Manji Suzuki Awarded at the SPAH 2009

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SPAH 2009 Pete Pederson Award plaque and the winner, Manji Suzuki.

SPAH (Society for the Preservation and  Advancement of the Harmonica) staged 46th convention from August 11 through 15 in Sacramento, CA inviting 500 harmonica players and enthusiasts.

For the Hamamatsu-based Suzuki Musical Instrument Manufacturing Co., Ltd. the event has been a precious opportunity to introduce its latest models since 2005.

This year, the company exhibited the M-20(MANJI), G-48/G-48W Gregoire Maret models and BCH-48 bass chord harmonica. Their sounds were demonstrated by the Suzuki artists including Brendan Power, Gregoire Maret, Rob Paparozzi, Joe Powers and Koei Tanaka.

A dinner reception for all participants has been a long tradition of SPAH where Pete Pederson Award and Best Artist of the Year are announced. Manji Suzuki was the 2009 Pete Pederson Award winner paying a tribute to his 70 years of dedication in harmonica manufacturing.

Pete Pederson, ex-SPAH chairman and respectable classical chromatic harmonica player, died in 2002. SPAH initiated the award in memory of him and his great works.

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