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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: 

http://www.glaesel.com/en-us/about/news/henri-selmer-paris-launches-new-brand/introducing-seles

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Conn-Selmer is pleased to announce a partnership with Missouri Southern State University. Located in Joplin, Missouri, the university offers undergraduate degrees in Music, Instrumental Education, Vocal Education and Music Industry. Founded in 1937, MSSU currently enrolls approximately 5,500 students annually.Interim-Head for the MSSU Music Department and Director of Athletic Bands Brian Fronzaglia (photo at right) had this to say about the new partnership with Conn-Selmer, “Missouri Southern State University is proud to be partnering with Conn-Selmer. Their dedication to music education, quality of products and strong customer service are a great fit for our department. Our students and ensembles will have the finest products on the market at their disposal thanks to Conn-Selmer.”

“Missouri Southern State University is a growing program with a great history and tradition of musical excellence. We are excited at the opportunity to help support their program and look forward to a great partnership for many years to come,” 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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Conn-Selmer is pleased to announce a partnership with the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD). Located in Clear Creek, Texas and part of the greater Houston area, CCISD enrolls approximately 39,000 students annually. Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Dean Muths, had this to say when asked why he chose to participate in the Conn-Selmer School Program, “It was an easy choice for me to take the steps necessary to become a member of the Conn-Selmer School district family. The determining factor, outside of the incredible instruments they manufacture, is Conn-Selmer’s dedication to supporting music education throughout the United States through its many educational outreach programs. Conn-Selmer is the model for all other instrument manufacturers because they are not just trying to build a great instrument; they are trying to develop great music teachers who will help bring music to every child in our country. They take the money they earn and reinvest in our musical human infrastructure. That’s a family I want to be a part of!”

“CCISD has a very supportive arts community beginning with the world class faculty and also with an engaged parent association. This last December, the Clear Creek High School Wind Ensemble received one of its highest honors performing at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. We look forward to a long term partnership with the district and its programs,” 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 574-607-6000.

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Conn-Selmer and Yanagisawa are pleased to announce the release of the Yanagisawa WO Series alto saxophones. “The WO Series is the first new line from Yanagisawa in 20 years,” stated Robert Lichty, Saxophone Category Manager at Conn-Selmer. He continued, “The WO Series continues to put Yanagisawa at the forefront of ergonomics and saxophone design.”

 

The WO Series features two distinct lines – the Professional models (replacing the 90x models) and the Elite models (replacing the 99x Series). Both lines feature improvements in ergonomics, material enhancements and a beautiful new case.


 

Orders are being taken for the new models immediately, with delivery expected to begin in March 2014. Retail prices for the new models range from $5,380 to $18,115.

 

The new model numbers with their previous model counterpart are listed below.
 

Current Model

New Model

A901

AW01

A901B

AW01B

A901S

AW01S

A902

AW02

A991

AW010

A991B

AW010B

A991S

AW010S

A992

AW020

A9930

AW030

A9933

AW033

A9935

AW035

A9937

AW037

A992PG

AW020PG

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Conn-Selmer is Proud to Announce Selmers 40 Series Saxophone Line Expansion 

The Selmer 40 Series Saxophone Line is growing, with the addition of Tenor saxophones to the line. Also, Alto and Tenor now have black nickel and silver-plated finishes.

Selmer 40 Series Addition Press Release “The 40 Series Alto has been a tremendous success,” stated Robert Lichty, Woodwind Category Manager at Conn-Selmer, Inc.  He added, “It garners praise from professional players as an excellent horn, at a great price. The demand for a Tenor saxophone has been great. We are launching the 40 Series Tenor with other finishes to meet the market demands.”

The 40 Series saxophones from Conn-Selmer, Inc. are a first ever collaboration between Henri Selmer Paris and Selmer USA. All the horns feature a custom designed and manufactured Henri Selmer Paris neck and mouthpiece, along with a feature filled body that responds at a top performance level. The black nickel and silver-plated versions both feature a silver-plated Henri Selmer Paris neck.  MSRP on the 40 Series ranges from $4,043 to $4,750.

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Ludwig Enhances Marketing Team with the Addition of Tim ONeal

Tim O'Neal PR PhotoConn Selmer proudly announces the addition of TIMOTHY O’NEAL to the Ludwig Marketing team in the position of Category Manager (Combo), effective immediately. Tim will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of combo product marketing strategies. In addition he will lead and develop marketing materials, training, and merchandising closely working with internal sales team and dealers. Tim will also manage the world class global artist roster and endorsements.

Tim has over 20 years of experience in the percussion industry, including Guitar Center, Kaman (Gretsch Drums) and Davitt & Hanser (Premier Drums). Tim’s career has spanned positions in Sales & Marketing, Purchasing and Sourcing. His deep understanding of the industry, knowledge of percussion and experiences from various perspectives are an exceptional addition to Ludwig.

Tim stated: “I am thrilled to join the Ludwig Family and proud to work on this iconic brand. I look forward to meeting dealers and customers at NAMM and during the coming month.”

Tim is joining Ludwig during in its 105 year anniversary year. He will continue the focus on USA manufactured drums built on a legacy of differentiated industry leading sound. 
 

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