Roger Eaton


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Chief Marketing Director
Company Name
Yamaha Corporation of America

Roger Eaton recalled with a smile the day he joined the school band as a child.  His first impression and the feeling of joy has never left him, which is why he has dedicated his life to providing that same opportunity to students in everything that he does.  Roger’s first job in the industry was as an intern at Karnes Music, with Jim Kleeman.  His internship lasted over 14 years and while working with Mr. Kleeman, Roger was able to contribute to the school band outreach within the store and developed meaningful relationships with local band directors and manufacturer’s reps. When the opportunity to join the Yamaha team came, he was excited as he knew he would be able to continue with his passion to provide students with instruments, instruments like his own first trombone, that forever changed his life.