Joan Ellman and her husband, Gil, established Ellman’s Music Center in 1958. Five years later the store moved to Naperville, Illinois, where it is located today. Joan kept the books and inventory as well as managing the store when Gil would call on schools and travel for industry meetings. She has always been proud of the fact that her sons decided to work in the business and began running the business when Joan and Gil retired. Both Joan and Gil were present at the NAMM Show in 2008 when they were awarded the Milestone plaque for 50 years in business.
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