Yamaha Corporation of America

Alvin Chea is the bass for the singing group Take 6.  Alvin joined the group five years after they were formed and soon became an important element in their unique sound.  During their career the group has sold millions of recordings and has won countless awards, including ten Grammy Awards.  The...
Dr. John Chowning is known throughout the world for his discovery of FM sound synthesis, which, when used in the context of electronic musical instruments, provided an alternative to the way synthesized music was being created. The technology was first used with great success in the Yamaha DX7,...
Chick Corea wanted to create a tool on the internet that would inspire musicians and bring out the very passion that has kept him excited about making music since he was a child.  The results are in a series of podcasts and master classes on his website.  He discussed the site, along with his...
Ed Cornett was hired by Yamaha to head the team in charge of creating the DX7.  His story of the long hours, creative and innovative team members and the support of the company uncover the key elements that came together to create one of the most successful musical instruments of its time.  Ed grew...
Hal Cowan studied business administration while playing music all through school. He loved playing organ and found himself in the company of fellow organ buffs as well as employees of organ stores and manufacturers. Hal worked for the Jenkins Hammond Organ Studios as president under Paul Jenkins...
Chuck Dadisman grew up on a farm and went to school to become a school music teacher, which he did for five years before moving to Omaha, NE, where he worked in piano and organ retail.  It was at that store that he met one of the mentors in his life, Dick Carlson.  Dick was the road rep for...
Ken Dapron grew up in a very musical family.  His parents were members of the pop singing group called The Merry Macs.  Music was all around him as a child.  Ken played saxophone and drums in school and fell in love with the guitar.  He played in many bands throughout his school years with dreams...
Ken Dattmore is the Marketing Manager for Yamaha within the strings department, which has been his passion for his entire career.  He started in the industry with the William Lewis & Son Company, which brought violins into the hands of thousands of young music students around the world.  Ken...
Khristian Dentley is the baritone for the singing group Take 6.  The group was formed in 1980 and Khristian joined the group in 2011.  During their career the group has sold millions of recordings and has won countless awards including ten Grammy Awards.  The group has been active in music advocacy...
Bud DiFluri enjoyed a long and successful career in the music industry in both retail and manufacturing. He managed the Yamaha band and orchestra department in New York City with a focus on sales and marketing, which he also focused on while working as the Senior Sales and Marketing Manager for New...

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