Location: Bellevue, Washington / Founded: 1996 / Personal: Wife: Betty; Kids: Michael and Chelsea.
Gregory Menas is typical of many musicians with a home studio. He wants great, noise-free recordings. And in the early 1990s, a simple desire to eliminate some audible hum planted the seed that would lead to the founding of new company, one that launched a de facto war on the bane of many musicians everywhere: the ubiquitous “wall-wart.”
Continuing a longstanding annual tradition, the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) staged its 46th convention Mar. 26-29. This year’s event was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, close by Disney World and other holiday attractions in Orlando, Fla. As in the past, the convention received stalwart financial support from its associate members, including band & orchestral suppliers, music publishers, and NAMM. Gold Sponsors this year were Buffet Crampon, Conn-Selmer, Jupiter, and Yamaha. Silver Sponsors were D’Addario, Gemstone, Hal Leonard, NAMM, Eastman Strings, and Progress Publications. Twenty-three other companies contributed as Bronze and General Sponsors.
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When faced with a 15% increase in premiums, Mick Faulhaber of Ward-Brodt Music counted it as a 15% raise for his employees. “We have been absorbing these increases but, really, they can be equated to a pay raise,” the Wisconsin dealer reasons. “We can’t as a business continue to have these increases,” declares Tony Falcetti of Falcetti Music, Springfield, Mass., noting that the dealership’s premiums endured still another double-digit increase. “It’s killing us, and killing our employees.”