Blessing is inviting instrumental music educators of all levels to participate in a drawing for a free clinic with one of the Blessing brass artists.
St. Louis Music (SLM) has hired Craig Denny to represent the P. Mauriat brass line. Denny is a well-respected professional musician and educator, and was former director of marketing for saxophones at Conn-Selmer.
This past fall, Verne Q. Powell Flutes announced that it had acquired the assets of E. K. Blessing of Elkhart, Indiana from Randy Johnson, the fourth generation of the Blessing family to have owned and operated E. K. Blessing. With the acquisition of Blessing, Powell gained its own factory to produce Sonaré brass. The Elkhart operation will be managed by Steve Rorie, who had over 20 years’ experience working for Selmer and who managed the Bach factory.
For many MI dealers, student band and orchestra instrument sales have become an ever-larger segment of their business. If a dealer and a school develop a good working relationship, both parties benefit: For the dealer, the school can become a consistent, frequent customer; for a school or an idividual music teacher, the dynamic of trust and dependability in such an association is often important. To find out more about MI buying patterns when it comes to student band and orchestra instruments, MMR sent out a survey to over 1,500 music educators across the country. We found out, not surprisingly, that behind every decision is a budget. For most schools, that’s the bottom line.