Woodwinds

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...
Nick Rail is the president and founder of the retail string of stores in Southern California with his namesake that began in 1986. Nick began his career as a band instrument repairman for La Grandeur Music in 1974. After becoming active in the repair side of the business, Nick decided to open his...
Jean Francois Rico had an early interest in news photography, but following his grandmother’s passing, Jean began working at the company his grandfather had established, Rico Reeds. The company dominated the reed industry for many decades with a powerful sales force around the world and a steady...
John Rogers provided an in-depth overview of the Paxman Company during his NAMM Oral History interview, which happened to have taken place as the company was celebrating 100 years in business during the 2019 NAMM Show. John explained that the company started when Harry Paxman opened a small retail...

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