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For Immediate Release

Conn-Selmer President and CEO John Stoner is receiving the 2014 Music Industry Award at the 68th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic on Wednesday, December 17, in Chicago, Illinois.

The Music Industry Award will be presented to John Stoner by the Board of Directors during the Midwest Clinic’s reception thanking the music industry for their ongoing support (Tuesday evening, December 16) and again during the opening concert on Wednesday, December 17. 

John Stoner

The Music Industry Award is one of three awards presented at the Midwest Clinic. This event brings together more than 17,000 music educators, music industry representatives and music students from around the world for the four-day conference. The Music Industry Award, introduced in 1991, honors individuals for their support of music education through their work in the music industry. (Other awards are the Medal of Honor and International Award.)

John Stoner has been President and CEO of Conn-Selmer since joining the company in 2002. Under Stoner’s leadership, Conn-Selmer has built a Division of Education including an array of programs: Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI), a VIP program recognizing outstanding music educators, and the Music Administration Collaborative. Conn-Selmer's Division of Education is committed to partnering with the music education community to advance the positive growth and development of first-class school music programs. From sharing the latest arts advocacy research data to working hand-in-hand with teacher development seminars, Conn-Selmer’s programs support music educators around the world. 

What Music Educators Are Saying:
“The Music Industry Award is something we band directors don’t usually think about. But when we started selecting worthy candidates, I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than John Stoner. He returned the company to being the pride of America. He has done so much for music education and for the ‘Made-in-America’ theme that is so important to all of us.” - Dr. Paula Crider, Professor of Music – Emeritus, University of Texas/Austin
“It has been rewarding to see the growth and development of Conn-Selmer since John Stoner was appointed President/CEO 12 years ago. Through John’s actions and his embracing of Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser’s vision, he has made wonderful connections with music teachers everywhere, and he has become a trusted friend in the world of music education. His work at Conn-Selmer has helped the company regain its worthy status and remain at the forefront of leadership in the design and construction of musical instruments for musicians of all ages - beginners through professionals.
John and Conn-Selmer have always been generous with their support of education-related events including the Midwest Clinic. The Ludwig - Musser name has become synonymous when percussionists take to the stage at the Midwest Clinic, as Conn-Selmer provides new artist quality instruments for performers to use during the week. It is wonderful to see the Midwest clinic recognize John’s work and his contribution to the clinic and to music education.” - Dr. Charles Menghini, President of the VanderCook College of Music
"When I think of John Stoner, what comes to mind aren’t musical instruments. It's music education. His commitment to students and teachers is second to none in the industry." - Frank Troyka, Educational Consultant, Conn-Selmer, Inc.; Director of Education, System Blue Live Events; Generation Next Coordinator, The Midwest Clinic

As Stoner reflected,  “Conn-Selmer has always been involved with music education outreach and when I joined the company in 2002, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and I knew there was a huge opportunity in figuring out how the music industry (manufacturers and dealers) could better support music education.”

Stoner continued, “Our first priority was to significantly improve the quality of our instruments and service to our customers while remaining a full line band instrument manufacturer in the U.S. It wasn’t until 2011 when we truly decided to focus on our educational outreach in the U.S. with Dr. Tim assuming the role of Vice President of Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education. The goal was to develop programs and services to better support music education.”

“Since 2011 we have expanded the Conn-Selmer Institute, initiated the Music Administration Collaborative, created the VIP music educator program, while adding world-class clinicians to our stable of outstanding presenters and in-service faculty,” adds Stoner.  “And we have  ‎only scratched the surface. We truly enjoy working with the most committed music educators in the profession.”

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice President of Education and a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors, will introduce John Stoner at the opening concert on Wednesday morning, December 17.  He shared these heartfelt thoughts about Mr. Stoner: “John Stoner’s leadership has been instrumental in the establishment of music education as the centerpiece of the company's mission statement.  Those who have met Mr. Stoner are keenly aware he is a man who ‘walks his talk,’ and as a result of his dedication to the collective goal of ‘music for every child,’ he promises Conn-Selmer will provide the music education community with the most revered master teachers from around the globe.”

“Conn-Selmer is dedicated to getting more people involved in music and helping them stay involved,” says Stoner. “The synergistic opportunities of creating a working-growing-powerful partnership with music-in-our-schools is the ultimate win-win. We are committed to proving the immeasurable value that will come from music industry and music education working hand-in hand to significantly impact school music programs.”

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Muncie, IN – The last 6 months have been very exciting for high school band members in Muncie Community Schools. This past summer, Muncie Central High School and Muncie Southside High School consolidated into one school -- Muncie Central High School -- with now over 1,600 students. This meant that the band programs and all other aspects of the once-separate high schools had to transition into cohesive single units, and many parents and students were concerned about how this “coming together” would be achieved. These concerns proved unfounded -- in August, the newly formed Muncie Central High School Spirit of Muncie Band and Guard won the 2014 State Track Band Championships, the first state championship for the new high school. This was the first time since 2008 that a Muncie school has won the State Fair title. After the win, Band Director Jeramiah Bowman commended the band for its stellar performance during challenging times, saying: “I am incredibly proud of the band and their accomplishments during this inaugural season. The students led the transition to one high school and worked extremely hard to achieve excellence.”

Prior to the merging of the band programs, Jeramiah Bowman, former Director of Bands at Southside High School, John Clark, former Director of Bands at Wilson Middle School, Robby Tompkins, Executive Director of Cornerstone for the Arts, and Mike Kamphuis, Managing Director for Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education began collaborating on a massive project to replace the inventory at Wilson MS and supplement the inventory at Southside HS. This effort was awarded in the fall of 2013 with grant monies from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County in the spring of 2014 from the George and Frances Ball Foundation. This enabled Muncie Community Schools to purchase new instruments for the 2014-2015 school year to support the now consolidated high school under the Co-Direction of Clay Arnett and Jeramiah Bowman, and the new Southside Middle School, under the direction of John Clark. Conn-Selmer is providing these new instruments and Central High School and Southside Middle School are now part of the Conn-Selmer School program. Band Director Jeramiah Bowman, who is also a volunteer every year at the Conn-Selmer Institute run by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, VP of Education at Conn-Selmer, expressed his delight: “The music faculty and I are very excited to work with Conn-Selmer to bring these new instruments to the students of Muncie Central High School and Muncie Southside Middle School. The designation as a Conn-Selmer School program is a distinction we are thrilled to receive.”

Michael Kamphuis, Managing Director of Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education echoed this sentiment: “It is outstanding to see the passion and drive shown by the faculty to make this program the best it can possibly be. We are grateful to partner with the local School Music Dealer Muncie Music with this project. In addition, we look forward to working with the Muncie band staff now and for many years to come.”

The Conn-Selmer Division of Education is dedicated to providing resources for music educators worldwide. In addition to the Conn-Selmer School program, the Division of Education includes teacher in-service support, the Conn-Selmer Institute, the Conn-Selmer VIP Program, and the Music Administration Collaborative. For more information on the Division of Education visit www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/education/ or contact the division at 574-523-0644 or education@conn-selmer.com.
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Clutching an exquisite Selmer Paris baritone saxophone, Anna Copley beamed from the stage of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, and the packed house burst into applause.

When she showed up for Saturday night’s Spokane Symphony SuperPops performance, Anna had no idea her very special wish was about to be granted.

The 14-year-old has chronic kidney disease. When asked what she most wanted by the people at Make-A-Wish, she didn’t ask for a trip to Disneyland, she didn’t want a pony – what she wanted more than anything was a new baritone saxophone.

Read more at The Spokesman-Review

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Conn-Selmer is pleased to introduce the new Selmer 400 Series student saxophones. Available in an alto and tenor saxophone, the 400 Series redefines the student saxophone.

Rich in features typically found on professional models, the 400 Series is the first line of student saxophones to not only help the student get started playing music, but to prepare the student to advance to a step-up or professional model when he or she is ready.  The full rib design of the 400 Series makes for a deep rich tone and provides a bit of resistance to help the student develop proper embouchure and breath-support.  The double-bracing on the lower keys helps protect the keys from getting bent and helps ensure a proper seal from the pad every time. The 400 Series saxophones feature a rose brass neck for great sound. The angled key-stack for the left hand pinky allows an easier reach for the student. The AS400 will be released with an MSRP of $2,150 while the TS400 will have a retail price of $2,950. Both models are available exclusively from local Conn-Selmer retailers and are not available on the Web.

“The 400 Series were launched from suggestions from both our retailers and our educators,” says Bob Lichty, Category Manager for Saxophones at Conn-Selmer.  “Our retailers were noticing students having a hard time adjusting to step-up and pro models when the time came, and our educators were looking for that next step in a student model. The 400 Series addresses the needs from both groups perfectly.”

The new 400 Series saxophones will be released to the market September 23, 2014.  

Watch the introduction video

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Racine, WI – Racine Unified School District located in Southeastern Wisconsin has just over 20,000 students. Through the administration and school board, the District has decided to invest in music education over $1.3 million dollars to ensure that every student who wants to participate in instrumental music has the opportunity to do so through District provided instruments. 

Dr. Lolli Haws, Superintendent of RUSD shared her thoughts on the importance of music education in Racine Unified Schools, “I came from a large family and was the oldest of seven. There was a band director that encouraged me to play bassoon because it was an instrument that could be provided to me by the school. It was the highlight of my school years going to band competitions and participating in music. You have to have “your place” in school and I found my place in music.”

In his second year as Fine Arts Coordinator for RUSD, a music educator of thirty-five years, Doug Johnson, discussed his vision of music education for the District. “Our District has not had a major purchase of musical instruments since the 1960’s and this opportunity to reinvigorate our music program is a way for us to ensure that we are not turning students away who want to participate in music. Every year, we lose many kids due to the cost of rentals and the fact that many families in our District cannot afford the financial burden. Through the Conn-Selmer School program, we’ve found a way to not only get the instruments needed for our students, but also benefit from the educational support that Conn-Selmer offers with the program.”

What message does this purchase send to the community? Dr. Haws states, “This initiative shows that we are committed to the arts and it will engage students not only towards music, but also in all areas of academics.”

“Conn-Selmer is excited to be a part of this initiative and looks forward to working with the team in Racine, including local school music dealer Schmitt Music, to help their program build and thrive in arts education,” said Michael Kamphuis, Managing Director of Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education.

The Conn-Selmer Division of Education, led by Vice President of Education, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, is dedicated to providing resources for music educators worldwide. These goals are accomplished through teacher in-service support, Conn-Selmer Institute, Conn-Selmer VIP Program and the Music Administration Collaborative. In addition the Division of Education provides assistance with instrumental purchase planning via the Conn-Selmer School program. For more information go to www.conn-selmer.com or contact the Division of Education at education@conn-selmer.com or 800-348-7426.

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The 2014 Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships concluded on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California, finished their season with a resounding record high score to win the finals.  The evening began with an exhibition by the Blue Devils “B” corps, who had won their 4th Open Class Championships last Monday, with tensions then mounting when the final 12 corps took the field as it was still up in the air as to where the top 5 after the semifinals --  Blue Devils, Cadets, Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Carolina Crown -- would finish both overall and in the captions.

The Blue Devils had completed the semifinals with a score of 98.95, distancing themselves from the 2nd place Cadets (96.7) and taking 1st place in every caption other than Percussion.  As the finals got underway, Carolina Crown set the top 5 pace with a score of 95.675, and was followed by Santa Clara Vanguard (96.075), Cadets (96.875), Bluecoats (97.175), and the now 16-time world champion Blue Devils with a record finals score of 99.65.

This year’s championship week caps an epic season for the Blue Devils -- the corps achieved the amazing feat of an undefeated season, set a new record DCI finals score, and captured Best Color Guard, Best Visual Performance, Best Brass Performance, and Best Overall General Effect, in addition to their “B” corps’ Open Class Championships win of last Monday.

Conn-Selmer would like to congratulate the Blue Devils on their stellar season. “The Blue Devils stand for excellence in the performing arts. This year has been an incredible journey for the organization and we are extremely proud to be an educational partner with them.” said Michael Kamphuis, Managing Director of Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education. The Blue Devils perform exclusively on King System Blue Marching Brass, manufactured at the Conn-Selmer Eastlake, Ohio, facility. Through Conn-Selmer’s System Blue Educational Events, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice-President of Education at Conn-Selmer, and Frank Troyka, Educational Specialist for Conn-Selmer, assist with student leadership events during the Blue Devils season.

For more information on the Blue Devils, including auditions, System Blue products, and video, go to www.bluedevils.org.  Conn-Selmer, Inc., makers of King System Blue Marching Brass, is a corporate partner of Drum Corps International www.dci.org. For more information on Conn-Selmer, go to www.conn-selmer.com. 

Finals Standings

12  86.225 Crossmen
11  87.575 Madison Scouts
10  88.95 Boston Crusaders
9    89.6 Blue Stars
8    91.15 Blue Knights
7    91.425 Phantom Regiment
6    93.675 Cavaliers
5    95.675 Carolina Crown
4    96.075 Santa Clara Vanguard
3    96.875 Cadets
2    97.175 Blue Coats
1    99.65 Blue Devils – New DCI Finals Record

Caption Winners

Jim Jones Leadership Award – David Warren Phantom Regiment – Best Drum Major
George Zingali Award for Best Color Guard – Blue Devils
John Brazale Award for Best Visual Performance – Blue Devils
Jim Ott Best Brass Performance – Blue Devils
Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance – Santa Clara Vanguard
Don Angelica Best Overall General Effect – Blue Devils

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On Wednesday, August 6th, the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California, descended on Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, for their last rehearsal of the season going into the 2014 Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships. “This is a very special night for the Blue Devils,” sald Al Murray, Product Manager for System Blue, an all-encompassing program of products, education, and publishing created by the Blue Devils and their partners and distributed worldwide. Murray continued, “This rehearsal is the last chance for all the performers to lay it on the line to mentally prepare for what is ahead in the next couple of days.” Mark Gifford, Category Manager for King Marching Brass at Conn-Selmer, met with the Blue Devils ahead of their rehearsal and had this to say, “What they do is simply incredible, and to be able to partner with a world-class organization such as the Blue Devils is of great benefit to the music industry and music education.”

With an undefeated season behind them, the Blue Devils entered quarterfinals Thursday night poised to make this week an especially memorable one with their show entitled “Felliniesque”. Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini was considered to be one of the greatest and influential filmmakers of the 20th century, and this show encompasses a story and a passion that combine the musical artistry and creativity of that time.

After Thursday’s performance, the Blue Devils were awarded a score of 98.55, followed by the Cadets (96.925), the Bluecoats (95.8), Santa Clara Vanguard (95.45), and Carolina Crown (94.75). This puts the Blue Devils in a great position going into the semifinals Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

In addition to the Blue Devils “A” corps activity, the Blue Devils Open Class “B” corps won its fourth DCI Open Class Championship on Monday August 4th in Michigan City, Indiana, with a score of 82.65 and will continue its journey this week as one of two Open Class corps competing in the semifinals this evening.

For more information on the DCI Championships, go to www.dci.org. For more information on the Blue Devils and System Blue products, go to www.systemblue.org.

The Blue Devils organization performs exclusively on System Blue Marching Brass made by King at the Conn-Selmer Facility located in Eastlake, Ohio. 

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Prologue Alto Saxophone MouthpieceCreated by Henri SELMER Paris the brand SeleS presents the innovative Prologue mouthpiece for alto saxophone.

From the very first notes, the Prologue mouthpiece is easy to play and its emission and response is second to none. These qualities, as well as its attractive price, make it a great choice for beginner saxophonists.

Drawing on our extensive and know-how, a new material has been chosen for the Prologue design:

TPE, a thermoplastic polymer. This material offers outstanding acoustic qualities, similar to the hard rubber used in the conception of the Henri SELMER Paris mouthpieces, as well as a perfect repeatability in production.

Prologue mouthpiece is fitted with its ligature and cap.

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Presence by SelesHenri Selmer Paris is proud to announce the release, under the new brand SeleS, the Présence clarinet. Thanks to its innovative bore design, the Présence has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of play, evenness across all registers and, above all, an instrument that is easy to play.

Extensive research on the position and size of the tone holes has given the Présence by Seles unrivalled intonation. Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort.

Présence clarinets come equipped with Valentino pads, preferred by many clarinetists and recommended by repair technicians for the seal, stability and durability. The Présence outfit includes a Henri Selmer Paris C85 120 mouthpiece and the new Présence case.

Présence by Seles by Henri Selmer Paris clarinets are available from your local Conn-Selmer dealer. Retail price for the Bb with silver – plated keys is $5,325.
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For Immediate Release
Announcing Seles by Henri Selmer Paris

If you are interested to view the video released with this launch, it is now available on our website.   Here is a direct link: 


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