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About June Emerson Wind Music
June Emerson Wind Music was officially launched on May 1st 1971 from a house in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
June had been an active freelance bassoon player and teacher until her children were born in 1967/68. This was just at the time when teaching of wind instruments in schools was beginning to take off in the UK. Many friends, who were also teachers, were finding it difficult to get music for their pupils as music shops kept very little repertoire.
To fill this need June decided to start a mail-order music business specifically for wind players. She had a starting capital of £11.23 and a great deal of enthusiasm, having developed a great love of handling printed music when librarian of the Edinburgh Rehearsal Orchestra (now The Rehearsal Orchestra).
Her first catalogue was compiled from lists of recommended music by friends who were teachers, and about 50 copies were mailed out. At this time she had no stock of music whatever. As soon as the orders started coming in she would buy in copies from the publishers for the customers and a spare copy of each title for the shelf. In this way the stock was built up, copy by copy, of music that customers really wanted. Now, in 2009, the stock now stands at almost 40,000 works, so the experiment was obviously a success.
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