Joe Campana


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Campana Music

Joe Campana returned from serving in World War II to his native Oakland, California, with a dream-–and the GI Bill. While taking business classes, Joe established Campana Music in nearby Lafayette in 1947. The store began offering music lessons and repairs along with a large range of musical products for sale.  As the years rolled by, Joe was proud that he remained focused on the core of his business and stayed ever true to his slogan that he always offer great customer service “in the old fashion way”, with a caring spirit and a smile.  One of Joe's long time sales reps, Lloyd Stark, suggested that we interview Joe to capture some of his great stories, which we did in 2010.  Joe passed the following spring at the age of 89.