Steinway & Sons

Steve Bird joined the piano industry right out of school and established a life-long career that he has thoroughly enjoyed.  While working for Sherman Clay, Steve was asked to open up several locations, which became a niche for him.  Understanding and embracing the business element as well as the...
Deena Bird began teaching piano while she was still a teenager.  She later established her own music school, which for a while was located in the Steinway Gallery of her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.  One day while walking in the hall she met Lyle Bird, the father of the store’s owner.  Well, the...
Sherry Bird teamed with her future husband, Steve Bird, to open a Steinway dealership in Austin, Texas.  Together they also opened a second location in San Antonio.  With a strong business background, developed working for an oil and gas company in Texas, Sherry took over the books and business...
Lyle Bird grew up in a musical family with his mother playing the piano daily. As a teenager he played trumpet in several swing bands during the big band era including with such leaders as Henry Busse. He played in a band during his navy service during World War II and again played in several small...
Robert Birmingham teamed with his brother to purchase Steinway & Sons from CBS Musical Instruments in the early 1980s. The Birmingham brothers were committed to restoring the high quality the piano maker had earned its reputation on, while focusing on serving its dealer base around the world. ...
Wally Boot spent 52 years working in the Steinway & Sons piano factory on Long Island New York! As it turns out, Wally was born on Steinway Street, just down the road from the factory. All three of his brothers worked for Steinway and after Industrial Arts School, Wally joined them in 1962. He...
Bob Bull held many positions throughout the music products industry over his long career. However, he is perhaps best known as the president of the Steinway & Sons piano company during the early 1970s. At the time, Steinway was owned by CBS Musical Instruments. Bob, as the president of...
Ted Chapin has many stories about the music industry, making his June 2010 interview fascinating. As president of Rodgers & Hammerstein Music since 1985 he spoke of the growth and development of Broadway publishing. As the son of a Steinway (his mother was a Steinway and her famous brothers...
Joy Collins has had a successful career selling piano and organs! In fact she may very well be the person who has sold the most Allen Organs, ever. Joy was hired by Glenn Davis, who owned a piano and organ store in Chicago, as a secretary but soon discovered selling was in her blood. She would take...
Hal Cowan studied business administration while playing music all through school. He loved playing organ and found himself in the company of fellow organ buffs as well as employees of organ stores and manufacturers. Hal worked for the Jenkins Hammond Organ Studios as president under Paul Jenkins...

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