French Horns

Lewis Brown joined the CG Conn Company in 1941 working in the band instrument assembly department. Less than two years later he was drafted to serve the United States during World War II. When he returned to Elkhart his job was waiting for him. He soon gained experience with the building of...
Hans Clebsch began playing French Horn for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra in 1996.  Since that time he has worked closely with Conn-Selmer, which has a production factory outside of Cleveland.  In 2016, Hans was interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program in the factory and spoke about his...
James Decker had been an active music maker ever since performing with his mother on radio broadcasts while he was a child. Over the years, he continued his pursuit of music study and eventually developed into one of the most sought-after symphonic hornists in the country. Jim later worked in...
Richard King is a principal French horn player for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.  He began playing for the orchestra in the 1980s and has enjoyed a long relationship with the nearby Conn-Selmer factory, which produces the horns he plays.  Rich is first to point out that a musician is only as...
Sherry Linnerooth took music lessons from Bill Eckroth, who would later open a music store in Mandan, North Dakoda.  When she later taught music in Bozeman, Montana, she called on Bill to supply her with accessories and music books.  Those orders increased so much that she could no longer work out...
Ethel Merker was asked by the Holton Company to create the now popular Merker French horn. Her career has included acclaimed symphonic performances, radio and TV jingle work, and several well-known music education programs over the years. Her list of accomplishments is even made more impressive...
Nedra Pedersen grew up playing French horn and studying all areas of music.  She landed a job in the publishing side of Disney and worked with Hal Leonard on several projects including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.  In the year 2000, she began working full time with her husband in...
Larry Ramirez had a fascinating career in music!  As a trumpet player he landed his dream job designing instruments for many of his childhood heroes!  While working for LeBlanc, Larry was assigned to repair the instruments of many of the company’s top endorsers.  Over time he developed friendships...
Patrick Selmer is proud of his family’s long and important history as instrument makers in France. The company produces many of the finest band and orchestra instruments in the world and for decades were leaders in design and craftsmanship. Selmer Paris continues to focus on innovations and under...