Woodwinds

R. Thomas Lockie’s grandfather started a small music store in downtown Los Angeles in the 1920s. The store was later owned and operated by Tom’s father who played “keep the store in business” during the Great Depression. Tom’s father was a movie studio musician who specialized in playing the piano...
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...
Bob Malone is one of the leading experts of band and orchestra instruments in the United States who is currently working as Director of the Ateliers in Los Angeles for Yamaha Corporation of America. Bob became one of the most noted band instrument repairmen in Southern California, where he opened a...
Amy Mao teamed with Dr. Paul Shelden in 2004 to create a new line of band instruments. With the growing technology available in China, Amy and Paul set out to produce the finest musical instrument possible within the setting of a manufacturing factory. With an eye for detail, Amy produced the...
Vincent Marinelli played saxophone during the rock-and-roll era as well as oboe for several orchestras and symphonies.  All along he taught music.  His passion for musical instruments lead to opening a repair shop that ultimately became a music retail store.  Expert Woodwind Services, Inc., was...
Jonathan Montel has worked on the bench in the factory at Selmer in Elkhart for over 40 years!  He has worked in many positions during his career with a special concentration on oboes, clarinets and bassoons.  He has also seen many changes to the process of instrument making, including the first...
Walt Ostermeyer had a solution to the complaint of millions of school age music students who came into his music retail store, the wood reed tastes yucky. Walt designed a series of reeds with a variety of flavors such as cherry and watermelon. The idea caught on and he soon established the Flavor...
Vito Pascucci was assigned to band instrument repair during World War II for Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band. Although Miller was much older, the world-famous bandleader and Vito became fast friends and, in fact, outlined a plan to establish a chain of music retail stores after the war. Miller’s...
Bernice Pelmear began working in the Selmer factory in Elkhart, Indiana in 1973.  She was trained by veteran co-workers, a tradition she carried on as a trainer years later.  Her work focused on assembling oboes and bassoons and continued on after the merge with Conn.
Bill Price was active in the band instrument business after being involved with other industries and as a result has a very unique and positive perspective on the music industry.  Bill was hired to join CG Conn by his longtime friend Bill Cordier.    Together they had an interest in purchasing the...

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