William Heese had a reputation like no other in the music publishing world, a reputation well deserved. Bill was not only a mainstay in the industry for over 40 years, he was a tireless promoter of the music publishing history. Bill played a vital role in several publishing associations including RPMDA, MPA, and even this oral history program for NAMM. He became a mentor and an inspiration for many who witness his example and hoped to follow in his footsteps. Bill’s love of the print world may only be equaled by his love of his family and baseball, making it fitting that the NAMM Resource Center created a legacy collection named after Bill that seeks to collect photographs and other materials depicting baseball stars playing musical instruments.
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