Canadian Music Trade - December-January 2022 - Page 19


We are saddened to share the news that David Gantz , a long-time manager at Steve ’ s Music in Montreal , passed away on Nov . 29 , 2021 . David was one of the earliest employees at Steve ’ s Music and remained with the company until his retirement in 2017 .

On Facebook , Steve ’ s Music shared the news : “ It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a dear friend , colleague , and legend ; Mr . Dave Gantz . He was an integral part of Steve ’ s Music from the very beginning . He will be missed beyond words .”
Shortly after learning that one his oldest friends had passed , Steve ’ s Music Vice President Michael Kirman was kind enough to share this heartfelt message with Canadian Music Trade :
“ All these emotions , the realization that in just a few short months would have been my father ’ s tenth anniversary of his death . Followed by many of the ‘ first generation ,’ the peers I grew up with , started my professional life , my mentors .
“ Everyone called him Boog ; always smiling and laughing , a gear-aholic . He knew everything about guitars and amps . Loved by all that knew him — clients , suppliers , co-workers . Dave was big practical joker , often you ’ d hear a laugh , and under his breath , so just those around him can hear , ‘ watch this ...’ His favourite victim was Bill [ Kirman ] — we would often hear Bill ’ s ‘ Aww , Dave !’ while Dave casually walked by the office giggling .
“ We share cousins . Dave ’ s aunt was married to my great uncle ( Steve ’ s mother ’ s brother ), so as the old story goes , what did that make us ? Well , we all grew up at Steve ’ s , so we were all family ; related , not related , and a whole bunch of everything else .
“ Dave was among one of my earliest mentors . He was one of my first ‘ bosses ’ at Steve ’ s . At 15 , wanting to work and earn money to get my driver ’ s licence and a save up for a car , I had to interview with Dave ( and the late Sheldon Sazant ). Once being hired , I ’ d walk over to Dave ’ s house at 7:45 a . m . and got a lift in with him . We ’ d often also be giving his wife a lift in to work . We always arrived a good half hour before opening , always amongst this first to greet you in the morning , humming a song while working , occasionally blurting out a lyric or two , often playing air bass walking through the store . It ’ s a unique experience , going from boss to mentor to co-worker , but every step of my transition , Dave always made it seem easy and natural .
“ Of course , thinking of Dave you can ’ t help but think of the late Sheldon . The dynamic duo . A team that worked off each other ’ s strengths . Both left us too early and are greatly missed by all .”
CMT sends our deepest condolences to Dave ’ s family and many friends at Steve ’ s Music and around our industry .

The Music People National Account Manager and On-Stage Brand Director Jeremy Payne has been elected as the president of NAMM Young Professionals ( NAMM YP ). Payne previously served as vice president and has been active in the organization for the past five years . NAMM YP hosts networking and educational events for industry professionals under

40 and manages a mentorship program connecting members with industry veterans . “ NAMM YP has been monumental in my professional development ,” Payne says .
“ I look forward to leading the group and helping members reach their goals .”
“ Jeremy ’ s accomplishment with NAMM YP demonstrates his leadership within our own organization and his ability to connect with the industry ,” adds The Music People Co-President John Hennessey . “ His passion for this industry , music , and the development of young talent is clear , so to honour him with this leadership role is special .”
“ Jeremy , along with the strong leadership team on the NAMM YP board , have done a terrific job in expanding their activities to recruit and retain young , top talent ,” says NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond . “ Ensuring that these future leaders feel connected and supported through programs like the expanding NAMM mentoring program will lead to a vibrant future for our global industry . Jeremy has earned the respect of all and I personally look forward to working closely with him to achieve NAMM YP ’ s vision .”
For more information , go to www . namm . org / membership / namm-young-professionals .