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Tom Schmitt NAMM History interview

During the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, Dan Del Fiorentino, NAMM Music Historian, completed the 2,000th Oral History Program interview with Tom Schmitt, President/CEO of Schmitt Music.

Tom’s interview was a fitting milestone as he served on the NAMM Board of Directors during the time the Oral History program began, and later served as Chairman for NAMM from 2009-2011.

In his interview, Tom shared some history of the family business and his experiences in the industry, as well as the importance of the Oral History Program to record and preserve history.

“It’s really fun for me to be able to do this interview, and the fact that it’s the 2,000th interview, that’s a happy coincidence and sort of a landmark,” Tom says.

“When I think of our industry, it always feels like more of a fraternity to me than it does an industry. We talk about the importance of community and how important that is to the vibe of the NAMM Show and the association, and we do the great Annual Tribute– all of this I think really contributes to creating connections with our Members, and I think this program is an important part of that. It means a lot and I’m really grateful for the opportunity.”

Watch a portion of the 2,000th interview below:


Click here to learn a bit more about Schmitt Music Company’s first 116 years in the music business!

Read more about the NAMM Oral History Program, and watch videos – CLICK HERE to visit NAMM’s “Library and Resource Center” website.