Elkhart IN

Don Eger earned his degree in electric engineering and began working for Crown International in 1964. A few years later he became a draftsman in the Engineering Department and by 1977 he was the Product Development Manager helping the company create some of their innovative amplifiers and...
Karen Feltz is one of the voices of Conn-Selmer as she serves in the customer service department.  She joined Selmer right out of high school and has worked for the company for over 40 years.  Music dealers around the world know Karen for her dedication to finding answers to their questions and for...
Lloyd Fillio grew up in the band instrument capital, Elkhart, Indiana. His father worked in the industry as did his uncle and cousin (Ernie Kenaga who was also interviewed). It seemed natural for Lloyd to work in the industry. He worked for CG Conn for a short time before moving over to Selmer in...
Tom Fischer worked for the Gemeinhart flute company in Elkhart, Indiana for over 25 years.  Tom was part of the factory workers team and contributed his hand-craftsmenship to the assembly of both student and professional level flutes.  He later joined the Conn-Selmer Company where he continued to...
John Foley grew up in Elkhart, Indiana and began working in the Selmer factory before graduating high school.  He stayed on with the company, working in the Bach department with a focus on trumpet assembly.  Over the years John has taken on the role of teaching the craft to new employees, a part of...
Rocky Giglio has been a strong leader in the development and marketing of the jj Babbitt mouthpieces product line. For years. Rocky has listened to customers and professional musicians for ways to improve the line, all the while keeping a focus on the traditions and quality so closely associated...
James Glanville was part of the team that relocated the Conn instrument manufacturing operations from Elkhart, IN to Nogales, Mexico, back in 1972. The result was a heavy blow to Elkhart, which had once been the Band Instrument Capital of the World. However, it was a needed move in order to keep...
Kenneth Glore began working for Bach in the saxophone department before working for Linton on oboes and then off to Armstrong flutes that was later bought by Selmer.  He has been with Conn-Selmer ever since.  In all, he has been in the industry for over 50 years and has enjoyed his work in the...
DeAnne Gordy began working in the music industry with Gemeinhardt in 1989.  The world famous flute and piccolo maker, located in Elkhart Indiana, was established in 1948.  Over the years the company perfected the craft of handmade instruments and today, even with the use of some computerized...
Jim Green has been a fixture in the Elkhart band instrument industry since the 1960s.  He first worked for Armstrong Flute Company before joining jj Babbitt in 1974.  After a short absence from the mouthpiece maker, Jim returned in 1983 and has been a key part of the company ever since.  As the...

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