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Alex Hsieh is the CEO of P.Mauriat Paris, a brass instrument maker in Taiwan that specializes in saxophones, trumpets and accessories.  Their saxophone line of instruments are inspired by the late French orchestra leader Paul Mauriat (1925-2006) who was known in America for a series of pop...
Haruhiko Ikebe developed a novel way of approaching music retailing, creating Super Pro Shops that stock vintage and new instruments along with accessories and knowledgeable sales staff for a very specific item. In other words, Mr. Ikebe created a saxophone store, a guitar store, a flute store and...
Hirokazu Kato took part in the innovative engineering team at Yamaha in Japan who utilized FM Synthesis to create an electronic musical instrument, first the TRX prototype and then the revolutionary DX7.  Kato-san began his career with Yamaha in 1965 when he helped design the company's first...
Gerhard Keilwerth grew up loving the saxophone and dreaming of building his own line, which of course he did do to international success. The Keilwerth name has been synonymous with innovations in brass instruments for over 40 years. The company introduced the black finish on such noted products as...
Jochen Keilwerth’s grandfather founded the Julius Keilwerth Saxophones company in 1925 in Grasnitz. Once one of the largest saxophone producers in Europe, Keilwerth also produced  trumpets and trombones, and gained a particular reputation for the Keilwerth SX90R saxophone that was introduced in...
Paul Laubin followed in his father's footsteps both as a symphonic oboist and as an instrument maker.  Alfred Laubin made his first oboe in 1931.  He steadily improved his design, and went on to make hundreds of instruments and grow A. Laubin, Inc. into a full-time business.  Paul grew up in the...
Sheryl Laukat is passionate about the saxophone and the company she formed with her husband back in 1998. Tevis and Sheryl Laukat had the idea of creating a saxophone with acoustics that could be adjusted and modified even after the instrument was created. Their ideas and innovation led to the...
Tevis Laukat and his wife Sheryl formed Cannonball Music in 1998 in Sandy, Utah, located just south of Salt Lake City. The couple set out to fix some of the issues they and their musician friends have had with the saxophone over the years. As a touring performer with a host of jazz and pop...
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...
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...

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