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Donovan Bankhead has a true passion for the music! His early memories regarding musical instruments involved seeing his older sister’s guitar and flute and taking notice of them before he even played an instrument himself.  That came when he was in school and asked to join the band, which he did...
Rob Birenbaum has always had a love for percussion. As a drummer, he enjoyed playing the instrument and found equal satisfaction in selling percussion instruments and related accessories when he formed Drum Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The store became a hub for percussionists and created a...
Ed Blasco was one of the best known organ salesmen in Kansas City during the 1970s. He worked for Sherman Clay, Jenkins Music and even ran his own store, Ed Blasco’s Conn Organ Center in the mid 1970s. Ed’s passion for the organ was the foundation of his selling and he never lost sight of the...
Hal Cowan studied business administration while playing music all through school. He loved playing organ and found himself in the company of fellow organ buffs as well as employees of organ stores and manufacturers. Hal worked for the Jenkins Hammond Organ Studios as president under Paul Jenkins...
Wes Faulconer is the founder of Explorers Percussion in Kansas City, Missouri.  He formed the store in 1984 with the goal of bringing quality drumming products to students and educators within the area.  As technology developed over the years, Wes took full advantage of new ways to connect with his...
Mike Fazio opened a small retail shop in St. Louis called Fazio's Frets & Friends.  The year was 1978.  Within a few months it was clear that he found his niche and before long the store became a lifeblood for area musicians as well as traveling performers.  Mike was educated in retail business...
Norman Goldberg studied music from an early age and became a band director early in his life. Seeing the needs of music educators, Norman opened his own store called Baton Music in 1948, in St. Louis, MO. A year later he began working with German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982) and Orff’s unique and...
Jimmy Gravity was setting up a newly made electric guitar as he talked with several of his customers gathered around his work bench.  Holding court comes easy to Jimmy because he views his customers and co-workers as friends coming over to hang out.  The topics range from baseball to politics and...
Jim Hearn brings a great deal of experience to his position as Vice President at Piano Craft in Springfield, Missouri. Jim owned and operated his own music store in a local mall for over twenty years and before that cut his teeth in sales at one of the Wurlitzer factory-owned retail stores in...
JW Jenkins was president of the large music store chain in and around Kansas City that his great grand father first opened in 1878. His father, Paul W. Jenkins, kept the company running during the Great Depression and provided a great example to JW who expanded the store locations after World War...

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