Industry and People Update

Dave Bray Celebrates 40 Years in the Industry

Dave Bray, currently Regional Manager for Zenith Music Wholesale, will on February 21, 2017 celebrate 40 years of employment in the music products industry. Dave commenced his journey at Billy Hyde Music in the late 70’s, through to Electric Factory in the 80’s & 90’s, then Pro Music, CMC and Lamberti Bros and for the last 6 years, Zenith Music Wholesale. He has held positions of National Sales Manager and represented some of the biggest industry brands. Dave truly has dedicated his working life to music products and made many long-time friends in the industry. He does a great Joe Cocker impersonation… especially after a few chardies.  He’s a pretty mean guitar player, Dave and is still gigging – a regular at the East Malvern RSL.  Known and loved nationwide for his knowledge and sense of humour, his mates and colleagues congratulate him on his 40th Anniversary.

Dave pictured here at NAMM this year with Mike Matthews of Electro Harmonix.











Brian Kelly Departs Allans Billy Hyde

It has been announced this week that Brian Kelly has departed the position of National Retail Manager at Allans Billy Hyde. Brian had been in the job for about four years, and leaves to pursue other opportunities.

Grant Cardwell Departs Fender Australia

After 23 years, and many miles around the country and abroad, Grant Cardwell announced he was leaving Fender at the end of 2016. Grant said, “it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else have the Fender rep’s chair. I must admit I’ve had a great time meeting and working with all of you, forging business relationships and friendships over that period, something I’m sure I will greatly miss”.

Grant will remain in the industry and looks forward to reconnecting with his colleagues in the future.

Chris Herring appointed National Sales Manager at Yamaha Music

Yamaha Music Australia has re-created a National Sales Manager, a role that had not been formally filled (other than Mark Amory and Steve Legg performing aspects of the role) since 2010. YMA announce that after 10 years with YMA, Chris Herring has been promoted to National Sales Manager, commencing February 1st.

Chris brings a wealth of sales experience, key account management and product knowledge to this role. He will continue as NSW/ACT Sales Manager (reduced area) and will pick up National Accounts management.

Steve Legg Fundraiser

As many would know, our friend and colleague, Steve Legg is not well.

His mates at Yamaha Music are putting together a fund-raiser for help Steve, Felicity and the family. Details are as follows;

Date:                                      Friday 17th Feb

Time:                                     7-10

Venue :                                 Scrapyard, Bakehouse Abbotsford

Tickets:                                 Will be available to purchase online at a cost of $50

Drinks:                                  At bar prices

Entertainment:                  The Bad loves (trio) , Eleven Jacobs Run

Raffle Items

Even though Yamaha is hosting the event, other suppliers and members are welcome to spring for raffle / silent auction prizes, please contact Jaclyn Williams at Yamaha

Vale Ray Lilja

The AMA was sad to hear of the passing of long time Melbourne retailer, Ray Lilja recently. Our condolences to his family and friends.