Alto Music Wins 'Dealer of the Year' at NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards

Music instrument and product retailers honored at July 13th Top 100 Dealer event during Summer NAMM in Nashville

July 13, 2012

Alto Music wins ‘Dealer of the Year,’ while other retailers take home wins in ‘Best of’ categories, as the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) recognizes excellence in music products and instruments retail. The Top 100 Dealer awards celebrate the best business practices by U.S. retailers, as the music products industry gathers in Nashville for the Summer NAMM show.

“The Top 100 Dealer Awards are an opportunity for NAMM members to come together and celebrate excellence in retailing,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “No two stores are alike and we can all learn from each other; I suspect many NAMM members will use these winning ideas in their own businesses, leading to an improvement in the entire trade.”

A panel of impartial, expert judges selected by, but not otherwise affiliated with NAMM, first select the Top 100 dealers using a numeric rating based on five main criteria. Then, the panel scores retailers’ submissions for awards in ten other specific ‘Best of’ categories. Then scores are tallied and stores are ranked to reveal the music product industry’s ‘Dealer of the Year.’

“The retailers in this room are the backbone of the industry,” said Jon Haber, owner of Alto Music based in Middletown, NY. “We’re cultivating all of the future customers. Whether now a pro audio, lighting guy or other person connected to music today, they probably got their start getting juiced on a guitar at a local music store.”

Candyman Strings & Things in Santa Fe, NM, Music Villa in Bozeman, MT and Amro Music Stores in Memphis, TN took home multiple ‘Best of’ awards in various categories. “I used to think music was good for kids, now I know that music changes kids’ lives,” said an emotional Rand Cook, owner of Candyman Strings & Things based in Santa Fe, NM. “I used to run a store…now it is so much more.”

  Award   Company   Location
Dealer of the Year Alto Music Middletown, NY
Best Ad Music Villa Bozeman, MT
Best Curb Appeal Ted Brown Music Co. 4 locations in Washington
Best Emerging Dealer "Rookie of the Year" Downtown Piano Works Frederick, MD
Best Emerging Dealer "Rookie of the Year" NOVA Music Center Clifton, VA
Best Merchandise & Display Candyman Strings & Things Santa Fe, NM
Best Merchandise & Display Amro Music Stores, Inc. Memphis, TN
Best Rock School & Summer Rock Camps Candyman Strings & Things Santa Fe, NM
Best Sales Promotion Piano Gallery Bonita Springs, FL and Madison, WI
Best use of Social Media Summerhays Music Center Murray, UT
Best use of Social Media Music Villa Bozeman, MT
Support Music Local Advocacy Award Amro Music Stores, Inc. Memphis, TN
Best Website The Music Zoo Rosyln, NY
Wanna Play "Music Makes A Difference" Candyman Strings & Things Santa Fe, NM

Find the full Top 100 Dealers list and video at

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.