Roger Sparks


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Sparks Music

Roger Sparks started teaching guitar lessons in the wake of the Beatles boom in 1964. Just four years later he and his wife, Diane, opened Sparks Music in Arkansas City, Kansas. In 1974, the store held its grand opening at its current location of 315 South Summit in Arkansas City. The couple had the opportunity to expand their business with a second location in Hutchinson, Kansas, in the old Keller Music store. After purchasing Keller Music, remodeling that retail store location, and extensively expanding the retail product offerings, it became evident that a much larger location would be needed. In May of 2002, Sparks Music of Hutchinson moved to their current location of 108 North Main. The NAMM staff was honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sparks Music in January 2018 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim!