Haynes Company Press Release

Wow, I received this submission from the actual Haynes company.Alan Weiss, Director of Sales & Marketing, writes

“Dr. Gerardo Discepolo, President
Di Zhao, Director of Manufacturing
Alan Weiss, Director of Sales & Marketing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2004
WORLD’S OLDEST FLUTE COMPANY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP,
RUN BY “ALL-FLUTIST,” ALL-STAR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Representatives of the William S. Haynes Company of Boston, Massachusetts officially announce the sale of the world’s oldest manufacturer of artist quality handmade flutes. Haynes, established in 1888, is now a subsidiary of Eastman Strings, Inc. based in Clarksburg, Maryland. Founder and owner of Eastman Strings, Qian Ni, brings to Haynes many years of experience as a concert flutist, business owner, and musical instrument innovator. Mr. Ni is committed to keeping the friendly family atmosphere which Haynes has nurtured for the past century. Haynes remains the only major flute manufacturer still making flutes in the city boundaries of Boston, and will proudly maintain its historic downtown Boston location.”

“Heading the new management team as President is Dr. Gerardo Discepolo. He is a renowned flutist and businessman, and comes to Boston from the Conn-Selmer Division of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., where he was the Manager of the Flute Division. Dr. Discepolo says, “The William S. Haynes Company makes extremely fine artist instruments which have been known for generations for their beauty of tone. I look forward to developing our contemporary flutes steeped in the rich Haynes tradition.”Director of Manufacturing is Di Zhao. Mr. Zhao is a flutist and craftsman with much experience and vision in making and designing fine quality flutes, most recently with Verne Q. Powell Flutes.

Rounding out the new management team as Director of Sales & Marketing is acclaimed flutist Alan Weiss. An experienced performer and former administrator and professor of flute at Boston University, Mr. Weiss will be readily available to assist flutists and dealers. According to Mr. Weiss, “It is a wonderful privilege to represent the finest flute company in existence. I have been a Haynes artist for many years and have always admired their creations.”The William S. Haynes Company is also pleased to announce the initiation of an annual flute competition open to all flutists age 30 and younger. The John C. Fuggetta Scholarship competition was founded in memory of the flute maker and former owner of Haynes. Three winners will be selected each year by a prestigious panel of adjudicators. First prize will be a gold flute, and second and third prizes will be silver flutes, all to be awarded at a ceremony in Boston.

The William S. Haynes Company is centrally located in the heart of downtown Boston in the Bay Village district. For more information regarding Haynes products, the John C. Fuggetta Scholarship, or a complimentary factory tour, please contact Alan Weiss at (617) 482-7456.”

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