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New faces for Korg, D’Addario, Porter & Davies

Alldred joins D’Addario, Marcus joins P&D; while Korg appoints three new faces to boost its sales team…

D'Addario UK | has appointed Ben Alldred as its new internal sales manager for the Midlands and South West. His role will be to work with regional sales manager Steve Preston, supporting retailer accounts, building relationships with customers and identifying areas to help customers grow their business with the company's products. Alldred brings a wealth of experience to the

role, having worked for Newcastle Drum Centre for the past five and a half years. He has also been a drummer in a number of local bands for 14 years.

Porter & Davies | manufacturer of the BC drum monitor system – formerly named the Bum Chum – has appointed Jerome Marcus as its artist relations consultant. A professional percussionist and drummer,

Marcus served as artist relations manager/product specialist for the Arbiter portfolio of percussion brands – Remo, Vic Firth, Gibraltar, LP, Toca, Arbiter Flats and Sabian – until 2006, when he became Sabian artist relations manager. He was also UK trade and media liaison for the cymbal company and during this period he developed ongoing relationships with the likes of Dave Weckl, Chad Smith, Billy Cobham, Bernard Purdie and Geoff Dugmore.

Porter & Davies managing director Paul Barretta commented: “In addition to being a popular figure in the music industry, Jerome Marcus is one of the most knowledgeable and best connected. His extensive live and studio experience coupled with his creative perspectives and roles with Arbiter and Sabian mean he really understands the BC concept, the philosophy of the Porter & Davies brand, the retail market, consumer needs and how they all connect.”

Korg UK | has appointed three new regional managers for the Korg, Vox, Samson, Hartke and Walden brands. Representing the South, Hayden Johnson

has previously worked at Harrods’ musical instrument department, where he was responsible for sales, buying and promotions at the store. He received regular sales awards during his time there.

Covering the Midlands, Dan Weir was previously in sales at Blackstar and before that,

PMT. He is also an accomplished guitarist and demonstrated for the amp manufacturer.

Responsible for the North, Dean Clarke joins the firm from Roland, where he held various sales roles, most recently Education Sales. They join Paul Thirkettle and Oliver Webb, who have taken on business development roles looking after key accounts. All five now report to Simon Hampshire, who has been promoted to divisional manager for the above brands.

14 February 2012

INDUSTRY Q&A Gareth Underwood

Samson and Hartke Brand Manager

Q. What is the first single you bought? It was Funky Gibbon by The Goodies. In my defence I was seven years old so I blame my parents!

Q. What is the greatest ever album, in your opinion? It changes, but I keep going back to David Bowie’s Hunky Dory.

Q. Who is your favorite musician? Whoever I am supporting with Hartke gear at the time.

Q. What are you listening to now? Gone back to White Stripes’ at the moment.

Q. Where and when did your favorite gig take place? The Pogues at Cambridge Corn Exchange in March 1988. It was a memorable gig at a brilliant time in my life so it ticks all the boxes.

Q. What would be your ultimate live music lineup? Too many choices, too little time, but none of The Goodies.

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time? I have a 12-month-old boy who wants to be on his feet all the time so my spare time is all about him walking. My role in life is as a moveable support structure.

Q. Do you play an instrument? No I got into the music industry as a roadie cause I don’t have the patience to practice playing an instrument to become just average. I know my limits.

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