A Progressive Music Founder Passes Away

Edward Garbett (1914-2009)

Born in McKeesport, PA on July 27, 1914, Ed learned to repair band instruments as a teen and helped form the retail store Progressive Music in the late 1940s.  He served as the store’s instrument repairman for several years before joining Gretsch as a salesman.  He later was hired by Yamaha and taught classes for the company as early as 1958.  One of his many students was Bill Schultz, Garbett_Edwho later became the Chairman for Fender Musical Instruments.  The two man remained close friends until Mr. Schultz’ passing in 2006.

While at Yamaha, he also was part of the product development team, the music education programs and helped write several repair manuals.  Ed was a passionate music maker and a true gentleman who gathered a host of friends who admired his commitment and high level of professionalism.

A video clip from his NAMM Oral History has been posted on the web site:

Ed passed away in a Houston, Texas nursing home on May 2, 2009.  His daughter, Susan Farrell has asked that donations in her father’s name be made to the Museum of Making Music (http://museumofmakingmusic.com).

About Progressive Music 
Progressive Music is a business with a mission to enrich the quality of life serving as a cultural and community center for all who make music for a living or personal enjoyment, regardless of age of ability. Progressive Music is the link between the public and suppliers of quality musical merchandise. The Progressive Music staff are professionals whose expertise assist, guide, and motivate people in the selection of music industry products as well present music education to the public through lessons, seminars and advocacy. Progressive Music is committed to their products with an experienced and knowledgeable service center.  To learn more, visit www.progressivemusiccompany.com or visit Progressive Music on FacebookTwitter or YouTube.