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St. Louis Music Returns

U.S. Band and Orchestra Supplies will do business as St. Louis Music as of April 1. The move follows the acquisition of St. Louis Music by U.S. Band and Orchestra Supplies, along with the divisions of SLM Marketplace, Knilling Stringed Instruments and Austin Guitars, in November 2008.

Stan Morgan, a former employee of St. Louis Music, has been appointed president, effective April 1. Morgan joined St. Louis Music in 1979 and was instrumental in the company’s overall success prior to its purchase by Loud Technologies in 2005. Morgan worked alongside St. Louis Music’s owner Gene Kornblum and held the title of vice president of sales from 1993–2005 before joining Loud Technologies as senior vice president of sales.

“We are extremely pleased that Stan has accepted the position of president of St. Louis Music,” said Mark Ragin, chairman and CEO of U.S. Band and Orchestra Supplies. “Stan helped make St. Louis Music one of the leading music products distributors in the world, and we couldn’t have found a more appropriate or experienced person for the job.”

After 14 months with Loud Technologies, Morgan join Guitar Center as vice president of accessory merchandise before heading up the Woodwind Brasswind division of Musician’s Friend.

“Working at St. Louis Music was an amazing experience, and I have always felt extremely fortunate to be involved with such a successful company,” Morgan said. “I’m relishing the opportunity of going back to St. Louis to run the company that is still very close to my heart. St. Louis Music is again in the hands of a family-owned organization with great vision and experience. Its potential is endless.”

U.S. Band & Orchestra Supplies and St. Louis Music will both be located at the original St. Louis Music facility starting in April. Situated on Ferguson Avenue, St. Louis will be the headquarters for all departments.