Georgia

Emile Baran began a music retail business that led to the opportunity for expanding into the music wholesale business. Emile formed DeKalb Music Supply, a music retail store in Decatur, Georgia in 1958. Several years later he expanded into the wholesale business, thanks in large part to his...
David Cooper recalled, with a warm smile, when his father took him to his first NAMM Show. The Cooper Piano and Organ Store in Georgia began in 1905; therefore, David did not just grow up in the business--his life was always involved in music. The store enjoyed great success over the years due to...
Don Eubanks has made a lot of friends in the music business! His honesty and humor have endeared him to many over the years, but perhaps what sets Don apart from others is his willingness to try something new. When he had the chance to buy the Symmes Music Store in Chamblee, Georgia, he decided to...
Ed Hamrick enjoyed playing the drums ever since he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. From that moment he has played drums and in the early 1970s established his own drum shop outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Over the years the Atlanta Pro Percussion Shop has became one of the strongest...
Frank Kilgard worked for Streep Music in Florida before opening his own band instrument repair shop in Georgia.  His strong interest in quality repair led to a life time of learning new tricks and methods for cleaning and repairing school band instruments.  Frank was one of the first members of...
George Luther is a giant of music retail legend. His reputation precedes him far beyond the South, where he forged a successful and colorful career in music retail. His business savvy is in large part from thinking "outside the box". Over many years of fostering a fun working environment and...
Jerry Portman learned so much from his father and his grandfather about how to treat customers.  Those lessons became key as Jerry set out to not only take over the family’s music store, but to expand it over the years.  The small shop, which his father, Ben Portman, began in 1936, became the...
Bonnie G. Rowe did not seem to mind much when people thought he was a woman because his given name was Bonnie. For 87 years he corrected people and never gave much thought to using his middle name of Gordon. “Mother and father wanted me to be known as Bonnie, so that is it” he once said. “All I...
Jane Stanton worked for the war effort during World War II, which was before she met Ken Stanton, who was a band director, wishing to open a music store. Jane played a vital role in the store over the years as she ran the business while Ken would travel and sat up front to ensure she greeted each...