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Allan Small played music as a young student and earned his degree in music education, then became a band director for almost a decade.  As a band director in Pennsylvania he was involved with a program created by the Selmer Company called Bands for America.  The training for this program was a...
Kenny Smith serves as the Managing Director of the Peavey Hollywood store on Sunset Boulevard. However, this is only part of what he does in the shop.  Kenny is a born salesman and enjoys teaching others fresh and effective ways to sell musical products.  He feels nothing is more important than...
Steve Soest played in several local rock bands and studied hard on the makes of electric guitars and amps, an expertise that came in handy around 1972 when he began repairing musical instruments. His shop was opened in 1974 and since that time Steve has become one of the leading experts on guitar...
David St John began his career in music retail in 1967 and since that time he has devoted his career to bringing music and music lessons to the lives of his customers.  David worked for a few music stores in Southern California, staying decades at some stores, including Gard’s Music in Glendora. ...
Lloyd Stark began his career in the music industry as a teacher in a small string shop in Berkeley, California, providing lessons on bluegrass instruments such as the guitar and banjo. With little experience as a salesman, Lloyd applied for a job at Coast Wholesale in the San Francisco Bay Area....
Marcia Stearns is a regular attendee at the annual RPMDA conventions and can often be found volunteering to introduce a speaker or tallying the session surveys.  Her passion for the business is clear in all that she does, including running her own sheet music and gift shop called Bookmark Music.  ...
Tom Steuckert is a veteran of the music industry having served as store manager at Union Grove Music in Santa Cruz, a road rep and sales manager.  His career began when he helped assemble synthesizers for Dave Smith at Sequential Circuits in the early 1980s.  Tom later owned his own store in Half...
Gary Sunda began building guitar amplifiers under the name Sunda in the 1960s before he was hired by Don Randall to create a new line of amplifiers, Randall Amps. Gary began designing products for the Randall Company in 1970 and stayed until just after Don sold the company in 1990. Gary continues...
Pete Surowski is the founder of Pete’s Music store in Anaheim, California.  He often uses the tag line that his store is the closest music retailer to the Winter NAMM Show.  While performing as a professional musician, Pete was teaching lessons and decided to open his own store with a teaching...
Robert Tall is among the most successful and popular organ salesmen in the music industry –historically and presently. He earned his masters and doctorate in music performance and began working in the music industry as salesman for a Southern California retailer in the late 1960s. Over his career,...

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