Byerly Music

George Nellas started his career in the music industry at Byerly Music in the 1970s selling home organs in the store's mall locations.  After moving to Los Angeles, George worked for Sherman Clay for over a decade as well as Fields Piano. While working retail in California, some industry colleagues...
Andrew Schertz runs Schertz MusiCenteR in Bloomington, Illinois, with this father Randy.  Andrew's uncle, Craig, once owned Byerly Music, which had locations throughout Centeral Illinois.  Andrew grew up with the music business all around him and even as a boy sweeping up the store and pricing...
Craig Schertz worked for Byerly Music in Peoria, Illinois and saw an opportunity to purchased two of the company’s ten locations when his boss and the current owner, Loren Zimmerman, was ready to retire.  The stores continued to grow throughout the 1970s and 80s and when Craig decided to sell the...
David Slan took three years of piano lessons when he was growing up before switching to guitar. He was heavily influenced by rock and roll and played in bands throughout high school and college. David’s original goal was to become a lawyer but after school he decided that it wasn’t for him. While...
Craig Smith began piano lessons at the age seven and by the time he was twelve, was fascinated with the sounds of the home organ. He started demonstrating organs for Karnes Music at thirteen and worked there part-time through high school. During his college years, Craig continued to work part-time...
Sue Smith met her future husband, Craig, when they were both teenagers, working part-time demonstrating Wurlitzer organs at Karnes Music in the Chicago area.  Craig was the senior member of the "Whiz Kids", (talented organ students that performed at fairs and outside promotions) and Sue was a...
Loren Zimmerman owned Byerly Music in Peoria, Illinois during the 1970s and 80s and is credited for being among the first music retailers to have locations in shopping malls.  When he purchased the company from his father-in-law, Eldred Byerly (who served as President of the NAMM Board from 1963-...