Elkhart IN

Brad Milliken began working in the music industry with the Vincent Bach Company and stayed with the company when it merged with Selmer and again with Conn.  Brad’s positions within the factory has always been based on handcraftsmanship.  While he was working in the industry during the early days of...
Mike Neely is a supervisor on the plant floor for the Conn-Selmer factory in Elkhart, Indiana, the very factory he began working in nearly 40 years before.  He began working in the music industry with Selmer in the 1970s and remained with the company in the early 2000s when it merged with its...
Gary Morris began working in the music industry with Vincent Bach and stayed with the company when it merged to become Conn-Selmer in the early 2000s.  Gary has worked in several positions within the factory including buffing and repairs.  His skills as a repairman have developed over the years to...
Brad Burleson began working in the music industry with Selmer in the 1970s and remained with the company in the early 2000s when it merged with its biggest competitor, CG Conn.  Brad works in the assembly department at Conn-Selmer with a focus on the trumpet and flugelhorn products.
Virgil Storm was trained on instrument repairs on the plant floor of the Conn-Selmer factory in Elkhart over 30 years ago.  He began working in the music industry with the Vincent Bach Company in the 1970s and, like many of his co-workers in the factory, remained with the company when it was sold...
Kent Hocker earned a music degree in performance at Indiana University before he began working in the music industry.  He joined the Selmer Company of Elkhart in 1977 as a trumpet tester.  Over the years Kent has played a role in the training of other testers, a position he has enjoyed.  He...
Jerry Myers is a bell maker for the Conn-Selmer Company in Elkhart, Indiana.  Like so many of his co-workers within the factory, Jerry was trained on the job by those who came before him and over time Jerry found himself training some of the newer employees in much the same way.  Jerry began...
Roger Zehr worked as a trumpet tester for the Vincent Bach brands of horns, beginning when the company was on its own and later when it was purchased by Selmer and when it merged to become Conn-Selmer in 2003.  Bob Hodges was also a trumpet tester for the company who served as Roger’s mentor and...
Joe Cook began working in the music products industry with Selmer in 1966 with a focus on the saxophone products.  He joined the Gemeinhart Flute Company in 1986 and remained with the famed Elkhart, Indiana firm until the time of his mini interview in 2011.  While working with the Selmer Company,...
Willie Smith was trained on instrument repairs on the plant floor of the Conn-Selmer factory in Elkhart over 30 years ago.  He began working in the music industry with the Vincent Bach Company in the 1970s and remained with the company when it was sold to Selmer and again in the early 2000s when it...

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