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Richard Abreau played music in school as a kid but got away from it during most of his professional career.  Then in 2001, upon his retirement, Richard returned to music!  Encouraged by a friend, he walked into Music Village and soon became one of the store’s greatest promoters!  The store was...
Lee Anderton’s grandfather started a small music store that Lee now runs, Anderton Music in Guildford, England. During Lee’s early years in the business, he worked to make the Internet and other challenges work for him as he focused on customer service and quality products.  With his attention to...
Ben Ash began working for his family’s store before he can remember.  He is the fourth generation of Ash family members to work in the company that was formed by his great-grandfather, Sam Ash.  In addition, Ben is the third generation Ash to be interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program, a...
Peter Bartkus grew up in Rockford, Illinois and was proud to establish a music shop there in the early 1950s. Tru Tone Music became a hub for musicians and was known throughout the area for Peter’s creative and precise instrument repairs. With a passion for the accordion, Peter enjoyed the...
Joseph Blumenthal had his sights on being a schoolteacher during his college days when he began to focus on working in retail. He worked at Sears and later at the Good Will Store in New England before he was given a chance to work for a small music store. Basel TV and Music Shop was the first...
Craig Bosco is a musician and manager of Music Village, a retail store in San Jose, California. Craig's passion for music began at an early age and over the years he has become a professional bass player, all the while enjoying the thrill of working with fellow musicians and gear heads such as...
Fred Bramante formed the music retailers Daddy’s Junky Music on the East Coast and went on to play a vital role on the NAMM Board during a most critical period in the association’s history. While playing in a rock band in college in the late 1960s, Fred got the idea of buying used music gear and...
Rich Covas owned Modern Music store's three locations for thirteen years beginning in 1966. The locations covered band and orchestra instruments as well as guitar, keyboards, and drums. The company also offered music lessons and repair. In fact, providing lessons is how Rich first began working in...
Tracy Dean is a well-known and well-regarded independent rep based in the St. Louis area.  He began his career in the industry at St. Louis Music where he began as a telephone salesman.  After that, he was given a road rep position, the first such inside employee to go on the road. His many...
Anita DeBlasio manages the Union Ave. location of Music Village in San Jose, California.  The store was established by Joe Teixeina in 1964 to serve the musicians and to foster music in the lives of beginners.  Anita has a true passion of the business and takes great pride in helping customers find...

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