John Egan was working for Ford Motor Company when his old friend and former colleague, Peter Hayward called him. Peter had formed a music wholesale company, which was expanding by the late 1970s and John joined the company as it brought on several key product lines including Ernie Ball Strings, Music Man amps, and Guild Guitars. In 1976, Peter, Geoff Brash, and Ikutaro Kakehashi established Roland Australia as Roland’s first international Joint Venture. Subsequently, John purchased Peter’s shareholding and ran the business for nearly twenty years.
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