April 4, 2010 |
The gig: Chief executive and founder of Valencia-based Remo Inc., a pioneer in drumhead technology and a leading manufacturer of drumheads for more than 50 years. Background: Remo Belli, 82, started drumming at age 12, while growing up in the South Bend-Mishawaka, Ind., area near Elkhart, a city known for producing band instruments. Because of the manpower drain created by World War II, he was able to become a professional drummer at 16 while still in high school. After a stint in the Navy, he played with jazz and swing groups and moved to California.