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Press Release
January 19 2010
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Founder Named to National Music Industry Board
Fort Wayne, IN, January 18, 2010 - Chuck Surack, the president and found of Sweetwater, the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, has been elected to the Board of Directors of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. The election took place on January 16 in Anaheim, CA, during the annual meeting of the organization.

The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies.

Surack said, "I am honored to be elected to the NAMM board of directors. Sweetwater has been a NAMM member for decades and for good reason. Through its summer and winter trade shows, publications, and other programs, NAMM has been a great partner, supporting what we do as a retailer, and helping us to make important connections throughout the music industry."

In addition to Surack, the following music industry leaders were elected for service from 2010 to 2013:

Michael Canning is a professional manufacturers representative and the president of Cadon Technical Sales, which represents a variety of companies in the music products industry.
Dana Messina is the chief executive officer of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., one of the world's premier music products manufacturers, located in Waltham, Mass.
Gordon Wilcher is the founder and senior partner of Owensboro Music Center.
Mark Ragin is the Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Band & Orchestra Supplies, Inc. in St. Louis, Mo., a combo/band and orchestra distributor.
Carol Calato is the vice president of J.D. Calato Manufacturing, a maker of percussion accessories located in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Peter Hix is co-owner of Hix Brothers Music, a combo/band store with locations in Aurora and Batavia, Ill.
Steve Judge is the owner and president of Griggs Music Inc. in Davenport, Iowa, a full-line chain of music stores established in 1903.

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