NAMM Board of Directors-Interviewed

C. Darby Fulton’s father opened a music store, which seemed the perfect place for Darby growing up. He enjoyed the business and worked with his father as the company grew into 26 locations during the boom of the home organ craze in the 1960s. Having been a music retailer for years Darby became a...
Gary Gand grew up playing music and developed a passion for musical instruments. In 1971, he parlayed this passion into a successful career in music retail. Gand Music and Sound, located in Northfield, IL, was among the first stores in the country to carry pro audio and lighting equipment and has...
Craig Gigax’s father established Meridian Music in Indianapolis and built up a respected reputation, due largely to his friendly personality and clever business skills. After his father, Richard, passed away in 1995, Craig gave up his career in microprocessors to continue in his father’s footsteps...
Mark Goff was ready to work for a musical instrument manufacturer after college when he was told that he needed retail experience. Impressed with the idea and eager to learn all he could he applied to work at Paige’s Music in Indiana. Mark enjoyed working with the owner, past NAMM Chairman Warner...
Jerry Gorby followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a passionate advocate for music and music making. Jerry worked in the family music store, Gorby Music, in West Virginia, later becoming president of the store. Along the way, he was noted for his keen interest in preserving history and...
Charles Gorby was a true visionary for the music products industry and the founder of Gorby Music in West Virginia. As a lone store retailer, Charlie was a regular attendee at the NAMM shows beginning in the 1940s when the industry was trying to get back in swing after World War II. He spoke at a...
Richard Gore’s father was a band director who expanded the school’s bookstore into a music store in Denton, Texas.  As the store grew, Richard’s passion for music grew, as did his interest in the sheet music sold in the store.  Richard’s parents, Harold and Betty, welcomed him into the business in...
Paul Graves began delivering pianos in 1957 up in Minnesota before moving to Alabama where he continued to deliver.  He soon discovered that he would make more money if he sold the pianos and the love of selling soon took hold.  In 1960, Paul opened his first piano store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He...
Mike Greene is the president of Greene Music in San Diego, California, a store he started with his father in 1974.  Mike grew up in the business and recalls dressing up like a circus barker to help his dad sell chord organs at state fairs.  After the boom of the home organ, Mike focused on pianos...
Don Griffin is the founder and president of West LA Music in Los Angeles, CA. Don’s background in music and customer service made his store the ideal stop for many of the rock and studio musicians in southern California. Don was one of the very first music retailers to break into the pro audio and...

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