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Rob Turner’s first instrument was the drums; in fact it was the drums that brought him to establish one of the world’s best-known guitar pickup companies! While on tour in the early 1970s his drum kit was stolen, forcing him to rent a kit for the remaining tour. The experience caused him to rethink his goals and he went back to school to learn all he could about business.

Ron Tutt is best known for playing drums behind Elvis Presley during most of the king’s tours during the 1970s. Ron grew up with a deep passion for music and the drums, which led him to audition for Elvis as he was putting a band together for his Las Vegas comeback.

Mike Tyler has been involved with music his entire life, and at the age of five he was playing clarinet. He was a rock drummer while in college studying music education and was later a school band director for ten years. Mike then advanced to an administrative role within the Queensland Department of Education, where he helped oversee AMEB, the largest examine body in the state and supported several key programs developed by the Australian Music Association.

Nancy Ubick is quick to point out that her mentor in business has been Mary Vandenberg, the pioneering Business Affairs executive for Hal Leonard.  In fact it was Nancy who succeeded Mary as the Vice President of Business Affairs, which handles the contract and licensing rights for the company.  Mary remains a consultant for the department, for which Nancy is very proud to be i

Michael Udow served as principal percussionist with the Santa Fe Opera from 1968 until his retirement in 2009. His work with Keiko Abe in Japan as part of Summit Brass, Equilibrium and the seasons with the Michigan Symphony Band have been widely regarded within the world of percussion.

Sam Ulano was the drum teacher, performer, method book author and drum shop owner whose name became synonymous with the world of drumming.  During his long and celebrated career, Sam played with some of the legends of jazz and popular music.  In 1948 he published the first of nearly one thousand drum method books to assist musicians on their techniques and skills.  A few years

Bob Ulius began working in the music industry when San Francisco retailer, Stu Goldberg, hired Bob at Marina Music in 1969. It was the beginning of a long career that included gigs at Leo’s Pro Audio in Oakland, California, and with Sound Genesis. Bruce Hatch formed Sound Genesis, which was located on Bryant Street and sold such as brands as Soundcraft and TASCAM.

George Ullmann directed the Boosey & Hawks Canadian operation for several decades beginning in the 1970s. It was during those early days of expanding the Canadian music market that George began serving on the Musical Instrument Association of Canada’s Board (MIAC). While George served as president of MIAC the association enjoyed a growth in members both domestic and foreign as well as the launch of several educational initiatives. After Boosey & Hawks closed their Canadian distribution, George formed his own company, Counterpoint Musical Service.

Robert Ulrich served as Chairman of Target and helped pioneer the mass retailing of affordable musical instruments in what has been known as the Big Box Stores. In 2010, the year after his retirement from Target, Bob's dream of creating a special music education experience for people was realized when the Musical Instrument Museum (known as MIM) was opened.

Matt Umanov opened his first guitar shop in 1963, following his dream to have a life in music. Over the years, Matt has become one of the world’s leading experts on guitars, which is often expressed in his passion of putting the right instrument in his customer’s hands.