Emile Baran

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Emile Baran
Interview Date: January 20, 2008
Job Title: Founder
Company: De Kalb Music Supply, Emil Baran Instruments
Birthdate: October 22, 1925
Deceased: December 9, 2012

Emile Baran began a music retail business that led to the opportunity for expanding into the music wholesale business. Emile formed DeKalb Music Supply, a music retail store in Decatur, Georgia in 1958. Several years later he expanded into the wholesale business, thanks in large part to his understanding of the school music market. Upon the milestone of his 50th year in business, Emile was presented with an award from NAMM and exclaimed, “That was easy. Let’s go for another 50 years!” 

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