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Barry Jones joined Mississippi Music in April 1977 serving as the delivery man for Peavey’s Melody Music in Meridian. The store was later moved to the local mall and rebranded with Mississippi Music in 1986.

Dr. Michael Peters is the former Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt and an avid musician. Early on he formed several skiffle bands and later founded the Musikmesse Frankfurt Allstars. From 1993 to 2010 Dr. Peters was in charge of the Frankfurt fairs.

Cornelia Kinzelmann is CEO of ESM which produces mouthpieces for clarinets and saxophones. Cornelia remembers her grandfather, Wenzel Schreiber, from the time when she was a child. Wenzel Schreiber and his sons, Ernst and Hugo, made the company W. Schreiber a great success.

Willie Hatcher gives a great deal of credit to the public-school system in Mississippi when he was growing up in the 1950s for providing a variety of shop classes. Those instructional courses included woodworking, automotive, and machine shop, and they all provided Willie with the background he needed to contribute to Peavey Electronics as a product engineer.

Courtland Gray joined the Peavey Electronics team in Meridian, Mississippi in 2001 working in the finance department. As his career developed at Peavey and his position changed to CFO, Courtland learned the core values of the company firsthand from the founder, Hartley.

John Fields grew up in Meridian and took a great interest in his mother’s job at Peavey Electronics. As a kid, John worked on electrical components in the garage and made his first amplifier at the age of 12. He later studied electronics and took four more classes and worked with the engineer James Brown (Mr. Brown is most noted for engineering the 5150 amplifier for Peavey).

These are the full length NAMM Oral History interviews with Tom Oberheim. For his biography and web-clip, please follow this link: https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/tom-oberheim

Tammie Harper was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi and like so many people in the town she was interested in music, so she joined the Peavey Electronics team. Her first job for the company was working the old telex machines. She was thrilled when word processing and computer upgrades replaced the old machines.

This is the full length NAMM Oral History interview with Paul Peace, which was captured on April 12, 2019. For his biography and web-clip, please follow the link: https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/paul-peace

This is the full length NAMM Oral History interview with Steve Johnson, which was captured on April 12, 2019. For his biography and web-clip, please follow the link: https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/steve-johnson

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