Women in the Music Industry

 Luella Derwin was one of the first women owners of a music store in America.  In 1937, when her bandleader husband Hal Derwin went on the road, Luella was left behind, “So one day I was thinking of all the fun we had with musicians who would come to town and look for a local place to have their...
Millie Detgen was one of the very few female manufacturers reps in the music products industry in the 1970’s and 80’s. She began working with her husband Gene Detgen after they were married in 1971. Gene was the Sales Manager at Pacific Music Supply in Los Angeles at that time. His main product...
Brenda Dillon has played a vital role in the development and acceptance of group piano lessons based on the concept of recreational music making. As a strong advocate of RMM, Brenda has promoted the many benefits to students and to teachers. Brought up on the piano and having studied music in...
Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass was a pioneering woman in the music products industry. As a music educator she first connected with the industry when hired by Scherl & Roth in 1970 to head up their efforts to promote their string products by creating string orchestras in the public school system. She...
Irmgard Dittmar has been a part of the music products industry her whole life. Her father was a noted trumpet builder and designer, and she has worked for the Schreiber music company for nearly 40 years. Over the years she has served as President Hugo Schreiber’s assistant and in doing so has...
DJ Jazzy Joyce, born in the Bronx, grew up in the era that ushered in the Hip Hop movement of dance, culture and music beginning in local parks.  Joyce developed her style with her strong techniques and engaging energy.  In 1986 she teamed with Sweet Tee for the hit recording of “It’s My Beat” and...
DJ Spinderella grew up in love with the Disney character Cinderella. She always wore a Cinderella watch, including the day she got her nickname. While spinning records in her local park, Nelson Park in the Bronx New York, a friend remarked on the way she was spinning the records on the turntable...
Jeanne Dukoff married the swing saxophonist and mouthpiece maker Bobby Dukoff.  Bobby suffered a stroke just before his scheduled NAMM Oral History interview and in true “Bobby Dukoff Spirit” Mrs. Dukoff rose to the occasion, sitting alongside her husband and answering the questions for him.  Sadly...
Amani Duncan serves as the Vice President of Marketing for CF Martin Guitars in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Since joining the company, Amani has focused her attention on embracing the rich tradition of the brand while covering new demographics to ensure the world knows of Martin. She has worked to...
Sharon Dunckle runs the music retail store her son, Mike, established when he was just 12 years old.  Mike's Music is located in Eagle River, outside of Anchorage, Alaska.  Mike saw the need to open a store as he bought old instruments to repair with his dad and then resold to his friends.  His...

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