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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GUITAR CENTER EXPANDS DRUM &
PERCUSSION DIVISION SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF GROWTH
— Company promotes long-time employee Jeff Lorenz and
hires industry veteran Glenn Noyes —
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 31, 2007 — Guitar Center, Inc.
(Nasdaq NMS: GTRC), the leading musical instrument and professional
audio retailer, is positioning itself for the next round of growth with
new appointments and promotions within the Drum and Percussion Division.
Jeff Lorenz has been promoted to the position of Director of Purchasing
while industry veteran Glenn Noyes has been named Drum Buyer. The announcement
was made by Mark S. Nelson, Vice President, Drums and Percussion Division
and further underscores GC’s ongoing commitment to the expansion
of its drum and percussion staff with leading industry professionals.
In his new position as Director of Purchasing, Drum and
Percussion Division, Jeff Lorenz will oversee selection and maintenance
of drum and percussion products for Guitar Center’s 200 plus stores
across the United States. He will work closely with GC’s marketing
department to provide input and build targeted promotions to drive sales
as well as foster and maintain vendor relations. Jeff Lorenz has been
with Guitar Center for the past 13 years, starting out on the sales
floor at the company’s Hollywood location, then being promoted
to Drum Assistant Buyer and then Buyer of the Drum and Percussion Division.
Industry veteran and newly appointed Drum Buyer –
Drum Accessories Glenn Noyes is known throughout the drum and percussion
world for his extensive knowledge and unparallel customer service/support.
In his new position, Glenn Noyes will be in charge of purchasing all
drum accessory related items for the entire chain as well as designing
new and exclusive items for GC to sell. Additionally he will work closely
with both Mark Nelson and Jeff Lorenz to continue the expansion of GC’s
drum and percussion division, while offering his over twenty years experience
in retail to ensure this future growth. Glenn Noyes began working at
Guitar Center in 1986 as Drum Department Manager while continuing as
a professional drummer working in and around the Los Angeles area. In
1987, Glenn helped create the highly successful Guitar Center “Drum
Off” competition, which to this day continues to bring together
thousands of the nation’s top undiscovered drummers together for
a chance to live their dreams while competing for incredible prizes
and national recognition. Glenn left Guitar Center in 1991 to become
store/drum manager at West L.A. Music, a position he held until re-joining
Guitar Center this past month.
Mark Nelson commented, “Both Jeff and Glenn bring
an enormous amount of experience with them to their new positions and
each is a key component as part of our strategy to not only expand our
drum and percussion division, but to supply our customers with the most
comprehensive and extensive selection of drums and percussion instruments.
In addition to their extensive knowledge, Jeff and Glenn exemplify a
work ethic that I am extremely proud of.”
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About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers,
percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment.
Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 210 Guitar
Center stores across the United States. In addition, our Music &
Arts division operates more than 95 stores specializing in band instruments
for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors
and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical
instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary,
Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalogs and websites, including www.musiciansfriend.com,
and www.music123.com. More information
on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's web site at
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Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective
companies with which they are associated.
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