Ed Garbett

 Ed Garbett was the founder of the Progressive Music store in McKeesport Pennsylvania in the years following World War II.  He worked for Gretsch as Educational Director and a decade later was hired by Yamaha and oversaw the company’s growing school band programs throughout the 1960s and 70s.  One of his first employees at Progressive Music was the instrument repairman William Schultz, who got his start in the industry thanks to Ed.  When Mr. Schultz became the CEO of Fender Musical Instruments and moved the company from California to Arizona, Ed moved too.  The two remained life long friends until Mr. Schultz passing in 2006.

Interview Date:
March 30, 2003
Date of Birth:
July 27, 1914
Deceased Date:
May 2, 2009
Job Title:
Progressive Music, Founder
Company:
Yamaha, Progressive Music