Lee Paynter outlined the rich history of the JW Pepper Publishing Company during his NAMM Oral History interview. Lee covered the founding of the company in 1876 by James Welsh Pepper who in the early days not only printed sheet music but also made musical instruments. In fact, Lee told the story of how it was JW Pepper who made the early "rain catcher" Sousaphone. In addition to the history, Lee provided interesting insight into the current position of the company, some of its current products and business model. In addition to his dedication to the company, Lee has also been a strong supporter of music education as well as the industry, serving on several boards over the years.
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