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Glenn Derringer, Lowell Simpson, Dan Kobida


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

Cincinnati, Ohio


A group headed by former Wurlitzer Employee Dan Kobida is in the final stages of planning a gala reunion to be held August 8th and 9th at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois.  The steering committee which includes Lowell Simpson, Glenn Derringer, Scott Anderson, Gus Pearson and Dick Myrland, began with just an idea and have developed a fun filled weekend which will be attended by several hundred former employees from all parts of the USA and overseas.

The Wurlitzer Reunion has its own Website (www.wurlitzer2003.com) with sections devoted to memorabilia, products, a complete alumni list and more.  The list of former Wurlitzer Alumni comprises more that 580 names with more being added every day.  Names or missing information can be added simply by accessing the website.  A reservation form can be downloaded right on line.

Wurlitzer, formally located in Dekalb, IL, began operations in 1856 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dan Kobida commented, “Wurlitzer was more than a company…it was a family.  In these days and times, it seems people want to connect with their past and what a better way to see old friends and associates than the reunion event.  This is especially true of Wurlitzer personnel.  We were all related in some way.  Those who departed Wurlitzer for other companies in the music business looked at Wurlitzer as one of the best training grounds for a future in the business.  It’s a tribute to the Wurlitzer name and legacy that so many are interested in attending the event.”

Highlights of the reunion will be a visit and tour of the The Victorian Palace in nearby Barrington, Illinois, home of the Jasper Sanfilippo collection of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers, art glass and more.  What makes this visit so special will be a performance by former Wurlitzer Artist Paul Quarino on the worlds largest restored five keyboard Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. 

In addition, a grand finale banquet reception will be held on Saturday evening, August 9th followed by an exciting evening of entertainment provided by all former Wurlitzer employees performed on Wurlitzer instruments manufactured during Wurlitzer’s heyday in the 70’s and 80’s. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the Wurlitzer Reunion 2003 can search the official reunion website www.wurlitzer2003.com or contact Dan Kobida at 513-772-4228.

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