South Dakota

Rollie Bunn worked at Taylor Music in Aberdeen, South Dakota, when he was growing up and in fact returned to the store to work full time after attending Northern State Teacher’s College. During his college years he was a part time band director, which he enjoyed, before returning to Taylor. Ten...
Gene Gray was a sales rep for the mighty Wurlitzer Company from 1965 until 1988. During his NAMM interview, Gene spoke first hand of the great family feelings many had while working for the DeKalb,IL, based manufacturer. Gene played in his high school marching band and had music a part of his...
Tom Haggerty grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota where he learned to play the guitar.  He gigged for many years on the road, which at one point took him to Nashville where he wrote songs and performed.  However, he missed home and decided to return to Rapid City where he opened a music store...
Stan Kolb is the president of Taylor Music in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  He joined the company in the early 1970s and has since helped develop the various elements of the business over time.  Their repair shop and wholesale business covers most of the United States while their retail shop focuses on...
Don Langlie had a wonderful experience for ten years as a band director, mostly in North Dakota, which he enjoyed very much.  When he applied for a job at Popplers Music in Grand Forks, Don took with him his interest in teaching, which has served him well as a music retailer. Don worked in the...
John Larson worked in piano retail in and around North Dakota before opening his own store. He worked the area and became involved in the music programs and lessons within the community. He also became a well respected member of the National Association of Piano Travelers and would rarely miss the...
Sally Lindner once owned and operated a beauty shop in the small farming community of Watertown, South Dakota.  After her husband, Rod, opened a music store in town, she could hardly wait to get off work so she could run to the store and help out.  After a while she decided to work for the store...
Rod Lindner and his wife Sally truly own and operate a mom and pop music store.  They have no employees, so when they are sick or out of town, the store is closed.  Lindner Music is located in the small farming community of Watertown, South Dakota.  They do little advertising because the people who...
Joe Lindner has a real passion for playing and teaching music.  He gives lessons, mostly on drums and guitar, in his parents’ music store, Lindner Music in Watertown, South Dakota.  Joe is also the instrument repair technician for the store, having gone to school for his training.  The repairs he...