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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN BELLINGHAM, WA

— 248th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (June 3, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 30, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Bellingham, Washington, located at 3960 Meridian St., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. The Bellingham store (Guitar Center’s 248th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Bellingham Store Manager Kelly Sites stated, “I’m very excited to be a part of the new Bellingham store. I grew up making music in the Northeast and it’s so rewarding to help my friends, neighbors and colleagues continue to do the same. Helping get the perfect instrument in the hands of just the right customer, while also helping our customers learn or hone their craft at the awesome new Guitar Center Studios, is what makes this job so special for myself and the staff every single day.” Sites is GC certified in guitars, accessories, pro audio, drums and keyboards, and has been with the company for six years.

Guitar Center Bellingham: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Bellingham music scene, Guitar Center Bellingham also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Bellingham residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Bellingham brings an unprecedented selection of products to Bellingham, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Bellingham includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Bellingham: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Bellingham customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Bellingham will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Bellingham store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Bellingham residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Bellingham Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN SOUTHINGTON, CT

— 247th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with
GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (May 23, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 16, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Southington, Connecticut, located at 839 Queen St. Southington, CT 06489. The Southington store (Guitar Center’s 247th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Southington Store Manager Mike D’Amore stated, “Playing music is not just a hobby, it’s my passion and likewise working at Guitar Center is not just my job, but a truly rewarding career where I get the chance to help my friends, neighbors and colleagues make music every day. Managing the new Guitar Center Southington is a true homecoming for me, and I’m so excited to be at a store that has the capabilities to offer musicians the chance to learn and hone their craft at the brand-new, in-house Guitar Center Studios.” D’Amore is GC certified in guitars and has been with the company since 2003.

Guitar Center Southington: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Southington music scene, Guitar Center Southington also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Southington residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Southington brings an unprecedented selection of products to Southington, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Southington includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Southington: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Southington customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Southington will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Southington store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Southington residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Southington Store and Studio Hours

Mon-Thurs: 11 AM-8 PM
Fri: 10 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-7 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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Aphex® Hires New Marketing Manager

— Industry veteran Marsh Gooch adds power to company’s marketing efforts —

BURBANK, CA, May 21, 2013 — Aphex®, a leader in professional audio technology for more than 35 years, today announced they have named a new Marketing Manager to oversee all of the company’s marketing efforts. Marsh Gooch, a veteran of the pro audio and musical instrument industry, joins the company after successful positions with LOUD Technologies, TASCAM, ESP Guitars and more.

“Marsh brings a wide range of marketing skills and expertise to the Aphex team,” said Aphex CEO David Wiener. “With his knowledge of audio product marketing, brand marketing, artist relations and social media, he’ll help us achieve the goals we’ve set as we continue to grow Aphex.”

Aphex General Manager Jim Bailey adds, “Marsh has the enthusiasm, drive and attitude that we demand at Aphex, as we continually push to reach the wide variety of demographics Aphex’s products are made for.”

Marsh Gooch himself is glad to join the Aphex team. “I’ve heard a lot about how the stars are all lining up for Aphex to become the leader in pro audio that it has always been destined to be, and I’m honored to jump on board for the ride.”

Aphex marketing and promotion will continue to evolve in order to support rep, reseller and international distribution partners. From web to video to sales and marketing collateral, Aphex is putting the same creativity and performance demands on its reseller support initiatives as it puts into product performance and design.

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Opens Recording Facility with Support from The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®

Metro Nashville Public Schools’ music education initiative, “Music Makes Us,” provides students at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School with a student-run record label mentored by Warner Music Nashville and a complete world-class recording studio designed, equipped and guided by the efforts of P&E Wing members

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 21, 2013) — On May 8, 2013, leading members of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, along with Nashville public officials, representatives from key sponsors, members of the media and more attended a red-carpet event celebrating the grand opening of the new recording program and facility at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet School. On hand to help commemorate the occasion were Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Scott Hendricks, Senior Vice President of A&R for Warner Music Nashville; Nancy Shapiro, The Recording Academy Senior Vice President, Member Services; Pearl-Cohn Principal Sonia Stewart; Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Dr. Jesse Register; and more. The studio, part of the first-ever student-run record label in a high school (announced earlier this year by Mayor Dean, Dr. Register, and John Esposito, president/CEO of Warner Music Nashville), was designed and assembled by members of the P&E Wing, who contributed their time and talents over the course of the last year. Pearl-Cohn is the only entertainment magnet high school in the country. The studio will serve the school’s Academy of Entertainment Management and Academy of Entertainment Communication divisions.

Addressing the crowd of more than 100 Nashville luminaries assembled in the school’s lobby, Nancy Shapiro commented, “When you ask the P&E Wing to work on something, you better be dreaming big.” Members of the Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee of the P&E Wing, including Subcommittee Chair Jeff Balding, Nashville P&E Wing Committee Chairman Chuck Ainlay, Steve Durr, Ben Fowler, Julian King, Sam Lorber, Nick Palladino, Terry Palmer, Matt Schlachter and Nashville Chapter President Jon Randall Stewart, all contributed their collective knowledge, wisdom and passion to the project, which features a 32-channel API 1608 console and JBL® Professional M2 Master Reference Monitors in the main control room and two 5.1 surround sound post/editing suites equipped with SSL Nucleus DAW controllers. Additionally, the facility is equipped with products from Audio-Technica, Fredenstein Professional Audio, the HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon®) and Shure. Representatives from these supporters were in attendance at the red-carpet event to help celebrate the studio’s opening.

Subcommittee member Steve Durr of Nashville-based Steven Durr Designs also served as the designer for the studio, laying out the acoustical and ergometric concepts. His portfolio includes studios for Austin City Limits, The Black Keys, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz and Zac Brown. He stated, “I tried to achieve a design that would allow students to experience recording music with both machines and people,” Durr explains, citing the large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using drum machines, digital samplers and synthesizers as well as the recording equipment, and the sizable tracking room where they will be able to capture great recordings of live musicians playing in ensemble. “What I hope this ultimately accomplishes is that kids will now be able to learn about making music in an environment that was designed around great sound. Kids who have been brought up on MP3s can experience what music can really sound like. That can change their lives.”

The studio, which cost $1.2 million to build and outfit (not including thousands of hours of donated labor), is a multi-room facility with a spacious control room whose sleek design belies the challenges it posed to make it conform to classroom and other design requirements, such as adapting access to the API 1608 console for ADA compliance. “There was so much that went into this that goes way beyond the typical recording studio,” said Nashville P&E Wing Co-Chair Chuck Ainlay, a GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer who has worked with artists including Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait and Peter Frampton. The studio also features several isolation booths and two 5.1 surround sound editing suites with acoustical treatments donated by Acoustics In A Box and Perdue Acoustics. In addition, the facility houses a multi-station teaching area with individual Apple iMac-equipped workstations for 30 students connected to the teacher’s station and to the studio.

Multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Jeff Balding says the project was about giving back to the community, but it was also a technical challenge in which P&E Wing members were eagerly engaged. “It’s great to see the whole community come together over this — teachers, artists, engineers, producers, and more. I believe in pouring our experience into the generation coming after us. If we can take our ceiling and make that their floor, it will allow them to take our industry to a much higher level, and that’s exciting to me.”

“My vision for Music City is to have the best music education program in the world,” Mayor Dean said. “The music industry and philanthropic community have embraced this vision and are working tirelessly with the city and Metro Schools to make it a reality. The opening of this label and studio are wonderful milestones in the development of Music Makes Us and moves us closer to that ultimate goal.”

Balding continued, “We wanted to get the feel of a real recording studio here, but we also knew it needed to function as an actual classroom.” He added that even through the Pearl-Cohn studio is an amalgam of state-of-the-art technology and the exceptional technical experience of the P&E Wing members, it’s far more than the sum of its parts. “This is something that will always be here,” he says. “It’s for future generations of music creators.”

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us is a joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean and music industry and community leaders. The Music Makes Us initiative will lead the nation in music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape.

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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Sonia Stewart, Principal, Pearl-Cohn; Don Wershba, Sr. Vice President, SSL; Piers Plaskitt, CEO, SSL; Roxanne Ricks, Artist Relations, Audio-Technica; Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer, Pearl-Cohn; Ben Fowler, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and producer/engineer; Nick Palladino, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and Owner, NPALL Audio; Mayor Karl Dean; Julian King, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and producer/engineer; Joseph Wagoner, Product Manager, AKG; Nancy Shapiro, Sr. Vice President, The Recording Academy; Steve Durr, Owner, Steven Durr Designs; Chuck Ainlay, P&E Wing Committee Chairman and producer/engineer; Scott Hendricks, Sr. Vice President of A&R, Warner Music Nashville; Jon Randall Stewart, The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter President and singer/songwriter/musician; Jeff Balding, P&E Wing Sub-Committee Chair and producer/engineer; Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional; Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Schools, MNPS; Larry Droppa, President and Owner, API; Terry Palmer, Owner, Terry Palmer Services; Ryan Smith, Regional Manager of Artist Relations, Shure Incorporated. Photo by Frederick Breedon. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage.com. © 2013.

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Audio-Technica U.S. Unveils Systems Integration Resource Center (SIRC) Web Site

— Dedicated password-protected web site includes A-T product information and other resources specifically intended for consultants, contractors and system integrators —

STOW, OH, May 15, 2013 — Audio-Technica U.S., a leader in transducer technology for over 50 years, is unveiling its new Systems Integration Resource Center (SIRC) web site at http://sirc.audio-technica.com. Intended for consultants, contractors and system integrators, this password-protected web site offers Audio-Technica product information, price lists, spec comparisons and other resources. Once authorized by Audio-Technica, the consultant, contractor or system integrator creates his or her own user profile and receives 24/7 access to a host of A-T resources.

Visitors to the site will have access to dedicated product pages by Microphone Type, Microphone Line, Wireless Systems, Headphones, Accessories and Other Products, along with a search function. Resources and tools include Current A-T Prices, A-T Mic Comparison (with categories including Boundary, Gooseneck, Hanging, Headworn, Lavalier, etc.), “The Alternator” Competitive Product Comparison, Project Literature Search and a “Contact A-T” tab. The far right column of the main page is a “My Favorites” list, which is customizable for each visitor and can be used for current or future jobs.

“The consultant, contractor and system integrator market is very important to A-T,” stated David Marsh, Audio-Technica U.S. Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound. “With this new dedicated website, we are continuing our quest to give our customers all the resources they need to become familiar with our product line and to find the right tool for the job. In the field, there is not always time for extensive research, and with this site, we are simplifying the process for our valued customers. Also, using the My Favorites section of the site creates a shortcut for spec’ing mics and accessories for consultants, contractors and system integrators who are doing similar jobs to ones they have done in the past. It’s a great resource.”

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Industry Sponsors Support Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT)

— Annual charity event to be held at Malibu Country Club —

Los Angeles CA, May 15, 2013 — The 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Country Club, is attracting an impressive roster of sponsors representing leaders in every corner of the industry.

Sponsors named thus far include GC Pro, Sterling Audio, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, Lurssen Mastering, PreSonus, Record Plant, SAE Los Angeles, Shure, Sound Design Corporation, TransAudio Group, Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios, with more to be announced.

The event has been organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and will benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will serve as Co-Honorary Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

“A Place Called Home is a wonderful cause to support,” says Karen Dunn, “We are so grateful to our growing list of sponsors who are helping make this fun event happen, and A Place Called Home will benefit greatly from those who have chosen to take part in a sponsorship.”

Ed Cherney added, “I’m always happy to play golf but especially happy to play when we can not only have fun, but also directly benefit somebody personally. The money we raise will go directly to the music program at A Place Called Home. To be able to make a real difference in a person’s life is what we should all aspire to.”

Online registry for players and sponsors is available at http://2013recordingindustrygolftournament.eventbrite.com/. For more information about the tournament, visit http://recordingindustrygolftournament.webs.com/ or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

About A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo 2013 Ushers In First Annual “Nashville Audio Engineer Week”

Nashville, TN (May 8, 2013) — The 4th Annual Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo, set to take place on May 14th and 15th at the Rocketown Event Center in downtown Nashville. Presented by the Audio Engineering Society, Nashville Section, this two-day event features presentations from top producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, as well as a keynote speech and on-stage production demonstration by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Additionally, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will be join the AES Nashville Section in recognizing “Nashville Audio Engineer Week”, May 12th through 18th, to coincide with the Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo and AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament, and Mayor Dean will be on-hand for a special opening ceremonies event the first day of the show.

This year’s lineup of presenters covers a wide scope of topics ranging from acoustics and home studio issues, to business and songwriting, and common production techniques for getting the most out of a selective studio budget. One highlight of the event, “Progression of a Project”, will feature keynote speaker, artist, songwriter, and personal studio owner, Kristian Bush, and his engineering and production partner, Tom Tapley, walking through the production of a complete song from start to finish. The duo will highlight the role of technology in the creative process, revealing the depths of what’s possible within and without a personal recording space. Day two’s “Progression of a Project” presentation will further feature engineer/producer Steve Marcantonio, who, having worked early in his engineering career with John Lennon in New York City, assembled a coalition of Nashville artists, studio musicians and facilities for a tribute album to benefit the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund. Steve follows the progression of tunes from “We All Shine On”, from start to finish, with comments about the collaborators’ contributions, and comparisons to the original foundation.

Another integral part of the Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo, the showcase exhibit area, will feature over 30 pro audio manufacturers and related services showing their latest offerings. Attendees will have ample opportunity for hands-on product showcases and demos, along with networking opportunities with audio professionals from around the country. Additionally, two state-of-the-art mobile facilities will be on-hand for tours and demonstration by attendees. The first, TNDV’s “Vibration” mobile production studio (featuring a Studer Vista 9 console, 7.1 surround sound, and interface for up to 256 inputs), specializes in mobile, multi-cam, and hi-def productions for any size or type of venue. Alongside will be the Yamaha Rolling Showroom – a spacious, hands-on exhibit of the latest NUAGE product line, developed in conjunction with Steinberg, utilizing the powerful Dante audio network protocol. Both impressive facilities will be open, along with other exhibitor booths and showcases, throughout the two day event.

Presented by the AES Nashville Section in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society, and designed to share the expertise of audio pros with home studio owners, musicians, songwriters, producers and engineers, NRW+E 2013 will feature presentations by industry pros, exhibits by audio gear manufacturers and an opening night reception. Panelists slated to appear include Jonell Polansky, Chris Mara, Chris Estes, Bil VornDick, Richard Adler, Lynn Fuston, Glenn Meadows, Mike Metlay, Randy Wachtler, Tom Tapely, and Steve Marcantonio, among others.

Sponsors and exhibitors for this year’s Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo include: ADAM, AEA, API, Asterope, Cartec Audio, Daking, Drawmer, Earthworks, Electronic Musician, Empirical Labs, Flourish Acoustics, Focusrite Novation, GluBoost, Gordon Instruments, ITI Audio, Latch Lake, Magix, Mix Magazine, MusicStartsHere.org, Nashville Muse, New Bay Media, New Life Digital Media, NTS ProMedia, PhasX Acoustics, PixAural, Prism Sound, Pro Audio Review, Pro Sound News, Recording, Sabra-Som, Samplitude, Sonodyne, Sontec, Sony Electronics, Sweetwater, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, TransAudio Group, Unity Audio, Waves Distro, Waves Audio, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems.

Reduced rates are available for students and members of professional industry organizations (AES, AFM, NSAI, Recording Academy, SPARS, RMA, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, SMPTE).

For more complete schedule and registration information visit www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

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The Music Industry Gathers to Remember Phil Ramone

— Visionary, producer, engineer, composer and audio technologist was remembered by his peers, his family, and artists in whom he helped bring out the best —

NEW YORK, NY, May 13, 2013 – With those in attendance underscoring the breadth and depth of a remarkable career in music, family and friends of multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning music producer Phil Ramone came together on May 11, 2013, to celebrate and honor his singularly amazing life. Ramone, who passed away on March 30, 2013, was most noted as an inspired record producer, crafting recordings that have sold into the hundreds of millions of copies for artists including Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor and many others. But Ramone, a classical violin prodigy who studied at the Juilliard School, was as deeply interested and gifted in the technology of music production, and it’s telling that in addition to his 14 GRAMMY Awards (out of 33 nominations) Ramone was the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY, for his many contributions to the science and art of recording. Such contributions include the establishment of A&R Recording, the Manhattan studio Ramone co-founded in 1958 that set the bar for the industry nationally; his production of Billy Joel’s 1982 52nd Street LP, the first CD album ever commercially released; the Frank Sinatra Duets series of recordings, with which Ramone pioneered recording techniques in which vocalists – in some cases thousands of miles apart – were paired in the studio via fiber-optic technology; and countless more. An early advocate of digital music technology, Ramone also founded one of the first record labels focused on digital music, N2K Encoded Music.

The event, titled Phil Ramone, Music Memorial Celebration, was held at the Centennial Memorial Temple, a landmark Art Deco auditorium inside the Salvation Army’s Greater New York Division Headquarters. The choice of venue held a particularly special meaning, since in November 2011 Ramone founded The Salvation Army Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children — the result of Phil’s lifelong dream to touch the lives of less fortunate children in challenged communities by giving them access to music education. The program currently serves children ages 7 to 12, and teaches these students how to play instruments through group and full orchestra lessons.

The event read like a Who’s-Who in the music industry. It drew a stream of luminaries who recalled Ramone’s gifts as a person and music professional, including Tony Bennett, engineer Ed Cherney (Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones), Josh Groban, Dave Grusin, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Shelby Lynne, Matthew Morrison, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey, Noel Paul Stookey, Nikki Yanofsky and Peter Yarrow. In attendance were family members Karen, BJ, Matt and Simon Ramone, who shared the stage and the love everyone felt for Ramone.

An all-star backup band accompanied many of the artists who performed and included such renowned musicians as Rob Mounsey (musical director/piano), Steve Gadd (drums), Bashiri Johnson (percussion), Ben Butler (guitar), Henry Hey (keyboards), Zev Katz (bass), Vaneese Thomas (background vocals) and Jill Dell’Abate (background vocals and music coordinator).

After a performance of “When the Saints Come Marching In” by The Salvation Army Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children, some of the attending artists performed songs paying tribute to Ramone. Billy Joel performed “Where’s the Orchestra”; Tony Bennett sang “Fly Me To The Moon”; keyboardist/composer Dave Grusin performed “Sun Song”; Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary) performed “Day Is Done”; Shelby Lynne performed “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”; actor Kevin Spacey evoked memories of Ramone’s work with Sinatra and performed a medley of “By Myself,” ”When Your Lover Has Gone” and “The Curtain Falls”; Nikki Yanofsky performed “You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)”; and Matthew Morrison performed a medley that included “Come Rain Or Come Shine” and ”Basin Street Blues.” Finally, renditions of “Slip Slidin’ Away” and “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon, and “Smile” by Josh Groban, brought the event to a gentle and wistful conclusion.

“Phil Ramone was a lovely person and a very gifted musician and producer,” said Tony Bennett. “It was a joy to have him work with me in the recording studio on so many projects, as he had a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love of music.”

Billy Joel added, “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band. He was the band member no one ever saw onstage. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him. I have lost a dear friend – and my greatest mentor.”

The 3-hour event was produced by longtime friend and former manager Nancy Munoz (Anami Music, Inc.), who also worked with Phil producing The Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards.

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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R, seated: Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Karen Ramone, BJ Ramone, Simon Ramone; L-R, standing: Steve Gadd, Josh Groban, Dave Grusin, Ed Cherney, Nikki Yanofsky, Kevin Spacey, Noel Paul Stookey, Shelby Lynne, Peter Yarrow, Matthew Morrison. Photo by Johnny Richie Photography. (This photo is the property of Johnny Richie Photography and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN MESQUITE, TX

— 246th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (May 7, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 2, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Mesquite, Texas, located at 2021 N. Town East Blvd. Suite 400, Mesquite, TX 75150. The Mesquite store (Guitar Center’s 246th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Mesquite Store Manager Justin Alverson stated, “I’m so proud and excited to continue on this path of helping people make music with Guitar Center in Mesquite. As musicians ourselves, myself and the Mesquite staff are truly looking forward to expanding and inspiring the local music community here.” A lifelong musician and Texan, Alverson has been with Guitar Center since 2005 and currently plays in the local band Circus Bear Trickery. Alverson is also Guitar Center expert-certified in Pro Audio recording, Keyboards, Accessories, Drums and Guitars.

Guitar Center Mesquite Assistant Manager Kallie Key added, “It has been an incredible experience opening the new Mesquite store. At Guitar Center my passion for music is shared amongst our staff and our customers, and it’s a great feeling to be able to help seasoned artists, as well as providing extensive product knowledge and guidance for those just starting out.”

Guitar Center Mesquite: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Mesquite music scene, Guitar Center Mesquite also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Mesquite residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Mesquite brings an unprecedented selection of products to Mesquite, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Mesquite includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Mesquite: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Mesquite customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Mesquite will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Mesquite store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Mesquite residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Mesquite Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Thurs: 11 AM-8 PM
Fri-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN MACON, GA

— 245th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (April 30, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Macon, Georgia, located at 4551 Billy Williamson Dr. Suite 160, Macon, GA 31206. The Macon store (Guitar Center’s 245th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

GC Macon Store Manager Jason Kunberger, who has been with Guitar Center since 2004 in Atlanta, stated, “We are so excited to be bringing a Guitar Center to Middle Georgia, and I’m so humbled to get to be a part of it. I love being involved in helping people grow in their musicianship, from helping customers find their first instrument, then watching them learn to play at GC Studios lessons, to seeing them come back to expand their collection throughout the years – it’s exciting to feel so connected to new music being made everyday.”

GC Macon Assistant Manager Sarah Fordham added, “For me working for Guitar Center is a dream job and starting at the first store outside the central Atlanta area in Georgia allows me to be a part of making it even easier for Guitar Center to help Macon residents, such as myself, get the instruments and tools they need to help them make music. We pride ourselves on giving our customers the best possible experience when coming to our stores and the whole Macon staff is excited to share those experiences with our friends, neighbors and local musicians in Macon, while assisting them with all their musical needs.”

Guitar Center Macon: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Macon music scene, Guitar Center Macon also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Macon residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Macon brings an unprecedented selection of products to Macon, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Macon includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Macon: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Macon customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Macon will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Macon store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Macon residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Macon Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-7 PM
Sun: 12 PM-5 PM

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