Clarinets

Jeanne Bundy-Morrow was only married to Frank Bundy a few months when her father-in-law, the pioneering instrument designer George Bundy, passed away. Because Jeanne had known George for many years it was a blow to her and her entire family when he died in 1951. At the time, George Bundy was...
Kenji Chiwaki followed in the footsteps of Toru Hora as the president of Buffet Crampon Japan.  Hora-san opened the branch in Tokyo in 1967 and helped establish the brand within the Asian market.  Kenji joined the company in 1986 and has focused on the three elements he learned from his predecessor...
Giorgio Clerici is the son-in-law of Cosimo Pomarico, the classically trained clarinetist who in 1960 began making his own unique mouthpieces.  Mr. Pomarico developed a crystal mouthpiece, which became the signature product of his company.  In addition to the designs, he also built the facing...
Riccardo Clerici is the grandson of Cosimo Pomarico, the classically trained clarinetist who in 1960 began making his own unique mouthpieces.  Mr. Pomarico developed a crystal mouthpiece, which became the signature product of his company.  In addition to the designs, he also built the facing...
Buddy Collette changed music in more than one way. As a noted reed man, he played jazz along some of the greatest players in history including his boyhood friend, Charlie Mingus. Buddy was instrumental in the birth of the Los Angeles jazz scene. Beginning in the late 1940s, Buddy set out to break...
Buddy DeFranco’s clarinet style helped to legitimize the instrument in the post-swing era as a modern jazz instrument and his techniques have been a major influence on performers ever since the late 1940s. Buddy’s powerful tone and unique approach to phrasing gave rise to the clarinet’s strong...
Jody Espina had a long history as both a musician and educator before deciding to launch his own line of saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces. Jody honed his playing at a young age before moving on to study at Berklee. Following college, Jody went on to teach music including serving as Director of...
Robert Fleming has been a long time member of NAPBIRT, missing only a few annual meetings during his long career as a repairman.  He worked with Pete Valentino on how plastics could be used in instrument pads such as the flute.  Patrick’s Music hired Bob as their repairman, which he enjoyed very...
Don Getzen sure knew the history of the band instruments made in the mid-west! Don’s father was the plant manager for the Holton Company in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, his oldest uncle was the plant manager for the York Band Instrument Company in Michigan and at the same time his other uncle was the plant...
Bobby Gordon, the jazz clarinetist who helped expand the New Orleans traditions to audiences around the world, was interviewed alongside his long time friend Bob Greene. The two men reunited for an interview and to play together at the Museum of Making Music in 2008. For decades, Bobby perfected...

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