Shreveport Music Company was established in 1910, making it one of the oldest businesses in the Ark-La-Tex, and one of the oldest music stores in the country. In 1961 Jack Teach purchased Shreveport Music and opened a new store downtown, as a Hammond Organ and piano dealer. Jack’s son Don literally grew up in the business, focusing on the technical aspects of pianos, Leslie speakers, and Hammond organs, skills that came in handy as the business expanded from pianos and organs to guitars, basses, and PA systems.
Our store changed locations several times, moving from a downtown location to the Highland area, then out to the rapidly-expanding area south of town. The move proved to be a good one, for with the arrival of the riverboat casinos and the sale of farmland south of town for commercial development, Shreveport’s retail area exploded, and our location, once on the edge of town ended up being in the very heart of the thriving South Shreveport retail corridor. Today, Shreveport Music has achieved near-legendary status in the industry as a wildly-successful operation, one of the very few privately-owned “mom and pop” music stores that have been able to successfully compete against the onslaught of big-box stores and national chains. Our secret? Our prices meet or beat both the national chains and the online stores, but our service and knowledgeable staff can’t be beat anywhere.
Don Teach, the owner and general manager of Shreveport Music quite literally grew up in the music business. His dad, Jack, bought Shreveport Music from the previous owners and reopened in a new location in 1961. Don learned the business from the ground up, beginning with piano, organ, and Leslie speaker repair. After graduating with a BA in Business from ULM, and subsequently pursuing an additional degree as a machinist, Don went on the road, learning the business from the manufacturer and distributor side, working as a rep for Leslie speakers, Superscope and Marantz. Weary of the travel that comes part and parcel with the life of a traveling sales rep, Don returned to Shreveport and rapidly expanded Shreveport Music from a piano and organ operation into a store that focused on the “M.I.” business – the sale of guitars, basses, drums and PA systems. Within a short period of time, Don’s business skills put Shreveport Music in the driver’s seat, as the dominant music store not only in Shreveport, but within the entire Ark-La-Tex region.
Along the way, Don has used his skills he acquired as a roadie, sound tech, and live sound audio engineer to train an entire generation of roadies and sound guys, who’s own resumes now read like a Who’s Who of national touring acts. But Don’s first love combines his skills as a piano repairman with his encyclopedic knowledge of all things electro-mechanical: he is acknowledged, nationwide, as one of the reigning experts on player pianos, nickelodeons, and antique music boxes. Not only does he maintain an extensive collection of these instruments in his personal collection, but he also is one of the only people in the country that can fabricate impossible-to-find replacement parts for these forgotten treasures. As a result, Don’s instruments have been featured in countless films and he’s considered the resident expert across the country for any question on antique musical instruments.
Bob Bryant began his storied musical career in 1967, in Ohio. Managing piano stores in both Dallas and Austin, he moved West, to become the outside sales manager for Cascade Music Centers in Oregon. Bob moved to Shreveport to take over the keyboard department of Shreveport Music in 1979.
A talented pianist, organist, and keyboardist, you’re likely to hear him tickling the ivories in the store, as handling customer questions.