Welcome to our Blog
(800) 267-5486

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Gala 2021




MYAC is the largest youth music ensemble program in the Midwest serving over 900 students from throughout Chicagoland and the tristate area with the highest quality orchestral, jazz, choral and chamber music ensembles.


MYAC's outstanding faculty supports students of all ages and abilities in a challenging, nurturing and fun community focused on both their musical and their personal growth.

Its truly unique environment where students can achieve excellence, build confidence and lifelong friendships.

Students develop essential life skills and values like hard work, perseverance, team work, leadership and giving back to their communities.

MYAC is committed to diversity and inclusion and because of their donors no student is turned away based on ability to pay.

Last year MYAC provided over $100,000 in financial aid and scholarships.

In addition, their Young Music Scholar’s program provides students from underserved communities with tuition free ensemble participation, private lessons and peer mentoring.

The Gala is the most crucial night of the year to raise funds to continue this mission.


This year’s Gala celebrates the Jazz Age, a time when jazz music & dancing evolved rapidly and became wildly popular across the nation.

This year, guests participated virtually or in-person.








Highlights this year include a live-streamed jazz after-party with the Concert Jazz Band, a world premiere of the all-student virtual performance of "What the World Needs Now is Love," and a special message and musical gift from preeminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma!


The live auction was emceed by Ron Bernardi of Sunset Foods standing behind the new Capri Lectern donated by AmpliVox Sound Systems for the event.

Ron is the Family Community Service Representative for his uncle’s five-store grocery business, Sunset Foods, founded in Highland Park in 1937.

When he’s not representing Sunset in the community, you can find him raising tens of thousands of dollars for local organizations as an auctioneer—a job he fell into and loves.

For over 30 years one of Ron’s passions has been volunteering to serve as a Charity Auctioneer for numerous non-profit organizations in the communities Sunset serves.

Ron was honored to serve as the auctioneer to help raise much needed funds for MYAC.





The AmpliVox Capri Lectern is an update of one of our most popular styles - now with a sleek curved design and edge banding, its the perfect combination of style and practicality.

Made of a scratch resistant melamine laminate finish with elegant curved construction and radiused corners, for beautiful styling and durability that will stand the test of time.

Present your materials easily on the slanted reading table with paper stop, this lightweight lectern moves effortlessly on four plastic glides.

Ships flat and assembles in 15 minutes with no tools required.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

AmpliVox Celebrates the Swinging Sounds of Jazz Greats


During April Jazz Appreciation Month, AmpliVox Sound Systems has been swinging to the great sounds of many of the great jazz performers, in every category – female and male vocalists, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, drummers, piano, guitar, bass, and saxophone.

See clips of some great musicians in each of these categories, plus AmpliVox’s list of many great performers.




"We’re a company that’s all about sounding great and looking great," said AmpliVox CEO Don Roth.

"I fell in love with music at age six when my parents started me on the piano.

Young Don Roth at the piano

And I’ve been a lover of jazz all my life."


Today, many AmpliVox employees are musicians – an appropriate talent when you’re building PA systems that amplify crystal clear voice or music to audiences as large as 10,000.

From designing and matching up the acoustically ideal electronic components – microphones, amplifiers, speakers and circuitry, to rigorously testing in the company’s on-site anechoic chamber, to precision manufacturing and testing before every unit goes out the door of its Northbrook, IL, factory, AmpliVox is passionate about getting exactly right the elements of great sound.

The proof is in the performance. Just ask performers like New York singer Carla Bordonada. Watch her in this video clip give a testimonial to the sweet sound of the AmpliVox SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner by singing "At Last," made popular by rhythm and blues singer Etta James.





The SW915 has since been upgraded to the SW925-96 (link to SW925-96) featuring 96-channel wireless sound, for interference-free wireless communication.


Upgraded 96 Channel Wireless Capability



"We can’t all sound like the jazz greats," said Roth, "but we can impress our audiences by sounding and looking our best.

Great sound, portability, dependability, and American-made quality is what AmpliVox is all about.

Just ask our many satisfied customers, including educators, musicians, businessmen, emergency service providers, and more."


You may also enjoy this list of our favorite jazz performers in every category:

Female vocalists:
Helen O’Connell. Meg Whiteman Billie Holliday Ella Fitzgerald. Etta James. Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Mahalia Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Jackeline Baker, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Dianne Reeves, Bessie Smith, Lena Horne, Astrud Gilberto, June Christy, Aretha Franklin, Julie London, Annie Ross, Helen Humes.

Male vocalists:
Don Cherry, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Tonny Bennet, Chet Baker, Johnny Hartman, Harry Connick, Jr., Al Jarreau, Billy Eckstine, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Dean Martin, Oscar Brown, Bobby Darin, Lou Rawls, Jack Jones, Johnny Mathis, Steve Tyrell, Perry Como.

Clarinet:
Woody Herman Artie Shaw Benny Goodman , Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, Ken Peplowski, Pete Fountain, Lester Young, Jimmy Dorsey, Art Pepper.

Trumpet:
Harry James. Miles Davis. Jimmy Dorsey Louis Armstrong Branford Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, Roy Eldridge, Don Cherry, Herb Albert,

Trombone:
Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Carl Fontana, Bill Harris, Lawrence Brown, Vic Dickens.

Drummers:
Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Louis Belson, Moe Purtill, Ray McKinley, Joe Morello, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Ed Shaughnessy, Elvin Jones, Jo Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Steve Gadd, Jimmy Cobb, Chick Web, Chick Corea, Bernard Purdie, Shelly Manne, Steve Smith, Art Taylor, Sony Payne, Ginger Baker.

Piano:
Duke Ellington. Count Basie, Sammy Kaye. Danny Kaye Lionel Hampton, Michael Weinstein. Josh Grogan Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr, John Tesch, Herbie Hancock, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Dave Bruebeck, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Jelly Roll Morton, Teddy Wilson, Tommy Flannigan, Sun Ra, Sonny Clark, Vince Guaraldi, Ramsey Louis.

Guitar:
Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Charlie Byrd, Pat Metheny, George Benson, John McLaughlin, Herb Ellis, Freddie Green, Al Di Meola, Ed Bickert, Eddie Lang, George Barnes, Ted Green, Billy Bauer, Howard Roberts.

Bass:
Charles Mingus, Stanley Clark, Ray Brown, Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, Jack Bruce, Oscar Pettiford, Bob Cranshaw, Larry Grenadier

Saxophone:
Bud Freeman, Paul Desmond, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Stan Getz, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt, Sidney Bechet.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Get Your Groove On - Midwest Women Riders Woodstock 2021



April 30th – May 1st, 2021 - McHenry County Fairgrounds - Woodstock, IL

Women Riders Motorcycle Group USA (WRMGUSA)" and Midwest Women Riders (MWR) is a community for WOMEN ONLY who ride their own motorcycle and for ladies who have a strong desire to ride their own.

They promote, support, and mentor ALL female riders from first timers to those who have been riding for many, many years, welcoming all make and model of bikes.


The first Saturday every year in May is designated as International Female Ride Day, and each year WRMGUSA and MWR host an event celebrating the female rider.

This day brings together the sisterhood of women riders who share the passion for riding motorcycles.

The event has grown tremendously through the years beginning in 2012 with just 15 female riders to over riders in 2019.

This year they are anticipating an attendance of over 600 ladies!!!

There is nothing more awesome to see miles and miles of female riders rumbling down the road.

As a "community" they like to give back and help/support their neighbors and those in need.

Each year during their event, they choose one or more charities in need of funding.





The community of female riders are very generous in their giving with thousands of dollars having been presented to designated organizations.

For the 2021 event, they have chosen to support K9 For Veterans Nfp and TLS Veterans (Transitional Living Services for Veterans).



AmpliVox greatly appreciates being a part of this GROOVY event, donating S602R Megaphone to help the announcers address the crowd.

The Mity-Meg Megaphone has proven time and again to be a valuable communication tool in outdoor settings.

The powerful device allows you to be heard up to one mile away, making it an effective way to reach large crowds and overcome background noises outdoors.

The built-in Lithium-Ion battery pack makes charging the megaphone easy, and ensures its dependability no matter when you may need it.

When the event coordinators must address the participants and bikers thundering down the street, the Mity-Meg Megaphone can provide clear communication that cuts through the noise without raising or straining your voice.




Featuring three unique sound modes — talk, siren, and whistle — and a comfortable pistol grip, the Mity-Meg Megaphone helps you maintain control and give direction in any situation, which is vital in fostering a safe and positive environment for all in attendance.

For more information about the Get Your Groove On - Midwest Women Riders Woodstock 2021, you can view the Facebook event.

For more information on the AmpliVox Mity-Meg, please
visit: http://www.ampli.com/megaphones/



Monday, April 19, 2021

"Mr Northbrook" Ron Bernardi Officiating Intimate Home Funeral Services


Ron Bernardi, Northbrook's man about town and AmpliVox's friend has dedicated his life to giving back to the community.

Proud Rotarian for over 40+ years, Ron has been on the board of:
  • Northbrook Historical Society
  • Chamber Board
  • Civic Foundation
  • North Suburban YMCA
Ron radiates geniality, kindness and enthusiasm, all of which make him an excellent community liaison for the family-owned, community-centric company Sunset Foods.

When he’s not representing Sunset in the community, you can find him raising tens of thousands of dollars for local organizations as an auctioneer—a job he fell into and loves.

Everyone in Northbrook, IL knows and loves Ron Bernardi and wants Ron Bernardi at their event.

His love for God and his devotion to personal Bible study is where he gets his faith and strength, defining the man for who he truly is.


"Basically, I don’t say no. I feel that if God gives you a gift and you don’t use it, it is a sin" says Ron. "That is what we were designed for.

We are all wired differently and have different gifts and when we use them it is very fulfilling. It brings me happiness."


Due to the recent events of the Coronavirus pandemic, at home funerals have gained popularity. Caring for a loved one in the privacy of familiar surroundings, home funerals restore the intimacy of traditional grieving rituals.

A home funeral can create a special space around the deceased, where people can gather and spiritual practices can take place for everyone to engage in creative and meaningful ways.



Beloved friend to many, Brother Bernardi has been asked by the deceased's family to be the funeral celebrant and has officiated several home funerals as of late, leading their service, religious prayers and scripture readings.

AmpliVox Sound Systems has contributed by donating their new Capri Lectern to assist Ron with officiating a funeral, creating an atmosphere and a service that fits properly with the family of the deceased.


Our new Capri Lectern is an update of one of our most popular styles - now with a sleek curved design and edge banding, its the perfect combination of style and practicality.

Made of a scratch resistant melamine laminate finish with elegant curved construction and radiused corners, for beautiful styling and durability that will stand the test of time.

Present your materials easily on the slanted reading table with paper stop, this lightweight lectern moves effortlessly on four plastic glides.

Ships flat and assembles in 15 minutes with no tools required.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Introducing the AmpliVox SD5430 Crescent Digital Adjustable ADA Workstation





Did you know that the typical office worker tends to be in a sitting position for 70% of their working hours?

This level of inactivity can cause problems for your muscles, circulatory system and even your brain. However, when you periodically stand during a working day your body and mind are healthier.

The AmpliVox Crescent Digital Workstation not only lets you sit or stand it gives you reminders of when to change positions.

The Crescent Workstation also has a digital memory that always adjusts to the height that is just right for you, and it can be programmed and controlled via your smartphone to guide your health throughout the day.








The workstation provides a generous 54” x 30” working area and it is sturdy enough to support up to 325 pounds. The motorized lift raises the desk from 24” to as high as 49” or however you choose to program the sitting and standing heights that are best for you.



The Crescent is ADA compliant to accommodate a wheelchair, it is extremely stable and features a scratch resistant laminate surface.

The Crescent desktop provides convenient cord management access plus a built-in USB charging station. The workstation is available in two different colors.



Mixed Gray

Brown

The AmpliVox Crescent Digital Adjustable ADA Workstation ships flat and assembles in just 15 minutes (see the separate assembly video).





Extend your voice and make your workstation healthier with AmpliVox.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Funeral Home & Cemetery News Showcases AmpliVox's 2021 Declaration of Values




Published Monthly, FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS is a compilation of news articles and press releases provided by the funeral and cemetery industry.

The news provided by funeral directors, cemeterians, suppliers, mortuary colleges and trade associations is published, offering the industry a forum to share firm accomplishments, community programs and exchange ideas.

The March 2021 issue showcased AmpliVox's "Declaration of Values for 2021" - a set of overriding principles that will continue to guide the company this year.

And, As a celebration of 2020's accomplishments, the firm also has recapped its 20 major innovations for the year.




The 20 AmpliVox innovations from 2020 include a variety of portable PA systems, lecterns, and multimedia furniture, several of which have been recognized with industry awards.


Friday, March 05, 2021

Introducing the AmpliVox 360 Capri Lectern


Our new Capri lectern is an update of one of our most popular styles - now with a sleek curved design and edge banding, its the perfect combination of style and practicality.

Made of a scratch resistant melamine laminate finish with elegant curved construction and radiused corners, for beautiful styling and durability that will stand the test of time.

Present your materials easily on the slanted reading table with paper stop, this lightweight lectern moves easily, with glides. Ships flat and assembles in 15 minutes with no tools required.


Mahogany
Maple
Beachwood
Iceberg
Mystic
Shadow
Silverstreak
White
Black
Dark Gray
Gray
Ivory
Gold
Silver
White
Yellow
Purple
Pink
Red
Orange
Blue
Green
Black
The new lectern also features:
  • Scratch-resistant melamine finish available in twelve different colors to match any decor
  • Edge banding trim in eleven different colors to add a creative flair
  • Generous 24”w x 18”d reading table with paper stop
  • Lightweight – only 40 lbs. – ships flat and assembles in 15 minutes with no tools
  • Four glides for easy positioning and with felt pads to protect surfaces

"AmpliVox continues to develop lecterns that address an extremely broad range of speaking styles, decors, and budgets," said AmpliVox CEO Don Roth.

"It's another distinctive presentation option designed and built in our northern-Illinois manufacturing facility."