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

    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

    Vandoren Regional Artist Administrator

    Rebecca received her B.M. in both Clarinet Performance and Music Business. She handles the day-to-day events of our Vandoren Regional Artists and hopes to provide more clarinet and saxophone clinics to schools around the nation. 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

  • 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

    Since 2012, Andrew Hadro has been working in the New York City Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio. As a product specialist, he assists everyone from students to professionals in finding the right equipment all across the Northeast. He is active in the New York jazz scene with numerous bands as well as recording and leading his own projects.

    Outside of the studio Andrew is a director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and curator of JazzBariSax.com. He enjoys running marathons, anything technology related, and learning glass blowing.

  • 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.




  • Alana Miles

    Alana Miles

    Artist Advisor - Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio, Los Angeles

  • Alex Blomarz

    Alex Blomarz

    Artist Advisor - Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio, Chicago

    Currently pursuing his MM in Jazz Composition at DePaul University, Alex serves as a specialist in jazz saxophone equipment at the new studio. A former middle school band director, Alex is currently an active musician in Chicago and across the Midwest.

  • 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

    Artist Advisor - 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. 

  • 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

    Vice President Sales & 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, visiting our accounts, and buying bagels for the staff every Tuesday!

  • 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

    Customer Service 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.

  • Sarah Finney

    Sarah Finney

    Customer Service Representative

    Sarah started at DANSR in February 2015 after working in many other facets of customer service including restaurants and health care. Sarah is a fan of all music and loves working at DANSR and her coworkers, as well as DANSR's vendors and the people who produce all of DANSR's amazing products. Sarah does not play an instrument herself, however, working at DANSR has taught her an incredible amount of information about music and the world of musical products! In her spare time outside of DANSR, Sarah enjoys volunteering, seeing movies and concerts, being active, spending time with family and friends, and snuggling with her pooch.

  • Jennifer Byers-York

    Jennifer Byers-York

    Accountant

    Jennifer received both her undergraduate degree in Accountancy and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. She spent 9 years in finance roles with an Engineering firm and 9 years with a large, international manufacturing company overseeing the Purchasing and Accounts Payable departments at their U.S. Service Center. She joined DANSR as a member of the Accounting group in 2013. Jennifer enjoys teaching Marketing part-time at the community college and gardening when the mid-west weather cooperates.

  • 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.

  • 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