CMI

Walt Johnston was best known throughout the industry for his role in introducing the Pearl Drum Company to the United States. After a gig selling band instruments, Walt was hired by CMI to bring the Pearl kits to the American market. His success was based on several elements, not the least of which...
Alberto Kniepkamp engineered many of the electronic organs produced by the Lowrey Organ Company in the 1970s and 80s. Alberto took an active role in the development of the MX1 Lowrey Organ, which was introduced at the NAMM Show in 1979. The product was one of many engineered by Alberto, who began...
Ted Krumwiede was a veteran of the piano industry working for Kimball and Story & Clark in the important re-birth of the piano business following World War II. Ted had training and a real passion for marketing and found success telling the great stories of the companies we worked for. Ted was...
Pete LaPlaca is a well respected industry leader who has added his great musical passion to the creation, development and marketing of musical products going back to the 1960s. Pete was a leading sales manager for a number of companies during his career, among them G. Leblanc, F. E. Olds and Gibson...
David Leed was born in 1937 in the United Kingdom and spent the war years and most of his childhood in Australia.  His love of music started when he was a young boy learning to play the cornet in his local Salvation Army.  After returning to London and finishing school David played the cornet in...
Bob Lynch is a pioneering independent representative in the era when many manufacturers were slowly phasing out the inside rep.  Bob began playing trumpet at an early age and even provided music lessons at Wallace Music while still in high school.  Bob played in several concert and dance bands...
Ted McCarty was the president of Gibson Guitars when he signed Les Paul to help design a series of instruments with his name.  Ted went on to design and patent guitars such as the Flying V before working with Chicago Musical Instruments and Bigsby Guitars, becoming an industry icon.  Among the...
Lloyd Meyer is the president of Renner US, the world-renowned provider of piano keyboard actions. His long and productive career began with retail experience in Minnesota at the large Dayton Company. When the Dayton chain began carrying organs and pianos, Lloyd took a great interest in the...
Mudge Miller is a veteran of the Chicago Musical Instrument Company had expressed great satisfaction in working under MH Berlin, the president of CMI for many years. Mr. Berlin was a mentor to so many in the industry and a well-respected leader. Mudge was appreciative for his CMI experiences and...
Jerry Muenchow a veteran of the music industry worked in music retail for five years before joining the famed Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI) as a field sales representative in Michigan. Jerry held that position for 10 years before becoming a Regional Sales Manager for Fender Musical...

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