James Kleeman

James Kleeman was called the “Professor” around the NAMM headquarters. He was thought of respectfully for his role in establishing NAMM’s professional development department. While serving as NAMM’s President from 1983-1985, Jim played a significant role in establishing the way NAMM served its members. Jim was a music educator and owner of Karnes Music in Illinois. He was the second person interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program back on July 19, 2000. James Kleeman passed away on September 18, 2000.

Interview Date:
July 19, 2000
Date of Birth:
May 23, 1924
Deceased Date:
September 18, 2000
Job Title:
Former President
Karnes Music

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