Selmer Band Instruments

Lorna Kirchner has worked for Selmer, now Conn-Selmer, in Elkhart for over 40 years.  She recalls the days before the CNC machines came into the factory, when all of the work was done by hand.  Her attention to details and skills at soldering continue to be used in making musical instruments and...
Tom Lacy began working for Armstrong flutes right out of high school in 1971 in the very plant he is working some 40 years later for the Conn-Selmer Company in Elkhart, Indiana.  Along the way, Tom built his own flutes for several years before joining UMI and later Conn-Selmer.  During his long...
David Lowell began working in the music industry with Deford in Elkhart, Indiana with a focus on piccolos.  In 1974 David began working for Gemeinhardt Flute Company and remained with the company past the time of his interview in 2011. 
Bob Lynch is a pioneering independent representative in the era when many manufacturers were slowly phasing out the inside rep.  Bob began playing trumpet at an early age and even provided music lessons at Wallace Music while still in high school.  Bob played in several concert and dance bands...
Emilio Lyons would often have his well-known customers such as Stan Getz and Benny Carter meet him at his home whenever they needed work done on their saxophone. Emilio was the manager for a music store in Boston while also repairing instruments whenever he could. Over the years he built a...
John Massa was the vice president of customer service at the Selmer Company and was known for building a strong dealer base, many of which became his personal friends. John contracted Polio at the age of 12 and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, but never once let his disability define him...
Vincent McBryde picked up the saxophone at the age of 5 and played in bands throughout high school and into college, where he studied music with the hopes of becoming a band director. After a year of teaching he fell into the music products industry where he became a leader and visionary. After...
This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Eddie Miller was asked to take a break from his road travels with the big bands to visit Elkhart, Indiana.  The Selmer Band Instrument Company made the special request and...
Brad Milliken began working in the music industry with the Vincent Bach Company and stayed with the company when it merged with Selmer and again with Conn.  Brad’s positions within the factory has always been based on handcraftsmanship.  While he was working in the industry during the early days of...
Judy Monk began working for the Armstrong Flute Company before it was purchased by Selmer and moved to a new building in Elkhart in 1975.  She has been with Selmer ever since.  Judy has worked primarily in corking musical instruments and enjoys her job as well as the people she has worked with over...

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