Thursday, July 31st

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 accounts, and Craig will be responsible for all aspects of the band division.”Patrick R. Stevenson

Patrick Stevenson has an extensive background in the industry, with expertise that ranges from design and brand management to sales and advertising programs.  As Senior Vice President he will be personally visiting key dealers and travelling with the outside sales team, a face-to-face approach that will shift business to more profitable products and customers.  Of his new position, Stevenson says, “We are very excited about the future of our company and our ability to meet the needs of music retailers in all channels.”

Craig Denny also expressed great optimism about his new responsibilities.  “Being a part of the team at St. Louis Music is a thrill each and every day,” he says.  “We work hard and we have fun doing it; that is a synergy which is tough to achieve even in the best companies.”

Denny, himself a virtuoso musician, has been with St. Louis Music since 2010, and is an established educator, manager and professional.  As Vice President of Band, he will be enhancing the Zonda and P. Mauriat brands and adding exciting new instruments and accessories to the many lines under his care.  Denny continues, “I am extremely fortunate and grateful for the continued opportunity to be a part of a truly special company.”Craig Denny 1 medium

SLM has long had a reputation for integrity, service and strong partnership.  A key factor in that success has been the consistent appointment of excellent representatives, a quality echoed by CEO Mark Ragin’s confidence in his new VPs.  “2014 will be a challenging year, and for SLM, it will be a year of action!” He says.   “Please join me in congratulating Patrick and Craig, and supporting them in the important work ahead.”

For more information call St Louis Music at 800-727-4512 or email [email protected] 

St. Louis Music is a division of U.S. Band and Orchestra Supplies Inc. and one of the largest general distributors of musical instruments and accessories in North America. SLM offers over 7,000 products from 250 brands and distributes Alvarez & Alvarez-Yairi Guitars. Sigma & Austin Guitars. Zonda Brass & Woodwind Instruments & Zonda Reeds. Knilling & Suzuki String Instruments and Dixon Drums & Percussion. 

St. Louis Music Hosts IMMG Retrail Group

posted November 17, 2013 in Business News


ST. LOUIS MUSIC recently hosted 30 members of the Independent Music Merchants Group for a two-day session at its headquarters in St. Louis. Product presentations and strategy sessions were mixed with festive barbeque dinners, creating what Jessica Freehling-Kazzie of Art’s Music in Birmingham, Alabama described as a “very productive” event. The October 25-26 gathering reflects St. Louis Music CEO Mark Ragin’s approach to customer service. “It only happens for us when you make a sale,” he told the assembled … read more

The Music Shop Wins Alvarez-Yairi Guitar

posted February 13, 2013 in Business News

Allen Haynes and his new Alvarez Yairi are flanked by SLM CEO Mark Ragin and Kevin Cranley, president of Willis Music/Chairman of NAMM.

A dealer of a Tennessee Music Store when to the International Music Instrument Trade Show in Anaheim (NAMM), and went home with a brand new beautiful handmade Alvarez-Yairi guitar just by stopping by the St. Louis Music booth.

Not bad, eh?

St. Louis Music dealer Allen Haynes of The Music Shop is the winner of SLM’s special … read more

Introducing … Zonda Brass & Woodwind Instruments!

posted January 29, 2013 in Business News,news

Doesn’t get more exciting than this: SLM has added a new line of brass and woodwind instruments aimed specifically at the rental market. The respected Zonda name is synonymous with great reeds, and now Zonda stands for quality flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, and alto and tenor saxophones. Introduced at the recent NAMM convention on January 24th, Zonda instruments started flying out of our warehouse and into retailers everywhere pretty much immediately ….

Zonda Brass and Woodwinds are here.

Asked for … read more

Patrick Stevenson Joins SLM

posted January 21, 2013 in Business News

SLM has a new member of the family — but it’s actually a homecoming:  Patrick R. Stevenson has joined the company as vice president of sales.

“We’re excited about Patrick returning to St. Louis Music,” says CEO Mark Ragin. “We’re experiencing tremendous growth now not only in new products, but new lines like Zonda brass, Dixon drums, Sigma guitars, and so much more. His experience and talent will continue to build on and expand the service we provide our dealers.”… read more

Alvarez AP70 Parlor Named Best Acoustic Guitar!

posted November 5, 2012 in Business News

She’s a winner!

Alvarez’s Parlor guitar AP70 has won the coveted prize of best Acoustic Guitar under $800 by U.K.’s Guitar and Bass Magazine.

“This is a really great contest to win,” says Chris Meikle, Alvarez brand manager and senior vice president of St. Louis Music. “Guitar and Bass Magazine’s process of choosing their winners is very thorough and there and are several rounds to get through before the final award is given.”

The AP70 is a 12-fret parlor-size body … read more

Alvarez Expands Internationally

posted August 2, 2012 in Business News,news

Alvarez has experienced impressive international growth recently, with 14 new distributors in 22 countries now carrying the guitars.

“The response to the new line has been overwhelming,” says Chris Meikle, SLM Senior VP and Alvarez Brand Director. “Although we were very happy with the product, we couldn’t have imagined the amount of dealer’s that have supported the brand this quickly.”

SLM launched the new Alvarez line in the USA in 2011 after taking exclusive control of the brand. Then 12 … read more

Lebayle Now Part of SLM Family

posted July 11, 2012 in Business News

St. Louis Music is proud to now be the exclusive U.S. distributor for Lebayle Saxophone Mouthpieces. Played by today’s greatest artists including Brandford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Candy Dulfer, and Ravi Coltrane high-quality mouthpieces, now they will be available to SLM’s vast network of dealers.

LR II Metal Mouthpiecethe exclusive U.S. distributor for Lebayle Saxophone Mouthpieces. Played by today’s greatest artists including Brandford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Candy Dulfer, and Ravi Coltrane high-quality mouthpieces, now they will be available to SLM’s vast

read more

St. Louis Music Celebrates 90th Anniversary

posted June 8, 2012 in Business News,news

We are looking good at 90, if we may say so ourselves.

St. Louis Music is celebrating its 90th anniversary. “I am honored to head a company that has meant so much to generations of musicians worldwide,” says CEO Mark Ragin. “I’m also pleased to report St. Louis Music is strong, creating new products, and continuing to earn dealers’ business. Part of that is that we strive to live up to the high standards set by the founders and … read more

SLM Exclusive Distributor of Hamilton Combo Stands

posted February 14, 2012 in Business News,news

Exciting news: Hamilton Stands has agreed for SLM to have an exclusive distributorship of all their combo-related stands and products.

“Hamilton Stands is pleased to partner with St. Louis Music for the expansion of our combo line,” says Hamilton Stands’ president William Carpenter. “St. Louis Music is a proven leader in our industry and we have enjoyed decades of working with them. SLM will be representing not only current combo stands, but also the largest expansion of Hamilton combo line … read more

Older Posts »