The Music People, supplier of musical accessories and pro-audio equipment and parent company of On-Stage and TMP-Pro, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To celebrate the milestone, The Music People will hold a special 40th anniversary party at its NAMM Show booth 10713 on Thursday, Jan. 24 between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Born out of the drive to create innovative solutions to fill musicians’ needs, The Music People was founded in 1979 by Jim Hennessey, who had previously worked artist relations for Ovation Guitars. After years of witnessing musicians’ needs first-hand, he invoked his background as a draftsman for Kaman Aircraft and designed the TRI Triple Guitar Stand, an industry first which would also be On-Stage’s debut product.

“I’ve always been a creator and designer so when I saw a need in the industry, I filled it,” said Jim Hennessey, who now serves as chairman of The Music People. “To this day, The Music People continues that initiative by creating and distributing high-quality, innovative products that fill the needs of musicians and audio professionals. I’m so proud of where we are as a company today, and we have all of the musicians and audio pros that have used our products throughout the years to thank. It has been a pleasure serving you for the last four decades.”

With sales up by more than 20 percent in 2018, The Music People looks forward to continued sales growth in the future as well as continuing to expand TMP-Pro’s 200-plus line card of distributed audio products.

“Forty years is a major milestone, and we are endlessly proud each and every day that we get to continue to bring state-of-the-art solutions to the market and couple that with top-quality service from our highly skilled sales representatives,” said John Hennessey, co-president.

“Throughout the years we have received numerous awards, including NAMM’s ‘Best in Show’ recognition on multiple occasions as well as being named a ‘Top Place to Work’ by the Hartford Courant three times since 2011. We are proud of our past and excited to see where the next four decades will take us,” added Sharon Hennessey, co-president.

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