Announcing the NAMM Oral History blog! This blog was created to provide behind-the-scenes insight, special footage and updates on the video archive collection as requested by you, the subscribers of this newsletter. Thank you for your support and interest and I hope you like this blog. Check it out and as always, let me know what you think.
November marks the birthday of our oldest interviewee, pioneering drummer Viola Smith! Viola will turn 104 on the 29th! Also marking a special birthday this month is the former Vice President of Yamaha, Tetsuya Takagi, who is turning 80. Percussionist, educator and author, Tony Cirone bushes into 75 and tuba designer and builder, Gunter Schmalfuss blows into his 70 birthday! Happy birthday to all those celebrating a birthday this month!
A sorrowful goodbye to six of our interviewees who passed away last month. Mo Meloy-Palmateer was the owner of Fullerton Music Center in Southern California, who offered her advice during many NAMM show sessions. Saul Walker was the founder of API, who first began creating recording consoles using their own amps and speakers, the first such company to do so. Dr. Leo Beranek wrote the book, many in fact, on acoustic measurements, which helped launch a new era within the pro audio industry. Toby Capalbo opened a small retail shop, La Habra Music, which his sons still run today. Stanley Schireson grew his father’s music business into Volutone, which greatly assisted with the growth and development of the pro audio industry. Ziggy Kanstul designed, developed and produced a range of brass musical instruments and set the foundation for his company that continues to be run by his family.
A special congratulations to Greg Mackie, interview class of 2015, who was presented the Parnelli Award for Audio Innovator! The award was presented by another interviewee, George Petersen, class of 2006.