RPMDA Dealer Member Feature: Bertrand’s Music and Lessons

By Andrea Pelloquin, West Music Company Welcome to our first RPMDA Dealer Member feature!  In every issue going forward we will be interviewing a new dealer member of RPMDA.  We want to get to know our fellow dealers and learn what makes them unique – and inspire us all to be the best dealers we …

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RPMDA Reflections from the NAMM Historical Project

by Dan Del Fiorentino, NAMM One of the bonuses of attending a gathering at RPMDA is the insight you gain, often when you least expect it.  We all expect to gather great ideas at the Best Ideas session and all the wonderful educational programs but learning a different approach to customer service at the bar …

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Luyben Music Congratulates Don Shoberg on His Retirement

Luyben Music Celebrates Don Shoberg’s Retirement After 63 years of loyal, caring, and expert service, Don Shoberg is retiring from Luyben Music effective September 20, 2018. Don came into Luyben Music in the fall of 1954 to buy a clarinet reed (he’s a trumpet player) for a methods class he was taking while pursuing a …

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A Conversation with Madeleine Crouch – 2018 Dorothy Award Recipient

by Christie Smith, Alfred Music There are some people in this world that are put here to draw us together, to show us what we can accomplish when we work together, and Madeleine Crouch is one of those people. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing my friend and mentor, who received the Dorothy Award …

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Thank You to Our 2018 Convention Sponsors!

A big THANK YOU to the sponsors of RPMDA 2018 for their support of our Minneapolis convention. These vital financial contributions enable us to continue presenting the best possible convention experience, and we simply couldn’t do it without them. Please let them know that you appreciate their support of this organization! Diamond Level Alfred Music …

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Hal Leonard Distribution Center Tour

by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard The RPMDA convention-goers toured the Hal Leonard Corporation facilities on the Wednesday before the convention began. This left plenty of time for attendees to discuss the distribution and production systems and facilities. Our perspective as the audience was unanimous: the Hal Leonard team in Winona took us all on an …

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RPMDA Announces the 2018 Dorothy Honoree and Other Awards

The 2018 RPMDA 42nd Annual Convention in Minneapolis attracted 160 attendees, including 26 exhibitors, and 20 first-time attendees. Among the many convention attractions, members participated in a tour of the Hal Leonard Distribution center in Winona, Minnesota, a visit to member stores, Groth Music Company and Schmitt Music Company, an excursion to Fly Over America in …

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