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#392202 - 01/24/17 10:20 PM [User Showcase] 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to....
PeterGannon Offline
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Registered: 05/29/00
Posts: 13403
2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to....

You may have won a free Band-in-a-Box 2017 Everything Pak ..... check here

Over the past year (2016), we’ve had over 1,080 new original compositions posted to the User Showcase. Wow! Now over 5,000 songs in the Showcase! Many thanks to all that have contributed. There were contributions from 160 different people during the year. From 20 countries!.. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA

We’d like to thank and recognize these amazing contributions that people have made!

So we announce the "Top 40" User Showcase the top 41 contributors of 2016 – a free Band-in-a-Box 2017 Everything Pak for Windows (including the 49 PAK bonus)

We’ve reviewed the contributions from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2016, and have based the results on a combination of the following criteria:

- great compositions/arrangements/productions
- use lots of Band-in-a-Box or RealBand (RealTracks or MIDI)
- most contributions
- other contribution to the forum (songwriting tips etc.)
- haven't won before (not an absolute requirement)
- haven't already got a free version from beta testing etc.

And the winners (alphabetical order) are:

90 dB
Bob Buford
Charlie Fogle
David Snyder
Don Gaynor
floyd jane
Greg Johnson
Janice & Bud
Scott C
Sergio Guarneri
Steve Young
Torrey Bliss
Trygve Larsen
Will Rockwell

If your name is on the list.... congratulations! You have won a free Band-in-a-Box 2017 Everything Pak Hard Drive (including free shipping of course)

To collect your award, please contact (by Feb 28, 2017) (attn: Callie), and provide details of where you want it to be sent. (don't forget to let her know your Forum name)

If you've already purchased 2017, we will refund your purchase price. If you already have BB 2017 via another means (beta testing etc.), then you can designate "someone else" to receive it (just send that info privately in your email).

If you're a Mac user, you can either get 2016 Ev. Pak or request a raincheck for the 2017 Mac Everything Pak when it comes out.

Once again, thanks to all the creative people who create, produce and share these wonderful songs!
Have Fun!
Peter Gannon
PG Music Inc.

#392208 - 01/25/17 12:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
ROG Offline

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 2356
Loc: York, England
Many thanks, Peter.

It's an honour to be included amongst such illustrious company and to be awarded this wonderful software.

I wish PG Music every success for 2017.


#392211 - 01/25/17 02:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
rsdean Offline

Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 2666
Loc: New York

This is incredibly generous. Thanks very much - it is very appreciated.

SoundCloud Tracks

#392214 - 01/25/17 02:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
gibson Offline

Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 3025
Loc: wales
Thank you SO much for this award. To be included in such illustrious distinguished company is reward itself.
In fact having BIAB to put my thoughts and words to music is it's own reward.
Thank you.

All the best for the future


Edited by gibson (01/25/17 02:48 AM)
Edit Reason: had to change illustrious because ROG used it first
My showcase songs

#392226 - 01/25/17 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Guitarhacker Offline

Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 5250
Very nice. Thank you so very much.

Great company, great people, great products.

What more could you want...?

Again... thanks!!
You can find my music at:

Add nothing that adds nothing to the music

#392233 - 01/25/17 05:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2860
Loc: The Netherlands
Thank you Peter!

You truly are the most generous software company ever, and BIAB is by far the best music creation program ever!
We are looking forward to creating many new songs with the 2017 everythingpak.
Congrats to all other winners.

Rob & Anne-Marie
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

#392250 - 01/25/17 07:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Tommyc Offline

Registered: 01/08/11
Posts: 2473
WOW!!!!!!! This is Way Too Cool, was too broke to buy this year!!!!!! Thank You So Much!!!!!!

#392251 - 01/25/17 07:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
jford Offline

Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 9852
Loc: Pensacola, Florida
Congratulations, everybody. Hopefully I'll have some time to submit music this year; unfortunately too many life events took precedence in 2016, but I'll try to make time for more music submissions in 2017.

It's absolutely awesome the wonderful music that we can listen to on the "PGMusic Channel" (I often listen when I'm out walking the dog in the mornings). I don't get to post my comments much (it's hard to do while walking and holding a leash in one hand), but the quality of music coming out of our friendly forum community is phenomenal.

Again, congratulations to all the winners.

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#392269 - 01/25/17 09:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
90 dB Offline

Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 4478
Loc: Florida
I am in awe of this company, it's generosity, and the product they create; which is incomparable.

Thank you, Peter.



Edited by 90 dB (01/26/17 07:25 AM)
Edit Reason: Spellling
Dyslectics Untie!

#392276 - 01/25/17 10:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Scott C Offline

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 2596
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Thank you so much. Feel blessed to be apart of this list this year. I am truly grateful. This is an awesome product and the User Forum is an awesome group to interact with.

Thanks again
Scott Collingwood

#392277 - 01/25/17 10:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
dani48 Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3105
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Dear Peter !

Don´t know if I really deserved
this great gift but I am sure
you do know that I am so very
grateful for the honor bestowed
on me ! thank you so much !


#392283 - 01/25/17 10:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Torrey Bliss Online   content

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 910
Loc: Missouri
Thanks so much Peter, and thank you for providing us with the tools to help help us get what we hear in our heads into a tangible form! To think that we have access to some of the top musical talent in the world to help us with a project is beyond belief. I really believe that all of us in this BIAB community are on a journey together with you taking the lead. Where will we be in the coming years? It's exciting!! Thanks again, Torrey.

#392286 - 01/25/17 10:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Robertkc Online   content

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1109

Thank you for your generous gift and above all for this terrific programme which has rekindled my enjoyment of making music.


#392291 - 01/25/17 10:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Mike. R. Offline

Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 230
Loc: Cumbria - United Kingdom
What a fantastic gesture and recognition.

Congratulations to all the winners (well deserved).

I cannot think of any other company that would acknowledge, let alone reward so many of its customers in this way.

PG Music is truly unique in this personal approach. Long may it continue.

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#392293 - 01/25/17 10:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Sergio Guarneri Offline

Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 1398
Loc: Cremona-Italy

What a big surprise Peter,

many thanks to all of you and great compliments to all winner list members.

Band in a box is not only a great music program, but a powerful tool that has allowed me
to improve a lot.


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