Charles Gerard Conn was the patriarch of musical instrument manufacturing in Elkhart, Indiana and a pioneer in the music industry. In 1873, C.G. Conn developed a brass mouthpiece with a rubber rim to allow him to play the coronet with an injured lip. By 1876, he had converted an old sewing machine into a lathe and began building instruments. C.G. Conn was a true innovator blazing a trail of firsts on American soil- 1st American-made cornet, saxophone, sousaphone & BBb Tuba, to name just a few. C.G. Conn forever shaped the music industry by founding the 1st National School of Music, 1st National band contest, the industry’s 1st R&D department as well many other musical instrument industry 1sts.