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Johnson, Mike (ed.) / Leblanc Bell : A newsletter for music retailers, educators, employees and friends of G. Leblanc Corporation
(May 6, 1996)

Fan mail,   pp. 16-20


Page 16

If a company is known
by the company it keeps,
Leblanc is among the best
As Consul General of France in the
Midwest, I am pleased to congratulate
G. Leblanc Corporation on the occa-
sion of its 50th anniversary. I am par-
ticularly proud to acknowledge the
success of your company, which was
created as a joint venture between two
American and French partners, Vito
Pascucci and Leon Leblanc, both
equally dedicated to perfection in the
manufacture of wind instruments.
I am certain that the coming decades
will see a continued expansion of your
reputed firm and of its important role
in the industry.
Sincerely,
Gdrard Dumont
Consul Gndral
If we had a key to the City of Kenosha,
its keeper would most definitely be Vito
Pascucci, chairman and chief executive
officer of G. Leblanc Corporation.
Mr. Pascucci, one of Kenosha's own,
with his talent, determination and en-
trepreneurial spirit, built Leblanc, the
THE LEBLANC BELL SPRING/SUMMER 1996
nation's oldest and largest family-
owned wind instrument maker. For 50
years, artists and students from around
the world have played the finest wind
instruments made in Kenosha by Le-
blanc. The thousands of musical notes
played every day around the world by
Leblanc instruments serve as testimo-
nials to Leblanc's commitment to qual-
ity. That quality has been maintained
and enhanced by the skilled craftsman-
ship exhibited by the men and women
who have produced
Leblanc instruments
for 50 years. We are
proud to have them
working in our com-
munity, and we can't
boast enough about
"our" Leblanc in-
struments.
Leblanc's success
has been our success, and the citizens
of Kenosha recognize and appreciate
the contribution Leblanc has made to
our community over the last 50 years.
It not only employs our people and
brings notoriety to our community, but
also extends its expertise to support
the arts in Kenosha. The outstanding
support Leblanc has given to efforts
such as the development of the Sesqui-
centennial Bandshell in Pennoyer Park
and the growth of the Kenosha Sym-
phony have not gone unnoticed. These
are only two examples of Leblanc's con-
nection to the fine arts in Kenosha,
many of which have been led by Leon
Pascucci, Leblanc president. Leon has
proven to be as valuable an asset to
Kenosha as his father, Vito.
Vito and Leon, as well as the rest of
Leblanc's corporate family in Kenosha
and around the world, have been a key
part of Kenosha's growth. Mr. Pas-
cucci's confidence in our community
over the years has been sincerely ap-
preciated. Leblanc and Kenosha have
performed as a notable and harmoni-
ous duet for 50 years and intend on
continuing this tradition for many years
to come. Congratulations, Leblanc!
Sincerely yours,
City of Kenosha
John M. Antaramian
Mayor
Dear Vito,
I can't believe that a young fellow
like you has been in business 50 years!
Those of us who inherit something
have the highest regard for people like
you who start something new and see
it through to a solid success.
I enjoyed our years together on in-
dustry affairs-a subject on which we
did not always agree! But your devo-
tion to excellence and sound manufac-
turing as well as pro-action is an
example for all in our industry.
May you enjoy many more years.
Henry Steinway
Steinway & Sons
I was introduced to G. Leblanc Cor-
poration when I sought its exhibit at
the Philadelphia Music Educators Na-
tional Conference (MENC) in April
1952, hoping for a demonstration of its
E-flat and bass clarinets. I needed high-
calibre instruments for the prospective
players in the Eastman Wind Ensemble
(E.W.E), which was still five months
from being born! Demonstrations by
Elmer Aiello and conversations with
Kim Renwick, also working at the ex-
hibit, answered all questions. As I was
leaving, I gave Kim my last copy of a
mimeographed handout to composers
announcing the establishment of the
E.W.E. in the coming fall.
I was at dinner with Bill Ludwig
when Kim Renwick
interrupted to say
that, having read my
handout, he knew
the president of his
company, Mr. Vito
Pascucci, would be
very interested-
would I please keep
in touch with him.
With our new instruments, "in touch"
had begun-they were played at the
first rehearsal of the E.WE. on Sep-
tember 20, 1952. The test pressing for
our first Mercury record, American
Concert Band Masterpieces had come,
and I asked Kim to make an appoint-
ment with President Pascucci to play it
for him.
That first visit to the plant in
Kenosha and the enthusiastic response
to our recording led Vito to say to Kim
and me that a little pamphlet about
the Wind Ensemble should be made
for him to distribute to educators.
Renwick produced Leblanc's high-qual-
ity advertisements. We sat at his desk
while he asked questions, and I spat
out sentences for the history of the
wind band and its instruments. I came
to the Gilmore Band when Kim sud-
denly burst out, "We've got a book
here!" In Pascucci's office, he repeated
his statement, and after a few minutes
of discussion, Vito turned to me and
said, "I'm an instrument maker, not a
publisher, but if you'll write, I'll pub-
lish." Those one-liners I spat out be-


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