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Jaime Valle started out playing top 40 hits, but before long grew tired and was looking for something new when he happened upon jazz. It was a match made in heaven. After studying with Howard Roberts among others, Jaime went on to forge a top flight repertoire leading to multiple San Diego music...
Fred Walecki grew up in a musical family. His father was an expert on the violin who established a rare instrument dealership in Southern California back in 1946. Fred worked with his father until his passing in 1967, at which point Fred continued in the business. Fred’s focus in the industry...
John Waltrip began being involved in music as a small child and in fact, became the main pianist for his church as a teenager.  He played in the school bands and studied music in college.  He taught music after college before being drafted.  Even in the army, John sang in the choir group, which...
John W. Ward began working in the music industry as a piano salesman in the late 1950s, before working for the Sherman Clay store chain in 1961. After earning a position as one of the company’s top salesman, John was asked to help sell home organs, which were just coming into popularity. Years...
Dave Weiderman was raised in a family with a great love of music.  Dave’s father owned a music store in Chicago, where Dave was able to meet some of the great musicians of the time.  His early years as a player were influenced by watching Buddy Rich live and wanting to make music of his own.   His...
Gary Wineroth is the president of the Guitar Showcase in San Jose, California, one of the best loved music retailers in the music products industry. With a historic past, the store has created a special position within the industry and for its generations of customers. Gary takes great pride in the...
David Woo purchased La Jolla Music with a goal to focus on the lesson programs.  His children took music lessons in the store and he wanted to capture the key element of the store by providing its community with music lessons.  David expanded the number of lesson rooms, teachers, and instrument...
Jerry Woods really enjoyed working in music stores.  As a musician, it gave him a day job.  As a passionate music maker, it gave him the incredible feeling of placing a guitar in the hands of a young player.  After working for Skip’s Music in Sacramento, California, for several years, he had the...
Dolores Yeager was the CEO 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 working musician in and around Hollywood.  The store soon became the drummers hang out...
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 an auto mechanic, Tom joined the family business to work with his parents, Bob and Dolores...

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