Tom Ostrander


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Colonial Music, Inc.

Tom Ostrander was the founder of Colonial Music in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Now a string of stores, the retail company began with the simple idea of providing top quality instruments to the area school programs. He was born in Phoneton, Ohio, which is in Miami County, and was encouraged to play music by his parents. He played in the school bands and sought to become a music director. Along the way, he developed an understanding of what school directors needed and what they didn’t need. Tom thought he could put that knowledge to work while still being close to music education.  He devoted himself to music education and programs, such as those designed by NAMM, to increase the number of active music makers.