Conn-Selmer, under a portfolio of brands, is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use. With a tradition of innovation and superior musical performance, brands such as Vincent Bach, C.G. Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, and Scherl & Roth have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders.
Conn-Selmer is also the North American distributor of Henri Selmer Paris woodwinds, the U.S. distributor of Yanagisawa saxophones. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, Conn-Selmer operates U.S. production facilities in Elkhart, Indiana, Eastlake, Ohio and Monroe, North Carolina. Through its educational outreach team, led by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Conn-Selmer is the industry leader in providing support and advocacy tools specifically tailored to music education.
Conn-Selmer, Inc. is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc..
Business Name: Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Year founded: 2002, with various brands from 1875
Address/Phone/Web: PO Box 310, Elkhart, IN 46515
President & CEO: Steve Zapf
Number of Employees: 750
Main Product: Band & Orchestra musical instruments and accessories
Corporate Office Contact Information
P.O. Box 310
Elkhart, Indiana 46515-0310 U.S.A.
The current company includes a portfolio of individual companies or brands that represent innovation, entrepreneurship, and a focus on musical excellence. The Selmer Company, which was comprised of brands such as Vincent Bach, Selmer, Emerson, Ludwig, Musser, and Glaesel was a leader in American craftsmanship with operations based out of Elkhart, Indiana. In 1995, Selmer took ownership in the Steinway Piano Company to create a base of legendary brands focused on the highest quality and reputation for musical performance and artistry. In 1998, the Selmer Company and Steinway Musical became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: LVB).
In 2002, the Selmer Company merged with United Musical Instruments (UMI) to form Conn-Selmer. Like the Selmer Company, United Musical Instruments was built from brand legacies such as C.G. Conn, King, Benge, Armstrong, Artley, and Scherl & Roth. In 2005, the Conn-Selmer Company acquired the G.Leblanc Corporation. This brought another family of brand names such as Leblanc, Vito, Holton, Martin, and Yanagisawa into the largest U.S. full-line manufacturer of band and orchestra instruments. In 2013, Conn-Selmer and Steinway changed from public companies to private ones when Paulson & Co became the new owner.
As the industry has evolved, Conn-Selmer has been focused on two fundamental bases for each of these brands. The focus on U.S. manufacturing and the highest quality standards associated with this position can be seen in instruments produced in Elkhart, Indiana, Eastlake, Ohio and Monroe, North Carolina. An unwavering support for music education and advocacy for the arts can be seen through leadership by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and the Conn-Selmer Division of Education.