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A History of Service: Pepper Buildings

November 9, 2016

In the simplest sense, buildings are just four walls and a roof meant to house people and objects. It is what you put inside that makes all the difference. Over time, J.W. Pepper & Son has moved in and out of many different buildings, depending on the needs of the company and its customers. No matter where Pepper employees are found, though, our dedication to service has always remained constant wherever we called home.

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A History of Service: The Pepper Website

April 27, 2016

The advent of the Internet changed retail forever, though that fact was not immediately apparent in the early days. In the mid 1990s, when the Internet was in its infancy, very few retailers saw the potential of this new medium. J.W. Pepper, however, has a history of exploring new business technologies and decided to explore the emerging medium.

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J.W. Pepper and the Birth of the Sousaphone

July 1, 2015

On the field, in the stands, or on the street, the Sousaphone is one of the most recognizable instruments in the world. Now a staple of show bands and parades, the instrument had its start in the late 1800s as a piece in John Philip Sousa’s Peerless Concert Band. As the name suggests, Sousa himself conceived the instrument, but the identity of the original manufacturer of the Sousaphone was disputed between C.G. Conn and J.W. Pepper.

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History

50 Years of Wingert-Jones Music

March 7, 2014

It was the Mid-West National Band Clinic, 1964. Merrill Jones sat alone at a table with his publishing company’s entire catalog — one piece by Claude T. Smith, a well-known band director in the area around Kansas City.

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