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Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Conference, Jan. 26 - 27, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Anaheim, CA


Southern California Band & Orchestra, Things 4 Strings and Music & Arts logos

The Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBO) is a non-profit organization whose active membership is drawn primarily from educational institutions: elementary schools, junior high/middle schools, senior high schools, colleges and universities. Additional membership includes students and others (private instructors, business establishments) who are active in the musical community.

The Association is dedicated to enriching the cultural environment by helping all students develop a greater appreciation of music, providing the means for exploring both vocational and non-vocational opportunities in music, raising performance standards, and improving learning techniques.

Meet Things 4 Strings accessories at the SCSBO Conference! Music and Arts will be hosting Things 4 Strings Product Specialist (and violin/viola private studio teacher) Rozie Dumas at their exhibit in the Hyatt Regency Orange County lobby. This conference is also held in cooperation to the nearby and concurrently running NAMM Show 2018, where Things 4 Strings LLC will be in Hall B, Booth 9051. More info on our NAMM Show presence here.

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NAMM SHOW 2018 and Things 4 Strings Logo

The NAMM Show is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where "only at NAMM" moments take place.

Meet Things 4 Strings® accessories at Booth 9051 in Hall B during the following show hours:

Thursday, January 25 10 am–6 pm
Friday, January 26 10 am–6 pm
Saturday, January 27 10 am–6 pm
Sunday, January 28 10 am–5 pm

PLUS! Don't miss our

Music Educator Showcase at the 2018 NAMM Show

When: Sunday, Jan. 28, 11am

Where:,NAMM Member Center, Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B Music Educator Showcases at the 2018 NAMM Show, 

Title: Instant Bow Holds! Meet Things 4 Strings® Accessories for the Orchestra Classroom or Private Strings Studio

Description: Things 4 Strings® accessories are teacher designed, tested and approved as the gentlest & fastest way for beginners to learn the bow hold. The relaxed and effective instant bow hold will optimize your instruction time and speed progress for your students! Bow Hold Buddies® for Violin /Viola and CelloPhant® for Cello/(French-style bow) Bass.

 Presented by: Ruth Brons, President, Things 4 Strings LLC


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Music China 2017: Meet US in Shanghai!

Updated Booth Location: W1E74

#Music China #Things4Strings #BowHoldBuddies #CelloPhant #violin #cello

In Shanghai? Hope to see you at the Shanghai New International Center (SNIEC)!

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Music China 2017: Shanghai New International Expo Center, October 11 - 14


Meet us in Shanghai!

Music China 2017: Shanghai will gather together over 130,000 instrument importers, dealers, distributors, retailers, music schools & academies, orchestras and musicians!

Meet Things 4 Strings® accessories with our president and inventor, violin teacher Ruth Brons, and China Agent, Jerrie Zhao at Location W1E74. We are most honored to have been invited to share a booth with VSA (Violin Society of America) Gold Medalist bow maker Long Gen Chen. Please stop by to say hello!

Things 4 Strings® accessories allow beginning orchestral string players the benefits of a relaxed and effective bow hold. Students enjoy producing bowed tones right from their very first lesson, and, with no need for constant bow hold corrections, string teachers and parents optimize valuable instruction and practice time. Made in the USA, these accessories are molded of the finest medical-grade silicone rubber, are durable and washable, and are universal-fit for players aged 3 through adult on any size bow.

Accessory inventor and studio teacher Ruth Brons was honored for her work advancing strings education by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) with the prestigious Kudos Award. “Bow Hold Buddies dramatically reduce the time it takes students to master a relaxed and effective bow hold. Students' energy can be redirected towards other challenges. Quicker progress, more fun!” said Brons.

Launched in 2009, Things 4 Strings® patented accessories have rapidly achieved popularity with studio and classroom teachers worldwide. “For those who can already play, the necessary bow hold corrections are done very quickly. They practice with the bow hold buddies at home, and the new habits form effortlessly. For beginners, they provided an easy and safe introduction to an excellent bow hold. I have been known to be skeptical with regard to gadgets - but not here. These Bow Hold Buddies (and Cellophants) work great, and we will keep using them!” said Kurt Sassmannshaus, String Dept. Chair, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

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"Bootsy" Joins Things 4 Strings LLC Team!

Just in time to help with shipping during this busy back-to-school season, "Bootsy" comes to us from the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, NJ. She is two years old, and enjoys wearing her tuxedo look fur coat to work everyday. She enjoys supervising the packing of every box heading to our world-wide distribution network. Her favorite product? Our new deeply discounted fish bowl of 24 violin and viola bow hand pinky finger supports, the Things 4 Strings® Studio Kit: Hold Fish®, of course!



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