Posted By Kathy Fernandes on February 11, 2010
If there’s one drawback for a company whose customers span the globe, it’s in getting folks to really know you. After all, what does an elementary class in San Jose know about our hard-working people? Do they know our classroom music editor in Bismark spends countless hours finding good resources for their teacher, or do they know how accuracy-driven our warehouse workers are with filling their teacher’s order? Probably not. We hope this post helps you get to know the people at J.W. Pepper just a bit better.
Pepper is an old company, 134 years old at the time of this post. While that doesn’t tell the whole story, it does tell a part of it. If you work here, it’s the kind of company you want to stay with. You’ll find lots of good people working hard to support musicians everywhere. We get musicians. We love musicians. Many of us are musicians.
You’d expect to have highly schooled musicians with PhD’s, master’s and undergraduate degrees here so we can understand nuances between one edition and another, and sure, we have lots of people schooled in music. Many in our ranks have hands-on experience as well. Pepper is a small army of school teachers, music directors, church musicians, studio teachers, gigging musicians, singers, and players of all kinds – all plugged into the world of music.
Every bit as important are our people who just plain love music as a fan or music parent. As every musician knows, having an audience is very important.
In short, Pepper is made up of folks that conduct the groups, hold the folders and sit behind the music stands. We are also the folks clapping in the audience, singing in the pew, and cheering wildly from the bleachers.
Those kids in San Jose may never know how much the Pepper crew wants them to love music; a love kindled by interesting music and a great teacher. But, when we see those kids participating in the arts, we know we’ve done our job. We are so very happy to contribute in a small way to passing music on to new generations. That’s what Pepper does. That’s who we are.