Oral History -
Florence Wilfer was born in France and was working for a musical distribution company when she met HP Wilfer, her future husband. The two have been working together at HP's Warwick Company since getting married in 1991. Florence has been critical in the operations, marketing and book keeping side of the company, freeing HP to work with his engineering team to produce the inno
H. P. Wilfer inherited the passion and drive of his father who formed the Framus Guitar Company. After hard times and his father’s retirement, H. P. bought back the company to bring the many innovative and popular products back to market. H. P.
Trev Wilkinson began painting cars as a teenager and soon there after painted his own guitar, which started him on the road to guitar restoration and building. His long and fascinating interest in guitar design has resulted in many musical product innovations including the Wilkinson Brass Roller Bridge.
Christopher Willcox was once a classical actor on the British stage. He was a teacher and writer, but feels his favorite job is that of piano salesman. For well over 35 years, he has done just that. Mr.
Bob Willcutt still loves repairing guitars. The nice view of downtown Lexington from his repair bench doesn't hurt. Initially working as a social worker, Bob repaired and rebuilt vintage folk instruments as a hobby starting in the 1960's. After repairing and mentoring at a local music store, he went on to found his own guitar and repair shop.
Lisa Williams works with The RapcoHorizon cable company with a focus on a telemarketing strategy. Starting in the late 1980s, Lisa joined Rapco after pursuing a career in purchasing. Rapco continues to grow and find success as an accessory line found in music stores across the nation. Lisa enjoys the connections that Rapco can make with their customers.
Dale Williams with the RapcoHorizon cable company is extremely proud of the success and continued growth of Rapco in the marketplace. With an emphasis on only hiring musicians within the company, Dale even took up the guitar in an effort to connect with the staff. In his NAMM Oral History Interview, Dale talked about new challenges and competition in the music industry today.
Ray Williams grew up in Canada in a musical home. Although his father was a policeman, he was a skilled musician who had several instruments around the house, several of which Ray and his brother picked up and played.
Roger Williams was known throughout the world for his countless albums and top ten hits as a solo pianist. He had a remarkable career in bridging rock and roll and in incorporating jazz and American popular music along with classical into his performances and recordings.
Bernie Williams is the former professional baseball player whose passion for music making led him to a role as a music advocate.