During this era, carl greenleaf began the national school band movement. In 1923, greenleaf established the first national band contest in chicago, and the conn national school of music, also in chicago. In 1928, he supported the national music camp located in interlochen, michigan.
, sometimes called conn instruments or commonly just conn, is a former american manufacturer of musical instruments incorporated in 1915. It bought the production facilities owned by charles gerard conn, a major figure in early manufacture of brasswinds and saxophones in the usa.
Its early business was based primarily on brass instruments, which were manufactured in elkhart, indiana. During the 1950s the bulk of its sales revenue shifted to electric organs.
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Its early business was based primarily on brass instruments, which were manufactured in elkhart, indiana. During the 1950s the bulk of its sales revenue shifted to electric organs. In 1969 the company was sold in bankruptcy to the crowell-collier-macmillan publishing company. Conn was divested of its elkhart production facilities in 1970, leaving remaining production in satellite facilities and contractor sources.
With a tradition of innovation and superior musical performance, brands such as vincent bach, c. Conn, king, holton, selmer, armstrong, leblanc, ludwig, musser, and scherl & roth, have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders. Conn-selmer is also the north american distributor of henri selmer paris woodwinds and the u.
In 1873, following a brawl in a bar which resulted in a split lip, c. Conn converted an old sewing machine to a lathe and set-up a shop building these mouthpieces. In 1875, a french instrument maker named dupont began repairing instruments in conns shop.
Years 1888 - 1898 serials 0 - 2299 (5 specimens) wonder improved - elkhart ind & new york. Years 1898 - 199599 (7 specimens) wonder improved & wonder perfected - elkhart ind. Years 1905 - 1921999 (4 specimens) new invention.