UMI

Pete Cumming began playing a King trombone as a student, never dreaming he would one day work for the company.  Growing up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, not far from the King factory, Pete knew much about the famous instruments.  After college he briefly worked in the field of Architecture. His...
Vincent McBryde picked up the saxophone at the age of 5 and played in bands throughout high school and into college, where he studied music with the hopes of becoming a band director. After a year of teaching he fell into the music products industry where he became a leader and visionary. After...
Peggy Morse began working in the music industry right out of high school for the Selmer Company in Elkhart, Indiana. Peggy has worked in the factory for most of her career and stayed with the company when it merged with Conn in 2003.
Naomi Peer recalls the days Danny Henkin brought the CG Conn Company back to Elkhart, Indiana in the 1980s, which is when she first began working for the company.  She stayed on during the merge with Selmer in 2003 and has witnessed many changes within the industry.  As an office worker, Naomi...
Nancy Singleton began working for the Armstrong flute company in Elkhart, Indiana in the 1970s.  She was trained on hand work and later trained others  in the factory.  Nancy stayed on with the company as it merged and changed names over the years, first with UMI then most recently with Conn-Selmer.
Denver Spence joined the music industry in 1968 after having been involved with his school marching bands and school band programs since he was in elementary school.  He worked as a school road rep for Jenkins Music in Kansas City for two years before opening his own retail store in Ada, Oklahoma....
Tabor Stamper was a band director before joining the manufacturing side of the industry for which he has a true passion. During his NAMM Oral History interview, conducted in March 2011, Tabor spoke of the interest he had in providing top quality instruments for students as well as step-up products...
Andy Strayer began his career in the music industry working for a music store, which he joined right after earning his music business degree at Wingate University in North Carolina. After several years in retail, Andy became a manufacturer’s rep for LeBlanc and later for Pearl Drums.  Along the way...