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Educator & Percussionist
Adam Hill is an educator/percussionist in the Chicago area. He graduated from VanderCook College of Music with a music education degree and a focus on percussion. He was taught under the instruction of Kevin Lepper and Dr. Charlie Menghini. Hill is currently the Executive Director and founder of the national award winning percussion ensemble Pioneer Indoor - an Independent WGI marching ensemble. During the school year, he is director of percussion, music technology, music theory, and guitar and the assistant marching band director at Romeoville High School in Romeoville, IL. Hill is also a member of the Chicago Bears drum line, director of the Chicago Bulls "Stampede" Drum line, and was a percussion coordinator/caption head and arranger for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. Hill has placed in the top ten for snare drum solo contests with DCI, Drum Corps Midwest, and PASIC. In 2002, he placed 2nd in the DCI snare drum solo competition. Hill is a recipient of the Dr. Rosenthal Excellent teachers award from VanderCook College of Music and recipient of the Natalie Stukas Hearing Conservation Award from the Illinois Academy of Audiology. In his spare time, he is an active music arranger, judge, performer and clinician throughout the Midwest.
"Etymotic products (Musicians Plugs, ER•4, BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier) and the Adopt-A-Band program have proven to be an upgrade to my overall music teaching and performing experience. I can hear better and teach more accurately. Hearing protection and conservation is now a very important part of my everyday musical life."
Engineer & Producer
Al Schmitt is a 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer, who has produced pristine, innovative and inspiring recordings, stretching across four decades and into the future. Mentored by the legendary Tom Dowd, Schmitt has worked as an engineer and producer, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Jefferson Airplane, Al Jarreau, Steely Dan, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Jackson Browne and Neil Young and many more.
"I like the Music-Pro 9-15's, but my wife keeps borrowing them..."
Senior Front of House Engineer - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Alex Valenti has been a professional musician and sound engineer in NYC for the last 25 years. He has mixed front of house and monitors at B.B. King's for the last six years for locals and artists such as Patti Labelle, Paul Simon, Isaac Hayes, George Clinton, Bootsie Collins, Ronnie Montrose, Leslie West and Teddy Riley. He is also the bass player and producer of reggae band Skadanks, and has toured with such acts as Queen Latifah, Super Cat, JR Reid and Rita Marley.
"I have been using the Music-Pro 915 earplugs both while working at my venue and playing bass in my band and love them. The frequency response is great. I can hear every instrument, and speech is clear and intelligible even at low levels. These are a must have for the working musician.
The ER-20's provide maximum hearing protection with a much better frequency response than foam plugs. I love these as my go-to hearing protection!"
Andrew J. Lyon
Through his creative programming and enthusiasm for engaging audiences and musicians of all ages, Andrew J. Lyon has quickly built a reputation as an exciting conductor with an eye on the future of the orchestras and repertoire. Since 2006, Lyon's concerts have included the premiere performances of over 20 works, establishing himself as one of contemporary orchestral music's strongest proponent. Recent podium highlights for Lyon have included working with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Conductors Lab in Aix-en-Provence, renowned conductor Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, The Great Noise Ensemble, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Lyatoshinsky Chamber Orchestra of Kiev, Ukraine.
In 2008, Lyon created the Circle City Chamber Group - a groundbreaking arts organization that brings together the best of Indianapolis' visual, culinary, and musical artists, for an all- inclusive arts experience. His enthusiasm for music and community lead to an appointment as the Artistic & Music Director position for The 65th Street Klezmorim, Indianapolis' premiere klezmer ensemble.
As a saxophonist, Lyon has played with countless ensembles and artists across the country, including Marvin Hamlish, Marvin Stamm, Tommy Tune, Steve Rushingwind, the Grammy-nominated UNLV Jazz Ensemble, Governor Davis & The Blues Ambassadors, and many more.
Along with his work on stage, Lyon also serves as a marketing, development, and administrative consultant for a wide variety of artists, ensembles, festivals, non- and for-profit organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad.
"I've been wearing Etymotic's Musicians Earplugs for about 20 years now and have loved every second of it. Whether it was on stage with a band, or during my days as a bouncer in some of the biggest and loudest bars and nightclubs in the country, I always had my Musicians Earplugs with me. Today, I keep an ER-20XS in my pocket at all times, and extra sets of ETY-Plugs in my car for friends. Whenever the topic of ears comes up, I always brag about Etymotic. The incredible staff keeps outdoing themselves with more lines of great high-quality products-the mark of a company that truly listens to its customer base and knows what we need in the real world. My hearing is my life, so seeing Etymotic's constant strive for perfection and excellence lets me know my ears are in the right hands."
Associate Music Director for American Idol
Andy Street is associate music director for American Idol and serves as both coach and auditioner. TV programs for which he's composed are watched in over 100 countries throughout our world. His compositions, arrangements and musical direction have won many major industry awards in England, Europe and the United States. He continued the recording projects begun by the late Joe Raposo featuring the music of Sesame Street for BMG Kids record label. He composed all the music and songs for "Madeline" an animated series which won a Cable Ace Award in 1994 and an Emmy in 2002. Further animation includes many series of "Strawberry Shortcake", and recently "Angelina Ballerina" which airs on PBS. Other work on animated series includes "Hurricanes", "Double Dragon" and "Ultraforce". Andy's collaboration with Nigel Lythgoe consisted of hundreds of television shows during the 1980s and 1990s and continues to this day with incidental music he writes for 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You can Dance'.
"The MusicPro 915's are most useful during prolonged sessions of music played at high volume and I am impressed by the comfort and their clarity of sound in all kinds of music."
Anne Harris, singer/songwriter, violinist and recording artist is one of Chicago's best. She cites her unique "conscious music" genre as a mix between traditional Celtic music, American folk-rock, Afrobeat, soul and chamber music. In 2009 Harris became a guest violinist with psychedelic 70's legend Jefferson Starship and began touring regularly with world-renowned trance-blues innovator, Otis Taylor. Now, between tour dates with Taylor, Harris has been performing with her band, writing, evolving and working on what's next. No less than you'd expect from an artist who's clearly unfolding in the most extraordinary way.
"I have been playing with my Etymotic Musician's Earplugs for just over a year now, and I love them. I rely on them as much as I do my other gear. They travel with me all over the world from large, very loud stages to smaller venues, and in all my performance scenarios they give me the comfort of protecting my most important instrument - my ears."
Director of the Marching Illini
Barry L. Houser is the Director of the Marching Illini, Director of Fighting Illini Athletic Bands, Associate Director of Bands, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Music within the College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His responsibilities include conducting the Hindsley Symphonic Band, the Athletic Bands consisting of the Volleyball Bands, Basketball Bands, and the Nation's Premier College Marching Band - the 375 member Marching Illini. In addition, he teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental conducting, marching band procedures and other courses within the School of Music. Professor Houser's teaching experience encompasses both extensive public school and university experiences.
Bands under Houser's direction have performed throughout the country at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on several occasions, the NBC Today Show, the ISSMA State Marching Finals, and the IMEA State Convention. Other performances include the Indianapolis 500 Parade, the Target Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Outback Bowl Parade and Half-Time Show, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Washington DC National Memorial Parade, a variety of NFL halftime shows, Music for All events, a tour of Ireland and the Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade, and performances with Maynard Ferguson and the Dallas Brass. This past November, the Marching Illini was featured in the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
"I am thrilled that Etymotic and the Marching Illini have partnered together to provide education and hearing protection for our 375 students as well as myself through the use of ETY-PLUGS and the Adopt-A-Band program. The use of Etymotic products will provide a much safer and healthier atmosphere for my students as they make great music while entertaining millions each year. I am thoroughly impressed with the care and attention provided by the Etymotic staff as well. As we move forward, hearing protection and conservation will continue to be at the heart of our music making. Thank you Etymotic!"
Ben Ripley is a percussion educator from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada who specializes in marching percussion.
He is currently the Percussion Caption Head for Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI Open Class) and has held this title since 2014 after marching and teaching with the organization for several years. While under Ben's leadership, the Blue Saints Drumline has won two Canadian Drumline Association titles. As a member of the Blue Saints, Ben competed in the 2012 DCI I&E competition, finishing in second place in the Percussion Ensemble category.
Ben is also an Innovative Percussion Inc. Educational Artist. Additional teaching experience includes being a Snare Drum Tech for a new WGI percussion ensemble, Blue Saints Independent, hosting percussion clinics at various high schools in Ontario as well as beginning his own scholastic drumline in Waterloo, the Edna Staebler Drumline.
Ben has studied under some of Canada's most prominent percussionists such as Daniel Lamoureux, Jack Broumpton, Gary Gomez and Nathan McLaren. He received his Bachelor of Education in 2013 from Laurentian University and currently performs professionally with 416 BEATS, Canada's Premiere Entertainment Drumline who performs for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Blue Jays, CFL, Spotify, Nike and many more.
"My ETY-Plugs are the best solution to hearing the intricacies of my drumlines while also protecting myself in a comfortable way. If you're interested in the health of your students, you need to invest in ETY-Plugs!"
Musician/Drummer/Web/PR/Internet Developer - RDG, Mike Watson, The Blitz Bros., various, studio, etc.
Bill Ray pretty much showed up on this plane of existence with sticks in his hands. Born into an hypercreative family of photographers, musicians and scientists, at 15 months old would would stumble upon his father's drums.
Since then, he has gone on to reside/play in over 20 countries, played on 150+ albums including Ike Turner's 2007 Grammy-Award winning "Risin' With The Blues".
Bill is currently living in Southern California and plays with Instrumental Guitar Rock Fusion Trio RDG.
"The Etymotic MC3 headphones sound amazing and fit perfectly. I cannot imagine going into a session or gig without them. They are my 'Ear Goggles'. Thanks for making such a great product!"
Bradd Kidd Jr.
National Sporting Clays Champion
Professional sporting clays shooter Brad Kidd Jr. began his career at age 9 when he met Scott Downs, an All-American and former Junior National Sporting Clays champion. Then, in 1993, Brad took his first shooting lesson from Dan Carlisle. His shooting continued to improve and Brad went on to win 3 US Opens, 2 National Championships and a World Championship in the Junior category by the age of 16. Brad took a career break for a few years, but with the help of friends like Anthony Matarese, Cory Kruse, Zach Kienbaum, and his former coach Dan Carlisle, Brad climbed back to the top of the ranks. In 2010, Brad added another National title to his resume and then lead team USA to gold in two World Championships in 2011 and 2013.
"The GunSportPRO electronic earplugs are a must have for any avid shooter or hunter. To be able to hear everything so clearly and still protect your hearing is a huge advantage and convenience both in the field and at the shooting range. The array of eartips make them a perfect and comfortable fit for every person man, woman, or child!"
Associate Band Director, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, IL
Mr. Estes has been an active teacher, arranger, clinician and adjudicator in the Chicagoland area and various areas in Texas. In addition to teaching full time as an elementary general music teacher, Mr. Estes served as the composer and marching percussion instructor for the Waubonsie Valley High School Drumline. Mr. Estes also serves on the design team as Battery Coordinator and Snare tech for the Open Class Pioneer Indoor independent WGI marching percussion ensemble.
"I am loving the Music•PROs!! The Music•PROs offer two wonderful features that you don't get from a traditional earplug. 1. Audio enhancement and 2. Instant filter adjustability! These features are so convenient for the on-the-go Band Director. It's truly comforting to know that my hearing is being preserved, even enhanced with the Etymotic Music•PROs!"
Guitarist, Producer, Engineer
Drummer, producer and engineer Brent Paschke has written, produced and played on some of the most influential rock and pop records of this generation. Using his unique talent to cross genres and deliver a product that spans the entire musical spectrum, Paschke has worked with everyone from Pharrell, Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani, to Ryan Leslie and Ne-Yo. Paschke is most noted as one of the founding members of the Star Trak/Neptunes signed band Spymob and the guy behind all guitars on all N.E.R.D. In Search Of... Built strongly on the undeniable talent making him one of the strongest guitarist in the game, Brent Paschke's passion and versatility allows him to be an impressive triple threat in the studio - covering writing, producing and playing. Brent currently lives in Los Angeles and works with some of the biggest major label musicians in the industry.
"I love using the MusicPROs to check out music and other bands before our set. Having a professional set of attenuating ear plugs for this purpose is great. Using them when I'm walking around the venue and at times in close proximity to the speakers is a big plus in my book. The MusicPROs have also been great when placing mics on loud guitar cabs in the studio. Through the years, I've found that this is hardest on my ears. With the MusicPROs, I can get into the booth and adjust mics without my ears taking a beating."
Musician and Educator - Missouri Southern State University, Royal Thunder Drum Line, Gateway Indoor, Miami, OK High School
Brian Fronzaglia, Professor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Missouri Southern State University holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Penn State where he was also awarded the Performer's Recognition Award. He holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.
Brian, performing on many stages has been seen throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, Brian has been seen performing throughout Italy and has also been seen performing with the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The American Opera Studio, Flint Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Nittany Valley Symphony, Northland Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, National Wind Ensemble and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Brian, a part-time member of the group Marimba Sol de Chiapas was also a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. A founding member of the NFL's St. Louis Rams "Battering Rams" drum line, Brian is currently the Director and Arranger for MLB's Kansas City Royals "Royal Thunder Drum Line."
Along with being a clinician for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer camp, Brian has also served on the faculties at Penn State University, the Grumo Music Festival held in Grumo-Appula, Italy and the Flint Institute of Music. He is currently an active adjudicator throughout the Midwest and has been a consultant and arranger for several high schools across the nation. He has been on staff with WGI Independent World Finalist, United Percussion and also the DCI World Finalist, The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Brian is currently a staff consultant for WGI Finalist, Gateway Indoor Percussion.
Brian is a Yamaha Performing Artist/clinician and is also a performing artist/clinician for SABIAN Cymbals, Remo Drumheads and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. Brian has given numerous master classes, performances and clinics throughout the United States. As a performer Brian has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for percussion and has been recorded on numerous labels and his compositions are published through Knight Wind Publications, Yamaha Corporation of America and Row-Loff Productions.
"In the course of a week I teach everything from private lessons to marching band, percussion ensemble, indoor drum line in addition to performing on stage. I typically hate using earplugs because you sacrifice the quality of sound with attenuation/earplug use. These earplugs change the entire game. I cannot believe how clear the sound is using the MP-9-15 with the attenuation. I use my earplugs in all musical settings and I cannot even notice they are in.... simply amazing! Bravo to the folks at Etymotic for their commitment to health and well-being within the arts and for their superior quality products. A must have for every musician!"
Musician - I play in several groups including The Simon Rowe Quintet, Patrick Langham Group, Nick Fryer trio and lead the Brian Kendrick Big Band
Originally from Texas and now residing in Stockton, CA, Brian Kendrick holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from Texas Tech University as well as a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University. He has performed throughout North America and Europe in both jazz and orchestra settings and has appeared with such eminent artists as Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughn, Ernie Watts, Jiggs Whigham, Bobby Watson, Ray Drummond, Anton Schwartz, Claudia Villela, Gilbert Castellanos and Eric Marienthal. Brian Kendrick has recorded with Habanero, Blue Norther, Frank Morgan, Marvin Stamm, Essiett Essiett, Joe Gilman, Chris Brubeck, Aaron Garner, Dave Bass and Patrick Langham.
Before moving to Northern California, Kendrick performed regularly in New York with the Syracuse New Music Society, his jazz quartet, Blue Norther, and founded the Salt City Jazz Collective big band, while also teaching drum set and percussion at Syracuse University. Kendrick currently maintains an active performance schedule playing jazz, orchestra and chamber music with ensembles such as Stockton Symphony, Modesto Symphony, The Music Circus, Bear Valley Music Festival, St. John's Chamber Orchestra. Jazz artists include Patrick Langham Group, Simon Rowe Quintet, Aaron Garner, Dave Bass, The Brian Kendrick Big Band and vocalists Vivian Leigh and Franchesca Homan. Besides being a versatile performer, Kendrick is a dedicated educator and is Director of Jazz at San Joaquin Delta College, has taught at the Cazadero Music Camp and is on the faculty of the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Camps and Brubeck Jazz Colony. Kendrick is also a frequent festival adjudicator, guest artist and presenter of the annual San Joaquin Delta College Jazz Festival.
"I had a really tough time with tinnitus and hyperacusis years ago. I thought my performing days were done. My ER's helped me gain confidence to play and know I wouldn't further damage my hearing. That was 20 years ago and I am performing more than ever. I always have them in my pocket and use them for rehearsals, performances, private lessons and even when I go to a loud movie! Thanks!!!!!"
Educator/Musician/Adjudicator - Morehead State University Percussion, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, WGI Percussion Judge
Dr. Brian S. Mason, Associate Professor of Percussion at Morehead State University, is a highly respected innovator of the contemporary marching percussion ensemble. His career in the DCI activity spanned more than two decades, claiming numerous awards and honors with the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, and the Santa Clara Vanguard. In high demand as a clinician, performer, and adjudicator, he has appeared throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and his compositions have been performed around the world.
Currently, Brian coordinates the percussion studies program at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY and also directs the award-winning Marching Percussion Ensemble, featured on VicFirth.com in a web-based instructional video series, Marching Percussion 101. Off-campus, he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors, is president of the KY Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, is a contract section player with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as a guest artist with high school and university percussion ensembles across the US.
Brian received his D.M.A. and B.M. as a student of James B. Campbell at the University of Kentucky, and his M.M. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a student of Dr. Dean Gronemeier. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Committee, the P.A.S. Health and Wellness Committee, and the P.A.S. Marching Percussion Committee. Brian has published articles in Percussive Notes, has been interviewed in Modern Drummer and Band and Orchestra Magazine, and co-authored the 2000 Modern Drummer Readers Poll's "No. 1 Drum Set Method Book," The Commandments of R&B Drumming (Warner Brothers). Brian is a performing artist for Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads, and Grover Pro Percussion, and his original works are published through Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, and Tap Space Publications.
"Hearing protection for musicians is a must and there is no company that provides a better resource for protecting our ears than Etymotic. The MusicPro 9-15s give me the comfort of hearing things at reasonable volumes with the flip of a switch no matter what environment I am in, whether it be teaching, performing, or judging. Thanks to Etymotic hearing protection I have much more energy at the end of long days in loud environments and I am confident that my career in music will be enhanced through the healthy choice of using these exceptional products."
Attorney, Partner - Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP
Brian Schall has been an entertainment industry lawyer for the past 18 years. During his time as an entertainment lawyer, Mr. Schall has advised and guided the careers of various multi-platinum musicians, songwriters, DJs and record producers. Additionally, Mr. Schall's clients include major executives at record and publishing companies as well as artist management companies, entertainment entrepreneurs, and music publishing companies.
"I like the hf5's. Good sound quality."
Musician, Educator - Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps/Davenport Central High School
Brian Zeglis is the Percussion Caption Head, Percussion Arranger, and Music Coordinator for DCI Open Class Finalist Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. He also serves as Percussion Coordinator for Davenport Central High School. He is the drummer for Hunter Fuerste's American Vintage Orchestra and The Rod Pierson Big Band. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music Business from Western Illinois University. He then received his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.
"I have worn my Custom Musicians Earplugs or ETY•Plugs every day for the past two years! They have become an absolute necessity to everything I do as a performer and educator.
The thing that amazes me most is the clarity! I use the 15db filters on the field because I can safely teach in front of a battery, but clearly hear every word from the box. With Etymotic earplugs, I don't have to constantly take them out in order to answer a question or have a conversation."
Songwriter, Singer, Musician - Bass Guitar, Guitar
My name is Bruce Hughes.
I grew up in austin texas and always knew i'd be a musician. My family were all musical, my friends were all into playing music, too, and it just naturally happened. I've been singing since I was a wee lad. I started playing guitar around 8 or 9, watching my dad play and sneakin his guitar out of the closet to practice. Piano at 10. Competition was fierce, so I picked up the bass at 11 and fell in love with the low end. Started playin in bands at the tender age of 12. Makin money and gettin attention at 13, I was hooked. Played in a cover band for a year and a half, playin all the hits of the 70's (that's when it was), there was a lot of good stuff comin out every week, and the bass lines were killer. Took a break for a coupla years to go to high school. Enrolled at ut and almost immediately started playing music again, first in a cosmic country band, then in new wave no wave punk rock & art rock combinations. Austin has always been a very vibrant and serious music town, people wanted to play music so bad it didn't matter how great they were or if they sucked, everybody got heard. I played with as many people as I could. Started working in studios in town as a session player. Started traveling in 86, true believers took me on tour, pick up gigs in texas and louisiana with brint anderson, backed up Dr. John for a couple of weeks in 87. Poi Dog Pondering came through town and I started playing with the band in 88. Toured heavily for 4 years. Put out a coupla records (columbia/sony) nationally and internationally, then started workin with teratoma founder Howard Harrison and the guys that became the Ugly Americans. 93 went on the kerosene hat tour with cracker for 7+ months, then came home to work with the Uglies exclusively. Toured heavily for the next coupla years, put out 2 independent records, then 2 records on capricorn, joined the Scabs and Bob Schneider's Lonelyland in the late 90's. Don't remember exactly. Put out another half dozen records with them, toured my ass off, put a new teratoma record out and started playing with the Resentments in 1999. 5 records with them over the next decade, along with tours in Europe and Japan at the same time as putting 3 records out with Bob and touring the US. Started my own band, Bhana, put out 2 solo records, then went on a 15 month tour of the world with Jason Mraz, supporting "we sing, we dance, we steal things".
Returned home and started producing, just finished producing english pop artist jonathan whiskerd.
Average 250 dates a year from 1998-2013.
Have performed on more than 60 albums. Most of them released.
It's all kind of a blur. I play a lot of shows still, 5 to 7 a week.
"So even and true and comfortable, I forgot I had them in."
Singer - Elephant Gun Riot
Caitlin joined Elephant Gun Riot in 2013, but has been singing most of her life. Elephant Gun Riot is a band that lives to perform on stage. The band takes pride in its high-intensity live sets that continue to impress all who attend. Since the finalization of the current member lineup at the end of 2013, EGR has already shared the stage with several national acts including: Sick Puppies, Lacuna Coil, Eyes Set to Kill, Gemini Syndrome, Tantric, Cilver and Exotype. Elephant Gun Riot will continue its rigorous show schedule to support the release of "Sic Infit", playing frequently throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2014 and beyond.
The release of Elephant Gun Riot's new EP, "Sic Infit", marks a watershed moment for the Spokane, WA based rock band. The 3-song EP is a perfect showcase of EGR's style. Blending heavy riffs with keen hooks and a bit of pop sensibility, Elephant Gun Riot's music is a catchy, hard hitting wall of sound that will be stuck in your head for days after the first listen.
"I absolutely love my 15dB Musician's plugs! They are perfect as they don't cut too much out and still protect my ears from the heavy hitting in our practice space as well as at live shows. As a singer I have tried almost every kind of standard earplug I could and have struggled with sound and comfort. Most earplugs slide out halfway through, and instead of being able to focus on my performance, I was constantly readjusting the earplugs. Not only that - standard plugs would limit my ability to hear what I needed to hear to where I would not want to use anything even though I knew that to be a mistake. I started using tissue paper in my ears! I knew I couldn't keep this up and went to a brand I trust. Once I was fitted with my custom Musician's plugs everything has changed. They are extremely comfortable, do not slide out and using 15 is perfect for the hard-hitting sound of my band. Not too little, not too much. I am extremely pleased with these earplugs. I don't know why I went so long without them!"
Choral Conductor, Singer
Carol Marton is a choral conductor and singer in the Boston area known for her work in Jewish choral music and women's vocal ensembles. She earned her Master's Degree in Choral Conducting at Indiana University School of Music in 1992. She is currently the Founding Director of Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus, and she will serve in spring of 2015 as the guest conductor of Cantilena, A Women's Chorale. Carol was also the founder and artistic director of Pandora's Vox, a contemporary music ensemble for women's voices, and has directed the choir at Temple Sinai of Sharon, MA for 20 years.
"I had been using the wildly expensive, 'top-of-the-line' hearing aids recommended by an audiologist. I needed them to understand speech more easily in many situations, but the sound I had to listen to accomplish this was simply terrible. There seemed to be no other option. When I tried the BEAN for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the amount of sound I heard, but discovered quickly that it was worth getting used to. There is none of the distortion I'd been enduring with other aids (months later, I still love hearing the crisp "clink" of my house keys!) and I use them when directing my choral ensembles with much greater confidence of what I am hearing. And though I don't need them when I play the piano, I *can* use them in that situation and I would never choose to do that with traditional hearing aids. The sound difference is dramatic, with no loss of speech comprehension."
Charles Morgan is a Grammy nominated, award-winning music educator. He is a Professor of Music, the Music Coordinator, and Director of Bands at Joliet Junior College. Born and raised in New Lenox, Illinois, Charles studied trombone with Jerry E. Lewis, Edward Kleinhammer, and Mark Fisher. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Joliet Junior College in 1991 and his Bachelor of Music emphasis in education from Northern Illinois University in 1993.
He was Director of Bands at Glenwood School for Boys in Glenwood, Illinois; Laraway School in Joliet, Illinois; and Shabbona Middle School in Morris, Illinois. In 1998 he was hired as the Jazz Band Director at Joliet Junior College. He received his Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2003. In 2004 he was selected for the bands and brass position at Joliet Junior College.
His teaching duties at Joliet Junior College include applied brass, music fundamentals, and conducting. He conducts the 90-member JJC Community Band. Charles has served as an adjudicator throughout the state at many junior and senior high school music festivals. In 2010 Joliet Junior College honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Charles is also a two time GRAMMY Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist for 2014 and 2015. In 2012 Charleswas selected and continues to serve as the Music Education editor for The College Music Society's online Symposium.
As a performer he has played with many artists including, Tito Puente, Tom Scott, Marvin Stamm, Denis DiBlasio, Pete Christlieb, Clark Terry, and Jim Pugh while he was a member of the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble. Professionally he has shared the stage with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Grass Roots, Tommy James and the Shondells, Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, The High Society Orchestra, The Buddy Rich Big Band, and has been a member of The Buckinghams since 1998. With The Buckinghams he has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC Concerts at Noon, WGN; recorded a special for PBS "60's Pop Rock Reunion" released on CD/DVD by Time Life; and performed at both the 55th and 56th Presidential Inaugurations in Washington D.C. He can also be heard on their recordings "Yesterday, Today," "Live and Well," "Standing Room Only," "Reaching Back," "The Joy of Christmas," their CD/DVD "Up Close," and most recently he appeared on the WTTW special concert series "Cornerstones of Rock", which is currently airing nationally and just released on CD/DVD.
"I cannot say enough about how great Etymotic products are. From the podium to the stage, I have not found a better product for hearing protection. My Music-PRO's go with me everywhere. The quality of sound is something you have to try to believe."
Executive Director, Music - NBC Universal LLLP, Vocalist
Both a writer and music department executive, Chris Saranec has scored films and has concert material placed with Boosey & Hawkes. For over 20 years, Chris has worked at NBC and Universal for the top film music executives in the industry and oversees licensing budget compliance and musicological questions for the Film Music Department. He graduated from USC Thornton's SMPTV Scoring program with a degree in music recording. He is also a vocalist on soundtracks for 'Day the Earth Stood Still', 'Evan/Bruce Almighty', 'Charlie Wilson's War', 'The Wolfman' and 'American Gangster', among others.
"I like the in ear padding of the hf5's."
Band Director, Plainfield Middle School, Naperville, IL
Mr. Vanderwall is in his first year as the director of bands at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Mr. Vanderwall maintains an active role in the music education community as a percussionist and music technology enthusiast. He has served as percussion staff for the annual IMEA All-State Honor Band percussion section as well as a district level audition judge. He has also been a clinician at the VanderCook College of Music Day of Percussion, and is a published composer under Drop6 Media, Inc. of Denton, TX. Mr. Vanderwall regularly works with a number of high school marching percussion groups and has experience working with WGI Marching Percussion Ensembles as well.
"Etymotic's Music•PRO hearing protection has been amazing after only one day's use. I can feel the difference between the 9 dB and 15 dB reduction, and I love the 6 dB boost while in 9 dB mode. As an educator, I can still hear intonation and balance while blend is more apparent than before. It even helps me hear questions from my most soft-spoken students!"
Performer, Instructor, Clinician, Consultant and Director
Performer, instructor, clinician, consultant and director Corey Pearce is based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He started his marching career as a performer in 1985. Over the years he has worked with ensembles that have performed on Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates and Winter Guard International tours. Pearce is one of the most respected individuals working in Canada's marching arts community. He works with and supports a number of Canadian ensembles with performers age four and up.
"My ETY•Plugs are the most comfortable ear protection I have ever used. I work with drum lines five to seven days a week and comfort is very important. I love the sound of a drum line and ETY•Plugs keep the integrity of that sound and don't muffle."
Composer & Owner - CineMedia Music
Feature films, network and cable television, commercials, trailers and beyond: as the creator of sonic imprints for an expansive range of high profile projects, Craig Marks' comprehensive musical expertise is reflected in his extraordinary eclecticism. Earning a degree in Music Composition at UCLA while moonlighting at Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures, Marks has contributed his talents to a wide array of films running the gamut from Elmo in Grouchland to End of Days, but is best known for his scores for Iron Chef America and the Emmy Award winning A&E hit Intervention.
"The Etymotic hf5's provide excellent noise isolation and a surprisingly balanced sound from such a small driver."
Principal Trombone, National Symphony Orchestra
A native of Colorado, Craig Mulcahy joined the National Symphony Orchestra trombone section in 2006. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Principal Trombone of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for seven years. During his training at the Juilliard School in 1998, he won the first annual Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition. He also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
"With Etymotic's new earplugs, the ability to listen to my colleagues to create a high quality musical environment no longer has to compromised. They've taken the fear out of sitting in front of a loud crash cymbal or trumpet section."
Program Coordinator & Corps Director - Phantom Regiment
Dan Farrell began his drum corps career in 1972 as a young baritone player in his hometown drum corps, the Phantom Regiment. Being a part of the growth of the Regiment through the 1970's was an experience that charted the course for his adult life.
After serving as an instructor, then caption head of the brass staff through 1992, Dan moved into the Program Coordinator position in 1993 and has held that position for most of the years since. He also served on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors from 1999 - 2009 and has served on the Phantom Regiment Alumni Board since its inception in 1989. Currently, Dan is focusing all his energies on the Phantom Regiment, as Director of Programs, managing the corps as Director and Program Coordinator, as well as the Phantom Regiment's other educational programs.
"Anyone interested in caring for the future health of their students should take a serious look at the Etymotic line of products!"
Drummer: Peter Frampton's band
Drummer Dan Wojciechowski currently plays in Peter Frampton's band. He got his start in the 90's when he worked on The Backstreet Boys 'Millenium' CD. He later recorded the song 'On The Side Of Angels' with LeAnn Rimes, and continued on an extensive tour with her. An in-demand studio and side musician, Dan played on various recordings and gigs over the years and tours the world with Olivia Newton-John and The Andy Timmons Band, both of whom have recently released live concert DVD's. ??He can also be heard on countless commercials and music for radio and TV: CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, and most recently, shows such as: 'Dancing With The Stars' and a trailer for the television show 'Heroes'. His movie soundtrack credits include: 'Good Will Hunting', 'Quest For Camelot', 'Driven', 'Angel Eyes', and 'Land Before Time', among others.
"ER•4's - as reference monitors, in the studio, or live performance make me feel completely connected to the sounds! They sound 'AS THINGS SOUND' - accurate, transparent and have plenty of presence and punch...plus STELLAR isolation! Also, the 'ears behind the ears' at Etymotic are as GENUINE as the sound they produce!!"
Percussionist & Music Educator
Daniel Eastwood is a versatile percussionist and music educator, and a co-founder of Project Two, a contemporary percussion duo dedicated to performing percussion music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University and is an active member of The Chicago Bears Drumline, The Chicago Bulls Drumline, and the contemporary berimbau sextet Projecto Arcomusical, an ensemble devoted to performing and commissioning new works for the ancient berimbau instrument.
Daniel has performed with a variety of ensembles including KANSAS, The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, The Illinois Philharmonic, the 2008 and 2009 World Champion Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Pioneer Indoor, and shared programs with bands such as Fleetwood Mac, xBishopx, and Magic!. As an active percussionist, he has presented music to audiences at such venues as Millennium Park, House of Blues Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, Soldier Field, The United Center, Harper College, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Elgin Community College, The Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, and in Indianapolis at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
In addition to performing, Daniel Eastwood remains an active percussion educator. He has worked with many high schools in Illinois including William Fremd High School, Normal Community High School, Bolingbrook High School, Kaneland High School, and El Paso-Gridley High School, and Elgin High School. Daniel is currently the percussion instructor at Vero Voce School of Performing Arts, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, and St. Charles North High School.
"I love how comfortable my custom molds are! I use them with the ER4, and with my musicians ER 9, 15, and 25 filters. They sound so clear and feel so comfortable that sometimes it's hard to believe they are even in my ears. When you remove them, it's shocking to realize how much noise has been filtered out! Clarity and comfort are a 10/10 with these."
"Love the MusicPRO from Etymotic. Nothing like protecting the ears and actually hearing better. These things are cool!"
Concert Promoter - JAM Productions LTD
"I probably spend over 100 nights a year in small clubs and theaters listening to loud music. Hearing protection is extremely important to me. The Music•Pro 9-15 has been amazing. It allows me to hear music naturally, but also to have a conversation with someone without having to remove the earplugs or have someone scream in my ear. They're by far the best earplugs I've ever used."
Writer, Promoter, DJ, Music Obsessive
Owner/Founder of The Daily Swarm. A seasoned writer, publisher, event organizer, and new media professional who brings a cutting-edge approach to the creation of innovative publications, internet properties, and live productions.
"As someone who lives for listening to music every waking moment, nothing is more important to my being than my hearing. Not only does Etymotic help preserve this delicate, essential sense, its earplugs and earphones make music sound better in my ears."
Derrick Shannon II
Band Director - Goshen Community Schools
Derrick Shannon is a percussion specialist originally from the Chicago-land area. He currently holds the Director of Percussive Arts position at Goshen Community Schools and the founder of DAS Productions. He is also on staff with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL and a board member of the Midwest Percussion Cooperative. He played snare drum on both the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls drum lines for several years. In 2008, Derrick was selected as one of the charter members of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He has appeared numerous times on ESPN, ABC, WGN and has been invited to perform around the world.
"When it comes to hearing protection, Etymotic always consistently produces at a high level, which is something that we ask of our students. Their motto is 'true to the ear' and they are definitely true to the performer and educator as well."
Born in Iowa and raised in a musical family, Dick Oatts was introduced to the saxophone by his father Jack Oatts, a respected jazz educator and saxophonist. After high school, Dick attended Drake University and in 1972 began his professional career in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
In 1977, he moved to New York City and became a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. Since then he has recorded and toured with Red Rodney, Eddie Gomez, Vic Juric, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Dom Salvador, Jerry Bergonzi, Flim & the BB's, Fred Hersch, Dave Berkman, Soren Moller, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Lalo Schiffrin, and Ray Mantilla.
His big band and larger group experience includes performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, Sam Jones-Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Jim McNeely, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, and Gunther Schuller. Oatts has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki. He has accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Neene Freelon, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento. He has recorded solos for pop artists Luther Vandross, James Taylor, and Everything But the Girl.
"I have been playing saxophone for most of my life, and have tried numerous earplugs. They all seem to alter or buffer the sound. The MusicPRO earplugs were not only incredibly comfortable but the sound heard is crystal clear. I would recommend them to any musician! It's never too early to protect your hearing."
DJ Richie Don
DJ Richie Don is more than just another open format 'DJ.' He energetically mixes, technically scratches, precisely chops, fades and cuts tracks together seamlessly, creating an unrivaled atmosphere at each and every performance.
He has played or showcased for some the biggest festival, radio and club brands in the world such as: Space, Pacha, Ministry of Sound, MTV, Deltic Group, iTunes, Kenwood, Pioneer, Kicker, UDG, Stanton, Denon, DC Shoes, Vibe Audio, Serato, Sennheiser and Rane.
He has appeared in such magazines as Max Power, Redline, Nuts, Fast Car, Zoo and DJ Mag, and has been featured on TV and radio on BBC1, Men & Motors, MTV, TMF, MTV Africa, Dave and Channel 5 for the UK version of 'Pimp My Ride,' Kiss FM, Radio 1 & 1xtra with residencies on Funky FM, Force FM, Delight FM, Lush FM and Renegade FM.
"As an international DJ working 3-5 nights per week, sound and size are two of the most important factors when I choose my equipment. For years I used bulky, over the ear headphones on tour. Etymotic mk5's are great for both mixing and recreational use. They've got a deep dynamic bass response, incredible mid to top range, and excellent noise isolation that cuts out the unnecessary 'noise' while letting you hear the sounds you desire. With the handy travel pouch, (Etymotic's) mk5's are my full time travel companion. Whether I'm performing for a crowd of 5,000 at a festival, traveling by plane, in the gym or simply reviewing the latest promo releases, they do each and every job perfectly.
Etymotic mk5's really do have all the key features required: clarity, comfort, reliability, durability and practicality!"
From the Rod Stewart Band, both his platinum award winning recordings and touring band, to the critically acclaimed MTV "Unplugged And Seated" release with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Don is an accomplished Multi-Instrumentalist.
The list of instruments he plays is long and varied; Violin, Mandolin, all sorts of Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, Bass, Viola, Octave Mandolin, Harmonica, Banjo, Bouzouki and 5 String Viola These are his main instruments. There are more, but why go on?
Born in London England, Don grew up near the foot of the Appalachian mountains in Easton, Pennsylvania. He began playing Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar at the bluegrass festivals all around the state. After moving to the town of State College he began playing gigs with "Hey Pedro" and "DOA" while in school at Penn State University.
After his "Schooling" in Pennsylvania Don moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute and pursue his music. While studying Guitar Don became a Recording Engineer at MI's newly built recording studios, as well as the first call Live Sound Engineer for the many seminars and shows offered as part of the curriculum. Don did sound for Stevie Vai, Robbin Ford, Steve Morse, Joe Pass, Jeff Berlin, Tommy Tedesco just to name a few.
As one of the original founding members of the resurgence of Acoustic Music in LA in the late 80's, Don landed a recording session playing with the Legendary Rod Stewart This pairing led to Three world tours, Two Gold and One Platinum record.
After working with Rod Stewart for almost five years,Don released his first CD.
SwampRockBlues ; A collection of Slide Guitar based music. Inspired by the tradition of the Delta Blues; Organic, Acoustic, and Passionate. These steamy songs resonate with the beautiful yet haunting sounds of the deep South.
SwampFunkBlues ; is Dons second set of recordings, Electric Funk and Acoustic POP... covering a wide range of style and emotion . This time with his band "WaterDawgs", Don sings and Rocks The Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Violin, Mandolin, Lap Steel and Harmonica ... as well as a few choice Bass lines.
Don will soon be touring in support of this release. In the mean time he will be playing local shows around the Los Angeles area.
Don also plays with the Black Shamrocks, a traditional Irish Rock band and The Makepeace Brothers an acoustic rock band
"I have a collection of earplugs and have always been searching for the perfect set. Now I've found it. The clarity with the ETY•Plugs (ER-20's) is the best I've heard!"
Drummer, Producer, Instructor - The Drum School
From the streets of Chicago, to the rainforests of Cameroon, Earl's multicultural blend of music has touched millions of listeners with the message of inclusiveness and respect for each other's heritage.
As a multi platinum recording artist, Earl has provided 96 songs for Oprah, Dr. Oz, and Harpo Radio, from Maya Angelou's "Human Family Remix" to Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy's production of "The Hush Sound" with Shawn O'Keefe. Earl's hit song "Yakaleo" with French sensation "Nomads" earned a Diamond Record for it's success throughout Central Europe and North Africa.
His drumming career includes performances with Cyndi Lauper, Master Griots Dialy Mady Cissoko and Morikeba Kouyate, Poi Dog Pondering and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Earl's expertise with Rhythm stems from years of touring, and constant study including Central African traditional styles from Cameroon.
"Earl has a fluidity as a musician that can't help but inspire others. Be it rock and jazz or the poly-rhythms of Cameroon, Talbot is capable of most anything percussive.
His real talent, however, is his inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm for music. Any student of his is lucky."
~ Patrick Stump, "Fall Out Boy" at The Drum School with Earl Talbot
"ETY•Plugs are a staple here at The Drum School. Now all of my students enjoy protecting their hearing, comfortably without objection! I use ETY Plugs while practicing, and at every show I attend, weather performing, or as an audience member. With Etymotic products I'm always safe, especially during set up and sound check when feedback and loud noises used to gang up on my precious ears. I've always got a pair handy, and never leave home without em'.
I use ER•4's exclusively for my amazing 'in-ear monitor situation'. On stage I've got no more need for a loud wedge that competes with my own drum volume levels. In studio I've got a true reference, and record and mix at low volume levels- perfect! I love being able to work for hours, and when I 'un-plug' my Etymotic products, the world sounds the same as it did before I started. I can't believe I used to rock without protection, but now I'm at ease and can enjoy listening for the rest of my life.
Erb N Dub
DJ & Producer
Since 2007, DJ Erb N Dub has released a slew of weighty tracks on labels like Playaz, Technique and many more. He's been a remixer of choice for a string of artists including Foreign Beggars, Freestylers and Krafty Kuts. His tunes are consistently blowing up raves and airwaves worldwide, with support from Andy C, Hype, Crissy Criss, Grooverider and Drumsound and Bassline Smith to name just a few. Erb N Dub also takes the time to prove his musical credentials in other ways. He's been honing his craft as a drummer since his schooldays, and now you can catch him as part of the new live act Wicked City, alongside Krafty Kuts and Dynamite MC.
"PC Werth, (the UK supplier of hearing health products) fit me with some custom made hearing protection, the Etymotic ER15's. I'll be using them at all my live shows from now on, whether I'm DJ'ing or I'm drumming in Wicked City. It's very important for me to take care of my hearing!"
Drummer - Suicidal Tendencies
Eric Moore is a Professional Touring Drummer with Infectious Grooves and Suicidal Tendencies. He is well known for winning the 2004 Guitar Center National Drum Off.
"Clarity, definition and distinction are the first things that come to mind when listening to music through my ER•4 MicroPro in-ear monitors. These are the best in-ears I have ever had the pleasure of listening with!"
Multi Percussionist, Musician, Educator
Blue Sound / Orquesta La Cura
Ernie Becquer started his musical journey when he was a young boy. His grandmother, Ubalda, exposed him to her favorite Cuban music and planted the seeds of Son, Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo and many other types of Cuban music in his heart. He grew up listening to that music and it influenced him tremendously. Ernie also was inspired by his other grandmother, Anita, who was a poet, painter and artist who painted 100's of paintings, recorded several records, many poems and a children's book called "Nachito". She encouraged Ernie to pursue his passion for music. Ernie is constantly searching for knowledge and history to expand his musicianship. His grandmothers can be credited for his passion for music and his constant journey of musical growth.
Ernie has lived in San Diego for more than 15 years, and his talent continues to be sought after by the top Salsa and Latin bands throughout California. His steady meter and passion for the conga is evident in his performances. He has performed all over the United States, Mexico, Central America and recently became the first Toca Percussion Artist to perform Salsa in Lagos, Nigeria (Africa). "It's a blessing to be able to perform and express yourself through music," says Ernie.
Ernie has performed and shared the stage for some of the biggest names in the business, including the late Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Cachao, as well as Oscar D' Leon, Irakere, Cubanismo, Luisito Carrion, Son by 4 and Tito Nieves. "When you perform and share the stage with your musical heroes you can't help but be honored," says Ernie. "I am very thankful."
"As an Artist with many years in the industry, I neglected to protect my hearing, I took it for granted. I could of prevented some of my hearing loss. So with your help, I'm committed to champion your products and to help in any way. I want people to realize how crucial it is to protect your hearing, I want to help educate and prevent people from losing such a precious gift that is your hearing."
Professional Outdoorsman, TV Host
Gary Finch is a professional outdoorsman from Fairhope, AL. He is host of the syndicated outdoor program "Gary Finch Outdoors," seen weekly on WEAR ABC 3 in Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL and WTVY CBS 4 in the Dothan/Panama City, as well as other regional cable stations. The Gary Finch Outdoors program has run continuously for over 27 years. Finch has written over 350 articles targeting young people on proper safety and conservation while enjoying the great outdoors. He is a frequent speaker at seminars on promoting and improving fishing techniques.
He is a member of both the Outdoor Writer's Association of America (OWAA) and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, (SEOPA). Gary also serves on several boards, including the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation and is a trustee of the Islands of Perdido, and is active in the Elks, Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary Club.
"My Etymotic GunSport-PRO electronic earplugs are amazing. I don't load any type of gun unless I am wearing them. It's the only way to enjoy shooting and hunting while both protecting your hearing and enhancing your experience. I have spent the last 28 years being an outdoor television show host, and these have now become a very important part of my routine. Shooting and hunting should not be done without using Etymotic GunSport-PRO earplugs!: YouTube - Etymotic GunSport Pros"
Gary Karr, acclaimed as "the world's leading solo bassist" (Time Magazine) is the first solo double bassist in history to make that pursuit a full-time career. Since his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1962, Karr has performed as soloist on six continents with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Simon Bolivar Orchestra (Caracas, Venezuela), Jerusalem Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and all the major orchestras of Australia. He has performed on NHK television in Japan including an entire show devoted to him on the program "Ongaku no Hiroba." The BBC has featured two video films of Karr, one an illumination of his life and music (Amazing Bass) and one a series for children. CBS Sunday Morning celebrated Gary Karr's career and the University of Wisconsin has released a video demonstrating his instructional approach to the double bass (BASSically Karr) in addition to a special video concert for children (Karrtunes). He has recorded extensively and has produced more than 50 CDs.
"The ETY•Plugs are so fabulous and have changed my life. I shall never practice without them again. Since I have been using ETY•Plugs I have become even more aware of the 'feeling' of sound and the benefits to my playing have been substantial. I compared this finding with my store-bought foam earplugs and the ETY•Plugs were a night and day difference in every respect."
Songwriter - "Love Is A Battlefield," "The Best," "Better Be Good To Me," "The Warrior"
Songwriter Holly Knight wrote chart-topping hits for Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Divinyls, KISS, Aerosmith and many, many others. Her songs have appeared in movies as varied as Thelma and Louise, Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome, and Stewart Little, and on TV shows such as American Idol, The Voice, 30 Rock, Family Guy, The Simpsons and South Park. Knight's songwriting has earned three Grammys and 13 ASCAP songwriter awards. In June of 2013, Holly was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. In the works is a Broadway musical with all of her iconic songs.
"Yes! The hf5's are very comfortable"
Jacob Powell's musical journey began in Lawrenceburg, TN, a sleepy little town south of Nashville where he grew up listening to the Allman Brothers, George Jones and George Strait. He attended Middle Tennessee State University where he majored in music business. It was then at a bar in his hometown where he met songwriter/producer Ben Daniel. He invited Powell to cowrite with Brandon Kinney and himself and a new creative partnership was born. When executives at Sony/ATV heard the songs emerging from those sessions, Powell landed a contract with the publishing giant. Powell's debut disc showcases the depth and breadth of his artistry. He sings country music with an authority and authenticity that come from both God-given talent and hard-earned experience.
"I go to a ton of live shows and it's been really nice to have the MusicPRO's on hand. They're designed so that I can hear every lyric and guitar lick. I'm so impressed and will never leave home without them!"
Philadelphia native and musician Jeff Campbell has toured all over the country, sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. He's also opened for the multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Recently selected as the winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition from over 13,000 entrants, Jeff released "In Spite of Everything," a five song EP produced by six-time Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks, in late 2013. Of the EP, Michael Canter of Jivewired.com said, "...not since Elliot Smith have I heard similar music sound this accomplished. His wistful and soulful vocals make this album immediate and relevant." Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville said Jeff's 2012 release 'Stop and Go' is "...an album that will leave you wanting more."
"My ER4 MicroPro Earphones offer the perfect monitor sound onstage. They block out what's not supposed to get in and keep what's supposed to be crystal clear in my ears.
My EtyPlugs take the guesswork out of when to use and not use earplugs as a spectator at live music events, loud restaurants and clubs. If they're always in, they do the work!"
Jeff Fox joined the US Marine Corps immediately after high school. He served with the 3rd BN, 6th Regiment at Camp Lejeune, NC as a member of a rifle company, and then with the Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Platoon where he learned the art and science of military long-range shooting. He deployed to Mogadishu Somalia with STA as part of the 24th MEU (SOC) and also spent time in Cuba, Okinawa and Korea. After the Marine Corps, Jeff joined the Ohio Army National Guard as a tanker. He now works as a physicist for a government agency and his love of the science of long-range shooting has only intensified in recent years. Jeff enjoys investigating the art and science of precision shooting and applying those principals to competition at the highest level as a member of the Precision Rifle Series (PRS). Jeff founded JADE Precision, LLC. in order to advance the sport through research, development and competition and by helping manufacturers improve and create equipment for precision rifle enthusiasts.
"As I get older, and have developed tinnitus, I realize the importance of quality hearing protection. Precision shooting requires that a shooter find the proper body and head position with the rifle, each and every time. Traditional over-the-ear hearing protection can and will cause the shooter to place their head out of position in rapid engagement situations, and potentially miss the target. Thankfully, I recently discovered Etymotic EB-15 LE electronic earplugs. They allow me to hear the Range Safety Officer's normal speech and they then offer instant noise suppression during firing by others and myself on the line. If only I'd had the EB-15's all those years ago, I might not have incessant ringing in my ears."
Jeff Glidden has been a professional drummer since the age of 12 and has played virtually every genre of music, from eclectic jazz to new country. He's had the pleasure of opening for/sharing the stage with/jamming with/recording with some amazing talent: Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, Doobie Bros.), Willie Nelson & Family, Donna Jean Godchaux, Vince Welnick, and Tom Constanten of The Grateful Dead, JGB, members of The Allman Bros. Band, Jim Weider's Project Percolator, Charlie Daniels, members of Phil Lesh & Friends, Keith Urban, Jon Fishman of Phish, Rodney Holmes of Santana/Steve Kimock Band fame, members of Blues Traveler, Gov't Mule, Barbara Mandrell, Karl Denson, members of The Steve Kimock Band...the list goes on and on. Jeff's currently endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Sonor drums, Kelly SHU, ButtKicker low-frequency transducers, K&K triggers/mics, Etymotic in-ear monitors, and Evans drumheads. Jeff's recent highlights include the CD "Night Blooming Cereus," by The Sumner McKane Group. 'ECHOES,' National Public Radio's highly acclaimed music program, placed the CD in their Top 25 Listeners' Poll for 2006 (www.echoes.org) and placed it at number four in their Essential CDs of 2006. The CD also recently placed #58 in ECHOES Top 200 CDs of The Past Twenty Years Listeners Poll.
Currently freelancing, The Time Traveler and Human Metronome is available for any musical situation.
"I got turned on to Etymotic by Dan Wojciechowski, Peter Frampton's drummer. The ER4s are just incredible. They were the missing link...the piece of equipment that I really needed to hear music the way that I wanted to hear it. Whether it be live or in the studio, they are indispensible now. I won't leave home without them."
Music Administration - Fox Sports Music
Jeff has been working with music copyrights from inception to exploitation for over 20 years. He works to prove and explain the intimate relationship with music and the business of exploiting it. He entered the music and entertainment business as a professional guitar player in the creative field. His interest in the mechanics of the business of making money in music equipped him with knowledge and skills that made him gravitate to the business side.
"I found the hf5 headphones to be comfortable fitting and had a rich clear sound expected of professional in-ear headphones."
Drummer/NYC Freelance Musician
Jeff Hirshfield is a native New Yorker who grew up on Long Island and began his jazz education after high school by working and traveling with some of the jazz greats. Since then he has continued to do extensive touring worldwide as well as conducting workshops and masterclasses focusing on the art of group interaction and the importance of listening. He has played on over 325 recordings, including projects he has co-led: Cloning Americana (Billy Drewes, Gary Versace, Scott Lee), ETC (Fred Hersch, Steve LaSpina), Loose Cannon (Tim Berne, Michael Formanek), and Lan Xang (David Binney, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley).
Performance and recording credits include; Jim Hall, Toots Thielemans, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano, Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Dr. John, Jerry Bergonzi, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Orchestra, John Taylor, Randy Brecker, John Zorn, Mose Allison, Bennie Wallace, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Bley, Eliane Elias, Mike Mainieri, Gary Peacock, Tim Berne, Woody Herman Orchestra, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Mike Stern, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Diorio, Bob Belden, Joey Calderazzo, Eddie Daniels, Bob Berg, James Moody, Harold Danko, Ray Anderson, Tal Farlow, Marc Copland, Dave Liebman, David Binney, George Garzone, Michael Formanek, Loren Stillman, Jamie Baum, Daniel Schnyder, Ed Simon, Ben Monder, Greg Osby, John Lewis, Tim Hagans, Chris Potter, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, Rich Perry, Jazz Composers Collective, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Wayne Krantz, Frank Kimbrough, Bill Frisell, George Colligan, Richie Bierach, Adam Rogers, Benny Golson, U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors and many others.
Endorsement agreements with: Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Drum Workshop Drums and Hardware, Evans Drum Heads, Puresound Snare Wires, and Mono Cases.
"Etymotic ER•4s have the clarity, response, comfort, build quality and isolation (when necessary) that I need. These are truly great earphones for detailed listening and recording."
Instructor: Madison Scouts, Avon High School, Blast
Jeff Queen, world-renowned percussion performer and instructor, currently works as percussion consultant for Madison Scouts Corp. Jeff has extensive drum corps experience having marched in the Bluecoats, Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Knights. Jeff was the DCI's I&E snare drum champion in 1994 & 1995 and an original cast member of the Emmy award winning Broadway show BLAST! Jeff also travels the world as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician and performer.
"The best thing about the Etymotic Custom Fit Musicians Earplugs is that they just 'turn the volume down'. The plugs don't distort sound - rather they make it softer. They are also very easy to take in and out of your ear and fit securely back in place with ease. I don't leave home without them!"
Drumset / Percussion
Hey guys! My name is Jeremy Davis and I am a 21 year old drummer from Lexington, South Carolina. I have been playing drums for about 14 years and I utilize every moment I can as a learning opportunity and a practice experience. I play drums in many settings. Some of those settings being: my youtube drumming, performing at churches, and playing in a touring band.
Throughout all of these situations I put all my effort into every performance and leave all of my energy on stage. Whether I am recording Youtube videos: playing to a camera, playing to 5 people at a concert or 5,000 people, every setting gets the same energy level out of me.
Musician, Music Industry Professional, Educator - Ghostly International & Quite Scientific Records
Jeremy Peters is the Director of Creative and Business Affairs for Ghostly Songs. Since joining Ghostly in 2003 he's risen thru the ranks from intern to directing the operations of the group's publishing, copyright administration, master licensing, original composition, and music supervision activities. Jeremy has worked on projects with brands such as Nike, Victoria's Secret, FIJI Water, HUMMER, Motorola, Ford, Chevy, and Sprint/Nextel as well as numerous Television, Video Game, and Film projects.
In his non-existant spare time, he is the co-founder of an indie imprint, Quite Scientific Records, is part of the group that organizes 826Michigan's Mittenfest, and is a communications and new media consultant and organizer for progressive and center-left political campaigns. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of 826michigan, as Co-Chair of the American Association of Independent Music's Licensing and Publishing Committee, Co-Chair of the Ann Arbor Film Festival's Local Advisory Board, and on the Community Advisory Committee for The Neutral Zone's Youth Owned Enterprises.
He's been a resident of Washtenaw County for the past eleven years and graduated from the University of Michgan with a BA in Political Science and Music, and has recorded and/or performed with The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club (on a double Platinum record, to boot!), The Friars, Western Michigan University's Gold Company II, the University Musical Society's Choral Union (with the Detroit and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras), the Lakeshore Chamber Singers, the Choir of Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Chris Bathgate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Silent Years, Matt Jones, Fred Thomas, Frontier Ruckus and others.
"I work in the music industry and hearing is part of my bread and butter -- as such, I need to protect what is bringing me my livelihood. I've used many of Etymotic's products over the past few years (ETY•Plugs, Musician's Plugs, and now these...), and swear by them. It is cool to enjoy music, but not cool to go deaf.
The fidelity is amazing, especially with the Music•Pro series -- and to boot, they work great to dull the ambient noise on a plane ride. Music sounds crystal clear, equally balanced, and still shimmers, but just at levels safe for consumption by your ears.
I highly, highly suggest you invest in the long term health of your ears, do yourself a favor, and get yourself a pair of Music•Pro earplugs. You won't regret it."
Singer-songwriter and producer Jimmy Robbins signed to Universal Motown Records in 2007. He began work on a full-length album and toured the country between 2007-2009. During the summer of 2009, Jimmy toured on Radio Disney's dTour before joining Mitchel Musso's tour. Jimmy's major label album See Through Secrets was then digitally released on September 8, 2009, and he officially began cowriting and producing with and for other artists in 2010, including for Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Thompson Square, and Sara Evans.
"I thought they were really great! A lot more comfortable than the kind I've used on the road for years and they did their job really well!"
Drummer/Musician - Dorydrive
Joey Zak has been touring the country playing drums for the past 10 years. You can see him performing with his current band Dorydrive. Dorydrive has played with artist like Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Papa Roach, James Durbin, Candlebox, Sevendust, Hinder, 12 Stones, Shinedown, Taproot, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Silver Sun Pick-Ups and many more! Joey has played drums with artists such as Eli Mattson (2008 NBC's Americas Got Talent runner-up) Joan Red, Marashino, as well as many studio sessions. Joey has appeared on multiple CBS stations, was a 2008 receiptent of a WAMI award for best drummer, and has also been featured in Modern Drummer magazine. Joey is currently a Ddrum endorsed artist and uses the ER•4PT ear buds live and in the studio.
"With the ER•4PT in ears, I can enjoy clean, crisp delivery, rounded low end and a true custom fit. Perfect sound isolation for my live performances, they also work great when in the studio! Etymotic has outdone themselves. Truly an amazing product."
Drummer, Percussionist, Sound Designer, Producer
From 1986 to 2006, John Emrich was a member of the United States Navy Band. While with the Navy, John performed throughout the world including performances for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Pope John Paul II, The Crown Prince of Norway and visiting heads of state. After retiring from the Navy, John was able to devote his time to advancing the field of electronic drumming.
John has produced sample libraries on FXpansion's BFD2/Eco platform receiving worldwide critical acclaim. He has also produced samples and recordings for companies like Modern Drummer, Cymbal Masters, Wavemachine Labs, Mapex, Alesis, Pearl, Yamaha, and Zildjian.
John is also a contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine with product reviews and articles and he continues to advance the overall development of electronic percussion as a consultant for many of today's top companies.
"My gig requires me to spend 100% of my efforts on drums and percussion. I am either playing, recording, editing or producing world class drum samples. Consistency and accuracy are critical. For that reason I have come to rely on my ER•4 MicroPro earphones. Everything is clear and uncolored. I have worked with a lot of other brands and the ER•4 gives me the most accurate representation of what I need to hear."
Award-winning architect/acoustician John Storyk's Walters-Storyk Design Group has created over 3,000 critical recording and listening rooms around the world. WSDG credits include studios for Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, and Alicia Keys, the Jazz at Lincoln Center performance complex and, 2012 TEC Award-Winning NYC, destination studio, Jungle City.
"I won't drive without my seatbelt, and I won't go to a concert without my EtymoticER•20 earplugs. They safeguard my
hearing without compromising or distorting the inherent
quality of the music."
Band Director - Olathe North High School, Percussion Instructor
John Wickersham is a band director at Olathe North High School and a percussion instructor in the Olathe/Kansas City Metro Area. As assistant band director, his duties include teaching marching, concert and jazz band band, percussion, and three elementary school bands. He received his Bachelors of Music Education in 2008 from the University of Kansas, and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas in 2014. In addition to his experience with teaching instrumental music in public schools, John has also taught several seasons of Drum and Bugle Corps. His involvement started with this summer marching activity through his membership in the front ensemble of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006. The following summer, John began teaching the Colt Cadets. He is an active percussion composer and arranges percussion scores for high schools in and around the Kansas City area. He is also passionate about percussion education/advocacy and was recently elected as Secretary and Treasurer of the Kansas Percussive Arts Society.
ETY-Plugs are an effective and affordable hearing protection option for all musicians. They conveniently come with a carrying pouch and a cord that lays behind your neck while you're not wearing the plugs. I keep a pair of ETY-Plugs on my school lanyard so I always have them with me. This has helped me be prepared for any unexpected loud situations that arise while teaching band.
It has been well established that Etymotic is an industry leader in hearing protection, but what I appreciate most as a band director is their commitment to education on the subject. The Adopt-a-Band program provides wonderful resources that help directors educate students on how to correctly use ETYPlugs. The program has also helped establish a culture of understanding about hearing protection and taking steps to prevent hearing damage in our band program. "
Clarinetist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history, John Bruce Yeh joined the CSO in June of 1977, having been appointed solo bass clarinet of the Orchestra at the age of 19 by Sir Georg Solti. Recently, he has performed as guest principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as of the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea. A prize winner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. Passionately committed to music education, Yeh has also served for 26 years on the faculty of DePaul University's School of Music, and he joined the faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College for the Performing Arts in 2004.
"Your timing is impeccable, as are your (MusicPro 915) earplugs. They arrived today, just in time to protect me from the loudest piece (possibly) ever written, Respighi's Feste Romane, which we rehearsed with Maestro Muti today. These plugs are just the ticket, allowing me to hear everything, including the Maestro's instructions, while damping the onslaught of the brass band!"
Jon Berger is a renowned percussionist and considers himself a "musical linguist" as he loves playing numerous styles on both drums and percussion. He graduated with a BFA in musical percussion from SUNY Purchase and has since performed with a wide variety of musicians including Aretha Franklin, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and John Medeski. He's also performed in such Broadway shows as Jersey Boys, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, Cats, In The Heights, and The Grinch, among others.
"My go-to in-ear monitors have been my custom fit HF5's. They sound great for any style of music and stand up to the rigors of the road and are priced very affordably. As a drummer and percussionist on Broadway, protecting my ears during live performance and is what matters the most. Etymotic Research allows me to maintain a long career."
Jon Cobert is a New York-based composer/arranger/pianist/session keyboardist/vocalist. He began his career recording and playing live with John Lennon (you can see him in the movie "Imagine"). Other recording and touring credits include John Denver, Harry Chapion, Dion, among others. He has played with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, John Mellencamp, and many more. He recently appeared at Madison Square Garden in the tribute to Pete Seeger's 90th birthday concert. Since 1988, Jon has been working with Tom Chapin, recording, touring, writing and arranging, and producing. He has earned 5 Grammy nominations for his work as producer on Tom's recordings.
"The ER4's are great. The sound is crystal clear, and the bass is tight and punchy. I've used them on the airplane, and they do a great job at blocking out the background noise. The included earpieces are very comfortable, and fit well!"
Lead Vocalist - Yes, Glass Hammer
Jon Davison's earliest involvement with music began when he sang in the church youth choir led by his mother. From an early age, she instilled in him an appreciation for music and love for singing. Soon after he took up guitar and bass, which eventually led him during high school to perform in various original and cover bands with his childhood best friend, Taylor Hawkins (currently the drummer for Foo Fighters). Jon is currently an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician, and the current lead vocalist of progressive rock bands Yes (since 2012) and Glass Hammer (since 2009). He has also been the bass guitarist of Sky Cries Mary.
"Like many singers, I used to struggle hearing myself enough on stage. Since performing with the ER•4's, I've achieved incredible isolation. As a result, I'm able to sing without strain and with consistent pitch, all the while protecting my hearing. I love the high-definition and response of the ER•4's. Also, the tech support at Etymotic is second to none. I will never use any other type of in-ears."
Jonathan "JJ" Jones
Associate Director, Urban, Creative Services - ASCAP
Jonathan "JJ" Jones has been with ASCAP since 2010. After college, he worked for the Aphilliates Music Group and for a nationally distributed music publication in Atlanta, GA. Upon moving to New York, he landed a job with Sony Music-Epic Records. At ASCAP, his duties include but are not limited to finding and signing songwriters/producers to ASCAP, establishing and maintaining relationships with members and helping to organize events. In addition to music, he's very passionate about sports and aims to one day go head-to-head with ESPN's Skip Bayless on 1st and 10.
"The hf5 earphones were great! The sound quality was really good and they were very comfortable."
Jonathan Bell is the director of the Wall of Sound, Germantown (Wis.) High School's marching band. With a bachelor of music education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jon has devoted his career to inspiring band students to reach their personal potential as musicians, and then unite and work together as part of a large ensemble. Whether he's leading the high school's marching, jazz or pep bands, he uses music to impart valuable life lessons on the importance of practice, patience, dedication and teamwork-as well as the joy of doing something you love.
A tuba player at heart, Jon performs in a variety of groups throughout Southeast Wisconsin. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking with his family, skills he continues to hone as a leader in his sons' Boy Scout troop.
"As much as kids sometimes think they're invincible, we've focused on teaching them to safeguard their hearing. Our instructors, students and the families who attend our events have embraced ETY-Plugs because they maintain music quality while keeping the decibels in check. They make our music experience infinitely safer and more comfortable."
Conductor/Director of Bands, Education Tech. Expert, App Developer
Joseph M. Pisano is Director of Bands and Assistant Chair of Music at the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters at Grove City College. He conducts the Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and is also the Wolverine Marching Band Director and director of the jazz program. He has been fielding one of the largest Division III college bands for over 20 years. In addition, he teaches Advanced Wind Conducting Course and Jazz History.
Dr. Pisano received his Ph.D. in Music Education with a Doctoral Minor in Instructional Technology from Kent State University, OH. He has done extensively work researching band directors' hearing loss and is an active advocate for hearing loss prevention among musicians. His doctoral dissertation was titled, "A Description of High School Band Directors' Hearing Functions and Exposure to Sound Pressure Levels." and has become a frequently cited source in follow-up studies.
Professor Pisano has conducted numerous honors ensembles and is a frequent academic clinician throughout the United States. He currently writes for In Tune Monthly Magazine and Teaching Music Magazine. In addition, he has founded numerous music professional networks including the Facebook Music Teachers Group than currently is comprised of over 17,000 members and he also develops music apps for iOS devices such as the A.P.S. Tuning Trainer and A.P.S. MusicMaster Pro.
"Marching Band, in particular, has the potential to create a very loud sound environment -especially when you are working indoors with groups such as the trumpets and drum line. I am constantly 'preaching' to my musicians and students to wear and consider hearing protection for the sake of their future selves as musicians. I almost always have my ETY-Plugs with me and I have a couple of backup pairs in my truck. As a performing musician, the importance of preserving your hearing cannot be understated - it's a necessity."
Front Ensemble Technician - Blue Stars
As an educator, Justin teaches marching percussion. Dealing mainly with the front ensemble, Justin also specializes in arranging, visual design and programming. He is currently Caption Head and Ensemble Director for the Stamford High School Percussion Program in Connecticut. He has taught at many other schools including Waterford High School, and Cheshire High School also in Connecticut. He is an active marching arts clinician having worked with such groups as 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Under Justin's instruction, his groups have won high performance awards on the USSBA, MAC and WGI circuits.
"When the front ensemble started wearing ETY•Plugs, it brought a whole other level of clarity to the sound."
Production Manager, Audio & Front of House Engineer - B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
Karl Schwarz is production manager for the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City. He is an audio engineer, front of house engineer and tour manager, as well as guitar technician and monitor engineer.
"The 15db setting on the Music•Pro 915's seems best for concert situations, more consistent with mixing music, and has a sharp reference to what the music and the room are doing. The 9db setting is better for street and subway environments. They amp quiet conversation, but pad the louder sounds of the train engines, and horns, making them much less abrasive."
English Horn Player, National Symphony Orchestra
Kathryn Meany Wilson joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1997 as solo English horn player and oboist. Previously she was a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic in 1996, the New World Symphony in 1995, and the Colorado Symphony in 1994. She has also performed with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Meany Wilson received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory and her master's degree in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. Upon graduation in 1994, she was awarded the prestigious performer's certificate.
"In the past, I had to remove and replace my earplugs repeatedly during concerts and rehearsals so that I could hear myself and my colleagues during soft passages and still protect my ears during loud sections. The MusicPro 9-15's have allowed me to significantly minimize the number of times that I need to do that. They've helped me to reduce the stress associated with playing in such a potentially loud environment and they've increased my enjoyment of my job."
World Champion Cowboy Mounted Shooter
Kenda has spent her life on the back of a horse. She started competing at age four and continued all throughout her childhood in both Western and English disciplines. After an apprenticeship in Texas with some of the country's top cutting horse trainers, she was introduced to the sport of mounted shooting in California, where she qualified for the World Championship after only her 4th competition. Since those early days, she's developed a reputation as an accomplished trainer of both horses and people, won just about everything there is to win in the competitive arena and cultivated a thriving business dedicated to introducing others to her sport.
Her proudest accomplishment remains winning the title of Overall World Champion, becoming the first woman to best her male competitors. She did this riding Justin, a former trail horse that she nurtured from scratch, building him into a phenomenal equine athlete. Kenda's business is based in Arizona, which allows her to offer training year-round.
"The GunSportPROs are really cool electronic earplugs that make it easy to hear a conversation, while canceling out noise when gunfire is present. I find them especially useful in an indoor arena during my cowboy mounted shooting competitions. They have a 25 dB noise reduction rating and come with a variety of ear tips for a customized fit!"
President & Executive Director of American Suppressor Association
At an early age, Knox Williams discovered his passion for hunting and the shooting sports. As the son of an audiologist, Knox grew up understanding the importance of proper hearing protection while shooting, both at the range and in the field. However, that didn't stop him from refusing to wear hearing protection on his first deer hunt as a child. Three days later, once his ears finally stopped ringing, he promised himself that he would never make that same mistake again.
Knox began his professional career in the suppressor industry when he went to work for Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC) in 2009. While there, he helped conceptualize and form the American Suppressor Association (ASA), a non-profit trade association which represents firearm suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. He has remained involved with ASA since day one, and eventually transitioned into a full time role running the association. Despite common misconceptions, suppressors are not silent. They are simply mufflers for firearms, which reduce the peak decibel level of a firearm by an average of 20 to 35 dB.
"My entire professional career has focused on expanding opportunities for hunters and shooters to protect their hearing through the use of non-traditional hearing protection. Most shooters know that they need to wear hearing protection at the range, but refuse to in the field because they want to be able to hear their surroundings. I knew the risks, yet I still chose not to wear hearing protection when I shot my first deer with my .30-06 rifle because I didn't want to take them out of my pocket and spook the deer. My hearing has never been the same.
When I wore a pair of the Etymotic GunSportPRO earplugs for the first time, I knew that I'd found a winner. Unlike other electronic HPD's on the market, the GunSportPRO gave me the sound detection AND localization that I was looking for. When I wear them on hunts, I not only know that there are animals around, I know where they are because I can still localize sound. Simply put, they're the best I've ever used."
Musician,Educator - Kansas State University
Kurt Gartner serves as Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and Professor of Percussion at Kansas State University. There, he teaches applied percussion and percussion methods. Also, he directs the Percussion Ensemble, Keyboard Percussion Quartets, and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. As a 2010-2011 Tilford Fellow, he coordinated an interdisciplinary study of Cuban arts. In the past, he was a Big 12 Faculty Fellow, collaborating with the percussion studio and jazz program at the University of Missouri. There, he provided instruction and performances in Afro-Cuban music and applications of technology in music. He has served as Special Assistant to the Provost and as Coordinator of the university's Peer Review of Teaching Program.
Gartner has performed professionally in orchestral, jazz, chamber, world, and commercial venues, and has performed on a showcase concert and presented additional clinics and performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is an educational consultant for Remo, Sabian, and Vic Firth.
Prior to his appointment at KSU, Gartner served as Associate Professor of Bands at Purdue University. In 2001, he completed his Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, he directed ensembles, taught jazz history, and was the Assistant Director of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. Also, he received the Graduate Dean's Citation for Outstanding Dissertation for his research of the late percussion legend, Tito Puente. Gartner is a founding member and contributing composer of the Indiana-based Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band. He is the technology editor for the journal Percussive Notes.
"I hope that mine is the last generation of musicians not fully informed and equipped to prevent hearing loss from the beginning of our careers. With the quality and variety of Etymotic products available, there's no reason for anyone NOT to enjoy quality sound that is also safe in any musical setting."
Percussionist/Clinician/Educator - Lake Park HS, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, Chicaco Bears/Bulls Drumline, Freelance Musician
Kyle Johnson has been living and breathing percussion for as long as he can remember. He started drum lessons at age of seven and went on to graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. He now works as a freelance musician, clinician, and educator in the Chicago-Land area. Johnson is the Director of Percussion Studies at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL where he shares his passion for percussion with his marching students. He also directs the Lake Park High percussion ensemble and teaches privately. During the spring, Johnson is on staff with the Cavaliers Indoor Percussion ensemble, a top-10 WGI Independent World Class finalist. He can be seen performing with a variety of ensembles himself, including the Chicago Bears and Bulls Drumlines, his rock trio, Third Line, and his percussion duo, Clocktower.
"I've been wearing the Etymotic Musicians Earplugs for a few years now, and they are the ideal solution for protecting the ears of any musician. Not only do they reduce the high frequencies and loud noises in many live playing situations, but they also allow you to speak naturally while teaching. As an educator, it means a lot to have hearing protection I can wear while I'm instructing different ensembles. The ER-4's provide fantastic clarity as in-ear earphones on stage too! I'll always trust Etymotic with my ears. Thanks, Etymotic!"
Kyle Jordan Barshinger
Member (Front Ensemble) - Blue Stars
Kyle is currently a student majoring in music education at Illinois State University. In January of 2008, he was contracted as a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps out of Dubuque, Iowa. In 2009, he was part of the elite group of Colts performers at the Presidential Inauguration Day Parade. Aside from the Drum and Bugle Corps, Kyle is also part of the Symphonic Winds at Illinois State and recently recorded a CD with composer David Maslanka, which will be produced by Albany Records to be distributed worldwide. Kyle had the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Maslanka to make the music and to gain his insight about the music.
"Etymotic ER•20 earplugs allow me to comfortably and safely rehearse all day without sacrificing the quality of my listening environment."
DJ, Producer - D'lectable Music
Lady D spent her childhood in Chicago studying theater, music and dance at an early age. Several years of performing paid off in commercials and a movie with Morgan Freeman and Cicely Tyson. Moving on to high school, college and grad school, she left her acting days behind her to explore science. Eventually she found her way back to the creative arts to become a premier DJ.
Darlene Jackson aka Lady D is a pillar of the Chicago House community. She's been a constant player at every relevant House club to rise (and often fall) in the city. She has played extensively throughout North America (Canada, US & Mexico) and globally in Russia, Asia, and parts of Europe. She's appeared at numerous festivals including Lollapalooza's 20th Anniversary on Perry's stage alongside Skrillex, Afrojack and others because she is a performer of the highest caliber. Fierce, sexy and classy, Lady D knows how to move the masses.
A media darling, Lady D has enjoyed covers and features in UR, New City, Billboard, Spin, Chicago Mag, iDJ, Urb, XLR8R, Mixer, Venus, DMA, and been the subject of radio broadcasts stateside (NPR) and overseas (Galaxy Radio UK) and documentaries such as: Midnite Madness, Girl The Movie, Slipcue, Godfather of Disco, Maestro and more.
"Hearing is so important. I'm a HUGE proponent of hearing conservation and protection at the personal level as well as institutional level. I've actually received certification for completing an intensive short course in hearing protection and conservation and I'm very happy about that fact."
Singer - Manou
The success of MANOU speaks for itself:
- Over 1 Million sold records with the band beFour
- 1 Platinum, 10 x Gold (Germany Switzerland Austria)
- 2 Echo Nominations (german Grammys)
- 1 VIVA Comet Award Nomination
- Concert Touring through 100+ cities in Europe
- 168 Episodes of own Reality Show on the Disney Chanel
- Debut album "ALL 4 ONE" reached #1 on the German and Swiss charts and #2 on the Austrian charts
"It is the most important thing to me. It's what I make my money with. If I can't hear anymore, there's no career anymore. "
SVP, Licensing - 10th Street Ent./Eleven Seven Music Group
Mara Schwartz is Senior Vice President of Licensing for 10th Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music Group, as well as COO of Five Nineteen Music Publishing. Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for placing and licensing songs in 10th Street and Eleven Seven's roster in films, television shows, videogames, commercials, trailers and interactive media. Schwartz also works as a freelance journalist who has written extensively on music and its convergence with media. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, LA Weekly, New Times Los Angeles, Raygun, Seventeen and many other outlets.
"The hf5's have a clean sound and are comfortable."
Songwriter, Producer - "Come on Get Higher," "Inside of You," Some Mad Hope, Modern Love
Mark Weinberg is an award winning, LA-based songwriter and producer. An ASCAP writer since 1995, Mark has been signed to Qwest/Warner Bros., Atlantic Records, Warner Chappell Music Publishing and is currently a writer with EMI Music Publishing. He co-wrote and produced Matt Nathanson's records Beneath These Fireworks, Some Mad Hope and Modern Love. Mark has also written and produced for the likes of Tristan Prettyman, Sugarland, Donovan Frankenreiter, Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, Tyler Hilton and The Maine "Inside of You."
"I thought the hf5 earphones did a great job at isolating the sound in a noisy room. It allowed for a great listening experience. I would use them again in any situation."
Marimba Player - Bluecoats/Rhythm X
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Matt Beio is currently a graduate student at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He started marching drum corps in high school, playing marimba for the Pioneer drum and bugle corps in 2007. He played marimba in the Colts drum and bugle corps from 2008-2010 (section leader in 2010), and in 2009 received the bronze medal at DCI Solo and Ensemble for individual keyboard. In 2011 he aged out of DCI on marimba with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2011 he also played marimba for Rhythm X (two time WGI World Champions). Matt's teaching experience includes state finalist for Bloomington High School in 2010-2011 as well as DCI open class finalist Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
"I use my custom musicians' earplugs for every rehearsal and every show. They allow me to hear sounds way backfield, along with sounds in front of me at volumes that don't overload my senses. I use 9 dB filters so I can hear both the tones of my marimba and the attack of the snares 40 yards back."
Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator
Fayetteville Public Schools
Matt Brusca is the Percussion Specialist for Fayetteville Public Schools. He holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University.
Matt's percussion students have been selected for All-District and All-Region Honor Bands more than 60 times, for All-State Honor Bands 16 times, and for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain 4 times. His Percussion Ensembles have performed at the Arkansas PAS Day of Percussion, Oklahoma PAS Day of Percussion, MSSU World Music and Cuisine Festival, University of Oklahoma Steel Drum Festival, and Sun Fest.
Matt has been on staff with Resistance Indoor Percussion (2013, 2015), Gateway Indoor (2011-12), and the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-12). He has also been on staff with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camp, Joplin Jazz Camp, and MSSU Jazz Camp in addition to instructing and arranging for high school and collegiate drum lines throughout the Midwest.
He was the Co-Founder/Director of the U.S.-Serbian Drum Line Exchange which presented clinics and performances on U.S. marching percussion in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia during the summers of 2011 and 2012.
Matt's performing experiences include playing with the Kansas City Royal Thunder Drum Line at the 2014 MLB World Series, Chicago Bulls Stampede Drum Line, Chicago Bears Drum Line, and as a WGI Independent World Class Finalist with Gateway Indoor in 2008 and 2009. He has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Signature Symphony, Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Ozark Festival Orchestra, Peoria Municipal Band, and the Brass Band of Central Illinois. He has also performed for the Grumo Festival (Tesero and Cavalese, Italy), Exit Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), BELEF Festival (Belgrade, Serbia),
OK Mozart Festival, Marian Days Festival, International Double Reed Society Conference, Kansas PAS Day of Percussion, and NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Matt is a performing artist/clinician for Mapex drums, Majestic percussion, Sabian cymbals, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, as well as a signature artist for Etymotic Research, Inc.
"My Etymotic Custom Earplugs have revolutionized how I practice, teach, and perform. The clarity of sound this product delivers is exceptional and has assisted me greatly in musical idioms ranging from DCI to jazz combos."
Marching Percussion Instructor - Victor J. Andrew High School & Yorkville High School
Matthew Rice is a middle school teacher and marching percussion instructor at both Victor J. Andrew High School and Yorkville High School. He attended Illinois State University where he received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. He is currently completing his Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in English as a Second Language from Lewis University. Rice's drum corps marching career includes performing with Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (2006-2008), Southwind (2005), and Capitol Sound (2002-2003). He was also on the percussion staff for Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.
"I love that I can hear the articulation of the ensemble with my ER20's when I run a rehearsal. I can protect my ears while still having the clarity necessary to teach a marching percussion ensemble. It doesn't matter if I'm teaching/performing in an outdoor or indoor venue. The plugs allow me to provide the necessary instruction to help my students develop and grow as musicians."
Michael Klee is a percussion specialist and has earned both an M.M. and a B.A. in percussion performance. He is a freelance performer around the Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas areas. Michael teaches percussion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and many area high school and middle schools. He regularly teaches upwards of 150 percussion students each week throughout the marching, concert, and indoor percussion seasons. Michael has instructional videos on onlinedrummer.com, is a Vic Firth Education Team member and has served as President of the Nebraska PAS Chapter.
"Hearing protection is a must for all musicians and the Etymotic ETY-Plugs have worked wonderfully for me and my students. All the students I work with are required to have hearing protection, and the ETY-Plugs are both cost effective and allow for excellent sound without sacrificing clarity. I often wear them during drumline rehearsals, concerts, percussion instruction and anywhere else with lots of sound."
Contra Bassoonist, Montreal Symphony
Michael Sundell was appointed to the contrabassoon position with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2011. Prior to coming to Montreal, Michael was a member of the Colorado Symphony. He has also held positions with the Milwaukee Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. A dedicated teacher, as well as performer, Michael always enjoys sharing his love of music with new generations of music students.
"Wow! The (Music•Pro 915s) are great! I especially like the 9 dB setting. I was able to hear ensemble and intonation in soft passages, while I never felt the pain of loud brass entrances right behind me. The 6dB gain effect is very helpful because it seems to perfectly compensate for having the plugs in the first place. (With the exception of the slight underwater" effect just from having them in your ears. I think the slight amplification helps with this though.) Definitely the best earplug I've ever tried by far."
Freelance Drummer - Musician, Businessman
I am originally from New Orleans but my family moved to Miami when I was 8 years old. When I was in high school we moved again, this time to the Atlanta area. I was active in my high school band program, gaining valuable experience in marching, concert, and jazz bands. After graduating in 1973, I went to the University of North Texas, noted for its jazz education program, and in 1975 I attended the University of Miami, another notable music school.
My professional career began during my senior year in high school when I was hired to work in a band at Six Flags Over Georgia. Later I began playing club dates in the hotels along Miami Beach. Eventually I went on the road with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, traveling in a bus doing one-nighters across America and Canada. I moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and began freelancing. There I gained experience in a wide variety of live and studio settings and was fortunate to work with some well-known West Coast musicians.
While living in LA I studied with some wonderful drummers including Joe Porcaro, father of rock and studio drummer Jeff Porcaro, Roy Burns, founder of Aquarian Drum Heads, and funk pioneer David Garibaldi from Tower of Power . My real mentor, however, is the great jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton. I spent many years studying and hanging with him and he still kills me every time I hear him play.
I left L.A. in 1989 to serve as an artist in residence for the jazz studies program at Saint Francis Xavier University's school of music in Nova Scotia, Canada. After completing the term, I decided to move to Atlanta, settling there in 1990.
I was offered a position as the house drummer for the Ritz Carlton Hotel playing with ensembles ranging from jazz trios to big bands, and it turned into a nine-year stay. I played the popular Ritz Carlton Big Band Christmas concerts at Spivey Hall for many years. I was part of several July 4th concerts from Lenox Square aired on local TV featuring a 90-piece orchestra and chorus with a live audience of 250,000 people.
In 2000, I left the gig at the Ritz to freelance and teach. Since then I've been involved in theatrical productions at the Canton Theatre, Libby's Cabaret, and the award winning Alliance Theater revival of Jelly's Last Jam. I still love big bands and have worked with Larry Elgart, The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. I also played a concert recreating the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool album featuring trumpeter Marvin Stamm at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Presently I enjoy working with a lot of different artists in a variety of settings.
In 2004 I started a company called Cymbal Masters, LLC with a team including Bill Norman and Jeff Hamilton. We began as the North American distribution company for Bosphorus Cymbals. Since then we've added Stanton Moore as a partner and ended our relationship with Bosphorus. Cymbal Masters now owns, markets and distributes Crescent Cymbals.
I have been playing and teaching drums for more than thirty years and now have added running a cymbal company to the list. I consider myself very fortunate to be doing what I love to do.
"Hearing protection is very important to me because I make my living either as a drummer or owner of a cymbal company. I jut got a pair of MusicPro 9-15 earplugs. They are the best noise protection earplugs I've ever used. In normal environments I use the 9db setting. With that setting, I can hear everything much clearer through any background noise, knowing that the plugs will also flatten out excessive noise for protection. When I play the drums, I use the 15db setting. It allows all sound to pass through up until it reaches dangerous levels, then shuts it all down evenly for protection."
Few drummers will ever enjoy a career with such success and diversity as Mike Baird. The LA-based drummer was well on his way to fame when he kicked off his recording career in 1973. Armed with talent, technique, the ability to read music, and a dynamic style that centered on 'the groove', Mike quickly made a mark for himself as a first-call studio player. Everyone wanted him: Journey, the Moody Blues, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Al Green, Larry Carlton, Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Cher, Three Dog Night, Burt Bacharach, Randy Bachman, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, David Foster, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra and many others.
"For me, hearing protection is paramount. In one word, the Music•Pro 9-15's are 'UNBELIEVABLE!' They allow me to have a clear conversation while drumming, and my ears do not experience ringing or fatigue at the end of a gig. I wish I had this technology years ago."
CEO - Rhythm X, Inc.
Mike Scott is a clinician, consultant, and the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc., a non-profit music education company in Dayton, Ohio. Mike earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2012. There he studied percussion and conducting and completed the Farmer School of Business Summer Institute. Before beginning his career as an administrator and teacher, Mike was an active performer in the marching arts. In 2011 Mike was the conductor of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio and was a performer in Rhythm X's percussion ensemble from 2011-2012. Mike was also a member of the Miami University Marching Band for four years, serving as the drum major during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2013 Mike began work at Rhythm X, Inc. as the Operations Director, managing the business development and logistics of the organization. He was also the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. There he taught band, orchestra, and general music in grades 6-12. Prior to the 2015 competitive season, Mike became the first full-time employee at Rhythm X, Inc. as the company's CEO. There he works with the organization's President Tim Fairbanks to develop the future strategy of the company. During the summer months, Mike travels the country with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as the group's Tour Administrator. He has also served as the tour manager of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mike proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Etymotic Research, and Fred J. Miller Inc.
"The ETY•Plugs are the quintessential earplug. My students can get safe and effective hearing protection with an inexpensive yet high-quality earplug. Every musician should have a pair!"
Sound Engineer - BB King Blues Club (Manhattan); Saint Vitus (Brooklyn)
Nick has spent the last 10 years learning about and working with live sound in venues all around New York. At his home base, Saint Vitus, in Brooklyn, he has mixed for heavy metal bands YOB, Inquisition, Helstar, The Descendents, among others. More recently he has worked with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, and RUSH.
"I've been using the MusicPro 915's on an almost nightly basis at my venue, and I love them. They finally save my ears and have been an incredibly welcome addition to my audio toolbox!"
Patrick Stiffler is a Food Safety Coordinator for a food manufacturing company in Springfield Ohio. He studied culinary arts and apprenticed to become a chef before joining The Ohio Army National Guard. Through the GI Bill, Patrick received a degree in agricultural engineering and business. After a 16-year career as an Armor crewman on an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank, Patrick was given a full medical retirement for injuries sustained during an overseas deployment. After retiring from the service, Patrick connected with a former Sniper with whom he had served. This reunion reignited his interest in the shooting sports and he soon formed a partnership with his friend Jeff Fox, owner of JADE Precision, LLC. Patrick now runs the marketing and sponsorship department at JADE.
"In the past while I was on the range, hunting or in a competition I would often not wear hearing protection because of the inability to hear commands from the tower or from the people around me. As I have gotten older and now have significant hearing loss from the exposure to so much [excessive sound] it has become important for me to protect the remaining hearing I have. The EB15's are comfortable and allow me to hear what is going on around me while also offering excellent hearing protection in the field and on the range."
Paul Von Mertens
Music Director/Brian Wilson Band
Paul Von Mertens is a Chicago-based composer/arranger and a performer on saxophone, flute, clarinet and harmonica. He has played and recorded with a variety of artists including Mavis Staples, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Stereolab, The Sea and Cake, Poi Dog Pondering, Broken Social Scene, Wilco, and Mono. He has been member of the Brian Wilson Band since 1999 and is currently music director. Paul joined Brian for the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour in 2012 as co-music director.
Paul has written arrangements, orchestrations and performed for Brian Wilson's tour and Grammy-winning recording of "Smile", the Pet Sounds Tour, "Live In London" "Gettin' In Over My Head", "That Lucky Old Sun" "Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" and Brian's latest recording "In The Key Of Disney".
His arrangement of "Dvorak Re-mix Fantasy" was premiered at Orchestra Hall with Poi Dog Pondering and the Chicago Sinfonietta in 2005, and "Carmen Remix" in 2007.
Writing credits include music for Steppenwolf Theater, the Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Lost Children of Rockdale County"and "Merchants of Cool" for Frontline, and the long-running "Workplace Essential Skills" for PBS.
Paul and his wife, Cynthia Von Orthal, have created original puppet musicals "Akuba's Dream" "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Tara's Story" for their own company, Von Orthal Puppets.
"I like the Etymotics because they sound great and they are very light, sturdy and comfortable. Great for critical listening while traveling, and I use them as part of my laptop studio.
Very simple in design and low-profile. Since there are many products available that sound good, details like cabling and fit are important to me. I also like the fact that they can be used very effectively as generic fitting ear buds or custom fitted with molds."
Musician/Educator - Peter Erskine Trio/Professor at the Thornton School of Music, USC
Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 600 albums and film scores, and has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. Over 40 albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson big bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny & Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. Peter has been voted "Best Jazz Drummer of the Year" ten times by the readers of the Modern Drummer magazine. Peter produces jazz recordings for his record label Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books and DVDs to his credit: the latest titles include "Time Awareness for All Musicians," "Essential Drum Fills" and "Everything I Know, a Work in Progress." Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. Peter is currently a full Professor of Practice, Jazz Studies and the Director of Drumset Studies at the University of Southern California. His latest endeavors include several play-along apps for iOS, and his autobiography "No Beethoven" was released this year.
"These are the best - most effective and most comfortable - hearing protection earplugs I've ever used. And I *will* use them ... THAT'S the key to effective hearing protection! Thank you, Etymotic."
Rich Gastwirt is one of the most sought after concert photographers. His images have appeared on a variety of music websites as well as in print publications such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. He is the only photographer to have twice been recognized with Billboard Magazine's coveted People's Choice Award in their Ultimate Music Moment Contest (2009, 2010) and he is the official photographer of the Newport Folk Festival, Gathering of the Vibes Festival, and Life is Good Festival. He often covers several concerts per week in the Boston area and his work can be seen at www.stageshooter.com.
"I love that (the Music•Pro 9-15 high-fidelity earplugs) almost disappear when not listening to music - I enjoy the airy" nature of not having sound blocked. This is very useful backstage when roadies are moving stuff around. Being able to hear a case that is about to be rolled into the back of your heels is important! The automatic gain control is very fast. Music with significant dynamics didn't sound compressed or weird. I tried them at the FOH mixing desk and they sounded very nice and transparent from back there. Love the case. Very protective in my pocket...""
Rich Redmond is an influential touring/recording drummer/percussionist. His versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the sound behind many of today's top talents. Rich has toured/recorded/performed with: Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert and many others. As the drumming powerhouse behind Grammy nominated mega star Jason Aldean, Rich has recorded 10 #1 singles with over 7 million albums sold and over 13 million single downloads. As a high-energy live showman, Rich plays sold out shows of 25-30,000 fans nightly in amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums across North America. Rich was voted "Best Country Drummer" and "Best Clinician" by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2010 and "Best Country Drummer" by Drum! Magazine in 2011.
"The Music•Pro 9-15 electronic earplugs are the smartest in the industry. With a flip of a switch, they not only protect your hearing, but also filters sound in an extremely balanced way. A great tool!"
Richard Rainey is an Irish producer/mixer. Based in London, he has produced and mixed records with a wide range of artists from U2, Paul McCartney, Mansun, Mando Diao and The Aliens to The Beautiful South and Zucchero. He has also produced soundtracks for TV, mixed concerts in 5.1 for DVD and remixed club tracks as one half of dance duo Quincey and Sonance. Richard has worked extensively with U2 over the last 12 years including engineering both the recent No Line on the Horizon album and the 11 million selling All That You Can't Leave Behind which he won 3 Grammys for. He has also mixed many of their live performances for TV and radio and completed a year on tour with them as a monitor engineer on their record breaking 360 World Tour.
"Having toured with the ER•4s as a monitor engineer, I now also enjoy the detail of the ER•4s when I'm in the studio mixing. They rock!"
Keyboards, Poi Dog Pondering
Keyboardist Rick Gehrenbeck, aka Mr Egg Germ quickly made his way around the Chicago live scene in the '90s with his unique blend of old-school sounds and jazz/funk stylings, combined with the modern sensibilities of an electronic music producer. This has enabled him to perform throughout the world with legends like Sugar Blue, Bootsy Collins, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Poi Dog Pondering, Mr ALI, Peven Everett, and the J Davis Trio. He recently co-founded The Booty Movement Coalition with long-time collaborator and jazz grammy nominee, vocalist Typhanie Monique. As Mr Egg Germ, Rick combines his past and present into a melange best described as organic.funk.technology (think deep house, funky down tempo, and soulful steppers). He has released original tracks on Loveslap, ILI, D'lectable, Bass X, Esntion, Fourplay, and LAY. In addition, Rick has produced/performed on countless remixes (Patricia Barber, Jesse De La Pena, Uncle Milty, DJ Dealer, Gene Farris, Anthony Nicholson), composed and produced commercial music (McDonald's, Walter E. Smithe), and composed and produced a film soundtrack.
"I've used custom molded musician's plugs for years, but always feared losing the tiny filters when inserting and removing (I actually did lose them a couple times). With the Music•PRO's, I just leave them in and switch from 15db top 9db setting. Being able to switch that setting helps while on stage too; if I have a problem with my gear, I can flip to 9db setting and never be completely exposed to full stage volume. Universal tips are comfortable and no more putting the 'left' plug in the 'right' ear. The reduction is smooth and musical. Fast enough to pick up a nasty monitor feedback spike with no noticeable recovery time."
Producer/FilmMaker/Composer - SavageArts Entertainment
Rob is an established producer, writer, musician and filmmaker, with experience spanning many years in the business.
His three-decade career in the entertainment industry is a direct result of his ability to consistently create uncontrived works that inspire people.
"I use my ER4's everywhere to reference all my mixes. Without question, the most trusted earphones I've used.
Couldn't imagine going a day without them!
Drummer - Gretchen Wilson
Ron Gannaway started out playing rock and top 40 before he started playing drums for country legends Tom T. Hall and Mel McDaniel in the 80's. Since the early 90's he has worked with Steve Wariner, Bill Anderson, Ricky Van Shelton and Joe Nichols before working with Gretchen Wilson.
"So much! Playing Drums for forty years, and being around cymbals, snares and guitars (HA). I found a home with ETYMOTIC!! I have used there ear monitors since 2003 nonstop, on tour, and in the studio, with great results. The protection is there, plus sound quality is lovely. They are just part of my gear, and my hearing (and ears) love it!!"
Instrument & Backline Tech/Production & Stage Manager
Ross Lahey is an instrument and backline tech currently working with both Bonnie Raitt and Furthur. Based in the San Francisco area, he also serves as a production and stage manager and has worked with Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Gloria Estefan, Phil Lesh, Tom Petty, Black Crowes, among many others.
"I have been using the ER•4 for years and they sound much better than the other earphones I've tried. The sound is very clear and true which is important to me so I can hear issues that might arise with guitar rigs."
Conductor/Director of Bands - Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College
Russell McCutcheon is Director of Bands in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At Gettysburg, he conducts the Wind Symphony, Sunderman Conservatory Symphony Band, and the Sunderman Chamber Winds. He also directs the Bullets Marching Band. In addition, he teaches conducting, music education courses, and supervises student teachers in the field.
Dr. McCutcheon received his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in Wind Conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville where he served as Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony.
Dr. McCutcheon is the founding conductor of the Atlantic Chamber Winds, and is a regular contributor to the best-selling book series, "Teaching Music through Performance in Bands." He has been the featured clinician/conductor for many county and district honor bands, was invited to serve as the winds and percussion clinician for the Ohio All-State Orchestra, travels regularly to music camps nationally, and adjudicates band festivals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas.
"I'm on my second pair of custom musicians' earplugs, and wouldn't trade them for any others. As a conductor of wind bands, the sound levels can be very high, and all directed at me. Some days I have as much as six hours of rehearsal; since my ears are my most important teaching tools, it is critical I protect them. Etymotic's custom musicians' earplugs fit beautifully and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They cut the sound enough to be safe, without affecting my ability to hear and rehearse the ensemble. I even wear them to football games, nightclubs and on airplanes - anywhere sound is an issue."
Percussion Caption Head, Phantom Regiment
Presently, Shane is the Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois and Battery Arranger and Visual Designer for Music City Mystique from Nashville, Tennessee. He started as a charter member of Music City Mystique in the 90's and has continued to be a part for the last 18 years. In 2009, Shane joined an elite group of signature artists when Innovative Percussion introduced the Shane Gwaltney signature marching snare drum stick. His innovative and trend setting musical and visual designs have become a mainstay in the WGI, BOA and the DCI arenas.
"Undeniably the most comfortable fit and best protection an ear could want!"
Percussion Director & Educator
Shealley Gumiran is a Northern California-based front ensemble educator who has dedicated herself to the percussive arts for 16 years. She currently teaches at Fairfield High School, where she is now caption head, front ensemble tech, and front ensemble arranger. She is also the percussion director, front ensemble tech, and arranger for the Elk Grove High School percussion ensemble. In 2013, Elk Grove High School won the NCBA Scholastic Division. In 2015, Fairfield High School won both the NCBA Open division and Concert division. 2015 was the inaugural season of the Fairfield Concert Percussion. Shealley also joined the staff of the eNVision Performing Arts Ensemble in 2014. The ensemble placed 5th as a finalist at the WGI World Championships. In 2015, eNVision moved up a division and now competes in the Percussion Independent Open Class. She was with American Canyon High School for the 2015 fall season.
Shealley was also involved in the WGI and DCI community as a marching member. She was a member of the Seattle Cascades in 2000, (Div III Champions) 2001(Div II Silver medalists & High Percussion), and 2002 (Div I top 12 finalists). During that time, the corps rose from Division III champions to Division I finalists. Shealley received the Rod Stubbs award in 2001 for exemplary performance as a Cascade both on and off the field. She was also a member of the Sacramento Freelancers Front Ensemble from 2000-2002, in which the group scored 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, at the WGI World Championships in PIW.
As a non-marching member Shealley has taught the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps since 2007. She goes on tour with the corps, which competes at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis as a World Class Drum Corps.
"I use the Etymotic ETY-Plugs and am a proud member of Adopt-A-Band. The sound quality of the ETY-Plugs is phenomenal, and I love that they come with different ear tip sizes to fit each ear. My students enjoy using them and say they feel comfortable using them for long periods of time while playing and performing. I teach seven days a week in three different high schools, and with a WGI group on the weekend. I ALWAYS have them on hand and my ears feel 100% protected!"
Music Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Remixer, Composer - Timeless EnterpriZes, Zeitmahl (band), Red Light District (Band)
Shok is a producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist. His use of bass guitar, guitar and even live drums (including live tambourine) and his own voice as backing vocals, set his sound apart from the usual fully electronic remix.
Notable remixes include Fischerspooner, The BellRays (Lisa K of The Basement Jaxx), Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's Grinderman, Mirah, KMFDM, Combichrist, Fun Lovin Criminals, Isaac Hayes & Burt Bacharach, Godhead, autoKratz, featuring bassist, Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Daniel Myer's Architect and Haujobb.
Recently having wrapped a mix for the new UK sensation, Queen Of Hearts, he is currently remixing Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) for the Pajama Club album, Max Pashm and Gotye.
Production and collaborative credits include work with Josie Cotton, Lady Gaga, DJ Superstar Keoki, L7's Donita Sparks, Traci Lords, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), Technical Itch and Daniel Ash (Bauhaus / Love And Rockets).
Shok has composed music for Nickelodeon cartoons, A&E'e Biography, Paramount Pictures, Fox, Miramax, M. Night Shyamalon, PS3, Newgrounds and Michael Bay's Transformers in a musical collaboration with Adam Freeland, Bassbin Twins and Alex Metric.
He has been the drummer of Mount Sims and Thrill Kill Kult and is presently a member of Juno Reactor, Red Light District (1920s, 30s neo-vaudeville cabaret vs. a time machine), Zeitmahl and also Tres Vampires, a project with Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and David J. of Bauhaus / Love And Rockets set for release 2012.
"This is extremely important for anyone, especially today when there are always beeps, alarms, sirens and other alerts not just from the streets and clubs and other venues, but computers, mobile phones and such which increasingly become louder as we move forward in time. Being an avid music fan as well as being composer and producer means that I need to protect my ears effectively so I can ensure and reinforce the longevity of healthy hearing for work and pleasure. Even when I am in a loud restaurant or bar, I may use protection (hey and I am not talking sexually here, kids) I used my Etymotic plugs tonight when it was loud as they attenuate the volume and not muffle the high frequencies as typical foam plugs do. Hearing all frequencies accurately is important for anyone who wants to effectively communicate whether it be listening to music or hearing someone speak. If you do not protect your sensitive ears, you will not have them in the future. USE PROTECTION!!! You will be glad you did! You will also not have to purchase anything for a headache later too!"
SSG Sergio Hernandez
Staff Sargeant Sergio Hernandez joined the U.S. Army June 20th 1999 and attended Basic Combat training at Fort Benning, GA. He has been stationed at Mccully Barrack's Germany, Fort Irwin CA, Fort Lewis WA, Fort Jackson SC and is currently stationed at Fort Stewart GA. He has had four deployments: Iraq 2003, Iraq 2004, Afghanistan 2007, and Afghanistan 2010. He started competing in USPSA in 2013 and switched to 3 Gun competition in 2014. SSG Hernandez competes for the love of the sport and to honor the memories of the fallen. He is currently in year two of 3 Gun and his ultimate long-term goal is make it to the Pro-Am shoot-off.
"I have been using Etymotic's GunSportPRO's for over three years now. I can honestly say that these earplugs are the best hearing protection money can buy. The ability to hear what's going on around me while shooting is immensely helpful. I've used the plugs in inclement weather, and they have stood up to anything Mother Nature has thrown at them. I have also accidentally run these through the washer and dryer three times and they still work! For the price of these earplugs, you can't go wrong."
Steve Elliott Smith is best known as the drummer for Journey and one of the top drummers of all time. The Berklee grad emerged as a jazz drummer touring with Jean-Luc Ponty, but it was his time with rock band Journey that put him on the map. He's since played in sessions and on stage with a who's-who of jazz, rock, pop, world and other artists. Today, he leads his own jazz band, Vital Information. Steve uses Etymotic ER•4s as his in-ear monitors.
photo by Stephen Shadrach
"The Etymotic ER•4s give me clear sound with a wide range of frequencies. They are comfortable to wear and work extremely well in the studio and live. - Steve Smith"
I'm a UK musician, composer, producer and very occasional DJ based in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire.
I co-founded Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990 with whom I released 10 lp's and produced over 70 remixes for artists such as Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, A Certain Ratio and Moloko.
Prior to this I was signed to Big Life records as one half of Ashley and Jackson. A group that enjoyed moderate success in the late eighties and had a minor hit with 'Solid Gold', which went to number 3 in Austria. On a trivial note, the A&R man that signed us is head of Universal now.
My other writing and production collaborations include Heights of Abraham with ex Chakk members Sim Lister and Jake Harries; J*S*T*A*R*S with Lister and The Cutler with Dave 'Porky' Brennand . I also released two solo lp's and as The Solid Doctor and a selection of remixes under my own name. I've written and recorded with Cabaret Voltaire's Steven Mallinder under the guise of 'Hey Rube'. Our debut lp 'Can You Hear Me Mutha?' was released in October '12.https://soundcloud.com/heyrube.Adam Regan from Different Drummer and Leftfoot in Birmingham is also a regular collaborator. The project is entitled 'Chieftain' and aimed fairly and squarely at the dance floor. Digi ep released last year. CD to be released in '13.
I co-produced Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli's debut solo l.p. 'The Twilight Singers' in 2000 and also co-wrote and produced Three White Roses and a Budd ep with Bill Nelson and avant garde American composer Harold Budd. I worked extensively with old chum Darren Emerson on his solo lp, in an engineering and writing capacity. Looking ahead,I'm off to France to work with ex Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie in a couple of weeks.
My work has been used on a wide array of international film and television programs. From Sex and the City and CSI Miami to Blue Peter and Homefront in the Garden, my PRS statements are testament to the wide appeal of my back catalogue.
'Loose Nuke Threat' by J*S*T*A*R*S was used on two extensive UK advertising campaigns for John Lewis in 2005/2006 and Fiat in 2011. Nokia used Motown Coppers by Fila Brazillia on an international campaign in 2010. Two international feature films by Stacy Peralta - Riding Giants & Dogtown and Z Boys also feature Fila tuneage.
I've DJ'd on every continent but Africa and performed live and extensively toured both Europe and the States with Fila Brazillia.
As you can gather, I have a wide range of production, writing and engineering skills.
I'm currently represented by Roberto Neri at Eagle I publishing.
"The ER 4 is far and away the best ear buds Ive ever used. They're the most comfortable Ive worn and deliver a wonderful crisp and balanced frequency range. The ETY ear defenders were a revelation. Zero muffle but powerful noise reduction. Outstanding."
Principal Bassoon - National Symphony Orchestra
Sue Heineman has been Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra since September 2000. Prior to joining the NSO, she held positions with the New Haven, Memphis, New Mexico, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the NSO on numerous occasions, as well as with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, comprised of principal players from the NSO. Ms. Heineman has performed as guest Principal Bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is a frequent soloist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. A former member of the Aspen Wind Quintet, she has performed with the American Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. As a student she participated in festivals at Tanglewood, Banff, National Repertory Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.
Originally from Philadelphia, Ms. Heineman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman and a Master's degree from Juilliard. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Rochester, graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Salzburg. Her teachers include Shirley Curtiss, David Van Hoesen, Milan Turkovic, Judith LeClair, and Stephen Maxym. A frequent guest clinician at conservatories and festivals throughout the US and Canada, Ms. Heineman is on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music.
"Ever since my first professional job when the principal trumpet shouted Sue! Duck!!!" before his solos I've been using earplugs in various forms. The most frustrating part is the disconnect from your aural surroundings, and the Music•Pro 9-15 are the best solution I've found. Particularly in rehearsal they allow me to stay connected with the instructions of the conductor without constantly scrambling to get plugs in and out. In certain situations they actually make it easier to hear my colleagues across the stage. The custom fit ear molds are by far the most comfortable earplug I've used.""
Musician , Recording Engineer - Poi Dog Pondering
I've been in and out of bands for the last 25 or so years. Currently, I play guitar with Poi Dog Pondering. I also record and mix music. Playing and making music is an important part of my life.
"Critical listening is one of the more important aspects of recording and mixing music so protecting the hearing I have left is very important to me. I have a pair of the Music Pro electronic plugs and I use them all the time. I wear them during gigs and rehearsals of course but I also rely on them during my daily life. People don't realize how loud Chicago is - particularly downtown Chicago. I wear my plugs whenever I commute on the train or walk through busy downtown intersections. I love the fact that they don't compromise intelligibility during conversations too.
Theatre Producer - Relevant Theatricals LLC
Ted works as a theatre producer with Revelant. His current projects include: 'Snapshots,' with book by David Stern and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, (Wicked, Pippin); a new stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'; a new musical version of Hank Ketchum's 'Dennis The Menace'; and the Broadway musical 'Million Dollar Quartet.' Ted started his theatre career as co-founder of the American Stage Company, where he helped develop and produce over 20 new shows, including 'Other People's Money' and 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.'
"The hf5's are excellent."
Thick as Thieves
LA-based Thick as Thieves sound incorporates intention-filled rap verses and uplifting catchy choruses with dual vocals, all brought to life by sinuous stalking rhythms. They've toured nationwide in college markets, opening for national favorites such as Imagine Dragons, Nas, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, Sean Kingston, Matt & Kim, Young the Giant, The New Boyz, among others. At home, they've played at many of the world famous Sunset Strip venues such as the House of Blues, Troubadour, Whiskey a Go Go, and The Roxy. Thick as Thieves continues to pursue their path as innovators in support of their recently released EP "These Days." Currently, the band is in the studio, writing and recording new music for an upcoming 2014 winter release. To hear their music and see their videos, go to thievesmusic.com.
"We're using Etymotic's ER-4s as our in-ear monitors and we're happy to have them! Any band playing electric music deals with a ton of stage noise. There are lots of distinct parts to our music and with our band's multiple singers and guitars it's hard to focus and hear ourselves. Getting ER-4s and rid of the wedge monitors is an amazing musical opportunity."
Drummer/Percussionist/Educator - Blue Man Group, Chicago Bears Drumline, Minor Characters, Percussion Specialist
Thomas is a graduate of Northern Illinois University's percussion program and an alumnus of The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and NorthCoast Academy Percussion Ensemble. Currently, Thomas is a percussion specialist at both Lake Park High School and Maine South High School where he teaches applied lessons, directs the percussion ensembles and teaches percussion methods and application. He also performs with Blue Man Group Chicago at the Briar Street Theater as one of their drummers and is the Briar Street Theater Drum School Teacher where he helps new Blue Man members with their drumming skills. Thomas is a member of the Chicago Bears Drumline and performs at all home games and Bears related corporate events. He also mans the drum throne for Chicago based rock bands, Minor Characters and RaKunk. Thomas is an Innovative Percussion Artist and a member of Percussive Arts Society.
"So crisp, accurate and comfortable - the ER4's have the sonic definition to let me focus on making and performing music while protecting my ears. I use them nearly every day. Thank you, Etymotic!"
Director of Artist and Entertainment Relations for Taylor Guitars
Tim Godwin is Director of Artist and Entertainment Relations for Taylor Guitars. He was formerly Artist Relations manager for Line 6. Tim's work has included establishing relationships and partnerships with many artists including Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, The Edge of U2, James Taylor, Lenny Kravitz, and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
Prior to working for Taylor and Line 6 world, he toured the world as a guitarist with notable acts including Air Supply and Laura Brannigan. He has also accompanied GRAMMY award winning country star Shelby Lynne during an appearance on The Jay Leno show and performed as a member of the house band on Fox's "Sunday Comics." Tim co-founded the band Farmer with music producer Marshall Altman, and their collaboration led to a publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Aware Records, current home to multi-platinum artists John Mayer, Five For Fighting, and Train. Recently, he composed music for the film short "Last 3 Minutes" directed by Po Chan and filmed by Shane Hurlbut, ASC Director of Photography for "Terminator Salvation."
"I love going to concerts, and protecting my hearing has always been very important to me. But, I hated stuffing foam earplugs in my ear and having the sound be muffled, so in the past, I opted to suffer the damage regardless of sound level - not very smart! Then, I tried the MusicPRO•915's and fell in love with them! Now not only am I saving my hearing, but I can hear the full dynamic range of sound. They also work great when taking your 13 year old daughter to a concert of her choice - they mute all of the high pitched screaming!"
Timeflies started in 2010, and after releasing only singles, they released their debut album, The Scotch Tape in 2011. They also started Timeflies Tuesday - a YouTube series in which they are able to stay connected with fans by releasing remixes, performing live covers, and freestyling over original beats. In April 2014, they debuted their latest album, After Hours.
Cal started singing and freestyling in high school, and while in college, joined a band called The Ride. This blues, funk and hip-hop band was when Cal later teamed up with The Ride's drummer, Rez, to form Timeflies in October 2010. Cal's musical influences include Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, and his favorite, Big L. Cal's biggest strength, and weakness, is his love for scotch.
Rez got an early start in production after building a studio in his basement for multiple high school bands. Rez works mostly in Pro Tools and Ableton Live, and plays mainly drums, guitar, and piano. Rez spent a few years DJing in college, double majoring in music and philosophy. In regards to his Timeflies production, Rez cites Porter Robinson, Benny Blanco, Pretty Lights, and JR Rotem as major influences. He is also a serious Green Lantern fan.
"The ease of mobility coupled with the quality of this product make it a must have for anyone who frequents themselves in extreme decibel atmospheres."
Artist Manager, Director of Digital Marketing - Complete Control Management
Marching Percussion Instructor & Arranger
Tom Gasparrini is an in-demand instructor, consultant, and arranger in the marching percussion world. He currently serves as the Battery Coordinator at The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio, and as the Director of Percussion for Bellbrook High School. Tom is also the Program Coordinator and Battery Arranger at European X of Hilversum, The Netherlands. He frequently teaches internationally, having traveled to destinations such as Costa Rica, Lithuania, Canada, and The Netherlands. Recently, Tom traveled to Seoul, South Korea and San Francisco to perform with the TonyÂ© and EmmyÂ© award-winning production Blast!.
"Whether I am drumming or standing in front of a drumline, I always use my ER20XS. It's a relief to know that I can comfortably protect my ears while still being able to hear the most minute rhythmic and balance details of a drumline."
George Lewis Jr., also known as Twin Shadow, is an American new-wave synthpop musician. In 2000, he started the band Mad Man Films, but in 2006 left and moved to Brooklyn, NY where he later recorded his 2010 album Forget and 2012 album Confess. He was named Band of the Week in 2012 by Rolling Stone and in the same year, was the voice of the host on Grand Theft Auto V's "Radio Mirror Park." He's been featured as a performer at Coachella, Pitchfork Music Festival, Bonnaroo, and supported Florence and the Machine on their 2011 tour.
"I'm the type of musician who plays loud music and hates, hates, hates using earplugs. I find that the high end and fullness I lose with store earplugs distracts me from connecting with the music. But, I want to be making music for a long time. The MusicPro's do what I've always wanted an earplug to do, which is keep the sonic picture intact and protect my ears when things get sketchy."
Audio Engineer: Tyler Soifer, Steve Smith and Side 3 Studios
Whether at a music venue or in the studio, Tyler strives to provide the best possible audio to a wide range of talented musicians, producers, and artists. Currently, Tyler could be found at front-of-house, mixing concerts for artists like Steve Smith & Vital Information, Hiromi and Nelson Rangell, as well as at home in Denver, recording and mixing a wide variety of pop, rap, rock, and jazz.
"The wonderful thing about the ER-4's is they shine in many critical applications, because of their superior quality. I trust them over any other earphones because of the flat response and their ability to represent the audio so accurately at all levels."
Bassist Victor Wooten began his musical career at age three when his brother Regi taught him to play bass. He made his stage debut at five, performing with his four older brothers in the Wootens, playing songs by R&B mainstays like James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, War, and Curtis Mayfield. After opening for acts like Mayfield and War, the Wootens recorded an album in 1985. By 1988, he moved to Nashville to join a rock band, and the following year met Bla Fleck, the banjo player for New Grass Revival. As the Flecktones, the group earned numerous accolades, including four Grammy nominations and a number one album on the jazz charts.
Along with solo albums like 1996's A Show of Hands and the following year's What Did He Say?, Wooten contributed to albums by friends David Grier, Paul Brady, and Branford Marsalis. His third solo album, Yin-Yang, which featured appearances by Fleck, Bootsy Collins, and the Wooten Brothers, was released in 1999. Released in 2001 Live in America, a double-disc package, documented four years on the road. After tours with the Flecktones and a 2001 release/tour with the group Bass Extremes, Wooten returned to his solo career in 2005 with the album Soul Circus. Released in 2008, Palmystery included turns by violinist Eric Silver and harmonica player Howard Levy. In 2011, Wooten formed his own record label, Vix Records.
"I wasn't smart enough (or educated enough) to wear earplugs growing up and I have a constant ringing in my ears as a result. The MusicPro's are ingenious and deal with a VERY important issue."
Guitarist and Composer
Guitarist & composer Vinny Valentino continues to redefine musical genres, to the acclaim of audiences worldwide. In 1988, he released his first solo recording entitled, Vinny Valentino, and now has 12 recordings to his credit. His international debut recording, The Distance Between Two Lines, shot straight up the charts to #2 and stayed on the national charts for more than 14 weeks-an unprecedented achievement for a first international release. Paul Anthony of Jazz Unlimited called it "one of the top five albums of 1993."
His compositions have been recorded by Vital Information, John Benitez, George Benson, Sunny Sumter and Steve Haas and are featured in the "All Jazz Real Book." The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts have recognized Vinny's talents as composer, arranger, and recording artist with a grant for a series of works entitled "New Music for Three Guitars."
Vinny and his trio "On 3" were selected by the Kennedy Center and the Department of State to represent the United States in the U.S. Jazz Ambassadors Program. Since 2006, Vinny has been the guitarist for the long-standing fusion group, Vital Information, which boasts legendary drummer Steve Smith as its founder and leader.
"I never thought it was possible to accurately mix and master while on tour until I bought my first pair of ER4's. They are the equitable combination of accuracy and isolation even at 30,000 feet. For me, Etymotic is all about quality mixed with practicality. They've done the 'Research' and I get to enjoy the music."