Denise Collins honored with NYSBDA Distinguished Service Award


(Denise Collins and Melinda Smith)

Liverpool, NY – In recognition of the work J.W. Pepper has done for the New York State Band Directors Association’s Summer Conference, Denise Collins, Regional Sales Manager – Northeast, was honored with the NYSBDA (New York State Band Directors Association) Distinguished Service Award at the New York State Band Directors Association’s Symposium on March 4th, 2017.

The New York State Band Directors Association honors persons with outstanding accomplishments, service and dedication to music education students in the state of New York. Denise and her team at Pepper added score booklets for directors to take home during the NYSBDA’s Summer Conference.

“Denise’s integrity has made a valuable impact on the lives of music teachers,” says Linda Schmidt, Vice President, Regional Sales. “She is a humble and dedicated leader that puts her heart into everything she does for her customers. Thank you NYSBDA for recognizing her accomplishments.”

According to the NYSBDA’s 3rd Vice President/NYSSMC Chair, Melinda Smith, “Denise has been a huge asset to music teachers all over the northeast, but specifically for the NYSBDA organization. J.W. Pepper has allowed us and other organizations to borrow music to perform and study at the New York State Summer Music Conference. This is an enormous undertaking. We correspond several times a year to prepare while she makes sure that every detail is taken care of.”

Denise spent five years studying trumpet, music education and arts administration at Michigan State University. She worked in business for 10 years before deciding to teach music. During her music teaching career, she taught general music, band and choir at the elementary level, along with teaching at the middle and high school levels during her first and last years of teaching. Denise has been with Pepper for 14 years, beginning at the company as Operations Manager with an emphasis in sales and marketing at Pepper’s Chicago location, and later moving to Pepper’s corporate office to assume the role of Manager, Accounts Receivable. She has been in her current role of Regional Sales Manager – Northeast for the past six years.

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About J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc. Founded in 1876, J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc. is the largest sheet music retailer in the world. Pepper recently celebrated its 140th anniversary, honoring 14 decades of customer service and devotion to music and music education. In addition to providing music accessories, various music software products, and music for state contests and music festivals, Pepper also offers choral, band, orchestra, church, classroom, instrumental, piano, and vocal music to directors, teachers, and other professional musicians around the world. The company provides its products and services through its 12 stores across the U.S. and online, including its newest store, RBC · Pepper South Texas, in San Antonio, TX.

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