Vision. Passion. Results.

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The Simple Yet Powerful Formula

How it works for you:

The combined experience in the music industry of the company partners is over 120 years. There is virtually nothing we have not seen in the music business. From that experience comes the simple – on the outside – formula. With our experience we have developed a keen vision of what is needed in this industry to make other people successful – music dealers, educators, musicians. Simply put, we have the passion for this business. We don’t do anything else. We sleep, eat and drink the music business. That passion along with our vision is the reason new products are hits and our programs drive people to your store. And that’s evident in the results we all share. The growth for our customers continues to increase. We are happy that it does, but not surprised that it will. Want more information on our formula? Contact us.

Marketing Group

  • Michael Skinner

    Michael Skinner

    President

    Michael received his B.Mus. from Berklee in Music Education and his M.Mus. from the University of Miami in Composition before spending ten years as studio musician in New York City. Michael spent seven years in the D’Addario marketing department and ten years at Yamaha in educational marketing before co-founding DANSR in 2004. Michael continues to enjoy writing music and bicycle riding… although not at the same time.

  • Michael Fenoglio

    Michael Fenoglio

    Vandoren Brand Manager

    Michael Fenoglio is a saxophonist, composer, and music educator residing in central Illinois. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance from University of Illinois where he studied and taught under professors Chip McNeill and Debra Richtmeyer. Michael has performed with a variety of renowned artists including the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Ira Sullivan, Phil Woods and the Temptations. His most recent projects include his band's self-titled album "The Old Style Sextet" on BluJazz Records, and guitarist Chris Beyt's "120." 

    As a member of the Vandoren marketing team, Michael plays an active role in the VRA program, product training, ads and promotion, content creation, and trade shows. Outside of music Michael also enjoys cooking, gardening, and hassling all of the Cardinal fans at the office. Go Cubs!

  • Mary Galime

    Mary Galime

    Denis Wick Product Specialist and Artist Relations Manager

    Playing trumpet for over 20 years, Mary Galime has enjoyed the last 10 years of her career back home in Chicago. As a high school student, Mary left Chicago to study trumpet at the Interlochen Arts Academy. After graduating from the academy, she received a BM from Lawrence University and a MM from DePaul University. Her teachers include John Hagstrom, Kevin Cobb, Bob Levy, Ed Carroll, and John Lindenau. 

    Mary is a founding member and current performer in the Alliance Brass Quintet. She has performed and competed internationally with multiple brass ensembles and quintets, performing music ranging from classical and jazz to world premier performances.  When she’s not touring with the ABQ, you can hear Mary performing with many orchestras throughout the Chicago area.

    As the Denis Wick Product Specialist and Artist Relations Manager, as well as a Denis Wick Artist herself, Mary works together with performing artists, teachers, students, schools, and businesses, striving to promote music performance and education in communities across the nation.

  • Rebecca Scholldorf

    Rebecca Scholldorf

    Marketing Assistant

    Rebecca received her B.M. in both Clarinet Performance and Music Business from the Crane School of Music. She handles the day-to-day events of our Vandoren Regional Artists in addition to creating content for our social media platforms (@VandorenUSA and @Denis Wick Products on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). She has a passion for playing bass clarinet, searching for new ways to brew coffee, cooking food from different cultures, and living out her dream to globe-trek.

Artist Services

  • David Gould

    David Gould

    Vandoren Product Specialist and Artist Relations Manager, New York Musician's Advisory Studio

    David Gould has been guest clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de France, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, and the New Jersey Symphony.  He is bass clarinetist with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra in NYC and has played under the batons of James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gerard Schwartz and Leonard Slatkin.

    He completed undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School and was a Harriet Hale Woolley scholar at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris, France. Gould won 1st prizes in clarinet performance at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles.

  • Sylvain Carton

    Sylvain Carton

    Vandoren Product Specialist and West Coast Artist Relations, Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio, Los Angeles

    Originally from France, Sylvain Carton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer residing in Los Angeles. An accomplished saxophonist and guitarist, Sylvain tours and records regularly with a number of groups representing a variety of musical genres and traditions, such as Beats Antique,The Japonize Elephants, The Mitch Marcus Quintet, Jessica Fichot, Space Blaster, We Are the West, John Vanderslice, Maureen and the Mercury Five, and Carolyna Picknick. For Vandoren/DANSR Sylvain manages the Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in Los Angeles where he works with Vandoren Artists as well as woodwind players of all kinds to help them find their perfect setup. Outside of his work with Vandoren and with the many musical groups he is a part of, Sylvain enjoys playing/learning new instruments and searching for the perfect pain au chocolat.

  • Andrew Hadro

    Andrew Hadro

    Vandoren Product Specialist and Artist Advisor, Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio, New York City

    Andrew Hadro is a professional musician, composer, and bandleader in Brooklyn, New York. Hadro’s primary instrument is baritone saxophone, though he also performs on bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, and flute, and is one of the only working musicians in New York City to play the bass saxophone. 

    Recently, Hadro has been presenting compositions by current living composers through his ongoing project "For Us, The Living," An effort to honor tradition through innovation. Hadro has performed and recorded two albums for this series, with the most recent released in April 2018.

    After 15 years in NYC, Hadro can be heard through an expanding discography and frequent live performances. He has played with and led ensembles large and small, featuring historical and modern styles, as well as through-composed and fully improvised music.

    Born abroad in Mexico to American parents, Hadro spent most of his childhood in the Chicago area before moving to New York City to study at the New School for Jazz. In addition to working as a performer, Andrew Hadro is a product specialist for Vandoren, advising fellow musicians on equipment including reeds and mouthpieces. As curator of JazzBariSax.com Hadro provides resources and news to baritone saxophonists all over the world. During summers Hadro serves as a director and faculty member for the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut.

  • Andrew Somerville

    Andrew Somerville

    Artist Relations Assistant

    Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Andrew Somerville enjoys a varied career as a saxophonist in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has extensive experience as a recitalist and soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras; and has also freelanced with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Ballet, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. 

    Andrew has held teaching positions at the University of St Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is also actively involved with outreach and engagement activities. He is currently completing his DMA in Saxophone Performance at the University of Illinois, and received his MM form Northwestern University. He was the first saxophonist ever to be awarded an Artist Diploma by London’s Royal College of Music.

    As Artist Relations Assistant at Dansr, Andrew assists Vandoren Artists and other professionals with mouthpiece trials and equipment orders. He is also involved in the Vandoren Regional Artist program. Outside of the office, Andrew enjoys Single Malt Scotch and American IPAs.




  • Michael Tran

    Michael Tran

    Artist Advisor - Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio, Chicago

    Michael Tran is a freelance clarinetist in the Chicago area. Before Chicago, he was a private lessons teacher and performer in central Florida. He is currently doing his M.M. at DePaul University, studying with Julie DeRoche and Stephen Williamson. 

  • Richard Brasseale

    Richard Brasseale

    Studio Assistant - Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio, Chicago

    Richard Brasseale is a classical saxophonist and teacher in the Chicago area. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Music at DePaul University with Jeremy Ruthrauff. He has played with numerous Chicago based ensembles, such as Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Camerata Chicago, Lakeview Orchestra, and Chicago Symphonic Winds. 

  • Yaron Benyamini

    Yaron Benyamini

    Studio Assistant - Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio, Chicago

    Yaron Benyamini was born in Israel, and grew up in Naperville, Illinois, attending Naperville Central High School. He started playing the clarinet at age 9, and saxophone at age 13. A student of Vandoren Artists John Bruce Yeh, Mark Colby, and Rudresh Mahanthappa, Yaron played in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1992-1995, (alongside Vandoren Artist Anthony McGill), and was a two time finalist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Illinois Young Performers Competition. After high school, Yaron attended Roosevelt University and the University Of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a two-year stint in the Israel Defense Forces, where he served in the Paratroop Brigade and fought in the First Lebanon War. For several years both before and and after his military service), Yaron was a member of Lonie Walker’s Big Bad Ass Company Band, in residence at the now defunct “Underground Wonder Bar” in Chicago, and was also a member of The Buzz (in residence at Buddy Guy’s Legends) and The Convulsions. During this period, Yaron attended North Central College, studying jazz improvisation with guitarist John McLean. While working in California, Yaron met and married his wife Olesya, and they moved back to Chicago, where they presently live with their son Vitaliy. Yaron is presently finishing his B.A. in Music Education at Northeastern Illinois University, where he studies clarinet with Vandoren Artist Dr. Rose Sperrazza, and is a member of the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble. Yaron joined the Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in Chicago this past November, and is very excited to be a part of the Vandoren family, although this also feels completely natural to him, as he has played on Vandoren products and both studied and played with Vandoren Artists for over 30 years.

  • Ryan Adamsons

    Ryan Adamsons

    Artist Advisor - Denis Wick Advisory Studio, Chicago

    A native of Springfield, Virginia, Ryan Erik Adamsons is a freelance musician based in Chicago. He earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Jazz Studies and Brass Performance under Jack Schantz and Scott Johnston respectively at the University of Akron (2000-2006). In addition, Adamsons earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Composition under Tom Matta at DePaul University in Chicago (2007- 2009). On the performance side, Adamsons has written and/or performed with groups such as Daphne Willis, Nootka Sound, Tom Matta Big Band, Bob Lark Alumni Big BandBilly Wolfe Composer's Octet and Tetradectet, Jazz Community Big Band, and his own group the Medium Ensemble. Adamsons also taught brass with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio and  (2012-present) with the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California. Adamsons is also on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, coordinating their education programs.

Sales & Administration

  • Greg Grieme

    Greg Grieme

    Executive Vice President and CFO

    Greg received a Bachelor's degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Missouri. He spent 16 years in the banking industry working his way from collector to commercial loan officer before joining BGE in 1997 and DANSR in 2004. He is an avid golfer and lifelong Missouri Tiger fan!

  • Bill Gray

    Bill Gray

    Executive Vice President

  • Gary Winder

    Gary Winder

    Executive VP of Sales and Marketing

    Gary joined DANSR in 2011 after a long career with Yamaha Corporation of America. He is an active clarinet player (Black Diamond Ebonite/M|O Ligature/V21 Reeds) and is in charge of sales and marketing. His duties include overseeing the sales department, introduction of new products, setting sales goals, forecasting inventory, and visiting our accounts.

  • Seth Swartz

    Seth Swartz

    Controller

    Seth received his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He worked at CliftonLarsonAllen for seven years as a Tax manager before taking the Controller position at DANSR. He has also worked for non-profit organizations and has served as treasurer for non-profits in the Champaign area. Seth enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, running, hockey and baseball. Go Blues and Go Cardinals!

  • Stephanie Murphy

    Stephanie Murphy

    Sales Manager

    Stephanie has been with DANSR since January of 2012. Prior to her arrival here she worked with Human Kinetics, Inc., a sports publishing company located in Champaign, IL for eight  years. Stephanie is very passionate about Customer Service and making sure that everyone has the best overall experience when working with DANSR, Inc. Outside of work, Stephanie is busy with two very active boys and enjoying their many sporting events.

  • Alicia Coulter

    Alicia Coulter

    Customer Service Manager

    Alicia is the new Customer Service Manager here at DANSR. She currently knows how to play 7 instruments, primarily the flute and alto saxophone, and has been playing for 14 years. Before joining DANSR in December of 2017, Alicia spent 4 years working in musical sales/customer service management with Woodwind & Brasswind. Outside of work Alicia enjoys hiking, canoeing, biking, traveling, and racing.

  • Katie Pieczynski

    Katie Pieczynski

    Accountant

    Katie is the Accounts Receivable Manager at DANSR. After earning a Bachelors in Accounting and Business, Katie worked as a Financial Analyst for a health insurance company and an oil company in Houston, Texas. Katie has two children and enjoys spending her time outside of work at her kids' numerous sporting events, reading, and pursuing photography.

  • Shelly Cekander

    Shelly Cekander

    Assistant Controller and Office Manager

    Shelly received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Accounting from the University of Illinois.  She worked as an Accountant for a private tax accounting firm in Champaign for 16 years before joining DANSR in 2007.  Shelly enjoys attending her son’s sporting events, spending time with family and serving the community through various faith-based organizations.

  • Troy Hamilton

    Troy Hamilton

    Shipping Manager

  • Tim Paris

    Tim Paris

    Shipping

  • Les Schluter

    Les Schluter

    Assistant Warehouse Manager

    Les obtained his A.A.S. degree in Small business Management from Parkland College. He joined DANSR when it started in 2004 and loves the company! Prior to joining DANSR Les had worked for Gifford State Bank and SuperValu. When not at work, he and his wife are very busy with their 10 year old son, rooting on the Cubs and Illini, and promoting national-touring southern gospel concerts in Danville, Illinois. 

  • Jason Mathias

    Jason Mathias

    Shipping

Musician's Advisory Studios