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Starting a Ukulele Program in Your Classroom: Part 3 of 6
By Sam Marchuk
12/1/2017 12:34:00 PM  

Starting a Ukulele Program in Your Classroom Part 3 of 6: Which Ukulele Model Should I Choose for My Classroom?

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There are many different models of ukuleles available, so how do you which one you should choose for your classroom?

You will want to make sure to choose a quality instrument that will play in tune and produce a good tone - while staying within your budget. You will also want to consider how these instruments will be stored and budget accordingly as some models do not include a gig bag. (See upcoming Part 6 of 6: How Should I Store My Ukuleles? for options.)

Here are some of our most popular models that have proven themselves with our classroom teachers:

Makala MK Series Ukuleles

makala mk ukulelesFor the classroom, the 303685 Makala MK-S Soprano Ukulele really sets the standard. Branded under Kala’s entry-level Makala name, it is a traditional all-wood model that is consistent in quality, playability, and tone. It features an agathis wood body, mahogany neck, rosewood or walnut fingerboard and bridge, geared tuners, and the highly sought-after Aquila Super Nylgut strings. The bridge is set up with the strings wrapped around it and securely knotted in place – a feature not typical on ukuleles in this price range. Our teachers rave about the quality, sound, and affordability of this ukulele! This series is available in the larger concert, tenor and baritone sizes plus classroom sets:

303685 MK-S Soprano Ukulele

  Ukulele only

  Bundled with gig bag and digital clip-on tuner

  Classroom sets

303686 MK-C Concert Ukulele

  Ukulele only

  Bundled with gig bag and digital clip-on tuner 

303687 MK-T Tenor Ukulele

303688 MK-B Baritone Ukulele


Kala KA-15S Soprano Ukuleles

kala a ukulelesThis model is based on the Makala MK-S all-wood version but has several upgrades with only a nominal price difference. If you have the budget these upgrades are worth the investment and include:

 - GraphTech NuBone nut and saddle (vs. plastic on the MK-S). This denser material transfers more vibration to the instrument top, producing a fuller sound with more volume

 - Pearloid tuning buttons (more decorative than the plain plastic buttons on the MK-S)

 - Laser-etched design around the sound hole


See more info on this model here:

  Ukulele only

  Bundled with gig bag and digital clip-on tuner


Makala MK-S/Dolphin Ukuleles

dolphin ukulelesIf you are looking to add some color to your classroom, Makala’s Dolphin Series ukuleles are a great option! Based on the MK-S all-wood model this series features a molded plastic body over a wood top and are painted in a variety of bold colors (black, blue, green, pink, purple, red, white, or yellow). This model has many of the same features as the all-wood version, including Aquila Super Nylgut strings, metal frets, and rosewood or walnut fretboard and bridge. The plastic body makes for a brighter tone than the wood model, with plenty of volume – but also making it washable and extremely durable. The plastic body may hold up better for locations that are warmer and have high humidity. This model includes a non-padded gig bag. More info and available options.


Westwood Ukuleles

westwood ukes

Our Westwood series of ukuleles offer many extras at a great value. Constructed of basswood, these ukuleles also include a non-padded gig bag, a strap, and pre-installed strap buttons. Available in soprano, concert, and tenor sizes and classroom sets:

304101 Westwood Soprano Ukulele

  Ukulele only

  Classroom sets

304102 Westwood Concert Ukulele

304103 Westwood Tenor Ukulele


Kala Waterman Ukuleles

watermanThe Kala Waterman ukuleles is another inexpensive option and a great value! While the Makala Dolphin series has a plastic covered body with wood neck and metal frets, the Waterman ukuleles are constructed entirely of plastic (except for the geared metal tuners). That makes this ukulele completely waterproof and a fun option with the color choices and available finishes. Solid color models are the most popular and affordable, while translucent, and even a glow-in-the dark model, are available for just a bit more. Each Waterman ukulele includes a non-padded carry tote. The larger concert size is also available in this series. Here is a link for more available options!

Be sure to remember that the strings on any new ukulele will stretch quite a bit when being tuned up for the first time. They may take some time to settle before staying in tune. Check out this article on how to break in new ukulele strings. Have any questions or comments? Contact one of our Education Consultants at 800-397-9378 to see how we can put together a set of classroom ukuleles to best suit your budget and needs!

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About the Author

Sam MarchukSam Marchuk is an Education Consultant for West Music specializing in folk instruments and curriculum for the elementary classroom. He has been playing ukulele since 1998 and is an avid collector of vintage and contemporary ukulele models.

As an Education Consultant, Sam assists with the selection and acquisition of instruments and curriculum with teachers across the U.S. He enjoys matching up players of all skill levels and classroom teachers with the right ukulele to fit their personality, style, and budget.

Sam has demonstrated the potential of the of the ukulele at numerous state and national music education conferences, helped with the startup of ukulele programs across the U.S., and has taught beginning ukulele at the annual Strathmore Ukulele and Guitar Summit in Rockville, MD.

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Starting a Ukulele Program in Your Classroom: Part 2 of 6
By Sam Marchuk
10/10/2017 3:27:00 PM  

Starting a Ukulele Program in Your Classroom: Part 2 of 6: What Size Ukulele?

ukulele sizesIn Part One of this series, we discussed the many benefits of bringing ukuleles into the classroom. In part two we go over the four sizes of ukuleles available and which might be best for your students. Continue reading, or download this printable PFD version.

The first thing to know is that there are 4 different sizes of ukuleles to choose from: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. The smallest of these, the soprano, is the most common for beginners. This is due to it having the lowest cost of the bunch, making it the best value when purchasing a classroom set. It is also considered the “standard” ukulele size, dating back from its original roots in Hawaii in the late 1870s.

Children and adults alike can enjoy soprano size ukulele and will be pleased with the bright, signature sound, portability, and cost. But what about the larger concert or tenor sizes, which feature the same tuning? If your budget allows, there can be several advantages if you decide to use a larger size ukulele in your classroom.

Advantages of Using a Larger Size Ukulele

Fuller, Deeper Sound

A larger resonator body allows the lower tones to resonate, providing a fuller, deeper sound. This creates a more well-balanced and pleasing tone over the soprano model.


The larger body and longer neck may be more comfortable to hold, which may put the instrument in a more natural playing position for some students.

Less Cramped

More frets and space between them. This will allow for easier finger positions when moving up the fretboard as fingers will become less cramped.

More Range

This may be more useful if you are offering advanced classes where you will play beyond the first position (past the first 5 frets). Concert and tenor ukuleles typically have a higher range with 17 or more frets to a soprano’s 12. The extra frets may come in handy and add more interest when playing with a ukulele ensemble.

Student's Perception

Students may view it as more as a true musical instrument and less as a novelty/toy. The larger ukulele size becomes more guitar-like to play and listen to.

Concert or Tenor?

Only a bit larger than a soprano, concert size ukulele may be the ideal choice for many of these reasons. For this reason the concert size is often referred to the in-between, or “Goldilocks” size for its perfect blend of characteristics of the soprano and tenor.

The tenor ukulele is also an option, with it having the fullest sound due to an even larger body than the concert size. But it can become considerably more expensive than the soprano, especially when purchased in sets, and feel too large to comfortable hold for younger students.

What About Baritone?

The baritone ukulele tuned differently to a fourth lower than the other ukulele sizes, which are the same pitches as the top four guitar strings. Therefore, the baritone is in a different key and requires different fingering from the soprano/concert/tenor. See this article for more information on ukulele tunings and size comparisons: Models and Tunings and Sizes, Oh My! How to Choose the Right Ukulele for You.

Other Considerations

For demonstrative and personal use, teachers may want to opt for a larger or different model ukulele to make their instrument stand out from the student models. That may be another example where concert or tenor may be a good choice for them, even if their students use the soprano. Check out Makala’s MK Series of mahogany ukuleles, available in all 4 sizes:

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Ultimately, the deciding factors are going to come to the budget you are working with, and the use of ukulele as an introduction or advanced lessons. Contact one of our Education Consultants at 800-397-9379 to see how we can put together a set of classroom ukuleles to best suit your budget and needs!

About the Author

Sam MarchukSam Marchuk is an Education Consultant for West Music specializing in folk instruments and curriculum for the elementary classroom. He has been playing ukulele since 1998 and is an avid collector of vintage and contemporary ukulele models.

As an Education Consultant, Sam assists with the selection and acquisition of instruments and curriculum with teachers across the U.S. He enjoys matching up players of all skill levels and classroom teachers with the right ukulele to fit their personality, style, and budget.

Sam has demonstrated the potential of the of the ukulele at numerous state and national music education conferences, helped with the startup of ukulele programs across the U.S., and has taught beginning ukulele at the annual Strathmore Ukulele and Guitar Summit in Rockville, MD.

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Starting a Ukulele Program in Your Classroom: Part 1 of 6
By Sam Marchuk
9/20/2017 6:19:00 AM  

Starting a Ukulele Program in Your Classroom Part 1 of 6: Why Teach Ukulele?

Are you looking to start a ukulele program in your school but not sure where to start? You don’t need to be an accomplished guitar/ukulele player or have a big budget to add ukulele to your curriculum. Here is what you need to know if you are considering starting ukulele with your students:

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Why Teach Ukulele?


School ukulele program

Ukuleles are Educational

Many skills are developed that are essential not only for creating music, but in learning other subjects while building character, and responsibility, too!  

Musicianship: Students will learn tuning, strumming/rhythm, accompaniment, melody, singing, hand coordination, sight-reading, and many other skills while learning the ukulele.

Mathematics: Students can see the string becoming shorter in length to create a higher pitch. As another example, the open A string makes the note because it vibrates at a frequency of 440 hertz. If you fret this same string exactly halfway up the fretboard, it results in the string vibrating twice as much at frequency of 880 hertz, the A note an octave above.

History: Students learn about history with the development of the instrument, how it is made, how sound is produced, and what events were occurring at the time.

Culture: Students can learn about the origins of the instrument, its history, and the culture of the music being experienced.

Social Skills: Students assist classmates with learning, develop teamwork in playing together, and creativity in making their own songs!

Responsibility: Students learn how to care for their instrument, track their practice time, and monitor their progress.


Ukuleles are Affordable

school music ukulele

Ukuleles for your classroom do not require a major investment to start and can cost a fraction of the amount you could spend for a set of guitars. With good quality instruments starting at just under $40 each, a full classroom set of 25 instrument can be purchased for under $1000. 

West Music offers discounts for classroom sets and can create a custom package to meet your specific requirements and budget needs. On leaner budgets, some teachers may have students share a ukulele, making 10 ukuleles sufficient for use among 20 students, for example. This can be a good opportunity for the students to work on movement or rhythm skills while awaiting their turn on the ukulele. 

Many educational grants and other funding opportunities are available to help teachers fund instruments for their classroom. Be sure to check out West Music’s Funding Resource page for ways to expand your classroom materials: edufund.westmusic.com


Ukuleles are Easy to Learn…and the Perfect Lead-in to Guitar

Because of its smaller size, the ukulele is easier to hold than a guitar. The ukulele uses the same fingerings as guitar, but with only 4 strings instead of the guitar’s 6 strings. This makes learning how to play chords much simpler, allowing the student to focus on individual skills such as strumming, than combining chord changes with more complex finger positions on a guitar. 

For example, the major C chord on the ukulele requires one finger to be positioned on a single string, whereas the same chord would require three fingers, all on separate strings, on a guitar. Here is an example, showing 3 fingers to make the same chord shape on guitar, versus only 1 finger on ukulele:

g chord on guitar c chord on ukulele

Plus, the ukulele’s softer, all-nylon strings are much easier on the tips of beginner’s fingers than guitar’s steel strings. All of the skills learned are transferrable too…if you can play the ukulele, you can use the same techniques to play guitar!


Ukuleles are Versatile

The ukulele is an instrument students can play alone or with a group, regardless of the skill level or genre. Plus, it can be used to accompany while singing or with other instruments, songwriting, or alone with instrumental arrangements. 


Ukuleles are Portable

With all of the fun your students will have, they will want to take it everywhere - which is easy to do with the convenient size of ukulele!


Ukuleles are Fun…for Life!

Students are enthusiastic to learn such a diverse instrument that can be used to express and discover themselves through music. Because of its versatility and similarity to guitar, ukulele players can use their skills to enjoy making music outside of the classroom and throughout the rest of their lives. 

With so many benefits, it is easy to see why ukulele is becoming a staple in classrooms across the nation. Time and time again I have heard from many of our classroom teachers, informing us the ukulele class is the highlight not only for them, but for their students as well. This level of enthusiasm has helped spawn after-school ukulele groups and other extra-curricular activities. 

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Don’t be left out Let us know what we can do to assist with a ukulele program in your school! Contact a West Music Education Consultant at 800-397-9378 and we can help you equip your classroom.

About the Author

Sam MarchukSam Marchuk is an Educaton Consultant for West Music specializing in folk instruments and curriculum for the elementary classroom. He has been playing ukulele since 1998 and is an avid collector of vintage and contemporary ukulele models.

As an Education Consultant, Sam assists with the selection and acquisition of instruments and curriculum with teachers across the U.S. He enjoys matching up players of all skill levels and classroom teachers with the right ukulele to fit their personality, style, and budget.

Sam has demonstrated the potential of the of the ukulele at numerous state and national music education conferences, helped with the startup of ukulele programs across the U.S., and has taught beginning ukulele at the annual Strathmore Ukulele and Guitar Summit in Rockville, MD.

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History of the Ukulele
By West Music Company
6/7/2017 1:43:00 PM  

History of the Ukulele

The ukulele is a small stringed instrument that has seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Whether you are familiar with the ukulele from songs like “Over the Rainbow,” or more recently with Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” there is no doubt that this instrument is a great option for children, beginners and experienced players alike. While learning the ukulele can be relatively simple, its history is anything but!

Origins of the Ukulele

queen liluokalani
The ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments and was originally developed in the 1880s. It was adapted from the Portuguese small guitar-like instrument, the machete, and introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants, specifically Manuel Nunes, José do Espírito Santo, and Augusto Dias. These three Madeiran cabinet makers are commonly credited as making the standardized version of the ukulele as we know it today. While the people of Hawaii enjoyed the nightly street concerts these islanders brought with them, the most important factor of the instrument becoming established in the music culture there was King Kalakaua. A huge supporter and lover of the arts, King Kalakaua promoted the use of the ukulele and ensured it was part of all performances at royal gatherings.

How Did the Ukulele Get Its Name?

According to the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani, the name ukulele means “the gift that came here.” The word was derived from the Hawaiian words uku, which means "gift," and lele, which means "to come."

Ukulele Popularity in the United States

ukulele newspaper ad The ukulele became popular stateside in 1915 at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Local musicians were featured at the Hawaiian Pavilion, which included a guitar and ukulele ensemble. This soon launched a fad for Hawaiian-themed songs among top songwriters and musicians. Some of the most popular ukulele players of this period were Roy Smeck and Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. Due to its portability and reasonable cost, the ukulele quickly became an icon of the Jazz Age.

History of the Ukulele from the 1940s Through the 1980s

mario maccaferri ukulele inventorAfter World War II, the ukulele would see another large increase in popularity as servicemen brought them home after being stationed in Hawaii. New technology brought an all-plastic model from Mario Maccaferri in the 1950s, making it a must-have for children in every household. In the late 1960s, Tiny Tim became closely associated with the instrument after he played it on his song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."

The Rise of the Ukulele from 1990s Through the Present

taylor swift playing ukulele While the interest in the ukulele would fade after the 1960s, it only took one huge hit to bring it back to the forefront and encourage millions of new musicians. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, the all-time best-selling Hawaiian musician, released a reggae medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” in 1993, and it instantly took off as a top track of the time. Soon appearing in films, television shows, and commercials, this Billboard topping song made the instrument popular once again.

Thanks to the creation of YouTube, and later television voice and talent shows, the ukulele picked up a completely new fanbase and audience. There are many popular musicians that are known for playing the ukulele at concerts and on their albums, including Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Train, and Vance Joy. As more students are interested in taking up the instrument, its popularity continues to rise. Read about famous celebrities you didn’t know played the ukulele.

West Music is an excellent resource for ukuleles of any type or size, as well as ukulele accessories such as strings, cases, racks, and tuners. Explore our site to learn more about the ukulele, sign up for lessons, or browse our wide selection of ukuleles.

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Famous Celebrities You Didn't Know Play the Ukulele
By West Music Company
4/27/2017 4:38:00 PM  
Ukuleles are a musical instrument that are full of rich tradition and history. This small string instrument originated in Hawaii in the 19th century and has gained massive popularity ever since. While it is a common choice for students, beginners, and other music enthusiasts, there are also many famous celebrities that love to play the "uke."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Heritage Influenced His Ukulele Playing

Best known as a former WWE wrestler and current actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson grew up in a musical family and has played the ukulele his entire life. He explains that playing the ukulele, singing, and dancing are large parts of his Polynesian culture, and he enjoys sharing them with others. He even goes so far as to sing a song while playing the ukulele in one of his recent movies, proving he can sing, play, and act.

Jason Mraz Island Inspired Ukulele Song

While Jason Mraz didn't learn to play the ukulele until later in his life, that didn't stop the sound and vibe of the instrument from inspiring a lot of his music. One of his most famous songs, "I'm Yours" was written after Mraz had spent a lot of time in Hawaii and Jamaica, both of which influenced the light and airy sound of the song. It is this song, in fact, that has encouraged thousands of others to learn the ukulele, and share their versions online.

Meghan Trainor Writes Songs on The Ukulele

Meghan Trainor skyrocketed up the Billboard charts with her 2014 breakout hit, "All About That Bass." While the song may have a funky and popular sound, she first conceived the tune in an acoustic format, on her ukulele. This was also the way she wrote a single from The Peanuts Movie, titled "Better When I'm Dancin'."

Ryan Gosling Performs the Ukulele Late Night

As if being able to sing, dance, and act weren't enough, add being able to play the ukulele to Ryan Gosling's ever impressive resume. Showing off his ukulele playing talents in a 2010 movie, Blue Valentine, he also recently performed it on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Taylor Swift Showcases Her Ukulele Skills at Concerts

Yes, even Grammy goddess Taylor Swift plays the ukulele. Taylor Swift began as a country artist and was quickly recognized for her musical talent, being able to not only sing, but also play the piano, banjo, guitar, and ukulele. She has been known to break out the ukulele during concerts, and she has also inspired many renditions from avid ukulele enthusiasts and fans.

Other Celebrities Who Play the Ukulele

Warren Buffett, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Eddie Vedder (who released a full album of just ukulele songs in 2011, aptly titled Ukulele Songs), and Bruce Springsteen have all performed on the ukulele. Likewise, George Clooney, Cybill Shepherd, William H. Macy, Adam Sandler, Zoe Deschanel, Pierce Brosnan, James Franco, as well as pop icons Marilyn Monroe (playing onscreen in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot), Shirley Temple, and Elvis Presley all have been known to pick up the "uke." That's just a few celebrities who play, with the list quickly growing each year!

Why the Ukulele?

As you look at just a few of these famous celebrities that play the ukulele, not to mention all the kids, teens, and adults that enjoy it, you may find yourself wondering, "Why the ukulele?" The ukulele has quickly become a top choice for young children and beginning students alike for many reasons. The uke, as its enthusiasts call it, has an interesting sound and is relatively easy to learn. It is also accommodating for all skill levels, as there are different types of ukuleles as well as many styles of music that can be learned. The ukulele is lightweight, compact and portable while not taking up very much space. These features make it an ideal instrument for school-aged children transporting the instrument from home to school, for people who don't have a lot of extra space, or someone who likes to be able to easily take their instrument with them wherever they go. Although you may not be a celebrity, you can still play like one when you have the correct instrument. West Music has a great assortment of ukuleles, for beginners all the way to performing professionals, in a range of colors to fit your taste, plus method and song books. Check out our large selection today!

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Meet Our Repair Team - Bruce Vanderschel: West Music Coralville
By West Music Company
2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM  
Bruce Vanderschel is a Fretted and Stringed Instrument Repair Specialist at the West Music Coralville location. He's a very well-known figure in the eastern Iowa music scene, having over 40 years under his belt in assisting musicians with a wide variety of musical instrument repairs. His specialty is fretted instrument repair, ranging from acoustic and electric guitars and basses, banjos and mandolins--in addition to having extensive experience in violin and cello repair. He holds a large amount of official repair certifications, including ones from C.F. Martin--which was his first, acquired in 1978--Fender, Guild, Gibson/Epiphone, Yamaha and many more.

If you have an instrument in need of repair, contact Bruce at West Music Coralville by calling 800.373.2000 or 319.351.2000!

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Tom Bielefeldt in the String Repair Shop
By West Music Company
2/1/2016 12:10:00 PM  
Mark Nicolay takes you on a tour of the Marion String Repair Shop where you get to know Tom Bielefeldt, a 30-year repair pro.

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Guitar Humidifiers
By West Music Company
1/22/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Doug Ducey talks about caring for your guitar during the cold, dry months. Shop humidifiers at West Music!

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Tips for Proper Winter Guitar Care and Maintenance
By West Music Company
1/19/2016 8:00:00 AM  
In this video, West Music repairmen and luthiers Bruce Vanderschel and Tom Bielefeldt explain the dangers posed by cold and sudden weather changes. This video is packed with tons of valuable advice that could save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs to your instrument, along with a nifty set of instructions for constructing your own DIY humidifier!

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School Supplies and Guitar Restring Event - September 19th
By West Music Company
9/15/2015 12:24:00 PM  

West Music, in partnership with D'Addario Strings, will be offering a one day school supply donation and free restring event for electric guitars and acoustic six-string guitars. Participants only need to bring in school supplies donations for underprivileged students or a $5 donation. Staff will be on hand to help with restrings, and will also be available to provide advice on any additional repairs or setups.

Six-string electric guitars will be restrung with choice of D’Addario NYXL0942 or NYXL1046 strings and six-string acoustic guitars will be restrung with choice of D’Addario EXP16 or EXP17 coated strings. Customers are limited to a free restring of one of these instruments.

This exciting event will take place during store hours 10am - 5pm on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the following West Music locations:

West Music Coralville
1212 5th Street
Coralville, Iowa 52241
School supplies and proceeds will be donated to the Crisis Center of Johnson County.

West Music Cedar Falls

6322 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
School supplies and proceeds will be donated to the Waterloo Community School District.

West Music Cedar Rapids/Marion
1398 Twixt Town Road
Marion, Iowa 52302
School supplies and proceeds will be donated to Streamline Kids.

West Music Quad Cities/Moline
4305 44th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 61265
$5.00 donation only. Proceeds will be donated to the Illinois Special Olympics.

For more information on this event please contact Kyle Ware, West Music Combo Merchandise Manager, at 319-351-2000 or at kware@westmusic.com.  

About D'Addario & Company
D’Addario & Company, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets complete lines of strings for fretted and bowed musical instruments, drumheads, drumsticks, drum practice pads, and guitar and woodwind accessories under the proprietary brand names D’Addario, Planet Waves, Rico, Evans Drumheads, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, and PureSound Percussion. The company also runs theLessonroom.com and Guitar.com. D’Addario products are marketed in approximately 120 countries. Connect with D'Addario on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and at daddario.com.

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