Dick Bell

Oral History Information

Interview Date
Birth Date
Deceased Date
Job Title
Former Sales Manager
Company Name
Roland Corporation US

Dick Bell was surprised by the impact he had on the music industry, a fact that became clear to him at the NAMM Show 2009, when the Roland Corp gave him a retirement party and NAMM requested an interview for the Oral History program. He began his career in the music industry, as Dick said, “with no training at all.” He worked in the supply department at Kaman before the aerospace company branched out into the guitar business in the 1960s. A decade later Tom Beckmen hired Dick for work at the newly formed American branch of the Roland Corporation, where he stayed until his retirement.