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Ken Dattmore

Ken Dattmore

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Ken Dattmore currently serves as a marketing manager with Yamaha Corporation of America, where he oversees marketing, promotion and music education efforts for all Yamaha stringed instruments. He is a native New Yorker and an alumnus of Bradley University, where he obtained degrees in Music and Business. Despite a career that spans over 30 years in the string industry, his primary instruments are tuba and trombone. During his youth he marched in Drum Corps for 7 years. In his off time, you will most likely find him attending a live sporting event.

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Electric string ensembles in school music programs are not the far-fetched idea they once were. Hundreds of high school and middle school programs have added electric quartets, quintets and more to their existing orchestra programs. In this article, we’ll

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There are many good reasons for having your child join their school orchestra, including the fact that it’s just plain fun! But more importantly, learning about music and gaining achievements both personally and as part of a team can

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Put 50 violin makers in a room and ask them the proper dimensions of a violin. You’ll likely get 51 different answers. From the very beginning, violin makers have debated the appropriate size of the instrument. While the four strings

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If you play and own an orchestral string instrument such as a violin, viola, cello or upright bass, you may find that the feel and sound can change on an almost day-to-day basis. Why should this be the case?

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Acoustic string instruments are largely accredited to the 17th century designs of the Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri schools — a period known as the “Golden Age” of violin making. But the instruments didn’t stop evolving at that point. They changed

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