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Chuck Surack is the founder and president of Sweetwater Sound, one of the landmark companies within the music products industry.  He formed the company in 1979 and worked hard to gather the brands his customers wanted and to provide the care and service he himself would want.  Chuck has supported music educational and advocacy programs as well as serving the industry in such ro

Dave Surber’s father was a United States Navy musician who worked for the LeBlanc Company after he retired from the navy.  When Dave was looking for a job his father found one for him in the buffing room at LeBlanc.  Dave moved into polishing clarinet keys while his father worked with artist relations and export sales within the office, with the company’s president Vito Pascucc

Andrew Surmani was always interested in both music and business.  His parents owned their own business and even in high school while in the band, Andrew took care of the books for the band.  A friend later told him about an opening at Alfred Music in Van Nuys, California. One of his first jobs was in marketing, and clients and convention coordinator, which provided the insight

Pete Surowski is the founder of Pete’s Music store in Anaheim, California.  He often uses the tag line that his store is the closest music retailer to the Winter NAMM Show.  While performing as a professional musician, Pete was teaching lessons and decided to open his own store with a teaching studio.  He expanded the store to include combo and band and orchestra products as we

This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Ralph Sutton learned the traditional stride piano styles of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller, and brought it to post-War audiences around the world for over fifty years.

Fujio Suzuki was the president of the Suzuki Musical Instrument Company in Japan in 2003 when the Museum of Making Music celebrated the launching of the new Hammond-Suzuki B-3.

Manji Suzuki has a deep passion for the music industry. He is the founder and president of Suzuki Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company in Hamamatsu, Japan. The company began as a harmonica maker and over the years has developed innovative instruments such as a full line of wood harmonicas for music education.

Peter Suzuki's career parallels the rise of Yamaha and the highly successful Yamaha Music Schools in Japan and the United States. Mr. Suzuki started with Yamaha in 1962 as a retail keyboard salesman in Tokyo. Faced with ever-increasing Electone Organ production, Mr.

Reiko Suzuki discovered her passion for music at a young age as she watched her father and mother operate a company that manufactured harmonicas and other instruments. This coupled with her father, Manji Suzuki’s desire to spread the joy of music to children later served as her inspiration to follow in her parent’s footsteps.

Millie Swanson was known as “The Sweetheart of Wurlitzer.” She joined the company in 1931 as an office clerk while still in high school. Over the years, as Wurlitzer grew into the largest musical instrument maker in the world, Millie was promoted to assistant to Mr. Wurlitzer and served in that position under the direction of three company presidents.

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