NAMM Announces Believe in Music and Milestone Honorees at 2019 Gathering

January 27, 2019

Yesterday at The 2019 NAMM Show, 37 NAMM member companies were honored with the NAMM Milestone Award. The award, presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, recognizes music businesses that have flourished through changing business environments to reach a noteworthy anniversary.

Milestone awardees included a three-hundred-year-old recipient, Musikverlag Breitkopf & Härtel; Carl Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur (200 Years) and Gibson Guitars, at 125 years. A complete list of all Milestone honorees is included below. 

A number of other awards were also presented to honor the contributions of industry members: The Believe in Music Award is given to recognize the dedication of individuals and businesses which demonstrate a commitment to creating a more musical world. The award recognized Bill Dickens; Don and Julie Lewis; George Petersen; John Packer Musical Instruments; Lloyd and Donna Meyer; Rebecca Apodaca; Rosi Johnson; Sam Ash Music and Scott May.

The NAMM Milestone Awards were presented ahead of Saturday’s NAMM U Breakfast Session. The NAMM Show brings together over 100,000 industry professionals to preview the latest gear, attend educational sessions and network with peers from more than 120 countries and regions. 

Congratulations to the following Milestone Award recipients:

300 Years

Musikverlag Breitkopf& Härtel

200 Years

Carl Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur

125 Years

Gibson Guitars

100 Years


jjBabbitt Co. Inc.

KIWAYA Musical Instrument Co., Ltd

PaxmanMusical Instruments Ltd.




75 Years

Albert E Brumley& Sons, Inc

Gilmore Music

50 Years


Advanced Plating



Calton Cases

Candyman Strings & Things

Connolly Music Company

Darrell's Music Hall

Designer Drywall

Dorsey Music

Erlewine Guitars

Gibson's Music/Betty Gibson Comer

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

Hollywood Sheet Music

Kosmic Sound

M.G Company, Inc.

Miyazawa Flutes Sales Co., Ltd.


Pac PartsInc.

Sam Gibbs Music


Swords Music Co's Inc

The Fret House

Viscount International S.p.A.

Zenith Music

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.