Woodwinds

Paul Shelden is a Professor Emeritus in Music for Brooklyn College and has both studied and taught music at Juilliard beginning on clarinet and saxophone, but branching into electronic music, which he focused on for his doctorate. While teaching, Paul was introduced to the idea of improving on the...
Marvin Snyder became president of Rico Reeds in 1976, after managing the cane plantations, which were used to make the reeds. His father worked with the Lockie family, who owned a chain of music stores in Southern California and brought the Rico Reed products to the United States. As a teenager,...
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...
Poul Marno Sørensen inherited Marno Sørensen Music store from his father located for many years in the heart of Copenhagen. Poul remembers how his father worked as a musician in a circus before he settled to open the shop in 1925. Many important jazz musicians were customers here such as Archie...
Mark Thomas is the noted flute player who has toured the world and has recorded several albums during his long career.  As a product endorser, Mark has appeared in several printed ads over the years and has been hired by several flute makers as a product engineer to help improve and in some cases,...
Pete Valentino noticed that band instrument repairmen often had a difficult task in replacing worn pads on flutes and saxophones. He had burned his hands on many occasions and thought that there must be a better way. He soon made and marketed the Valentino Pad, a replacement product that later...
Steven Wasser grew up in a very musical family and played reed instruments as a child but really dreamed of owning his own business. After graduating from Harvard Business School, Steven worked in several industries before having the chance to combine his interests of business and his passion for...
Abe Wollam was a close associate of Bud Reglein. Beginning in the 1940s, Abe worked with Bud at the J.J. Babbitt Mouthpiece Company out of Elkhart, IN. Abe developed strong engineering skills, which proved to be invaluable as the company grew over the years and required specialized tooling. As...
Nobunari Yanagisawa is the president of the company his father established just before World War II.  The company began as a repair shop, which focused on the saxophone.  The factory was used for military projects during the war but closed after the war.  His father had a difficult time finding raw...

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