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NAMM Oral History: Looking Back

January 6th, 2012


It was at his first show when NAMM Resource Center/Librarian Dan Del Fiorentino strolled by a booth and saw a small photograph taped to the display case. It was a sales rep for the exhibiting company who had passed away that year. As Dan read the message under the photo, a man in the booth said, “The show is not the same without him.” The feeling is shared by many who have come to realize that the NAMM Show is not just about business and pleasure—for many it is a family gathering and when a member of the family is no longer with us we want to gather together to pay our respects.  

The first tribute program was held in 2003 when Dick Dale was asked to play acoustic guitar to a slide show of photographs while invited guests—friends and coworkers—took a moment to collectively remember. From there, it has grown in size and meaning thanks in large part to NAMM’s Director of Trade Shows Kevin Johnstone, Video Director Pete Johnston, Archivist and Records Manager Tony Arambarri, and the L.A. Scots bagpipe band.

In recognition of these memeories, NAMM has posted a series of videos on its website featuring suck industry members as: Sterling Ball, President of Ernie Ball Music Man; Peter Erskine, musician; Tom Rhea, salesman for Moog; Gunther Schuller, composer and author; and Jerry Scully, President of Scully Recording Instrument Corp among many others.

Visit http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history and check out all the videos.

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