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Loren Zimmerman owned Byerly Music in Peoria, Illinois during the 1970s and 80s and is credited for being among the first music retailers to have locations in shopping malls.  When he purchased the company from his father-in-law, Eldred Byerly (who served as President of the NAMM Board from 1963-1965), Loren expanded the company to include ten locations at its peak.

Bruce Zinky loves playing guitar, but even at a young age he realized he enjoyed modifying instruments for himself and his friends. The Fender custom shop hired him in the early 1990s to work on guitar amplifiers. With a few design ideas of his own, Bruce set out to create his own company, which was established on the strength of the Smokey Amp; one of his early products.

Erik Zobler was passionate about sound and music from an early age and seemed destined to carve out a career surrounded by other passionate music makers.  As a studio engineer and producer, Erik’s long list of credits includes assisting Bruce Swedien on Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album, as engineer on albums by Miles Davis, Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, Stanley Clarke, Ramsey

Zoro is easily recognized walking most of the NAMM Shows and is often seen demonstrating his style on several products he uses during the shows. His knowledge of the products he plays makes him a perfect endorser and his passion for music makers makes him the ideal spokesperson for the benefits of playing an instrument.

Marvin Zoschke had dreams of being in the music business while he was a boy. After working in a piano store after World War II, Marvin had the opportunity to open a Baldwin Piano dealership and soon became one of the top dealers in the country.

Robert Zoschke is the president of The Piano Center in Beaumont, Texas, which his father Marvin formed in 1955. Robert worked in the store on weekends and over the summers while in school and soon took a great interest in the business and the music industry.

Siwei Zou is the founder and president of sE Electronics International Inc.  He was born in Shanghai, China and began playing at an early age.  Siwei was focused on western classical music and composed both classical and popular music during the early part of his career.  He played at the famed opera house in China and noticed as a young player that such orchestras needed bette

Ralph Zumpano worked in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, LeBlanc plant most of his professional career. Ralph married Vito Pascucci’s sister and was alongside Vito from the very beginning of the opening of LeBlanc in the United States in 1947.

Barry Zweig has played jazz guitar professionally since he was a teenager. His passion for music is as clear as the smile on his face, and the great style he has contributed to music has graced recordings and live performances since the 1960s. Among his most noted gigs were recordings with Buddy Rich, Herb Albert, Ray Anthony and Frank Capp, among others.

Buckwheat Zydeco redefined and popularized the Cajun Zydeco movement in America and around the World. In doing so, he brought positive attention to the accordion. The instrument’s reputation had suffered greatly beginning in the late 1960s; however, pockets of creative and innovative musicians fought to change that. One such performer was Clifton Chenier.