Resource Center News | January 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Industry Tribute at The 2017 NAMM Show

The Annual NAMM Industry Tribute program is a chance to pause and remember those no longer with us in the industry.  This special program includes the names and images of those who have passed away since our last gathering in Anaheim.  This year’s program will begin at 5:30 pm on Thursday January 19 on the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza stage in front of the Anaheim Convention Center.  With music and friends, we have a chance to reflect and remember. 

Recently Completed Interviews

Singer/songwriter Don McLean and saxman Pat Rizzo took time during their NAMM Oral History interviews to reflect on the music stores they visited as kids, dreaming of owning the instruments on the shelves. Tube-man Aspen Pittman provided a follow up to his 2004 interview AND allowed our crew to film several other interviews in his LA area studio, including studio drummer Frank Capp!


Help us wish songwriter and percussionist Shep Shepherd a happy 100th birthday! Others celebrating a milestone birthday this month are big band trumpeter Ray Anthony (95), author and acoustics researcher Walther Kruger (90), Fame Studio’s founder Rick Hall (85), music educator Jim Slutz (80) and synthesizer pioneer David Cockerell (75). Happy birthday to all those celebrating a birthday this month!

In Memoriam

This month we lost Victor Tibaldeo Sr., who began his career in the piano and organ retail business in 1939 as well as James Glanville, who served as a VP for the Artley Flute Company. It was announced last month that Dick Bridgeman, a director of product management for Hammond Organs, passed away. The composer and arranger John Edmondson and Francois LeDuc, were both active in music publishing and cared a great deal about music education. Please join us at The NAMM Show on January 19 for The Annual Industry Tribute to honor all those who passed away since our last trade show. This special program will also be on our website live at

Two Weeks Away!

The NAMM Show is where the music begins. Join us for the industry's global gathering, January 19–22, in Anaheim, California. NAMM will be conducting more Oral History interviews with industry legends that we are excited to share with you. Learn more about this year's show here.

Looking Back

Ten years ago this one we conducted the first of three interviews with Karl Bruhn. Through his work with Yamaha, Remo and NAMM, Karl was known as the father of Recreational Music Making and a strong advocate for arts education.  Here is a peek at his first interview.

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