Women in the Music Industry

Rebecca Brill-Argall and her husband, Charlie, worked hard to build their customer base of dealers throughout Canada. Their distribution company provided musical instruments and accessories including their own Cat’s Tongue Grip brand guitar picks. As Charlie pointed out, one of the key elements of...
Sharon Brown was a teenager when she first began working for Ted Brown Music.  While in high school she had met and began dating the founder’s son, Warren.  Soon she discovered she had a real love for both Warren AND the music business.  She ran the record department and after marrying Warren, she...
Whitney Brown Grisaffi is the proud president of Ted Brown Music a Tacoma, Washington based retail store established by her grandfather. Her dedication and passion for the business are evident in her relationship with her customers, staff and others in the industry. Like her late father, Warren...
Misty Browning loved to watch the smile on the faces of those in her church as a child when they began to sing.  She noticed their mannerisms and expressions completely changed once the music started.  She knew then that hers would be a life in music!  She toured and recorded and taught, and all...
Evelyn Brue-Roeder opened her music store in 1940! Her main focus in the early days was music lessons, however she soon added sheet music, accessories and musical instruments. She developed a passion for steel guitars as she witnessed their development over her career. When the pedal steel guitar...
Cassie Brueckner is the president of Pete’s Music store and the daughter of the founder.  She grew up in the Anaheim, California store, where she learned to repair musical instruments and developed her skills as the store manager to take charge when Pete had a professional gig.  As a brass player,...
Clora Bryant was billed as the female Louie Armstrong in the era of the Ed Sullivan variety show. Her raspy-voiced imitations were a big favorite among viewers but the gimmick often over- shadowed her incredible talents as a trumpeter. Most music lovers don’t like to think about how Clora had to...
Orinta Budnikaitė is a Lithuanian musicologist and current general manager of Natų knygynas, the only one sheet music store in Lithuania. Working together with the Lithuanian Government, national and foreign NGO's, she initiated a multitude of international cooperation projects devoted to the...
Toni Buffa and her husband, Jerry, purchased Lemur Music from the founders in 1995.  The fun name of the business comes from the first names of the couple who started the store in 1964, Leah and Murray (Lea-Mur) Grodner. Toni and Jerry grew the business to include more accessories as well as their...
Betsy Bullis began singing in church at an early age and fell in love with music and music making.  After college she taught choir where her husband, Russ, was the band director.  After Russ began working at Paige's Music in the sheet music department, Betsy joined him.  The sheet music department...

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