Harry Fleishman has been designing and building custom guitars for more than 40 years. In his Sebastopol, California shop he builds about eight guitars and basses each year. Fleishman guitars are each unique works of art, finely crafted for superb tone, aesthetics, and playability.
Harry teaches lutherie, and is the director and primary instructor at Luthiers School International, and formerly directed the American School of Lutherie. Harry also designs guitars and basses for AVIAN GUITARS, and has designed for Fender, AKAI, IMC, and JACKSON, among others.
As an active member of the Guild of American Luthiers, Harry has lectured on acoustic guitar amplification and chaired a panel on unconventional acoustic guitar design. He has lectured internationally on the topics of guitar design, amplification, acoustics, and multi-scale fretboards, and gave a talk on innovation at the Violin Society of America. Harry's research and experiments in asymmetric design, multi-soundport and multi-tonewood instruments, multiple scale instruments, as well as his work developing lightweight basses and guitars, have influenced many builders, worldwide.
Guitar making, lecturing, and teaching have taken Harry to Italy, China, Australia, Laos, Bali, and Texas. His instruments are played by many fine musicians, and some who are probably not all that good. But they enjoy themselves.
Greg Billings is a musician, industry leader and author. In addition to being the owner of the Steinway Piano Gallery of Naples, Florida, he was the founding secretary of the SPELLS Group and author of the Piano Retailer Code of Ethics. He was elected to the National Association of Music Merchants Board of Directors in 1993. He is also the founder of the Southwest Florida Steinway Society and serves on the Scholars Club Board of Advisors at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Author of numerous magazine articles, Greg also plays bass and keyboards in several contemporary Christian rock bands.
Southern California-based musician and guitar maker Tish Ciravolo is the President & Founder of Daisy Rock Guitars. Daisy Rock Guitars is a guitar manufacturer established in 2000. Known as the original “girl-guitar company,” Daisy Rock Guitars is the first company to successfully supply and market pro-quality guitars made specifically for females. Since being founded in 2000, Daisy Rock has increased in size, with 2006 sales reaching $2.4 million and Daisy Rock guitars and basses available in more than 25 countries worldwide. The catalog includes acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars, electric guitars, and electric basses in a vibrant selection of colors.
Greg Deering grew up in San Diego, California. In 1975, he founded Deering Banjos, which is now the largest manufacturer of American-made banjos in the world.
In 1968, while going to college at San Diego State, he became part of a group of like-minded individuals who called themselves The American Dream. This group included other students who went on to become master craftsmen themselves. Participation in "The American Dream" gave Greg his repair experience and proved his banjo building skill as he made his first handmade Deering banjo.
Antoinette Follett is President of publishing, marketing and communications firm Bentley-Hall, Inc., where she has overseen projects for a number of companies in the music industry including Yamaha, Roland, and the American Federation of Musicians. Follett is managing editor of the AFM's International Musician Magazine and editor-in-chief of Making Music Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for amateur musicians. She has worked with the Percussion Marketing Council, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and RADD, the entertainment industry's voice for road safety. Follett also presents marketing seminars for the AFM and NAMM.
Mark Goff is the president of Paige's Music, a school music retailer in Indianapolis, Ind., which was founded in 1871. Goff joined the company in 1985 and purchased the business in 1999. He is a member of Music Industry Insights Group and the Alliance of Independent Music Merchants. Goff previously served on NAMM's board of directors and as president of the National Association of School Music Dealers and the National Association of Young Music Merchants.
John Hall became the Owner and CEO of RIC in September 1984 upon the retirement of his father Francis C. Hall. The Rickenbacker International Corporation (RIC) grew out of the first company founded for the sole purpose of creating and manufacturing fully electric musical instruments and amplifiers-the Los Angeles-based Electro String Instrument Corporation. In addition to newly designed guitars and basses, the company offers faithful reissues of the classics played by the Beatles and other famous artists.
Mr. Lamond is President and CEO of NAMM, the International Music Products Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of more than 8,000 member music product retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors throughout the world. Lamond has served on our Board since 2001.
Peter Sides is the president of Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers, a four-store, full-line retail operation serving North Central Pennsylvania and Southern New York since 1937. Prior to joining his sister, Alysha Sides Greevy, as third-generation co-owners of the family business, Peter graduated from Babson College with a degree in retail management & business. Peter, his wife, Kristin, and son, Brady, live in State College, PA.
Rick Young is Senior Vice President at Yamaha Corporation of America. Mr. Young oversees the company's Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, and Pro Audio & Combo divisions, including Yamaha Artist Services in Burbank, as well as the Music Education Group. In addition, he is president of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. in New York City.
His 35 years of experience in all aspects of the music products industry include his tenure as Corporate Vice President/General Manager of the company's Pro Audio & Combo Division as well as senior leadership positions within the company's Band & Orchestral Division and the Sales Department of the Pro Audio & Combo Division.
He is currently chairman of the Music Achievement Council and has also served on the board of directors of NAMM and a number of music related boards.
Jonathan Thomas is currently President at Cordoba Music Group, a company he has been with since 2006 after completing studies at the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University. Cordoba Guitars seeks to guide the evolution of the nylon string guitar, blending traditional craftsmanship of the early master luthiers with modern developments. Inspired by the organic beauty and honesty of acoustic instruments, every Cordoba is lightweight, responsive, and a direct descendant of the Spanish tradition. Cordoba continues to challenge the definition of the acoustic guitar without sacrificing the authenticity of its heritage.
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