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posted April 17, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MO: Dixon Drums and Hardware is proud to announce the addition of Los Angeles based, GRAMMY Award-winning recording and touring drummer Gregg Bissonette to its Artist Program. Bissonette’s choice of Dixon comes from their synergetic vision to advance the art of drumming through quality craftsmanship, innovation and education. He will be involved with Dixon on a broad spectrum of levels, serving as artist, clinician, ambassador, and product consultant beginning with the development of an Artisan Series Gregg Bissonette Signature drum set this fall.


Known as one of the world’s most versatile drummers, Gregg Bissonette comes from a musical family and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University. Upon moving to Los Angeles after college, he quickly landed top gigs ranging from Maynard Ferguson to David Lee Roth, ELO, Toto, James Taylor and Santana to name a few.

This June, Bissonette returns as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band, a dream-come-true gig he has been honored to be a part of since 2008. Gregg was a member of Ringo and the Roundheads from 2003 to 2005. When he’s not touring with Ringo, Gregg is an in-demand recording session drummer, playing on albums, motion picture soundtracks and TV shows. He is also very involved in educating and inspiring drummers across the globe through his Gregg Bissonette Drum School at, his clinic tours and the annual Gregg Bissonette Grove Camp.

Gregg Bissonette’s background ranges from big band, blues and rock, to Latin, fusion and much more. He has played with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Ringo Starr, Santana, James Taylor, David Lee Roth, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Andrea Bocelli, Brian Wilson, Smash Mouth, the Doobie Brothers, Ozzy Osbourne, the Brian Setzer Band, Enrique Iglesias and Britain’s loudest band, Spinal Tap. He has played on scores for TV (NBC’s hit show Friends) and film including Best in Show, The Devil Wears Prada, American Pie, The Bucket List, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Enchanted, Waiting for Guffman, The Mighty Wind and the Academy Award-Winning song Man or Muppet from the film The Muppets. Gregg recently released his third solo album, Warning Will Robinson, which features brother Matt Bissonette on bass and backing vocals and includes a CD with play-along tracks minus drums.RS1_0085.retouch

“Gregg Bissonette fits Dixon’s vision and values like a glove,” said Jim Uding, Dixon Brand Manager. “Gregg represents what drumming is all about and has something to offer anyone who picks up a pair of drumsticks. Gregg Bissonette is not only great for Dixon, he’s good for drumming in general.”

“I’ve always had a great passion for drum gear and a fascination with the history of drums and drumming,” says Bissonette. “I’m always eager to learn more about musical drumming and drum set vocabulary. I love the way drumming history and new vocabulary affects me as a player. With Dixon, I can contribute my experience as a whole to the growth and development of a brand committed to quality, sound and the art of drumming.”

Dixon is the drum and hardware brand of Reliance International, Taipei, Taiwan; exclusively distributed in the United States by St. Louis Music, St. Louis, MO.


P. Mauriat Chooses Forestone Reeds For U.S. Outfits

posted March 20, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – P. Mauriat is excited to announce a new partnership with Forestone Reeds.  The collaboration will add yet another quality component to P. Mauriat saxophone outfits:  A Forestone Black Bamboo reed.  

“We’re proud to offer our consumers this excellent reed,” says Craig Denny, Vice President – Band at St. Louis Music.  “Forestone makes great products but the Black Bamboo reeds represent a leap in playability and value. These reeds are a perfect match for P. Mauriat … read more

Master Luthier, Kazuo Yairi Dies Aged 81

posted March 10, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – It is with great sadness that St. Louis Music announces the death of Master Luthier and dear friend, Kazuo Yairi.  Mr. Yairi passed away in his hometown of Kani, Japan on Wednesday March 5th, 2014.

As owner and president of the Yairi Guitar Company, Mr. Yairi helped change the landscape of acoustic guitar manufacturing and distribution.  His company was one of the first to export professional acoustic guitars to the United States, and became the main … read more

St. Louis Music Gains Two New Vice Presidents

posted February 19, 2014 in Business News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – St. Louis Music is proud to announce the appointment of Craig Denny and Patrick Stevenson to new positions in the company.  Patrick Stevenson will become Senior Vice President of Sales, while Craig Denny will take the position of Vice President of Band.

“It is with great excitement that I am able to announce these promotions,” says SLM CEO Mark Ragin.  “Patrick will be managing our inside and outside sales team, as well as the major national … read more

The Sebastian 153S Cello: Great Looks and Performance with an Entry Level Price

posted February 11, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – St. Louis Music orchestral division has upgraded its entry-level cello, the Sebastian 153S.  The result is an affordable instrument with remarkable playability and a fantastic aesthetic.

“Two and a half years went into the specification and development of the 153S Sebastian cello,” Says Jim Eaton, Orchestral VP for St. Louis Music.   “Components had to measure up to educational standards.  One of the most basic of these is the ebony used for the fingerboard.  This had to … read more

Alvarez Product Featurette: The Yairi Masterworks DYMR70SB

posted January 31, 2014 in Product News

Alvarez has a new Product Featurette up on their youtube channel, featuring their stunning Yairi Masterworks DYMR70SB.  Watch Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs talk about this tremendous guitar, here:

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Introducing the New Zonda Reeds

posted January 30, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Zonda has long been known around the world for their superlative reeds.  For 2014, the company has rebranded their reed line with an elegant new look and an array of choices for their customers.  

“Rebranding and expanding the Zonda reed line has been a unique and wonderful challenge,” says Craig Denny, Brand Director for Zonda and P. Mauriat.  “We had a perfect opportunity to refresh the offering, re-package the line, and provide much more value … read more

Alvarez ABT60 Goes Viral with Back to the Future Cover

posted January 18, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – In the summer of 2013, Alvarez Guitars revamped their Youtube channel, creating “product featurettes” that included professional videography and performances on top of spoken guitar specs.  But a second phase of the Youtube strategy involved Alvarez Endorsees, and including Alvarez copy in their covers of popular tunes.

“We wanted to make a change from traditional product reviews and demos by introducing performance elements as well as glamour shots,” says Gregory Johnson, Alvarez Endorsee and Content Curator.  … read more

Alvarez to Launch All New Masterworks Series at the NAMM Show (Booth 4000, Hall C)

posted January 18, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – This year at the NAMM Show, Alvarez will unveil its newly designed, all-solid wood Masterworks Series. 14 new models will be showcased, with five body shapes (Dreadnought, Grand Auditorium, OM, Parlor and Classical) and two different choices of wood configurations: African Mahogany/Mahogany and Sitka/Rosewood.

“To really get the best from an acoustic guitar it ought to be all-solid wood,” says Chris Meikle, Senior VP at St. Louis Music and head of Alvarez development. “We designed the … read more

Product Featurette: The Alvarez ABT60 Baritone

posted December 23, 2013 in Product News

Check out this new video about one of our most popular guitars, the ABT60 Baritone.  Featuring Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs:

{Pictured:  The Alvarez ABT60 Baritone}… read more

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