October 02, 2020 I Obituary

Industry Veteran Rebecca Apodaca Has Died

Apodaca receives a Believe In Music Award from NAMM last year.

Rebecca Apodaca, president of A & D Music Incorporated in Southern California passed away on September 25. She was 66 years old.

Throughout the music industry, Apodaca was known for her skills as an appraiser of musical instruments, as well as for being a pioneering female band instrument repair technician. Her dedication to the musical products industry led to her role supporting the NAMM Oral History program, not only by being interviewed herself but by providing recommendations and connections that resulted in numerous interviews over the years. A majority of these interviews were with women, as Rebecca felt strongly about emphasizing the many roles women have played and continue to play throughout the industry.

Over the years she received certifications and degrees in music, musical instrument repair, and expanded the services of her business to include appraising musical instruments. She was the first person certified as an Accredited Senior Appraiser–Musical Instruments by the American Society of Appraisers in 2011.

During her career, Apodaca appraised guitars played by members of Black Sabbath and Rage Against the Machine, as well as a piano owned by composer Irving Berlin.

She is survived by her daughter, Micaela, her grandson, Renin, and her son-in-law Matthew.


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