Company Director Rob Hanson was interviewed at NAMM just prior to collecting our award for Dedication to the Music Industry.
Dan Del Fiorentino from NAMM has been compiling personal accounts from people involved in the Music Industry; including band directors, music industry associations, publishing, manufacturing, musicians, music educators, songwriters and composers for many years.
He says: "The NAMM Oral History program is unique, unlike any other collection in the world. The heart of the collection is the depth of its narrative that covers innovative creations, the evolution of musical instruments, the ever changing world of music retail, as well as the collective quest to improve music education around the globe.
"This collection is our journal, our own way of chronicling ourselves and our community—the community we so eagerly embrace at the NAMM shows and so proudly celebrate throughout the year. This library of video interviews, now 3,000 strong and always growing, contains the story of our industry told by those who helped to shape it and have watched it expand and develop through the years."
Oral History participants have come from 46 different countries, 49 U.S. states and were born between 1903 and 1988. In Rob's interview on behalf of John Packer Musical Instruments, he gives a brief history of the company; how John Packer went from a repairer in the heady days of the 1970s to become a brand of brass and woodwind that is now globally recognised.