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Russ Bullis took up the trumpet as a child and played throughout high school.  During his college years he gave trumpet lessons at the local music store and took a strong interest in teaching.  He was later a band director after college for six years.  He taught at the same school, in Lawrenceville...
Kevin Cranley grew up in the music industry and has a passion for all elements of the music business, as if it were in his blood.  As a young man he completed odd jobs around the Willis Music store and helped his father with the publishing side of the business.  Years later Kevin took over the...
Bill Eckroth enjoyed being a band director in his home town of Mandan, North Dakota, just across the Missouri River from Bismarck.  He started out teaching junior high school students, many of whom he would meet later in his life after he decided, in 1972, to open a music store.  Along with his...
Mary Ann Eckroth quietly sat behind the desk working on the books while her husband Bill traveled to the local schools to help the band directors.  She took care of the customers and cleaned the store when he would travel for industry meetings, and she taught herself many of the business practices...
Jeff Eckroth is the son of the founders of Eckroth Music in North Dakota.  His parents, Bill and Mary Ann, established the store in 1972 and Jeff recalls numerous stories about growing up in the store and in the industry he would come to love.  Jeff helped develop the store’s combo business and...
Horace Gamlin was born to a piano tuner who taught his son the trade with hopes he would follow in his footsteps. While Horance enjoyed piano tuning, he felt he would be just as good as a salesman so he did both in other retail stores in and around Wales in the 1950s. In September 1960 he and his...
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...
Janet Gratsch began working at Willis Music when she was 17 years old in the Choral Department.  She remained with the store until she retired and even after her retirement she would be called by the staff and hummed a song for her to name, and she would.  Janet was hired in 1940 and recalled with...
George Hauer established Madison Music Center in 1998 in the small Connecticut town of the same name. His main focus is sheet music and band instruments, but if you ask him he may admit the store was opened in his retirement to keep him active. George was active in music retail for a very long...
Bob Kohl was hired by Music & Arts in Maryland just before turning sixteen years old and has been in the industry ever since that time.  The store was located in the local mall and he began working within the sheet music department, an area of the industry he would soon fall in love with and...

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