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About Our Staff

Zigmant J. Kanstul – President

In 1953 Mr. Kanstul moved to Anaheim, California, where he was employed by F.E. Olds and was apprenticed to F.A. Reynolds, from whom he learned the fine art of brass instrument manufacturing. He spent 18 years at Olds where he became factory superintendent in charge of all R & D - Engineering and Design.

Zig Kanstul left Olds in 1970 to become Vice President of King Musical Instruments in charge of the Benge plant. In 1979 he became Vice President of Manufacturing of C.G. Conn and spent the next two years traveling to manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

In 1981 he launched Kanstul Musical Instruments. Located in Anaheim, California, one mile east of Disneyland. Kanstul Musical Instruments employs thirty-six craftsmen and manufactures a complete line of brass musical instruments.


James (Jim) R. New - Plant Manager

Jim New's career in brass instrument manufacturing began with Dominick Calicchio. He has also worked for F.E. Olds Co., Benge Trumpet Co., and C.G. Conn Co. Jim has been the Plant Manager for Kanstul since its inception in 1981.

Jim is active in the day-to-day activities of the factory, and all mouthpiece technology and custom mouthpiece making. Jim also developed the Kanstul Online Mouthpiece Comparator, a unique and exclusive resource.


Mark Kanstul – Safety and Environmental Control

When Mark Foster Kanstul was born, December 21, 1955, he already had a double tie to musical manufacturing. The first tie, of course, was being born into the Zig Kanstul family. The second tie was the name Foster, in honor of his father's mentor, Foster Reynolds, plant foreman with F. E. Olds & Son.

Mark grew up in Anaheim, living just one mile from Disneyland. He attended Paul Revere Elementary School and Fremont Junior High, graduating from Anaheim High School in 1974.

At the same time, outside of school, he was receiving an additional education. He started his musical manufacturing career at the age of seven, assembling music lyre holders for F. E. Olds & Son in his father's garage for a penny apiece. At age sixteen, while still attending high school, Mark became the night janitor for Benge Trumpet Company. His father, general manager at the time, told Mark that this was the best way to learn the business -- from the ground up. And Mark has done exactly that.

After high school graduation, his real apprenticeship started. Under Zig's watchful eye, Mark first learned to silver plate horns. Next came final assembly work. Later came precision machining. All the time, Mark was learning all he could, gaining knowledge, acquiring and developing the skills and abilities demanded in musical instrument manufacturing.

In 1981 when his father launched Kanstul Musical Instruments Mark was excited about working for a company with the family name and immediately became a charter member of our work force. Since then, his father, always ready to pass on his experience and advice, has continued to mentor Mark.

Ironically, Mark has not been a very good musician himself, yet this challenging work has always stayed in his blood. He has learned both the science and the art of building horns, and he has learned from the best - from Zig, and through him, from Foster Reynolds and Elden Benge. We can't predict, but it would be no surprise if this remarkable chain passing along skills and knowledge continues into the future. In the year 2000, Mark's son Alex was born, and Alex has had music and musical instruments around him his whole life.

Although Mark's tasks, his responsibilities, and his titles have continued to change, his passion has always remained - the world of brass-wind instrument manufacturing, and the unique place that Kanstul Musical Instruments holds in that world.

 


Charles G. Hargett - Sales & Marketing

Charles Hargett describes his position at Kanstul Musical Instruments as an exciting challenge. In addition to band instrument sales, his duties include planning and attending trade shows, marketing & advertising, graphic design, web content and customer relations.

Charles plays the Model 1001 MLP Bb Trumpet, and finds time to play in local bands.

 


Troy Emmons - Production Control

Since 1992, Troy Emmons has been a craftsman for Kanstul. His duties include production and inventory control, R&D and of course building Kanstul horns.


Carrie Roybal - Office Manager

Carrie Roybal has worked at the factory since January 1997. In addition to her accounting duties, she handles quite a volume of phone calls, email and customer service.


Laura Bernardino - Shipping and Export Manager

Since 1991, Laura Bernardino has been a key part of the Kanstul operation. Her current duties include order entry, engraving, polishing and shipping.


Duwayne Yee - Trombones

Duwayne Yee worked started working for F.E. Olds in 1964, later at Benge, and has been with Kanstul from the beginning. With over 40 years of horn making, Duwayne is a knowledgeable and valuable craftsman.

   
 

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