Oral History Information
Donez McNeely sang in choir during her school days, following in the footsteps of her older sister who was a lead singer in a band. In 1980, Donez (whose name is derived by combining her two grandmother’s names) was hired by Samuel Music in Illinois as a filing clerk. The founder, Lowell Samuel, saw her potential in sales and moved her to his wholesale company MIDCO. The company was sold, and the name changed a few times, but her office and position did not change much over the years. The company KMC Music is now under the ownership of JAM Industries, and Donez proudly continues to service many of the same stores she has had over the years. Among the game changers she witnessed over the years were the multi-track recorder and the birth of the Fostex products.