Florida

Nan DeStafney served her country as a United States Navy nurse. As she neared retirement, she met navy man Jim DeStafney who had the idea of opening his own music store. The two were married and saw Jim’s vision come true when Blues Angel Music was opened in Florida. Nan has served in the...
William Dollarhide is the president and co-owner, with his wife Margaret, of Dollarhide’s Music Center in Pensacola, Florida. He grew up in a very musical family, with his mother a pianist and teacher and his father a band director. His grandfather was also a band director, so Bill was very proud...
Gary Grimes played a very vital role in the early part of his career, working in the music education department at Wurlitzer. Gary wrote many of the training programs for Wurlitzer as well as music education materials that were provided to customers. He served as Vice President of Marketing with...
Charles Hale had an idea to hire a monkey to show how an easy-play organ could be operated by anyone. The hysterically funny ads were one of a million clever ideas Hale used in selling keyboard instruments. As the founder of Hale’s Piano and Organ Company in Florida, he established himself as a...
David Hosler had a friend in school whose father had a wood-working shop. It was in that small shop where David built his first guitar and where his passion for making instruments began.  He opened a shop in Florida and later established The Guitar Workshop in South Carolina where he sold guitars...
Frank Kilgard worked for Streep Music in Florida before opening his own band instrument repair shop in Georgia.  His strong interest in quality repair led to a life time of learning new tricks and methods for cleaning and repairing school band instruments.  Frank was one of the first members of...
Kathi Kretzer is the founder of Kretzer Piano in Jupiter, Florida.  She established the store in 1985 and has since been an active member of the music industry as well as her local community.  The store is the authorized Yamaha Piano dealer in the area and has provided countless programs and events...
Jeff Lee is the president of Resurrection Drums in Hollywood, Florida, a mecca for percussionists for miles around.  Jeff is one of the most passionate members of the music industry you will ever be lucky enough to meet!  After years as a studio drummer, Jeff began teaching at Resurrection Drums...
Tony Leonard is the president of Playground Music, a Florida-based music store his father established in 1961. With a strong focus on school music and print, Tony has continued with many of the key elements his father developed as the store’s philosphy, namely customer service. Tony has also played...
Danny Marquez began playing drums in his father's church from the age of four!  One day as a teenager he walked into Chafin Musiccenter in Lake Worth, Florida for a set of sticks.  While holding the sticks he worked up the nerve to ask if there were any job openings in the store.  He began working...

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