Paige’s Music History Spotlight – Episode 5


Episode 5 of our “Paige’s of History Spotlights” is ready to go. A legendary jazz trumpeter and a legendary French horn were both born during this time period. Watch the video to find out the answers, and to learn what else was happening in our country and with our company between 1930-1945!


Welcome back to Paige’s of History…Jeremy and Erin here. This week we’re taking a look at the years 1930-1945.

Following the collapse of the global economy in late 1929, the country entered the Great Depression. Fortunately, Paige’s Music endured this difficult time.

Frederick Paige passed away in 1932, leaving Paige’s Music solely in the hands of Warner Paige

In 1936, American gangster John Dillinger escaped from the supposedly “escape proof” county jail in Crown Point, Indiana.

That same year, French manufacturer Henri (On-Ree) Selmer Paris launched the “Balanced Action” saxophone—A revolution in modern saxophone design. Two years later, C.G. Conn released the Conn 8D French horn, the classic American horn prominently featured in the Original Star Wars Trilogy soundtrack.

Legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard was born in Indianapolis in 1937.

In otherworldly news, Krypton’s favorite son Superman appeared in Action Comics #1. Forewarning the history to come, Marvel Comics sold one million copies of Captain America punching Nazi leader Adolf Hitler nearly a year before the United States entered World War II.

After 14 years of back-breaking construction, Mount Rushmore was completed in 1941.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II, Warner Paige the Second enlisted in the navy and fought through the end of the War.

After making it through the Great Depression, Paige’s Music found themselves working through another struggle: no new merchandise was available due to the war. They kept their doors open by purchasing “cut‑off” Meyer pianos made by Frank Wilking in Indianapolis and were able to buy the last shipment of band instruments from St. Louis Music before their closure.

In 1944, well-known band leader Glenn Miller disappeared in his aircraft over the English channel while en route to Paris.

Thanks for joining us. Tune in for the next chapter in Paiges of History!

1 Comment

Ed Staubach

about 3 years ago

Always interesting - but now....... Your next episode will feature events about which a few of us can say, "I was there;" or "I saw that."


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