Casio Awards Grand Prize to Winners of Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest

Jay Gallagher and Rick Webster, Winners of the 23rd Annual Contest, Receive Privia PX-350 Digital Piano

Sep 30, 2013, 10:30 ET from Casio America, Inc.

DOVER, N.J., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc. and the Dallas Songwriters Association awarded a digital piano to the two grand prize winners of the 23rd Dallas Songwriters Annual Song Contest. Jay Gallagher of Philadelphia, PA, and Rick Webster of Perth, Australia will receive Casio's Privia PX-350 digital piano. Every year, The Dallas Songwriters Association offers amateur songwriters from around the world the opportunity to share their music writing talents with industry professionals and compete to win over $5,000 in grand prizes.

"Casio is excited to offer the grand prize winners of The Dallas Songwriters Annual Song Contest their very own Privia PX-350 digital piano," said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio's Electronic Musical Instruments Division. "We are committed to providing innovative digital pianos to those who have a passion for music and these two musicians were the perfect fit."

The DSA 2013 Song Contest is one of the longest running international songwriting contests for amateur songwriters. Jay Gallagher of Philadelphia, PA, submitted multiple songs, and two of his songs were chosen as grand prize winners - Do You Believe and 3,2,1, which were submitted in the Pop/Rock/Alt/RnB category. Rick Webster of Perth, Australia's song Looking Glass was also chosen as a grand prize winner and was submitted in the Instrumental category. To hear the winning songs, go to

The digital piano that each winner will receive is the Privia PX-350.  This piano delivers unmatched realism and detail and is equipped with Casio's new proprietary sound source, "AiR" (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator). AiR provides damper resonance and sensational dynamics, utilizing 4 layer stereo dynamic piano samples. With over three times the waveform memory of the previous generation, the Privia PX-350 features a redesigned 88-note Tri-sensor scaled hammer action keyboard with simulated ebony and ivory textured keys for an incredible feel.

This Privia model has a total of 250 instrument tones built in and the ability to store a user's preferred splits and layers for live performances. Ready for the stage or the studio, the PX-350 can also record a 44.1kHz.wav file directly to a USB thumb drive so that rehearsals and performances can be shared with others.

For additional information regarding Casio's Privia line of digital pianos, please visit

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit

About Dallas Songwriters Association:
Dallas Songwriters Assoc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing information about the craft and business of songwriting. All styles of music are welcome in the DSA, and membership includes writers of all ages. DSA monthly activities include meetings with guest speakers, song critiques and performance showcases that are open to the public. In addition, the DSA supports and promotes workshops and contests and publishes a monthly newsletter. For more information, visit

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