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Susan Beacock walked into a shopping mall with her music director husband in 1978 and noticed a small empty shop. He suggested they open a music store with a focus on teaching studios. Susan, without any discussion, agreed. With years of hard work and the challenges of strong competition, the...
Gayle Beacock and her brother are second-generation music storeowners with a flair for business and a passion for encouraging music making. Gayle’s parents started Beacock Music to build relationships with band directors, a position her father held for many years. Gayle brought new and creative...
Russell Beacock is president of Beacock Music, a Vancouver, Washington-based retail store that was established by his parents, Dale and Susan, back in 1976. Proudly representing the second generation of the family owned business, Russ works alongside his sister Gayle. Together they have expanded...
Donn Bennett had the happy "accident" of falling into the retail music business.  As a young drummer he had to pay for his own lessons, which led to him teaching drums to some of his friends in the neighborhood. When he gained a full schedule of students it led to having accessories and instruments...
T. Warren Brown was president of the music store his father established in the Tacoma, Washington area in the years of World War II. Ted Brown Music became an important leader in the music retail business with Warren playing key roles in the expansion of the store. Warren was also active within the...
Marilyn Brown grew up in a home full of music, thanks in large part to her father’s career as a band director.  She was hired by the Yenny Music store for 25 years, which was in fact the store her father called on for many years.  After the store was sold she was hired by the Music Centers Inc. for...
Sharon Brown was a teenager when she first began working for Ted Brown Music.  While in high school she had met and began dating the founder’s son, Warren.  Soon she discovered she had a real love for both Warren AND the music business.  She ran the record department and after marrying Warren, she...
Whitney Brown Grisaffi is the proud president of Ted Brown Music a Tacoma, Washington based retail store established by her grandfather. Her dedication and passion for the business are evident in her relationship with her customers, staff and others in the industry. Like her late father, Warren...
Al Green is the store manager for The Music Man retail store in Anchorage, Alaska.  Over his career Al has managed several stores including two in Washington State, however, none have compared to his experience in Alaska.  Al was hired by the owner and son of the founder, Karl Pasch, whose father...
Mike Kay runs the pro audio department for Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, Washington.  Beginning in 1984, Mike brought his lifelong love of music and audio to the company, which had two locations at the time.  Not only did Mike take part in growing the audio product lines, he took part in the expansion...

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