Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference

Annual Show in Louisville, KY

“KMEA (Kentucky Music Educators Association) holds a professional development conference every year in late January or early February. It is always held in Louisville at the Kentucky International Convention Center and is open to music teacher of all types. This event attracts teachers of general music, middle school, high school, universities and orchestra. They leave no one out.

Every year Willis Music hosts a booth at the event trying to bring something different every time. This year was one of the best! We partnered with Personus and opened Directors’ eyes to what new technology can do to enhance their programs.

It was wonderful to see everyone there in an atmosphere of relaxation. We also had an opportunity to hear great performances by some of Kentucky’s best elementary, middle and high school ensembles.

Below are some of the photos that we took. We look forward to seeing you there next year!”

– Cindy Hicks, Willis Music Director, Institutional Sales/Rentals/Bids

The Willis Music Booth Featuring Presonus and QSC at KMEA

willis music kmea booth 2015

Willis Music Booth at KMEA 2015

From the Vendor’s Point of View…

Gary Mielke

Gary Mielke, TechRep Marketing (Presonus and QSC)

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Willis Music at the KMEA show in Louisville. I am a manufacture representative for Presonus, and while I do enjoy my job I can also say that trade shows are more often than not, the toughest part. The people at Willis helped to make the booth one of the best we have had at any trade show of this type. They spent a lot of time at set-up, making sure the booth was laid out just right based on their experience with this customer base. It was obvious to me, based on comments from teachers and students that Willis Music has an outstanding reputation for customer service. This made it that much easier for us to share the Presonus EDU message, and show the solutions we can provide through Willis Music. There are many music stores that can sell gear, but it takes a more serious commitment to provide solutions, and it is clear to me after spending a few long days with the Willis sales staff, that they have made that commitment.

Thanks to everyone at Willis for making the KMEA show an enjoyable experience for me and a successful one for Presonus.

Gary Mielke, TechRep Marketing

From the Band Representative’s Point of View…

Michele VanSickle and Tim Lautzenheiser kmea 2015

Michele VanSickle and Tim Lautzenheiser

This was my first year at a music educator’s convention as a vendor. I had been to conventions as a director many times. It was enjoyable to be at the booth and see directors from all over the state. This was a terrific time to talk to them without limitations of time. Discussing needs, specific program information, and possibilities of utilizing new ideas for assessment and creativity through electronics were the hot topics with whom I interacted.

I saw this as my chance to talk with directors whom have very busy schedules at school. I also had fun introducing myself to directors, and retirees, NOT in my area but might need a connection to supplies, music, or equipment. Finally, meeting parents of All-Star Band and Choir members, was fun as they were excited for the same reason we were… the opportunity to see the results of music education.

My favorite experience was to have the honor of passing out packets for Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser’s Essential Elements session, then listen to him speak. I have always admired his work and his ability to remain passionate about teaching music to all students.

Michele VanSickle, Willis Music Education Representative

Pictures From the Show…

AJ Gatewood from Twenhofel Middle School and Kevin Cranley

AJ Gatewood from Twenhofel Middle School and Kevin Cranley

Chris Hedges from Williamstown High School with Michele VanSickle

Chris Hedges from Williamstown High School and Michele VanSickle

Derrick Turner from Fairdal High School with Bobb Sears

Derrick Turner from Fairdal High School with Bobb Sears

Chris Peterson from Connor High School with Kevin Cranley and Cindy Hicks

Chris Peterson from Connor High School with Kevin Cranley and Cindy Hicks

Scott Taylor from Newport Middle School with Michele VanSickle

Scott Taylor from Newport Middle School with Michele VanSickle

Chris Bednar at the booth

Chris Bednar, TechRep Marketing (Presonus and QSC), at the booth

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