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Indy Retailer McNicol Added to Maxwell’s House

Maxwell’s House of Music, which has served southern Indiana and Louisville, Ky., for decades, added Jeff McNicol as business partner. “I’ve literally grown up in a music store,” said Mark Maxwell. “It’s so exciting that it keeps evolving, growing and beating all my expectations. I attribute that success to all the great people in my life, especially our staff and teachers. Bringing Jeff in as my business partner is the logical next step of this evolution.” “Now, after several months of deliberation, I couldn’t be happier to be making this investment to live out my dream. I finally feel back at home in the music business,” added McNicol. McNicol’s 24 years of experience running his own family business, until its sale earlier this year, has Jeff McNicol and Mark Maxwell not only built his entrepreneurial abilities, but it has rendered him a highly accomplished musician, too. In addition, the McNicol family is committed to community with its two foundations, The Chitwood Foundation and The McNicol Foundation. It is also involved with Carole’s Kitchen, a program affiliated with Blessings in a Backpack to help feed high school kids with food insecurity. “This partnership is a win-win situation for Kentuckiana. The additional resources, skills, experiences and relationships Jeff brings to the table exponentially increase our ability to keep our promise of ‘We Create Musicians.’ That’s what we’ve always done, and now it’s what we can do even more effectively with Jeff guiding this ship with me,” said Maxwell.

Golden Anniversary for Garten’s

Garten’s Music is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, after the late Harold and Margaret Garten opened the business in 1969. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, the company’s biggestever retail sale and an anniversary party took place the weekend of Sept. 6-8. The Gartens’ daughter, Amy, Cindy and Michael Houston display a Cindy Houston, is proclamation declaring Sept. 6 “Garten’s Music 50th president of GarAnniversary Celebration Day” in the city of Wichita. ten’s Music today. She and her family, husband Michael Houston and daughter Amy Houston, operate the business, which moved from Valley Center, Kan., to its current Wichita, Kan., location in 2000. “My father studied electronics in the service, and when he was discharged, he spent a few years at Cessna,” said Cindy Houston. “And then he got involved in the music business when he went to work for Jenkins Music as a service technician. In 1969, he went out on his own and opened Garten’s Music, again as a service company.” Garten’s provided ser vice for organs in funeral homes, churches, private homes and more. As Garten’s Music’s staff made ser vice calls and talked with customers, the business became more involved in helping them learn instruments and replace instruments that couldn’t be repaired. “Our business in Wichita has really evolved over the years because now, a very small part of our company is service, and a very big part of it is education and sales,” Houston said. Garten’s Music features pianos, organs, guitars and ukuleles for sale and also carries band and orchestra instruments for rent or purchase. In addition, music books and accessories are available at Garten’s. The store houses the Wichita Music Academy, which offers music lessons for students age 5 through adult, and the Goofin’ Around Keyboard Class, which is designed for adult beginners. Garten’s Music teaches more than 15,000 music lessons annually.


Bill’s Music Has New ‘Idol’

Catonsville, Md.-based Bill’s Music hosted Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, a former “American Idol” contestant who made it all the way to the top six. A Catonsville resident himself, Harmon performed a free community concert at Bill’s Music, where he played piano, acoustic guitar and, of course, sang for more than 500 attendees. People came from as far as Ohio and West Virginia, sporting Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon T-shirts they bought at to see Lloyd Harmon live on stage. Bill’s Music sponsored the event in an effort to help the singer raise funds for his independently released album, “Namesake.” Much to the delight of the crowd, Harmon was chauffeured to the stage in a 1961 Jewel Blue Corvette, belonging to Bill Higgins, owner of Bill’s Music, who started the family-owned MI store back in 1965. Harmon then performed an hour-long set, where the only intermission was when he led a chorus of “Happy Birthday” to his 75-year-old “self-proclaimed” No. 1 fan and ran out into the audience to present her with a birthday card and a hug. At the conclusion of the performance, Bill’s Music raffled off an autographed acoustic guitar to one lucky winner, donated by the Breedlove Guitar Co. That wasn’t the end, however. After the show, Harmon stuck around for a meet and greet with fans and didn’t leave until the last autograph was signed. The talented crooner far exceeded his fundraising goal of $25,000 and looks forward to the upcoming release of his first full length album and new single, “Almost Heaven.”

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon being driven up to the stage in a 1961 Corvette by Bill’s team member Derick Louanglath.


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