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Accordions make a sound when the bellows are expanded or compressed with air, while pressing keys causing the pallets to open.  The air moves across the strips of reeds, allowing them to vibrate.

Band Instrument Repair Technicians are always working behind the scenes to save the day when instruments come in damaged and in need of some repair.  They are the ones that have all the crazy and interesting stories, like in this clip you will hear a story about how a police officer once ran over someone’s tenor sax.  They are very crafty with creating different tools to fix an

While there are many facets to the development and building of a guitar, acoustic guitars are able to take the raw wood and, via build and design, let the sound ring true.

Bluegrass Music blends Irish Folk Music with Appalachia Mountain Music, resulting in a unique American roots style sound. Most historians point to 1948 and the Bill Monroe band as the beginning, however, our interviewee Curly Seckler was performing very similar music as early as 1938.  Mr.

Rosa Villa is the Lead Supervisor within the drumhead shipping department at Remo Inc. headquarters in Valencia, California   Like many of her co-workers, Rosa has been working for the company for several decades and she finds the work very rewarding.  Over the years she has taken part in the growth of the company, for example when they moved from North Hollywood to the current building.

Velia Villasenor-Telles grew up singing with her sister. Music was always a big part of her life, as she is related to the record producer Johnny Otis and the jazz composer and arranger Gerald Wilson. When she and her husband retired to Carlsbad, she soon heard about the Museum of Making Music and signed up as a docent.

Linda Vincent worked for a short time at the NAMM headquarters, which is where she met her husband, the late John Vincent, who at the time was Director of Trade Shows.

Ernie Vincent played a key role in expanding the role New Orleans played in music on a national and international level. As a songwriter he wrote the funk based songs "Dap Walk" as well as many others based on the blues and zydeco.  "Dap Walk" proved that New Orleans was not just about jazz and the blues.  As a musician he formed his own bands along with backing the likes of Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams and Ernie K-Doe, who all creatively shared their unique New Orleans sound to the world.

Brian Vincik was in the right place at the right time. As a synthesizer enthusiast and engineer, Brian graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1979 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when many of the most innovative synthesizer companies were designing new musical products.

Dee Vinton was known as Dancin’ Dee around the Museum of Making Music where she was a noted docent since the early 2000’s. Dee was fond of telling her tour groups that her mother was a dime-a-dance girl in the heyday of the 1920’s dance craze.