JW Pepper Publishing

Dave Buckeyne can’t remember a time in his life without music.  His father was a band director in Detroit area schools and bought instruments for students who could not afford one.  As a result Dave had access to every type of musical instrument imaginable, often times just sitting in the basement...
Betsy Bullis began singing in church at an early age and fell in love with music and music making.  After college she taught choir where her husband, Russ, was the band director.  After Russ began working at Paige's Music in the sheet music department, Betsy joined him.  The sheet music department...
Russ Bullis took up the trumpet as a child and played throughout high school.  During his college years he gave trumpet lessons at the local music store and took a strong interest in teaching.  He was later a band director after college for six years.  He taught at the same school, in Lawrenceville...
Dean Burtch was a past president of the world famous music publisher and retailer JW Pepper. The company was formed in 1876 and was purchased in 1941 by a group of businessmen headed by Harold Burtch. Under Harold’s leadership, the company expanded its publishing catalog and opened a chain of...
Glenn Burtch is the president of JW Pepper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is the same position his brother and father both held.  In fact, during the hundred year history of JW Pepper, only two families owned and ran the business, the Peppers and the Burtchs.  Glenn’s father, Dean Burtch (...
Bob Dingley felt lucky that he fell into the industry, which became his passion and his life-long career. On his way to a trumpet lesson he stopped by the local music store to pick up some sheet music and was asked by a school mate if he wanted a job.  From retail to JW Pepper Music Publishing, Bob...
Kathy Fernandes was lucky enough to have an inspiring flute teacher while in high school that helped encourage and foster Kathy’s interest in music.  In fact, Kathy pursued a career as a school music teacher thanks to those teachers she learned from.  While in graduate school, she was hired as a...
Lee Paynter outlined the rich history of the JW Pepper Publishing Company during his NAMM Oral History interview.  Lee covered the founding of the company in 1876 by James Welsh Pepper who in the early days not only printed sheet music but also made musical instruments.  In fact, Lee told the story...
Steve Rauch began his career in the music publishing business in the early 1960s. While working for several leaders in the industry, Steve developed his skills and knowledge that he would ultimately apply to his own publishing firm, CD Sheet Music, LLC, which was established in 2000 after he worked...
Bret Rhoades began his career in the music industry by working for Ken Stanton Music in Georgia.  Bret learned band instrument repairs while attending college, and after a short time as a teacher he landed a job with Ted Frank in New Orleans.  Ted Frank operated the sheet music department within...

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