John Maher


Oral History Information

John Maher began his career as an employee of a retail store in Illinois before joining the sales team at St. Louis Music Supply. He worked for the wholesaler for 11 years and traveled to dealers, creating programs and promotions to help them with sales while at the same time developing new and innovative product placement and marketing ideas. John’s passion for selling became as apparent as his love of music and music making. In his early days he played organ for pizza places and piano for special events, a talent he used to sell product, such as the time he was a front pumper in a mall organ store in the heyday of the home organ boom. John later worked with Peavey in Mississippi, which was as far as we got in his first interview. Part two was completed in 2013.