Missouri

Tom Wittrock remembers the very moment he decided to dedicate his career to the guitar: when he purchased his first Les Paul sunburst in the mid-1970s.  Many of his friends thought he was crazy when he paid more for a used instrument instead of getting a new one cheaper, but Tom knew just what he...
Ed Seelig opened a small guitar shop when he was a teenager, having already made connections within the concert circuit selling used gear to traveling musicians.  The store, Silver Strings Music and Repair in St. Louis, Missouri opened in the early 1970s.  He organized one of the very first vintage...
Jeff Mozingo cannot recall a time when he did not have music in his life!  His father was a band director who opened Mozingo Music in the St. Louis area.  Growing up, Jeff's love and sincere passion for music developed first, in the area of playing, then teaching and band instrument repair.  Today...
Don Mozingo was a teacher in a small schoolhouse for over 20 years and among the topics he taught was music.  His love and passion for music can be traced to his parents and, as a child, Don began teaching himself to play every musical instrument.  While teaching, he began repairing instruments for...
John McMurray's father opened a music store in the years following World War II in St. Louis. John joined his father in business after attending college and working for a few other music companies including Stanton Music in Georgia. Under John's leadership, McMurray Music expanded and was able to...
Joyce Pinnell-Martin served as president of the famed print dealer Wingert-Jones Music in Kansas City. The store opened in 1960 and just two years later Joyce was hired as the book keeper. Over the years she helped grow the company and developed her own strong career. While serving as president of...
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...
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...
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...

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