Parnelli Awards

Chris Adamson worked as an engineer’s apprentice where he saved up enough money to purchase a van. This van led him to carve a strong friendship with guitarist Mark Ronson (who later went on to play with David Bowie) and Chris developed a knack for helping out local bands. After finding some...
Marshall Bissett found his way into the music industry by way of the British theater scene. With the dream of working backstage in theater, Marshall transformed that dream into a successful career in concert touring starting in the 1970s. Having the music industry setting a priority of selling more...
Jim Bornhorst was hired by Rusty Brutsche, the founder of Showco, to assist with the development of sound systems.  In just a short time, Jim proved he was able to design systems as well as create company-owned products that would give Showco a leg up on the competition.  Jim gratefully enjoyed the...
Phil Ealy is an award-winning lighting designer who established West Coast Concert Lighting in the late 70’s. Having designed the lighting rigs for several large rock tours, Phil became known for his attention to every detail with focus on smooth eloquent color transitions and flash and bang...
Mark Engebretson has enjoyed a very long and successful career in pro audio product design and engineering.  In fact, when he was introduced at the 2013 Parnelli Awards to receive the Audio Innovators Award, it was suggested that his finger prints were on more audio products than just about anyone...
Randy "Baja" Fletcher is the producer of live events who won the 2010 Parnelli Life Time Achievement Award for his dedication to the industry.  His long and passionate career has included work with ZZ Top, Randy Travis and the entire touring career of Brooks & Dunn!  Baja's creativity and...
Bob Heil received his first break into the pro audio market when the Grateful Dead’s sound system was not available for a concert date. Bob’s own powerful system was used, and a new name for speakers and microphones was born into the world. Several of his innovative products, including sound...
Stanley Miller received the 2009 Parnelli Audio Innovator Award for his long and successful career in the music and concert production industries.  In 1962 he opened a small commercial audio store designing sound systems. He would provide sound for acts like the Smother’s Brothers and the...
Yvan Miron is from a long line of craftsman, a family trade that he traces back to the mid-1600s. Born in Quebec, Yvan started playing guitar when he headed off to college and after he finished his studies he traveled extensively, crediting this experience as one of the key factors that help him...
Kevin Mitchell wrote the MMR cover story in 2009 dedicated to the NAMM Oral History program and has been a strong advocate and supporter ever since! His background in music (he played the piano as a child and would graduate from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music) and his love of journalism (he feels his...

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