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It’s that time again:  The Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees are listed below and we’d like your help to decide this year’s winner!  Many nominations were received for this prestigious award.  The top 5 finalists and their biographical links are below. Read about these artists and then vote for who you think will be the 2013 Centerstage Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Vote at: 


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Fred Hemke

Charles “Butch” Miles


Donald Oehler

Chris Vadala

Bill Watrous

Artists Biographies:






Voting closes March 30, 2013.

The award recipient will be announced: June 10, 2013. 

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March 4, 2013

Ludwig Continues to Innovate and Increase Set-Up Flexibility with The ATLAS Mount!

The Ludwig ATLAS mount creates a positioning location anywhere on a drum, NO DRILLING REQUIRED. It adds mounting where you need it, taking drum placement and tone to new heights.

The new hardware is a three-point suspension system in a self-contained unit that simply attaches to the shell by replacing the lug. The new ATLAS mount effectively separates the isolation system from the drum, allowing the drum to resonate as an independent unit, without effect from the drum mount.   The result is smoother decay, longer sustains, and increased resonance.  Plus, the set-up flexibility it presents is truly stunning.” Commented Joshua Allen, engineer developer of the Ludwig ATLAS Mount.

Floor tom legs, auxiliary cymbal arms and other accessories are positioned with ease and totally isolated from the shell. The 12.7mm clamp on the ATLAS Mount is isolated from shell contact by two hardened steel pins, floating on elastomer mounts over the integrated tension casing. The Ludwig ATLAS mount fits 25mm-43mm sized drum hole spacing. 

The ATLAS Mount is available now on Keystone Series drum sets and components, and custom-configured Legacy and Classic Maple drums from Ludwig USA.  It will be available as a single item in summer 2013.

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Conn-Selmer Artist Wins Jazz Recording of the Year Award

Last week, at the 25th Anniversary of the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) awards in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) Conn-Selmer’s saxophone artist Joel Miller took home the Jazz Recording of the Year Award for his album Swim.

Joel MillerJoel commented, “I'm thrilled to have received an East Coast Music Award for my album Swim. The CD was released on U.S. label Origin Records features my saxophone playing and writing along with pianist Geoffrey Keezer, Fraser Hollins and Greg Ritchie. Swim is also nominated for Juno Award this spring and I look forward to future performances in Canada and the U.S.”

“I'm also excited to have discovered the bronze Yanagisawa soprano (992). I've been playing on it a lot lately. I can't keep my hands off it actually! I'm psyched about practicing it and working it into my new repertoire,” added Joel Miller.

ECMA is a non-profit association that supports music on the east coast of Canada. It has hosted an annual ceremony since 1989; it was known then as the Maritime Music Awards. At the launch of these awards, there were five categories: Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year, now it is up to 25 categories. ECMA is the biggest Atlantic Canada music event and one of the best of its kind in North America.

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February, 4, 2013

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Ludwig and Amir Thompson present Breakbeats by Questlove

QuestloveSerious about your sound but restricted with space to express your voice? Questlove and Ludwig understand and have your solution.  Breakbeats by Questlove is a portable, compact, quality sound kit that provides you the fullness to make your pulse heard.

"I wanted to build a device that was apartment-friendly and compact for the street musician.  Also something that was quality-sounding.  A gritty, raw, 'Break-able' kit for gigging in clubs that you can fit in a cab," said Grammy Award-winning producer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots) in a recent interview.

The multi-purpose, versatile kit was designed with the city and small spaces in mind but plays like a full-sized kit emanating traditional, virtuous tone and volume. With its compact  14x16” bass drum, 7x10”tom, 5x14” wood snare drum, 7-ply hardwood Questloveshell, vintage kit look, and velvet storage bags  this is a must have  to any drummer on the move.

Create heartfelt beats on the fly and have your sound heard at gigs, on the street or in an apartment.  Be a Voice. Be a Legend – Join the Family. 








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On Thursday, September 7th, Conn-Selmer honored its exclusive Japanese Vincent Bach distributor Nonaka Boeki with a presentation of the 700,000th Bach Stradivarius trumpet.  The 700,000th serial number instrument was built at the Bach plant in June and was held for the special presentation in front of the entire manufacturing team.


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Conn-Selmer and Selmer Paris are proud to announce a collaboration project for two new saxophone models with planned arrival in time for the 2012 holiday season. Since the inception of the saxophone, the Selmer Paris brand has become the most recognized name in professional instruments. As the North American distributor and the owner of the Selmer name in the USA, Conn-Selmer has established an equally strong market position in student and intermediate instruments. This collaboration will draw the two companies’ brands together in performance and value for price packages that cannot be offered by any other manufacturer.
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Gonzalez Reeds has launched three new lines of reeds – The Classic line for all wind instruments, the Jazz line for alto and tenor saxophone, and the GD line for Bb clarinet. Already known for their high quality cane and exceptional playability, these lines will help round out Gonzalez’ offerings and give every player something to choose from in the Gonzalez family.
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Upholding the Tradition of Master Trumpet Maker Vincent Bach, We Proudly Introduce the Newest in the World-Class Line of Bach Stradivarius.

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ER402RC4.jpgDr. Eugene Rousseau, famed performing artist and master teacher of saxophone, has recently introduced an important new addition to his popular saxophone mouthpiece line.  The new E.Rousseau RC alto saxophone mouthpieces deliver a centered, darker tone, a wide dynamic range and terrific response, including a distinctively improved lower register. 

The RC mouthpiece design features slightly reshaped sidewalls and baffle, and is now available for alto saxophone in three facings – RC3 (med. close), RC4 (medium) and RC5 (med. open).  The E.Rousseau saxophone mouthpiece line is distributed by music dealers worldwide through Conn-Selmer.

Dr. Rousseau’s mouthpieces include special designs for both classical and jazz performance.  The Classic R Series is designed to meet the needs of the serious classical performer. These mouthpieces provide a warm centered tone, positive response, and powerful projection. The New Classic line delivers for players that prefer a more controlled response.  Recently added is the Classic RC Series for Alto that features a centered, darker tone and provides for a wide dynamic range with terrific response, including a distinctively improved lower register.

The E.Rousseau Jazz models are designed for power and versatility needed to cover the entire spectrum of jazz, pop and rock performance. The Studio Jazz Series provides excellent edge and power, but remains consistent with a traditional solid tonal center, while the JDX Series features a unique wedged baffle that balances a stable sound with greater power, offering the edge and projection needed to "cut through".  The Jazz Metal mouthpieces allow the player to achieve a powerful tone with an excellent balance of edge and warmth.

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January 18, 2013

The leading name in brass instruments presents the newest innovation to finely crafted trombones – Introducing The Artisan Trombone Collection from Vincent Bach


The Bach Stradivarius trombone 85-year tradition has been in bands and orchestras around the world for decades. Today, The Artisan Trombone Collection, takes the Bach Stradivarius trombone to the next level.  With an intense focus on precision, The Artisan Trombone Collection offers superior performance. The result is endless possibilities for even the most discriminating artist.

The Artisan Trombone Collection features three distinct valve options, three main tuning slide options, three bell options and three hand slide options.  All are interchangeable and many have never been available on the Bach Stradivarius trombone before. The Artisan Trombone Collection provides innovative combinations for artists to own the trombone that fulfills their needs. 

The Artisan Trombone Collection will consist of three standard models that incorporate the most popular features from the options listed above.  A fourth, custom configurable model, will also be available to allow artists to choose the options that are best suited for them.  All models are outfitted in elegant cases that combine classic Vincent Bach styling, contemporary materials and exceptional design.

The Artisan Trombone Collection – Standard Models

A47I – Infinity (axial-flow) model, yellow brass, hand-hammered Artisan bell with flat rim and soldered steel wire, reverse main tuning slide with yellow brass crook, .547 bore hand slide with yellow brass outside tubes and bottom crook, patented adjustable lever system.

A47MLR – “La Rosa” model, open wrap “F” attachment, yellow brass, hand-hammered Artisan bell with flat rim and soldered steel wire, reverse main tuning slide with gold brass crook, .547 bore hand slide with yellow brass outside tubes and bottom crook. Developed in cooperation with Massimo La Rosa.

A47 – Straight trombone (no valve), standard yellow brass gooseneck, yellow brass, hand-hammered Artisan bell with flat rim and soldered steel wire, reverse main tuning slide with yellow brass crook, .547 bore hand slide with yellow brass outside tubes and bottom crook.

The Artisan Trombone Collection – Custom Model

A47CUSTOM – Available as a configured horn with the following options. Components can also be ordered separately.


B47Y – Standard weight, yellow brass Artisan bell with flat rim

B47G – Standard weight, gold brass Artisan bell with flat rim

B47GLT - Light weight, gold brass Artisan bell with flat rim


V47I – Infinity model, .562 bore through “F” section, advanced branch tooling that eliminates one solder connection, patented adjustable lever system

V47ML03 – “La Rosa” model, open wrap design, .562 bore through “F” section, offset rotor casing, unique branch configuration and bracing to maximize response and sound quality. Developed in cooperation with Massimo La Rosa

V47 – Gooseneck only in yellow brass


TS47Y – Reverse tuning, yellow brass crook

TS47G – Reverse tuning, gold brass crook

TS47N – Reverse tuning, nickel silver crook                         


HS47Y – .547 bore, standard weight, yellow brass outside slide tubes and slide crook

HS47NLT - .547 bore, lightweight nickel silver outside slide tubes, nickel silver slide crook    

HS47LB - .562 bore, standard weight, yellow brass outside slide tubes and slide crook                                                                 

Development, acoustic design and testing of The Artisan Trombone Collection was aided by Bach artist Massimo La Rosa, Principal Trombone with The Cleveland Orchestra.  

The Artisan Trombone Collection gives artists a wide variety of options to configure their Bach Stradivarius trombone to an extent that has not been possible until now,” said Mark Gifford, Director of Marketing, Low Brass for Conn-Selmer.  “Precision and technology combine with the tradition of Bach to create an instrument that is truly special.” 

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