Band and Orchestra

Michael Sweeney has been heavily involved in all aspects of music education over his career in the music industry.  Originally a public school band director, he’s been a full-time employee of Hal Leonard Corporation since 1982, serving as director of band publications, composer, arranger, clinician...
Wolfe Taninbaum was a leader in the development of synthetic reeds, although he is best known for his mouthpiece designs. The Taninbaum mouthpiece company was established in 1952 to provide a range of tones he was unable to find as a musician. He performed and recorded jazz and dance band music...
Bryce Taylor was one of the best known and respected bandmasters in the state of Texas. His school bands performed at the Midwest Band Clinic, TMEA, and the Texas Bandmaster’s Association (TBA) for several decades. His close relations with music dealers made Mr. Taylor a role model for up and...
Terry Taylor has worked in the music industry his entire career.  After his service in the Marine Corp, Terry began working for CG Conn in the factory in Elkhart, Indiana.  He later worked for Armstrong flutes before they merged with Selmer.  Terry takes pride in his hands on work and the fact that...
Elaine Taylor began working on the bench at Selmer in Elkhart in 1975, where she covered cases.  Over the years she has worked in the cork and padding department for saxophones, also in the instrument cleaning department, in the office and then as a supervisor in the instrument accessory...
Cynthia Templeton has worked for one and only one company in the music industry.  She was hired by Selmer in Elkhart, Indiana in the early 1970s and remained with the company for her entire career.  She remained with the company when it merged with Conn in 2003 and has supported the company in a...
Carl Thacker was a teenager when he began repairing band instruments.  In fact he was a Charter Member of NAPBIRT and attended the first annual convention before he was 20 years old.  After a long career as the instrument repair technician for Illinois State Universally, Carl devoted himself full...
Russell Thomas was a band director for over 34 years.  During his teaching years he often felt frustrated that simple repairs would take weeks and often delay concerts or rehearsals.  A local music store provided him an opportunity to learn simple repairs, which led to a passion that resulted in...
Norm Thompson began his career in the music products industry as a salesman for retailers in Memphis during the 1950s. He worked his way up to a position of buyer for the store O. K. Hauck, which introduced him to the wholesalers, many of whom he would later work for. Norm found it rewarding to...
Johnny Thompson has the distinction of being the very first music student of a young steel guitar player named Ernie Ball. Back in the early 1950s, before he established his string company, Ernie was a well known country player in and around Los Angeles, and taught a few students for extra money....

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