Woodwinds

Mark Thomas was a noted flute player who toured the world and recorded several albums during his long career.  As a product endorser, Mark appeared in several printed ads over the years as he was hired by several flute makers as a product engineer to help improve and in some cases, design musical...
Karl Leong participated in the International Coalition during the NAMM Show beginning in 2012 to discuss collaborative efforts in creating more active music makers.  As CEO of KHS, Karl has been active in these and other music education efforts both in Taiwan and around the world.  As CEO, Karl has...
Ace Cannon grew up in Mississippi singing with his father on street corners and in church, and he knew even as a small child that he wanted to have a life in music.  When he was ten years old his father drove him to Amro Music in Memphis and let him pick out an alto saxophone by CG Conn.  Right...
Eric Satterlee founded Meridian Winds in 1984, in Lansing, Michigan.  The store specializes in wind instruments and has a very innovative repair shop.  In fact, the repair shop is the birthplace of several of Eric’s ideas in tooling enhancement, including a series of products he sells under the...
Robert Fleming has been a long time member of NAPBIRT, missing only a few annual meetings during his long career as a repairman.  He worked with Pete Valentino on how plastics could be used in instrument pads such as the flute.  Patrick’s Music hired Bob as their repairman, which he enjoyed very...
Denny Lawson began learning and playing instrumental music while in college.  He soon found he had a great interest in playing music and switched his major to music education.  While he was a band director, a music store had an opening on its repair bench and Denny took the job to learn basic...
Dave Surber’s father was a United States Navy musician who worked for the Leblanc Company after he retired from the navy.  When Dave was looking for a job his father found one for him in the buffing room at Leblanc.  Dave moved into polishing clarinet keys while his father worked with artist...
Mari Mach spent nearly 40 years in the music industry in and around Elkhart, Indiana. She began her career in the sales department working for C. G. Conn for four years before being offered a job at the Gemeinhardt Flute Company. While at Gemeinhardt, she worked with Danny Henkin, who was then the...
Joe Cook began working in the music products industry with Selmer in 1966 with a focus on the saxophone products.  He joined the Gemeinhart Flute Company in 1986 and remained with the famed Elkhart, Indiana firm until the time of his mini interview in 2011.  While working with the Selmer Company,...
Kenneth Glore began working for Bach in the saxophone department before working for Linton on oboes and then off to Armstrong flutes that was later bought by Selmer.  He has been with Conn-Selmer ever since.  In all, he has been in the industry for over 50 years and has enjoyed his work in the...

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