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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