West Virginia

Pete Ceo grew up in a musical home, thanks in large part to his band-directing father.  When Pete was a child his parents owned a small music store in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Pete grew up in the store and fell in love with the band instrument business.  When Pete took over the business, he...
Harry Gillum was interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program during the Stay-At-Home Orders for Covid-19 in June 2020. His interview was recorded on Zoom and captured his remarkable career in music retail and his contributions to our industry. Harry was just 16 years old in 1971, when he began...
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...
Bob Smakula built his first dulcimer when he was 14 years old.  Having grown up all around the roots music of West Virginia, Bob loved all aspects of musical instruments.  Along with playing and building, he developed great skills at repairing all stringed instruments and took great joy in playing...