Oral History Information
Bill Walzak grew up in Chicago and found his way to the drums whenever he could. Trash cans and pots were often turned upside down and were Bill’s set! While playing in a band later he invented a cup holder to attach to music stands. In 1982, Bill made his first trip to the NAMM Show with his first product. Over time he continued to research ideas and how he could continue to provide services or products for the music industry, including flight cases. While running his own successful distribution company, around 1994, Bill designed software for the Internet that would create a network for his music retailers. Pro-Active Websites was launched with an early e-commerce service for retailers, which has continued to develop over the years with the needs of the music retailer in mind.