Keyboards-Sound Synthesis

Hartmut Willms is the President of Piano Willms, a firm established by his grandfather and his two brothers back in 1912.  Hartmut’s grandfather enjoyed building pianos and created the Willms brand of instruments as well as manufactured other brands over the years.  After World War II, Hartmut’s...
Tom Wilson might have been among the most-suggested people to be included in the NAMM Oral History Program!  Suggestions came from those who worked with him over the years who gained respect for his abilities, fairness and friendship!  Tom worked with Yamaha in Texas as the Direct Sales Manager,...
Johnnie Wilson has been involved with music in his church his entire life. He has performed at weddings and church services for many years. So, it seemed like a natural progression to open a music store to provide music to others. Johnnie and his wife are among the very few African-American...
Shenae Wilson loves providing a musical instrument in the lives of the young children who come into her store. She feels blessed that she and her husband work so closely with local churches and that they play a role in the worship music created in their customer churches. As founders of Keyboard...
Edgar Winter grew up in a musical family, his older brother being the blues legend Johnny Winter.  Edgar played in several of his brother’s bands before forming his own bands, always with a focus on rock and roll.  He pioneered the synthesizer in many settings and is the inventor of the keyboard...
Bobby Wood enjoyed playing the organ as a child growing up in church in northern Mississippi. He crafted a well-regarded career as a recording artist and studio artist who is perhaps best known as a member of the Memphis Boys. Beginning in the late 1960s and on into the 1970s, the American...
Bernie Worrell began playing classical music as a small child and it soon led to his life-long passion for music! He met George Clinton, who at the time was leading a Doo-Wop group called The Parliaments. As Bernie experimented with electronic keyboards and synthesizers he teamed with George to...
John Worthington began as an engineer in the early days of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), and, in fact, helped program the MIDI time code. John also worked at Apple Computers during the company’s early involvement in computer music. His work led to the establishment of the music...
John Wright Jr. grew up in the piano business.  His father and his uncle, Dan Hall, formed the Hall Piano Company in 1958.  The store is currently located right on David Drive in Metairie, Louisiana, not too far from the first location, which John recalled running around in as a small child.  Like...
Kurt Zentmaier fondly recalls the stories his father told him on how the family music store was established back in 1959.  Rondo Music’s first location was right outside of New York City and soon developed a strong business known for its customer service.  The full line store gained a reputation...

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