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In recognition of his long and successful record as a clinician, author, composer, college band director, consultant, adjudicator and an advocate for music, the American Music Conference (AMC) has honored Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser with its annual Henry Grossman Lifetime Director Award. The presentation took place during the Music and Sound Expo in Minneapolis, Minn., in mid-April.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, recently announced that The Music Edge Fastest Drummer Program is now available for NAMM Member retailers to host in their stores and communities. The program is set up to help store owners create new music makers in local markets, enhance interest in drumming and build store traffic through the presentation of two in-store contests: the Battle of the Hands™ and the Battle of the Feet™.

In a victory for school music education programs across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H. CON. RES. 380 recognizing the benefits and importance of school-based music education. The resolution was read on the floor of the House on May 4, 2004, at 7:04 Eastern Time and covered on cable television by C-SPAN.

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, is looking for back issues of The Music Trades, MMR, Music Inc. and Music & Sound Retailer magazines to complete its set. NAMM’s Resource Center keeps a comprehensive archive of photos, press clippings and video interviews to document the history of the music products industry for use by NAMM Members and the Museum of Making Music.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, is currently preparing to host the music products industry once again in Nashville, Tenn., at the group’s annual Summer Session trade show (July 23–25, 2004). Last year, retailers and manufacturers of musical instruments and products looking for strong third and fourth quarter sales turned to the Summer Session for new ideas and energy, with many crediting their show experience for the improved results in the second half of the year.

NAMM University expanded its regional professional development courses with the addition of “Real World Sales III—Selling to Today's Customers,” held throughout April in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today announced that it is seeking worthy candidates to serve as the association’s director of market development, responsible for creating and implementing programs to help the industry target new customers. Rob Walker, NAMM’s current market development director, will be returning to his family in Australia after a successful three-year stint with the organization.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, faced the music when its experiment to bring together music educators, the music products industry and families and music makers of all ages from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to the Music and Sound Expo ended with mixed results. At show close, NAMM had issued badges to approximately 1,200 public attendees.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today opened the Music and Sound Expo, the 102-year-old organization's first educator- and public-targeted show held in conjunction with the National Biennial Conference of MENC, the National Association for Music Education.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today announced its intent to invest the largest dollar amount in the association’s 102-year history back into the music products industry in the form of new market-building programs and initiatives. The association is now searching for worthy programs and ideas from within and outside of the music products industry.