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Cliff Acred began playing music in junior high school and later majored in music in college.  He played in the 3rd Army Band out of Atlanta while in the service and once out returned home to Memphis.  Cliff was hired to play bass in the house bands for Sun Records and later for Stax Records.  At the same time he operated the American Music Store with his friend Jack Hale.  When

Mike Adams is a sound designer and engineer that has been in the pro audio industry servicing southern California since the 1970s. Seeing the need for sound reinforcement during changing times, he left his band to join Silverfish Audio which was founded in Rochester, New York in 1971 and now known as Sound Image located in Escondido, California.

Mike Adams has a background in mechanical engineering as well as manufacturing, which seemed to fit perfectly when he began working with Bob Moog back in 2002. Bob was looking to expand his small company and to finally complete work on the Minimoog Voyager, which he has been working on for several years.

Arthur Adams has written and played the blues nearly his entire life! He played guitar for many top blues players such as BB King, Elmore James, Lowell Fulson and Gene Allison. Arthur also wrote some wonderful songs that are a part of our musical history such as "Love and Peace" covered by Quincy Jones on his Grammy winning album in 1969 Walking In Space!

Edna Adams has been a mentor to many within the music publishing and music retail business since first entering the industry in the early 1970s. She joined Charlie Hansen Music Publishing and Warner Brothers Publishing for which she traveled to dealers around the country.

Paul Adams began his career as a piano technician in New Jersey after earning his degree in music at Rutgers University in 1972.  Soon after establishing his business, Paul joined the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) to learn all he could about his profession.  Within a few years it was Paul who was teaching classes and helping grow the guild.  He earned his Registered Piano Techn

Chris Adamson worked as an engineer’s apprentice where he saved up enough money to purchase a van. This van led him to carve a strong friendship with guitarist Mark Ronson (who later went on to play with David Bowie) and Chris developed a knack for helping out local bands.

Hawley Ades was hired by Irving Berlin in 1932 to assist the legendary American songwriter with musical arrangements.  Hawley stayed with Berlin for five years before being hired by choir master and bandleader Fred Waring.  He joined Mr.

Henry Adler helped define the percussion industry with his music publishing company, drum shop and method books.  His amazing life in music began as a drummer during the big band era.  His many gigs and one nighters gained the attention of a friend who encouraged Henry to open a drum studio and music studio in the heart of New York City.  The Henry Adler Music Store near Time S

Dominique Agnew has been dedicated to the music industry, serving NAMM for over 25 years -- most notably as the Associate Director for Trade Show Sales. She bore witness to the growth of the Anaheim Show in the late 1980s and played a vital role in the expansion of international exhibitors over the years.