Wendt, Kessling Win Fourth Annual LSU Pitch Competition

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Pitch Competition Winners: (left to right) First Place - Daniel Wendt and Garrett Kessling; Second Place - Joe Steiner;  Third Place - Calvin Montgomery, and Kiara Littlejohn

November 13, 2015

BATON ROUGE - Two members of the LSU Tigers Marching Band won the Fourth Annual LSU Elevator Pitch Night competition on Wednesday evening for their invention that enables band members, while marching, to read music from smart devices instead of old-fashioned flip books.

Daniel Wendt, a finance major and the Tiger Band's drum major, and Garrett Kessling, a business management major and saxophonist, are the co-founders of tonal Innovation, which created the E-Flip in the LSU Student Incubator two years ago.

The product is a small, adjustable apparatus that attaches to marching band instruments and holds smart devices like tables and iPhones. Reading music from smart devices instead of bulky paper books is easier for musicians because they don't have to flip pages or deal with the glare created by the plastic coverings on paper flip books.

Read the full story at the Business Report.

Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business