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J. Aaron Brown

J. Aaron Brown headed up Word Publishing in Nashville between 1970 and 1980. Before that time he had worked with several musicals acts, including the Oak Ridge Boys.  As a songwriter himself, Aaron added his...

Art Hedley

Art Hedley and his brother, Kevin, caught the music bug at the time of the British Invasion of the 1960s.  They both played in bands and enjoyed witnessing the role music made in bringing enjoyment to people's...

Kevin Hedley

Kevin Hedley proudly recalled the inspiration behind the name of his store, Uncle Ike's Music, which he opened with his brother, Art, in Iowa. Both were encouraged in music and in business by their friend Ike, not...

Michael Houser

Michael Houser is the Chief Executive Officer for Cascio Interstate Music, which serves both as a brick and mortar store in New Berlin, Wisconsin as well as an internet store. The store was established by Frank Cascio,...

Albert Lee

Albert Lee recalls the dreams he had while visiting a local music store as a young boy in England.  The day he owned a guitar was the first step in making those dreams come true!  His impressive career in...

Connie Smith

Connie Smith is the Vice President of Ward-Brodt Music in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in music and enjoyed playing music as a young girl, going on to study music in college.  While in college she applied for an...

Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens loves to tell the stories about how some of his hit records came about such as "Everything Is Beautiful" and "The Streak."  Equally interesting are the stories of how he came up...

Dolores Yeager

Dolores Yeager is the owner of the Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, California, which her late husband, Bob, opened in 1959.  Bob teamed with Chuck Molinari to establish a store that would provide gear for the...

Tom Yeager

Tom Yeager’s father opened the Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, California in 1959, which not only became the location of many family memories but his first job sweeping up.  After a successful career as...

NAMM In Memoriam Industry Tribute 2012

This video is of our annual NAMM Tribute, created in honor of our members and music industry friends who passed away in 2012.  This Tribute was shown for the first time at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California in January...

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