Fishing Musicians

Marty Albertson began working at the Guitar Center in San Francisco when the small chain’s founder, Wayne Mitchell, was still active in the business. Marty was there to see the store locations expand and grow and was very much a part of the executive branch of the company when it was first offered...
Barry Andrews has seen it all. Barry helped take a fledgling amp company, Quilter Sound Things, from a small shop to one of the most successful companies in the music industry, QSC. Along the way Barry’s focus on quality has helped found the basis for the company. Starting in the shop building amps...
John Andrews, along with his brother Barry and co-found Pat Quilter, formed the core that grew QSC into an incredibly successful company. Barry brought John into the business in the early days where he first began running the front office. Moving quickly into the role of Operations and finance,...
Fred Bernardo was repairing and teaching guitar in his local music store when the idea came to him to open his own shop. In 1972, with one guitar and a set of strings he was given as a promotion, Fred opened for business. The store grew, and within a year, Fred began hiring a staff and sought to...
Jon Bormann attended his first AES Show in 1973.  Just two years later, at the age of 25, he formed his own pro audio dealership, AVC Systems.  Soon Jon began designing and building studios while seeking to provide the best sound system possible.  In many cases this meant creating gear specific to...
Dave Firestone joined the pro audio industry, thanks to his friend Greg Mackie.  Greg asked Dave to help him with his mixer products and in fact was on the ground floor of Mackie Designs and helped launch the innovative products that resulted in the Mackie name being recognized around the world. ...
George Hines began his music retail store, George’s Music, outside of Philadelphia, PA, in 1977. Since that time, he has been devoted to the industry that he entered out of passion for music and music makers. As his store grew, so did George’s commitment to his customers. He founded a local blues...
Kevin Jarvis began working for Gelb Music in Redwood City, California in 1966 as a guitar teacher.  The store was established in 1939 by Sydney Gelb, who was still running the store when Kevin joined the store.  Kevin fell in love with the music business as he continued to teach and play...
Charles Kitch formed Sound Productions, Inc. in Irving, Texas in 1973.  With the slogan, the "the Soundman's Connection," Charles has helped pioneer the pro audio industry from the early days.  Over the years he was on the front lines as innovations and trends changed within the industry and was...
Ted Kornblum has a long legacy in the music industry. His grandfather started St. Louis Street Music and his father started Crate amplifiers and Alvarez guitars. Not content to rest on his laurels, Ted gained experience working both inside and outside his family’s music business before starting on...

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