News: Obituary

January 11, 2021

Shimamura Music Founder Passes Away

NAMM has reported that Mototsugu Shimamura, founder of Japan’s largest music retail chain, Shimamura Music, passed away on Dec. 26. He was 87. Shimamura grew…

December 02, 2020

In Memoriam: Bernice Ash, Sam Ash Music

Bernice Ash, wife of former chairman of Sam Ash Music, Jerry Ash, has passed away. She was 90. Bernice and Jerry Ash were married for 72 years, and she is the…

November 25, 2020

In Memorium: Scott Summerhays, Summerhays Music

Scott Summerhays, the president and CEO of Summerhays Music in Salt Lake City passed away on Nov. 22 following a long-term illness that he battled privately. He…

October 09, 2020

In Memoriam: Mark Brunner, Longtime Shure Executive

Mark Brunner, vice president of global corporate and government relations at Shure, died on October 1. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the…

October 07, 2020

Remembering Eddie Van Halen with Andy Mooney, Fender CEO

News spread yesterday that legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen had died from cancer at age 65. Van Halen’s product brand, EVH, is made and sold by Fender. In…

October 02, 2020

Industry Veteran Rebecca Apodaca Has Died

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

September 02, 2020

Manji Suzuki, Chairman and Founder of Suzuki Musical Instrument, Has Died at 97

Manji Suzuki, chairman and founder of Suzuki Musical Instrument, died peacefully at the age of 97 on August 21.

 Suzuki began building harmonicas, and in…

July 20, 2020

Joe Seawright, Formerly of Baldwin Piano, Dies at 74

Joe Seawright, Baldwin Piano’s former director of design, died on July 17. He was 74 years old. Seawright was a piano designer and engineer for the Baldwin…

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