George Edward Heid
George Edward Heid grew up with the music experiences surrounding his Father's recording studio as well as his family’s musical world. He began playing piano at an early age. Switching to Drums in High School, he went on to play drums with many of Pittsburgh's Jazz greats such as his brother Bill Heid, David Budway, Dwayne Dolphin, Gene Ludwig, Lou Stellute, Sonny Barbato, Dr. Mike Taylor, and Jimmy Ponder.
In the spring of 1970, George opened a small music shop in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. The shop offered music lessons and sold musical instruments. George continued the recording business by offering on-location recording. Heid Productions would record and produce many LP records for local groups, church choirs, junior high, high school and college music ensembles.
He closed the music shop in 1977 to focus exclusively on recording, production, cassette duplication and pro audio sales. From early 1970 George introduced many clients to the growing popularity of the compact cassette. He built the areas only premium specification, highest quality duplication facility between Philadelphia and Nashville. Heid’s output of fully packaged audio cassettes rose to an average of over 2000 cassette tapes a day.
Out of the music shop, Heid Pro Audio began in 1971 and grew into, an award winning professional audio business that specified, sold, installed, and serviced pro audio equipment. The list of clients included WTAE, KDKA, WWSW, WDUQ, WQED, WAMO, KQV, WEEP Westinghouse, US Steel, Alcoa, Heinz, Dravo, Children's Hospital, Heinz Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Benedum Center, University of Pittsburgh, Saint Vincent's College, Point Park University, Audiomation Studios, Van Gelder Studios and Unitel Mobile Video.
In the mid 1980’s, Heid Pro Audio designed and installed the sound system for Pittsburgh's number one showcase club, "Graffiti". Adding to that were installations in the regions premium jazz clubs such as Dizzy's, Club Cafe, and The Balcony. Additionally, large installations were designed and installed for the Kuntu Repertory Theater in University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall and Dowe’s on 9th jazz club.
George was contacted by the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 1985 to specify and install a complete recording system for taping their music concerts. At that time Mr. Heid was also hired as their chief recording engineer and recorded over 100 concert dates from 1986 to 1994.
Heid Productions record label, Corona Music, has released recordings and CD's of Dave and Maureen Budway, The Balcony Big Band, Billy Price, Modern Times, Max Leake, Sandy Staley, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, Elevations, The Blues Orphans and Charlie G. Sanders.
George Heid now lives in Aspinwall and operates a full service recording studio there.