Oral History Information
Ellie Stevens has a smile that lights up the room. And when that room is the lobby of Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, people seem to feel right at home right when they walk in the door! As a kid she played the organ and in 1973, as a teenager, she was hired to play at the mall to entice customers to purchase an instrument during the great Home Organ Boom. That led Ellie to a sales position for Ted Brown Music, which she thoroughly enjoyed, and went on to serve the local school band directors as an educational road rep. She met her husband at the store (“You can find everything at Ted Brown Music, even a spouse”) and together they opened the branch in Silverdale, Washington. Returning back to the main store in Tacoma some years later, Ellie helped in the early days of the Ted Brown Music Outreach Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing musical instruments to those who cannot afford the cost. In recent years her desk has been placed near the front of the store so be sure to look for her smile the next time you go in for a visit.