Head Honcho & Percussion Guru
The new owner of Shreveport Music, Jase Wilkerson, is a native Shreveporter. Jase grew up with a love of music, studying drums with Eddy Kozak, and has played for over 18 years. He holds a bachelors with a double-major in commerce and business. In 2014, Jase saw a way to take his love of music and combine it with his skills and knowledge in business, and purchased Shreveport Music from Don Teach. “Shreveport Music has an amazing history, and is near-legendary in the industry,” Jase explained. “My goal in buying the business is to take this great store and grow it into the powerhouse I know it can be.” Jase has big plans for the store. As a people person and a people-pleaser, Jase has already expanded the stock of drums, guitars and keyboards, and has designs to turn Shreveport Music into not only the place where the pros go, but the store for every musician, beginner, intermediate, and professional.
“I’m driven by a desire to make music fun and affordable to everyone,” Jase said. “But I maintain that the best way to accomplish my goals for the store are to keep my priorities in order: God first, then family, then the business.” And those priorities show in the vibrant atmosphere and friendly vibe that permeates the store. “If you’ve never visited before, you need to visit us soon,” added Jase. “And if you’ve been a customer, or visited before, it’s time to stop by again. You won’t believe what we have in store for you!”
Sales Rep & String Instrument Specialist
The Quiet Man of SMC, Larry started playing bass back in the late 60’s. The sixties and seventies saw him on the club circuit, with Rogue Show, as well as stints as a studio musician at Sound City and Southern Star studios. It was way back when that he began buying his gear at Shreveport Music. A versatile musician, Larry’s covered everything from rock, country, Cajun and blues. Some of the many artists he’s backed include B.J. Thomas, Ferlin Husky and John Anderson, opening for acts such as Sha Na Na, Merle Haggard, Lee Greenwood, Louise Mandrell and Johnny Rodriguez. While you won’t find him out playing as often as he did in his road years, you can count on Larry’s decades of road warrior experience as a working musician to steer you right when it comes to musical gear.
Sales Rep & Guitar Tech