John Beltrandi


Oral History Information

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Job Title
Sales Manager
Company Name
Kaman Music Corporation

John Beltrandi served as a road rep for Kaman Music on the east coast for over 40 years. He traveled mostly in Massachusetts and Connecticut and helped pioneer the Ovation guitar, which was not well accepted when it was first introduced, but built up a strong audience in the early years. The Ovation guitar was introduced in 1966 and by the time John came to the company a few years later, singer Glen Campbell had used the instrument on his TV program. As a result, the guitar became a popular item making it difficult for John to keep up with the requests from his many retail customers. Among the favorite elements of his career were the friends he made along the way. He remarked on the day of his NAMM interview that he “felt lucky in a million ways to have been part of the music industry.”