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Our History

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Founded in 1949 by Kenneth E Stanton, Sr. with the desire to bring music to the schools of Cobb County, Ken Stanton Music has become the largest independent music retailer in the Atlanta metropolitan area. In 1949 there were only six schools in Cobb County. Mr. Stanton met with the Superintendent of Schools, Paul Sprayberry, and presented his idea on how to begin a music program in each of these schools. Mr. Stanton would provide instruction and the instruments at a cost of one dollar per student. All the School Board had to do was agree to hire instructors that would eventually replace Mr. Stanton as full time music directors. Over the next few years, Mr. Stanton started more music programs and Directors replaced him at each school one by one to allow his attention to focus full-time on the retail store. The Ken Stanton Music philosophy is deeply rooted in the love of music and what that can bring to a child, a school, and a community. Over time, with Kenneth E. Stanton, Jr. at the helm, the company has expanded its scope beyond the traditional school band or orchestra instruments to include guitars, drums, keyboards, professional audio and digital recording equipment making Ken Stanton Music truly a full service music store. Ken Stanton Music opened July first 1949 in a ten foot by twenty foot space at the back of Hodge’s drug store in Marietta Square. Today Ken Stanton Music has five locations: Our newest Alpharetta location is at 6010 North Point Parkway, next to Men’s Wearhouse . Our Woodstock store in Cherokee County, is found at 1150 Parkside Lane inside the Towne Lake Shopping Center. Our Stone Mountain location resides in the East Point Shopping Center at 5236 Stone Mountain Highway (Hwy 78). We have 2 locations in Cobb County; our store in West Cobb at 3636 Dallas Highway across from the Avenues and the Marietta Superstore at 119 Cobb Parkway North, inside the North 41 Shopping Center. Our superstore features over seven thousand square feet of retail space, fifteen lesson studios, repair shop, corporate offices and warehouse.Our facilities are modern, efficient and well staffed with experienced professionals. Many of our employees, like Ken Stanton Senior, are former band directors who understand the needs of today’s music educators. We have a strong commitment to music education with nearly one hundred teachers and fifty-seven lesson studios providing over one thousand lessons each week to help strengthen the skills of every musician. We offer competitive pricing to all of our customers, and strive to make every experience personal and rewarding. Ken Stanton Music has all levels of instruments to satisfy the beginner, hobbyist or professional.   If you need repairs, our National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians or NAPBIRT, certified repair shop employs seven full time technicians specializing in brass, woodwind, string instrument and guitar repairs. Your repairs can be picked up and delivered back to the school by our staff.