Martin Band Instruments

Angelo Battellini proudly managed the Martin Band Instrument factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he worked for 51 years.  He was born the son of a brick layer in Italy, a trade he learned at a young age.  When Angelo was 17 he traveled with an uncle to America.  While laying bricks, a cousin in...
Carol Holtz was hired by the Martin Band Instrument Company in Elkhart during World War II.  She has many fond memories of working for the company and the family feeling it had.  Speaking of family, Carol married the son of the president, Frederick Holtz (1885-1965) and enjoyed being a part of the...
Vito Pascucci was assigned to band instrument repair during World War II for Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band. Although Miller was much older, the world-famous bandleader and Vito became fast friends and, in fact, outlined a plan to establish a chain of music retail stores after the war. Miller’s...
Larry Ramirez had a fascinating career in music!  As a trumpet player he landed his dream job designing instruments for many of his childhood heroes!  While working for LeBlanc, Larry was assigned to repair the instruments of many of the company’s top endorsers.  Over time he developed friendships...
Jim Stella began playing the trumpet in the fourth grade and continued to play throughout college and went to instrument repair school right after school before landing a job in manufacturing.  He began working for LeBlanc in the Martin Band Instrument factory and soon thereafter became plant...
Dave Surber’s father was a United States Navy musician who worked for the LeBlanc Company after he retired from the navy.  When Dave was looking for a job his father found one for him in the buffing room at LeBlanc.  Dave moved into polishing clarinet keys while his father worked with artist...
Ralph Zumpano worked in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, LeBlanc plant most of his professional career. Ralph married Vito Pascucci’s sister and was alongside Vito from the very beginning of the opening of LeBlanc in the United States in 1947. Over his long career Ralph held many positions, becoming Vito’s...