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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)

50 years,   pp. 4-11

Page 9

The Martin Band Instrument Com-
pany was acquired by Leblanc in 1971
from the Wurlitzer company and was
relocated to Kenosha from Elkhart,
Indiana. Martin, founded in Chicago,
would have been America's oldest con-
tinuously operating band-instrument
manufacturer if not for the Great Chi-
cago Fire. The famous Committee
trumpet, favored by Wallace Roney and
other top jazz artists, and the innova-
tive Urbie Green trombone both carry
the legendary Martin name, made in a
progressive, modern plant.
In 1968, Leblanc acquired the
Woodwind Company, a respected
manufacturer of clarinet and saxo-
phone mouthpieces. Under the guid-
ance of G. Leblanc Corporation, the
Woodwind Company brand is widely
recognized for the excellence of its
manufacture and performance.
On January 1, 1981, Leblanc was
granted the exclusive rights to market
Yanagisawa artist saxophones in the
United States and Canada. Considered
the most technically advanced saxo-
phones made, Yanagisawa instruments
Unity in Paris: On April 19, 1989, Vito Pascucci and Lion Leblanc signed the agree-
ment that transferred control of the venerable French firm to American hands.
are played by some of the world's fore-
most saxophonists.
In April, 1989, Pascucci's service to
the Leblanc company came full circle
when he acquired majority interest in
the esteemed French firm and assumed
responsibility for its management.
Because the Leblanc/Noblet firm
has such distinguished and historical
significance to the cultural life of
France, the transaction was ini-
tially opposed by the French Min-
istries of Industry and Culture.
Ieon Leblanc, however, would
not entertain any solution to the
perpetuation of his firm that did
not involve his American partner,
whom he considers his spiritual
son. Approval for the transaction
was finally granted at the Prime
Minister's level, near the top of
the French government hierarchy.
While this lengthy process was
arduous and at times frustrating,
it served to convince all con-
cerned parties that the transac-
tion was ultimately in the best
interest of both companies, both
nations-and musicians every-
where. When the transaction was
finally completed, Vito was
elected president-directeur gdngral
of Leblanc S.A., the French firm.
Just as Georges Leblanc passed
along a tradition of instrument
making from father to son, so
too has Vito Pascucci. His son,
Leon Pascucci, named after lUon
Leblanc, now serves as president
of the American company.
Vito's unique position in the mu-
sic industry stems from his strong
belief in the importance of music
in the development of the indi-
vidual. From his own experience,
continued on page 10

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