Music Wholesale-Distribution

Joseph Chen has put his vast knowledge of international trade along with his love of music together for a successful and respected career in the music products industry. His career began with Wu Hsieh at KHS Musical Instruments, which led to Joseph’s own company, Reliance International. Under his...
John Connolly established the Connolly Music Company (originally Connolly & Co., Inc.) back in 1970. Best known for distributing such brands as Thomastik-Infeld and König & Meyer, the company remains a family owned enterprise, with John's son, Jake, now at the helm. In 1954 John was hired...
Jake Connolly has fond memories of working with his father, who became his mentor in life and the music business. Together, father and son grew their string distribution company from a short list of products to a strong offering based on several product lines. The relationships they built years ago...
Evelyn Conrad is the president of Tone King, a company her parents started in the early 1950s. Her father was innovative in manufacturing guitar bags and a line of accessories. By the 1970s he had branched into distribution for eight major music companies and by 1976 he took on the Ernie Ball line...
Peter D’Addario is proud of his family’s long association with the music industry.  In fact, his family’s string making goes back to the seventeenth century.  Peter recalls going to the warehouse as a kid and helping with the shipping of musical accessories.  His father, Richard, is the brother of...
Paul Damiano has played a critical role in the growth and development of Kaman Music ever since first joining the company in the early 1980s. With a great understanding and passion for marketing and manufacturing, he was able to design processes that increased the company’s success especially in...
Arnold Davidson was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he began playing in area bands.  He was given the opportunity to distribute the strings he special ordered from England and found himself in the music products business.  He later opened his own wholesale firm, based largely on...
Mike Daws moved to Melbourne from England in 1974 where his brother-in-law, a drummer, introduced him to Billy Hyde. Billy was a well-known drummer who helped his son, Garry, run a successful music store. Mike took a liking to Billy and Garry and was soon hired to help run the business side of a...
Tracy Dean is a well-known and well-regarded independent rep based in the St. Louis area.  He began his career in the industry at St. Louis Music where he began as a telephone salesman.  After that, he was given a road rep position, the first such inside employee to go on the road. His many...
Millie Detgen was one of the very few female manufacturers reps in the music products industry in the 1970’s and 80’s. She began working with her husband Gene Detgen after they were married in 1971. Gene was the Sales Manager at Pacific Music Supply in Los Angeles at that time. His main product...

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