Music and Sound Luminaries to Honor Audio's Finest at the 28th Annual Tec Awards

January 9, 2013

An array of top audio producers, engineers and musical talent will take the stage to recognize the achievements of their peers at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards. Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the audio industry’s most prestigious awards event will be held on Friday, January 25 at the Hilton Anaheim during the 2013 NAMM Show.

The celebration of the past year’s highest achievements in sound technology and music production will feature 28 awards for audio products and projects, and will be co-produced with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). “We are honored to partner with the great folks at the TEC Foundation to produce the TEC Awards at NAMM”, said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Since the early days of NAMM and exhibitors like the Edison Company, technology and creativity have been at the heart of the advancement of the music industry.”

Singer/songwriter John Sebastian, founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer will host the evening’s honors that will include the presentation of the Les Paul Award, sponsored by the Les Paul Foundation, to Pete Townshend, composer, guitarist and co-founder of The Who. Another highlight will be the induction of Record Plant President Rose Mann-Cherney to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

Martin Lewis, longtime friend of Pete Townshend and co-creator/producer of Amnesty International’s Secret Policemen’s Ball series will present the Les Paul Award together with Les’ son, Russ Paul. Rose Mann-Cherney will receive her award from producer, arranger and A&R executive Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton, The Black Eyed Peas) and guitarist Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver).

Presenting the awards for Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement will be an all-star lineup of renowned artists, arrangers, producer and engineers, including: electronic music diva Suzanne Ciani, platinum producer Phil Ramone and his sons, producer Csaba Petocz (Steve Nicks, Metallica, Alanis Morissette), producer/engineer Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and drum software guru Steven Slate.

To date, guest artists scheduled to perform include John Sebastian, David Pack (Ambrosia) and bassists Phil Chen (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ray Manzarek) and Tal Wilkenfeld (Allman Brothers Band, Mick Jagger, Chick Corea). Carrying the evening will be the 2Cold ChiliBone TEC Band led by musical director Larry Batiste (GRAMMY Awards, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder), and will feature Will Kennedy (Yellowjackets, Lee Ritenour) on drums; Melvin Lee Davis (Chaka Khan, Gerald Albright) on bass; keyboardist Randy Emata (Grammy Awards Pre-Tel Band); guitarist Ross Bolton (Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Warren Hill); percussionist Luis Conte (over 1,000 recordings); Ron King (Jeff Lorber, Michael Bolton) on trumpet; Jacques Voyemant (Chris Walden Big Band) on trombone; Charles McNeal (Boz Scaggs, Wynton Marsalis) on sax; and vocalist Claytoven Richardson (Aretha Franklin, Elton John).


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About The TEC Foundation
The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Proceeds of the TEC Awards have been donated over the years to organizations that educate both sound professionals and music listeners about hearing health. The Foundation has also funded scholarship endowments at a number colleges and universities for students of the audio arts and sciences. For more information about the TEC Foundation and the TEC Awards, visit

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.