

Keiser Southern CEO Announced
Keiser Southern Music announced the appointment of Matthew Keiser as CEO, effective September 1, 2016. He was previously manager of the company’s Sales, Rental, and Media division. Keiser studied piano privately for ten years and played trumpet and bass in high school. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Post University in Connecticut. As CEO, Matt will oversee the daily operations of the main office in St. Louis and the satellite office in Woodbury, Connecticut. ( 12/16

Eastman Music to Distribute Backun Clarinets
Eastman Music Company has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Backun Music Services, manufacturer of clarinets and woodwind accessories. The Backun line joins the Eastman family of instruments, which includes Eastman, Haynes, and S.E. Shires. 11/16

Vandoren Opens Chicago Advisory Studio
Vandoren has officially opened its Musician’s Advisory Studio in Chi­cago. The grand opening was held on September 20 with numerous local artists and teachers in attendance. After years of success at the New York studio and a successful launch of the LA studio in January of this year, Vandoren’s Chicago studio provides musicians with a space to rehearse, hang out, and try products. DANSR president Michael Skinner commented that “Not only can these studios be used by any clarinetist or saxophonist for trial purposes, but it serves as a great research base for us. Some of our best products have come from the hundreds of musicians we see at our studios.” The new studio is located at 818 W. Evergreen. Those interested in setting up an appointment can contact [email protected].  11/16

J.W. Pepper Acquires RBC
J.W. Pepper & Sons acquired RBC Music Company, a sheet music distributor and publisher serving band, orchestra, choir, and classroom teachers. RBC Music will become a part of Pepper’s network of stores, serving customers across the United States. Under manager Don Bierschenk, RBC will continue to serve customers from their store in San Antonio and will have the availability of the Pepper Distribution Centers to assist in fulfilling orders unavailable in the San Antonio store.

New Products and Publications

Gemeinhardt Unveils New Headjoint
Gemeinhardt has launched a new partnership with Sir James and Lady Galway in producing a line of flutes and headjoints for students to advanced players. For information:, 1/17

New App from Buffet Crampon
Buffet Crampon has introduced a new educational app, PlayWind. The app is designed to instruct beginning through advanced clarinet and saxophone students through video tutorials created by Buffet Crampon Artists from around the world. Plans are in the works to expand to all wind instruments. The mobile and web versions are also available at the Apple and Android app stores. 11/16

Honors and Appointments and Other Music News
Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth 2016 Saxophone Idol Winner
Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth Saxophones have named Howard Dietz of Denton, Texas as the winner of the 2016 Saxophone Idol competition. The contest was held on December 14, 2016, at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago Illinois. Dietz, along with finalists Luke Norris, and Chris Oatts, were selected to perform live at the finals event from a pool of over 50 entries from 12 different countries. Their performances were evaluated by a panel of music industry judges, including Brad Leali, Mike Smith, Don Zentz, Francois Kloc, and Ed Enright. ( 2/17

New Jazz and Commercial Music Studies at Glenville State
Glenville State College, located in central West Virginia, will soon be home to The Jazz and Commercial Music Studies program. This new concentration of study for Glenville’s Fine Arts Department is being designed for student musicians who also want to study the business aspects of the music industry. Students in this program will be immersed in the study of jazz and American popular music in addition to learning to improvise in a variety of styles. ( 2/17

Colonel Gabriel Honored
Col. Arnald Gabriel was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction. The award is a sign of gratitude for his contribution to the liberation of France during World War II. The award was presented on November 20 at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. 12/16

Juilliard President to Step Down

Joseph W. Polisi, Juilliard’s sixth and longest-serving president announced that he will step down at the end of June 2018. Polisi will have been in office for 34 years. Some highlights from his tenure include the creation of Historical Performance and Jazz Studies programs, a major renovation and expansion of the Juilliard building, and various digital educational initiatives.

In Memoriam
Donald E. McGinnis, (1917-2016)
    Donald E. McGinnis passed away on October 28 in his home in Hilliard, Ohio. He was a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music with degrees in music education and clarinet performance followed by MA and PhD degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Iowa.  In 1941 he was hired at The Ohio State University where he taught woodwinds, assisted with both the concert and marching bands, and conducted the regimental bands. During WWII, he was the Communication Officer on the USS Lucidor in the South Pacific.
    After the war, he returned to The Ohio State University  where he became conductor of the concert band. Under his leadership, the band gained national and international recognition through recordings and performances in venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He was principal clarinet of the Columbus Symphony for two years and principal flute for ten years.
    During his retirement, he was the interim conductor of the Capital University Wind Ensemble, Columbus Youth Wind Ensemble, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also conducted the Southwestern Symphony Orchestra from 1979-1987.
    McGinnis was a member of the American Bandmasters Association and served as president of the organization. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Donald E. McGinnis SOM New Day Fund (#314212) and sent to The Ohio State University Foundation, Attn. John Swartz, Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University, 1501 Neil Avenue, Suite 020, Columbus, OH 43210.
    Katherine Borst Jones has compiled a timeline of his life and achievements that may be found at  (12/16)

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