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Ward-Brodt Music Mall
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2200 W. Beltline Hwy
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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment Connie Smith
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Ward-Brodt Music is your all-inclusive music store. From musical instruments (Pianos, guitars, drums, wind, string, & brass) and sheet music to music lessons and instrument repair - we offer top-of-the-line service for all of your musical needs. Our certified technicians are able to repair most Band & orchestral instruments in a timely fashion, our education department offers individual as well as group classes taught by highly trained and incredibly talented teachers, (Spanish speaking music classes are now available!) and our highly trained associates make it their mission to provide excellent service and support to each and every music minded customer.

Ward Brodt's presentation room is used for music clinics, workshops, rehearsals, meetings, educational seminars, and stellar performances from some of today's top performers. (Sara Bareilles, The Fray, The Neville Brothers, Whiskey Falls, Hanson, Aly & AJ, Bucky Covington, Greg Koch, Quietdrive, and Second Hand Serenade to name a few.) Most of these events have been free to the public as our way of saying "Thanks" to our community.

Ward-Brodt Music is a proud supporter of our music inspired community!

We employ roughly 100 creative individuals and encourage a richer life through music. We staff 28 teachers offering over 2,900 lessons a month! Studies have consistently proven that children that study music are more successful in their adult life. We believe that, and make it our mission to pass down our knowledge and passion for music.

Ward-Brodt Music supports and sponsors many community events, performances, festivals, school concerts, and music minded organizations. We are proud to be a part of such an eclectic city. We are happy to be a part of Dane Buy Local. We have been a part of the community for 81 years and believe in giving back to our neighbors and locally owned businesses.

In 1914, the Hook Brothers Piano Company was founded in Madison, Wisconsin. This store, located at 101 State Street, sold pianos, musical instruments, and radios. T. Lane Ward and Cecil Brodt were employed by this firm, the former being secretary-treasurer and the latter a salesman. In 1927 they founded their own company, Ward-Brodt Music at 328 State Street.

In 1929 Ward-Brodt bought out the Hook Brothers. The store then moved to 208 State Street in the mid 30's. Shortly thereafter, Cecil Brodt left the firm to open his own music store in Charlotte, North Carolina.  T. Lane Ward died in the spring of 1951.

In October of the same year, Charles M. Faulhaber of Sheboygan, Wisconsin purchased the Ward-Brodt Music Company. He was able to get a loan from the bank putting down used instruments as collateral! Upon his death, Janet Faulhaber became President until she passed that title on to their son, Michael Faulhaber in August, 1983. In June of 1983 our west branch and former downtown main store merged to create the Ward-Brodt Music Mall, certainly an industry showcase of the music retailer for today and tomorrow. With this facility, Ward-Brodt has a unique balance of instrumental/service departments and corporations, plus a community facility for all who desire to make music an important part of their lives.
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