Woodwinds

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...
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...
Gary Shanholt began working on the bench at Selmer in Elkhart on Main Street back in the 1970s.  He continued to work for the company after it merged with Conn, becoming Conn-Selmer.  Gary began working on saxophones and later in the cleaning room before finding his niche within the company in the...
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...

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