Tom Bracy Appointed Director of Urban Education and Educational Support Manager

Tom BracyElkhart, IN — Conn-Selmer announces that former Director of Education Programs, Tom Bracy, has been appointed Director of Urban Education and Educational Support Manager for the Central Region of the U.S. In this dual role, Tom will assist urban districts nationwide with their arts plans while also supporting Conn-Selmer’s educational initiatives throughout the Midwest.

Tom began his career as a band director for the Archdiocese of Chicago. While continuing as a band director for nearly 30 years, he also worked in other capacities throughout the Chicago area. These positions included a 13-year tenure with Merit School of Music, a Chicago-based community music school. While at Merit, Tom served as executive director, faculty member, director of operations, acting director of development, director of human resources and chief operating officer. Before joining Merit, Tom was executive director of the Association for Catholic Music Education and also worked for the Chicago Park District as an area manager for North Side neighborhood parks.

“It’s all about the kids!” says Tom. “These new roles will help our Division of Education cultivate new relationships and ultimately foster greater access to music education for cities everywhere.”

Tom joined Conn-Selmer in January, 2015 and has been a vital resource for the Conn-Selmer Division of Education. Conn-Selmer President and CEO, John Stoner, remarked, “Tom's connection with Chicago, which recently adopted a citywide cultural arts plan, the Chicago Public Schools network, and his experience in the non-profit sector uniquely qualify him for these new positions.” “Tom and the rest of our Division of Education team are ready to assist districts across the country with resources to build, enhance, and sustain quality music education across the globe.”

About the Division of Education at Conn-Selmer
The Conn-Selmer Division of Education, led by Vice President of Education, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, is dedicated to providing resources for and support to music educators worldwide. These goals are accomplished through teacher in-service support, Conn-Selmer Institute, Conn-Selmer VIP Program, the Music Administration Collaborative, and the Conn-Selmer School Program. For more information go to or contact the Division of Education,, or 574-523-0644.

About Conn-Selmer

Conn-Selmer is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur and professional use under the brand portfolio of Vincent Bach, C.G. Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, Prelude, Glaesel, Soloist, William Lewis & Son, Scherl & Roth. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, innovation and superior musical performance, Conn-Selmer operates U.S.A. production facilities.

Conn-Selmer is the North American distributor of Selmer Paris woodwinds and Yanagisawa saxophones as well as the global distributor for Jiggs pBone.

Through its educational program, Conn-Selmer is the industry leader in providing support and advocacy tools tailored to music education.

For more information on the complete line of instruments, services and support available contact Conn-Selmer at P.O. Box 310, Elkhart, IN 46515-0310 U.S.A. or visit

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