Longtime Yamaha employee (27 years) and audio industry veteran Lon Brannies passed away on April 18 after a long illness. He was initially hired as a professional audio district manager covering the Southern U.S. and in 2007 as a consultant marketing manager. In 2008 he went back to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. Brannies spent 15 years as a sound and electronic systems contractor prior to joining Yamaha. Donations can be made in his memory to H.E.A.R..