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Bill White played drums since he was a child. So when his son approached him to make a snare drum for him after Bill’s retirement, he agreed. Since that time the snares his son played have been requested by friends and fellow drummers to the point that they decided to start a business. White & Son Custom Percussion focused on snare drums with single shells.

Roland White has played mandolin nearly as long as he can remember. Influenced by the Bluegrass and country music he heard as a boy, Roland created his own unique style, which has been a major influence on generations of students.

Wil White worked for Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center for nearly 30 years!  It all began on October 6, 1987 when he was looking for a job and answered an ad for a cashier.  He was hired by the founder, Mr.

Joan White began her career with Muncie Music Center in 1944, just three years after the store opened. She remained with the store until her retirement in 2016.  Although she started by organizing the sheet music department, Joan (pronounced Jo-Ann) assisted with all areas of the business.

Lynn White may downplay the role she has played within their family’s music store business, but for all those who have been to White House of Music, her spark and passion for music are very evident.  Her husband’s father opened a small music store in Waukesha, Wisconsin back in 1953 in order to serve the local musicians.  When Roger and Lynn became involved full time, they expa

Roger White’s father opened the Waukesha House of Music in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1953. The name was changed to the White House of Music just before Roger joined the company as a salesman in 1967. Roger had the vision to grow and develop the school music business, which he did to great success.

Tom White is the President of the MIDI Manufacturing Association.  The organization was created following the 1983 introduction of MIDI at the NAMM Show.  Since that time Tom has created a strong mission along with strategies to grow the association.  The mission includes insuring interoperability of MIDI products through an open standards process with broad industry participat

Verdine White has become a close friend to the NAMM family thanks to his dedication to music education and music advocacy programs around the world.  He has supported the efforts to keep music in public schools and has performed countless events to raise money for such causes.  As the bassist for Earth, Wind & Fire, Verdine brought music to the world that has been an inspir

Curtis White was 11 years old when his father, Forrest White, resigned from Fender Guitar Company. Curtis remembers being devastated and wondering what the family would do since Fender was such a big part of his life. Forrest was one of the early employees of the guitar maker, located in Fullerton, California.

Chris White is the president of White House of Music, with three locations in Wisconsin.  The full line store has a very strong band and orchestra element as they call on many local schools as well as provide music lessons within the store.  Their combo department has been developed over the years with Chris’ influence as the needs of the customers have changed.  Chris has also