I was fortunate to have the amazing opportunity of traveling to Japan last month to meet and greet customers during a series of visits to Gretsch Guitar and Drum dealers. As a member of the sixth generation of the Gretsch family, it was great to meet other young musicians and share with them the history of the Gretsch family business. I was accompanied by well-known guitar and pickup manufacturer, TV Jones. It was a great trip with memories I’ll long cherish. (more…)
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We are live from Street Sounds, located in the heart of historic Brooklyn – just a “stones throw” from the Gretsch Company’s original home. upon our arrival we’re immediately greeted at the door with a friendly welcome and VIP pass from store owner, Rocky Schiano. Today the Gretsch Roadshow visits Street Sounds!
Gretsch Guitar fanatics of all ages pack the well-stocked store in anticipation as current Gretsch Guitar Marketing manager, Joe Carducci and Gretsch Company President, Fred W. Gretsch discuss the vast history of “That Great Gretsch Sound.” All in attendance were treated to a visual presentation that acknowledged the many fine Gretsch employees and artists, both past and present. Highlights included Mr. Gretsch’s personal reflections on some of his memorable family experiences with both. The presentation also included inspirational video clips of historic Gretsch Artist moments with special commentary by both Fred and Joe.
Later, Fred treated all to the infamous “Two Dollar Bill” trivia contest; a company tradition started by his uncle, Fred Gretsch Junior. Here the audience got a chance to try their luck answering the many music industry trivia questions as special prizes were awarded. This was followed by a toast to Brooklyn; an homage to the great boro and birth place of Gretsch. The event ended with an impromptu autograph session where Fred personally met everyone in attendance.
All in all, it was a very special day! Thanks to the Gretsch Company for arranging the event and proprietor Rocky Schiano for hosting the event.
Check the schedule for a Gretsch Road Show event near you. Next time you’re in Brooklyn, stop into “Street Sounds” and say “Hello” to Rocky — you’ll get that big New York smile!!
|GRETSCH GUITARS SUMMER ROADSHOW 2009|
|June 13, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM
9206 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
|June 26, 2009
5501 US Highway 30 W
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
|June 27, 2009
5501 US Highway 30 W
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
|July 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM
San Antonio, TX 78212
|August 1, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
|House of Guitars
645 Titus Ave
Rochester, NY 14617
|August 8, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM
12505 W. Bluemound Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005
|August 15, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
1227 3rd St South
LaCrosse, WI 54601
|August 22, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM
2550 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
|August 29, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
|West LA Music
3501 W. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angela, CA 90068
Sixth generation Gretsch family member, Calvin “Rane” Gretsch, will be traveling to Japan this month to meet and greet customers during a visit to Gretsch Guitar and Drum dealers.
Rane will be accompanied by well known guitar & pickup manufacturer, TV Jones as they tour throughout Japan. Some of the younger musicians may find it very interesting to meet a member of their generation within a company that has been in business for over 125 years. (more…)
In a nifty message-within-a-message concept, the Gretsch Company recently took out a two-page spread in Downbeat magazine’s July issue to congratulate the publication on its 75th anniversary. A personal note from company president Fred W. Gretsch touts Downbeat’s importance as the chronicler of music history. This note mirrors a similar one offered in 1954 by then-president Fred Gretsch Jr. on the occasion of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary.
Fred W. Gretsch’s new message goes on to point out the long-standing connection between Gretsch and Downbeat, and how so much of the history that the magazine has covered involved Gretsch artists. These points are underscored by a decade-by-decade display of Gretsch ads that ran in Downbeat from the 1950s through the 2000s. The ads feature such legendary artists as drummers Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones, as well as guitarists Chet Atkins, Freddie Green and Roy Clarke.
Gretsch Institute MUSIC, ART & DANCE CAMP 2009 Provides Children an Opportunity to Explore the Arts Like Never BeforeWednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Today’s economic climate has resulted in a dramatic decrease in educational funding in general, and arts funding in particular. Yet exposure to the arts has been proven to be a critical element in the intellectual and emotional development of young children. Accordingly, Fred and Dinah Gretsch are taking steps to ensure that the children of Savannah have an unprecedented opportunity to experience and participate in the creative arts.
Thanks to generous support from the Gretsch Music Company, the 2009 Gretsch Institute Music, Art & Dance Camp will be held on the campus of the Savannah Country Day School from June 8 through July 3. Launched in the summer of 2008, this unique camp offers rising 2nd through 8th graders an opportunity to expand their creativity and their artistic skills through an inspiring multi-dimensional arts curriculum. Small-group settings pair students with talented artists, musicians, and instructors during four one-week sessions of full or half-day camp. (more…)
The Gretsch Company is now proudly displaying the official Cox Century Award insignia badge on all company communications. The Savannah-based manufacturer of drums and guitars was presented with the award as part of the Georgia Family Business of the Year Award program.
The Cox Century Award recognizes companies that are one hundred years old or more. The Gretsch Company was chosen because of its 125-year history as a family-owned operation, its importance within the worldwide music industry, and its contributions to the Georgia business community. (more…)
The Bigsby Division of the Gretsch Company was honored to participate at the 2009 Trademark Expo presented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The event was held at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on May 8th and 9th. The goal of the annual Expo is to educate the public about the important role that trademarks and patents play in our society and global marketplace.
Over 7,000 visitors were said to have attended the two-day Expo that featured seminars on the basics of trademarks, what every small business should know about intellectual property, and counterfeiting and piracy. The event opened with loud applause as a cast of iconic trademark costumed characters including Betty Boop, Popeye, Olive Oyl and The Cat in the Hat were introduced. The Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass Quintet played classic American anthems. Congressman Jim Moran spoke and presented a plaque to USPTO officials containing remarks he introduced into the Congressional Record hailing the National Trademark Expo. He then joined Acting USPTO Director, John Doll and Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations, Debbie Cohn to cut the opening ribbon along with the help of Dennis the Menace and Curious George! (more…)
The Bigsby Division of the Gretsch Company will be exhibiting at the 2009 Trademark Expo presented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 8 and 9. The event will be held at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The goal of the Expo is to educate the public about the important role that trademarks play in our society and in the global marketplace.
One hundred companies applied to exhibit at the expo. The Bigsby Division of Gretsch was one of sixteen to be selected, in recognition of its distinctive tremolo tailpieces for guitars. The unique trademarked shape of Bigsby tailpieces will be in company at the Expo with internationally familiar trademarks belonging to Travelers insurance, Hershey chocolate products, UPS, and Bridgestone tires.
Gretsch guitars have featured Bigsby vibrato tailpieces for more than forty-five years. So when Bigsby owner Ted McCarty wished to retire in 1999, it was a natural progression to make Bigsby a part of the Gretsch Guitar Company. Says company owner Fred Gretsch, “Gretsch and Bigsby are often thought of together. Now we’re one company.” (more…)