Combo Line

George Miletich Jr. and his brother run Music One Workshop in Kalispell, Montana.  As they continued to play gigs in and around town, they also provided repairs for their bandmates as well as lessons for members of their audiences over the years.  The store, which originally included their father,...
Dave Miller was just 14 years old when he cut grass for a summer to pay off a neighbor for their old guitar.  He and his friends would hang out at the local music store, which was Western Hills Music Mart in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The owner was Jack Shallat who later hired Dave to work in the music...
Stan Morgan became the president of St. Louis Music after Mark Ragin purchased the company from LOUD Technologies in 2008. The new St. Louis Music retained its strong combo products for its dealers as in the past, along with band and orchestra products thanks to Mr. Ragin's own U. S. Band and...
Jeff Mozingo cannot recall a time when he did not have music in his life!  His father was a band director who opened Mozingo Music in the St. Louis area.  Growing up, Jeff's love and sincere passion for music developed first, in the area of playing, then teaching and band instrument repair.  Today...
Jim Paulsen's father opened a small music store in Kenosha to focus on his instrument of choice, the accordion.  When young Jim encouraged his father to expand into guitars, they started off slow, but soon began to grow.  The Music Center today is a well-established retailer that covers the combo...
Alice Phillips met her future husband when she joined a band while in high school.  Dave sought to learn about the technical side of the business while Alice developed a background in the business and accounting end of things.  Together they made for a perfect team and had their sights on opening...
Dave Phillips met his wife in a band he created in high school.  They have been making music ever since and as of 1977 when they opened their retailing business, they have assisted countless others to do the same!  Dave Phillips Music & Sound has three locations in and around Western New Jersey...
John Pollard first walked into Swords Music in Fort Worth, Texas as a customer.  In fact he took music lessons in the store before he was told of a position to work in the store.  The store owner and founder, Logan Swords, opened the retail shop in 1969.  At the time of the taping of John's...
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...
Mark Ragin jumped from working at the retail level of a music store into wholesale when he realized there was a real need for a band instrument and accessory distributor geared toward the specific needs of music stores that calls on band directors.  Mark established U. S. Band and Orchestra...

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