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Jade Yu has always treated her employees at Tycoon Music like family. She has worked as Managing Director with the company her husband started since the beginning, and is often called the mother of the company.

Quincy Yu is a Senior Vice President for Tycoon Music, which his father, Stephen, established in 1984.  Quincy has played a vital part in the growth of the markets around the world with a focus on areas with little explorer to world hand percussive instruments such as the conga.  He has also helped to establish the United States office for Tycoon to better assist with the needs

Stephen Yu pioneered conga making in Thailand before it was common and popular. He also created a long list of items, beginning with guitars, for a number of other companies. When it was time for him to branch out and create his own name product line, he found his operations were already up and running, but the name was not known. That was 1984.

This is the full length NAMM Oral History interview with Stephen and Jade Yu, which was captured on January 25, 2019. For their biography and web-clip, please follow these links: 

Christie Z is an arts advocate who, lucky for each of us, focused on encouraging young artists and musicians in the Bronx, New York. She organized park concerts and later DJ battles that have been inspirational for countless young performers.

Robert Zadel spent nearly 50 years in the organ business working with two of the biggest names in the industry. Bob spent 12 years working as the marketing director for the Conn Organ division during the heyday of the electronic organ.  He later played a major role in Curt Carter’s Organ Exchange chain.

Marilea Zajec and her husband Victor became the historians for the Midwest Band Clinic and over the years collected and wrote of the importance of the annual events impact on music education around the world. Victor attended the first program in 1946 and Marilea’s first Midwest was as a performer in 1961.

Roman Zajicek was born in Kolin in the Czech Republic, where for several decades the government made it difficult to do business as an independent luthier.  In 2003, when he had the opportunity to open his own guitar shop he did.

Lane Zastrow was playing professionally and even teaching music as a teenager.  His main instrument, the accordion!  After years on the road, Lane made his way into the print world.  In 1967, Lane joined Sight & Sound, which was owned by Zeb Billings.  He later worked for the famed Chicago Musical Instruments (CMI) and in fact was the last person hired by the founder, MH Be

Grayson Zeagler grew up in a musical family, singing in the church and playing in the band. Grayson plays the trumpet and began as a young student. His parents opened a sheet music store in 1968 in Monroe, Louisiana and Grayson grew up in the business and said he could think of nothing else he would rather do than work in the music industry.