Korean War

John Allegrezza began working in the piano business in 1957 and soon discovered he had a real passion for the business and the people.  In 1981 he opened his store, Allegrezza Pianos, in Ridgeland, Mississippi, just north of Jackson.  Over the years he has worked with some of the biggest names in...
Fred Davis began playing saxophone as a boy and in fact started his own band, the Freddy Davis Orchestra, which played around Ohio during World War II.  He was all set on reeds for his gigs because his mother owned a small music store in Marysville, where Fred grew up.  After working in his mother'...
William Demmers has volunteered for the NAMM Museum of Making Music for over ten years. During that time he has provided tours as a trained docent to guests of all ages. His own background in music is fascinating. As a teenager Bill played trumpet in a traveling big band in the Mid West, played...
Takeshi Inomata is the noted jazz drummer who, among other things, helped design the first percussive instruments for Yamaha.  His work with Yamaha took place during the early 1960s when the company began providing drum and percussive instruments and accessories.  It was a contribution Takeshi was...
Jerry Osiecki’s grew up in the music industry. His father started Osiecki’s Music store out of his parent’s home in the middle of the Depression. When he was little his father passed away but his mother kept the store open until Jerry and his brother Harry returned from service during the Korean...
Phil Passin began working for Carl Fischer in 1947 in the shipping department, where he took a deep interest in the industry.  After serving in the US Army during the Korean War, Phil returned to Carl Fischer where he began working his way up in the company.  When the company sold its interest in...
Bill Tarpley remembered the stories his father used to tell him about the early days of the family music retail store in west Texas. Times were hard during the era of the dust bowls and depression, but he credits his father’s skills as both a businessman and salesman in the success of the store....
Jerry Trestman grew up in a musical home, in fact his older brother played saxophone for several of the big bands during the swing era.  He served in the Korean War and in fact was stationed in Japan where he conducted several Japanese bands.  Jerry continued to play professionally after the war...