Alan Pierce, the bass-trombonist who retired from the Oregon Symphony last year, took a trip to Europe a month ago to get his batons in the hands some more conductors. One of the conductors Pierce met was Jun Märkl, music director of the Orchestre National De Lyon and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony. Märkl liked Pierce's batons and bought several of them. Here's a photo of Pierce and Märkl:
Pierce also sold his batons to Vincent de Kort, who regularly conducts the opera, ballet and Gewanthaus Orchestra in Leipzig. The next photo shows de Kort trying out one of Pierce's batons:
Here's Pierce with Alessandro de Marchi, who was the conductor for the Opera Komisch in Berlin and is a renown harpsichordist and now a connoisseur of Pierce batons.