2011 Avanti Fund Scholarship Recipients

For Immediate Release – July 25th, 2011

Conn-Selmer, Inc., along with Laura and Bickford Brannen, are pleased to announce that a total of seven deserving students were chosen to receive the 2011 Avanti Fund Scholarship. The Avanti Fund Music Education Scholarship was awarded to Candace Hamar, Kavin Ley and Steven Skolnik, who will each receive $2,000 towards their tuition costs to pursue their Bachelor degrees in Music Education. Also receiving $1,000 to become more competitive in their respective fields, are Avanti Fund Conn-Selmer Employee Scholarship winners Hayley Clay, Courtney Cromas, Laura Gentry and Jacob Vollmar.

"These students understand the importance of keeping music education in our school systems to help young kids develop leadership skills and a sense of self-discipline. Music has the ability to help prepare students for high pressure situations such as a job interview, all through focused practice or performing a solo on a stage," says Amy Pribulick, Director of Product Marketing of Flutes at Conn-Selmer, Inc. Kavin Ley of Avilla, Indiana writes "Through the leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, courage, composure, pride, dependability, and other skills, students learn abilities that can help benefit their lives and help them grow into successful member of society." Candace Hamar of Portland, Oregon points out that music education "offers an incredibly diverse range of possibilities, allowing teachers to reach students in multiple ways. Music is also unique in its ability to reach special needs students, offering students who have difficulties with social interaction and speech a new way to express themselves."

The Avanti Fund was established in 2009 by Conn-Selmer, Inc., in conjunction with master flute-makers Laura and Bickford Brannen. Says Mr. Brannen, "The purpose of these scholarships is very simple. It is a way of thanking the Conn-Selmer staff and our customers for all they have done to make Conn-Selmer the national leader in band instrument manufacturing." More information on these scholarships can be found on the Avanti website www.avantiflutes.com/scholarships or by contacting Amy Pribulick at (574) 523-0606.

About Conn-Selmer

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, CG Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, Scherl & Roth, Glaesel, and William Lewis have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders. Conn-Selmer is also the North American distributor of Selmer Paris woodwinds, the US distributor of Yanagisawa saxophones, and the global distributor of the Jiggs pBone (the world's only plastic trombone). With a focus on quality craftsmanship, Conn-Selmer operates US production facilities in Elkhart, IN, Cleveland, OH, Eastlake, OH, Lagrange, IL, and Monroe, NC. 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. For more information on the complete line of instruments, services, and support available from Conn-Selmer, visit www.conn-selmer.com.

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