Combo Line

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...
Lew DiTommaso was a key member in Daddy’s Junky Music for many years and built a reputation on honest and passion driven hard work.  That passion for Lew started when he first heard the Beatles, several months before their famous American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.  After playing in...
Peter Dods was an investment banker on Wall Street on September 11, 2001, which in his words, “uprooted my life and caused me to rethink what I wanted to do.”  Having been a music maker himself, Peter returned home to Hawaii where he sought to open his own music store.  At that time he learned that...
Benny Englund was a rock and roll singer as a teen when he fell in love with the music industry!  He toured with groups as a roadie and sound engineer.  He also worked for a time for a few record companies and traveled with groups such as the Hollies with Graham Nash and the Rolling Stones.  Benny...
Elizabeth Fernando grew up in her parent’s retail music store.  By the age of ten she ordered special strings customers were asking for that her parents did not carry and sold them within the store as her side business.  This clever approach to customer service was the beginning of her successful...
Jesus "Jet" Fernando opened a small music retail store with his wife, Elizabeth, in their native Philippines.  Elizabeth grew up in her parents store across town and knew the business side of the store while Jet offered the technical knowhow that was needed in providing customer service such as...
Sarah Glew began her career in the music industry by selling records in a small store just south of San Francisco in Pacifica, California.  Over time she added musical instruments and found that guitars were a great seller in the heyday of the Beatles and the British Rock Invasion.   As the store...
Joseph Gomes is a partner with his brother in the music company their father purchased in 1953.  BX Furtado & Son opened in 1865 in India, having a small part of their store dedicated to musical instruments.  That focus expanded over time, and by 1953 the store was well known for service and...
Tom Haggerty grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota where he learned to play the guitar.  He gigged for many years on the road, which at one point took him to Nashville where he wrote songs and performed.  However, he missed home and decided to return to Rapid City where he opened a music store...

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