Band and Orchestra

Roger Shelton was hired by the Armstrong Flute Company and stayed on with the company when it merged with Selmer and later with Conn.  Like so many of the factory workers in the plant, Roger takes great pride in the craftsmanship and skills he brings to the process of making musical instruments.
Hidesato Shiino’s great-grandfather formed a music business in Japan, which gave young Shiino-san a strong background in the industry. He also had a passion for playing musical instruments, which he and others in his country were unable to obtain in the years following World War II. Over time he...
Jeff Shrieve was playing drums in a rock band during the 1960s when he was offered a job at Muncie Music Center.  Jeff was hired in 1968 and became one of the store's three road reps calling on local school band directors.  Jeff was taught band instrument repair in the early part of his career and...
Richard Sigman was trained on instrument repairs on the plant floor of the Conn-Selmer factory in Elkhart nearly 40 years ago.  He began working in the music industry with the Vincent Bach Company in the 1970s and remained with the company when it was sold to Selmer and again in the early 2000s...
Lowell Simpson spent his entire life in music. As a child he played music as well as sang and in fact, continued to sing over the decades even after working as a sales manager for several industry manufacturers. From 1965 until 1978 he served as a sales rep for the Wurlitzer Company. He traveled to...
Cindy Singer met her future husband, Danny, when they were young kids. They began dating in their late teens and were married soon after. Inspired by their love of dancing and music, they purchased a dance studio with a small music store in 1977. The store began with only a few instruments but soon...
Nancy Singleton began working for the Armstrong flute company in Elkhart, Indiana in the 1970s.  She was trained on hand work and later trained others  in the factory.  Nancy stayed on with the company as it merged and changed names over the years, first with UMI then most recently with Conn-Selmer.
Anna Sipavich was a real life Rosie the Riveter with ties to the music products industry. She was a factory worker at the Wurlitzer Company in DeKalb, IL, when the Second World War broke out. As talk of lay-offs floated around the company in the early days of the war, a government job soon allowed...
Allan Small played music as a young student and earned his degree in music education, then became a band director for almost a decade.  As a band director in Pennsylvania he was involved with a program created by the Selmer Company called Bands for America.  The training for this program was a...
Connie Smith is the Vice President of Ward-Brodt Music in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in music and enjoyed playing music as a young girl, going on to study music in college.  While in college she applied for an internship at Ward Brodt Music, where she has been ever since!  She worked her way...

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