Jeanne Stiernberg teams with her husband, John, to run the Stiernberg Consulting Firm.  Since the fourth grade, when she began piano lessons, Jeanne has always been active in music.  While at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, she conducted research within her field of study of speech and hearing.  One such study looked closely at the terms used within music, such as “bright” and “rich” and she formulated tones that seem to match these terms based on interviews with several musicians.  Her...

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Joe Carducci remembers with a smile sitting in front of his parents black and white television set on a Sunday evening in February when he...
Ted Kornblum has a long legacy in the music industry. His grandfather started St. Louis Street Music and his father started Crate...
Jaime Valle started out playing top 40 hits, but before long grew tired and was looking for something new when he happened upon jazz. It...
Jerry Portman learned so much from his father and his grandfather about how to treat customers.  Those lessons became key as Jerry set out...
Little Freddie King has become a mainstay within the New Orleans music scene.  His energetic performances, often with high kicks, always...
Bill Causey has a long history of music in his family.  His father was a band director and both his father’s brother and sister were fine...
Loren Zimmerman owned Byerly Music in Peoria, Illinois during the 1970s and 80s and is credited for being among the first music retailers...
Randy Wood is the president of The Music Shoppe in Normal, Illinois. The store specializes in band instrument repairs and strong customer...
Carl Thacker was a teenager when he began repairing band instruments.  In fact he was a Charter Member of NAPBIRT and attended the first...

About the Library & Resource Center

Established in 1946 when NAMM was only 45 years old, the NAMM Resource Center provides its Members, the media, academic researchers and the general public with access to historical data about this great industry.

Drawing on more than a century of NAMM research, records and archives, the Resource Center has access to everything from statistical records on retail music products sales to videotaped interviews with more than 1,000 of the people who have shaped this industry's history. The broader scope of the collections is the history of the music products industry. Within that broader scope, materials are categorized into five main subject categories: NAMM History, Manufacturer History, Retail History, Music History (especially as it pertains to instrument and product innovations) and Legacy Collections.

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