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CLARINET DAY AT SCCC

JKM will be one of the vendors on site with an awesome array of clarinets to play test and purchase, as well as a variety of all things clarinetty . Join us!

More details on the event Facebook page HERE

 

2020 Marks the 90th Anniversary of John Keal Music Company!

We've been in business for 90 years! 

  In 1930, a young John Keal opened his first music store at 315 Central Avenue in Albany. A 24-year-old musician, his beginning ambition was only to teach saxophone in a private studio. However, he soon became a supplier of reeds and other accessories for his fellow musicians. Eventually, this led him to establish contacts with the instrument manufacturers of the day and he became a source for band and orchestral instruments as well. Almost by accident, John Keal had discovered a local music market, and the increasing demand soon prompted him to put aside his teaching and concentrate his efforts solely on the business of music.

     The following years brought rapid growth and a succession of re-locations to accommodate an increasing inventory. In the early 1940's, John added 78 rpm. records to his shelves. This proved to be a fortuitous decision as World War II necessitated the halt of instrument production a few years later. In the 1960's his son, John Keal Jr., joined the store and the father-son team began specializing in school music programs.

     This was a time of increasing student enrollment for many local schools and music teachers were in dire need of a company that could keep pace with their expanding programs. Once again, the Keals had identified a need in their local music community and, by offering a reputable package of sales and direct-to-school service, earned a reputation as the leader in the area of music education.

In 1985, we moved to our present location at 819 Livingston Avenue in Albany. While the staff has increased to meet the demands of a growing business, John Keal Music has remained a family-oriented company, encouraging musicians of all ages.

         In 2005 John Keal incorporated D&M Music of Pleasant Valley into its operation. Started in 1976 by Ed Diefes and Henry Mikolajeski, two well-respected repair technicians in the Hudson Valley, this store was servicing area schools in the same way John Keal was in the Capital District. 

  In the summer of 2012 John Keal Music bought Hermie’s Music of Schenectady. This was a natural fit, as Hermie’s had long been known as the school music store of Schenectady County. Hermie’s was started in 1940 by Hermie Fredrick, and was operated by his son Norman until its sale. In November 2016 Hermie's moved to its exciting new location inside proctors arcade.

  With our expansion, John Keal Music is proud to have also increased our sponsorship of community music activities. We find it rewarding to support individuals and organizations, as they work to bring music into our lives. We have sponsored seminars for music teachers and have helped to bring nationally acclaimed performing artists and ensembles to area schools as well as providing support for the Albany Symphony, the Empire State Youth Orchestra, and many other local groups. 
 
     Another important component of our professional development is our affiliation with a number of national music organizations. Our participation in the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD), the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), as well as the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA), allows us to remain up-to-date on happenings in the music and education fields.

 

We hope to continue with these and other musical endeavors. The John Keal Music Group strives to encourage musical excellence in our schools and to support the communities that have so generously supported us through the decades.

We are Hiring for MULTIPLE positions

John Keal Music Company is hiring for the following positions:

-Store Management

-String Cleanup

-Retail Store Staff

-Repair Shop Assistant/Building and Grounds Maintenance

Benefits include: Paid holidays, sick, personal and vacation time according to years of employment. 401K after one year of employment and health benefits available after a probationary period.

 

John Keal Music has been in business in Albany since 1930, we have been specializing in service to school music programs for over 40 years. We have a full school delivery staff, full service repair shop and many support staff. We maintain the family atmosphere that was established by the Keals with a level of professionalism found in larger companies.

 

Interested applicants should submit a resume and references. These may be brought to our retail store in Albany, emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

John Keal Music

Attn: Ann Raiti

819 Livingston Ave

Albany, NY 12206

We're Hiring!

Repair Shop Assistant/ Building and Grounds Maintenance Position Available

 

JKM has an immediate opening for a multi-faceted repair shop assistant/building and grounds maintenance position.

 

The repair shop assistant portion of this position entails working with brass technicians, disassembling and cleaning brass instruments, instrument case repairs, receiving and distributing shop parts orders, keeping shared shop supplies stocked as well as periodic maintenance of tools and machinery.

 

The building and grounds maintenance portion of this position entails mowing and other landscaping duties, minor snow removal and salting as well as replacing and maintaining stock of light bulbs, air filters, ceiling tiles and other building supplies. Also; Working with hired sub-contractors for electrical, plumbing, waste management, heating and cooling needs, etc.

 

Must be mechanically inclined, detail oriented and have good communication skills.

 

Benefits include: Paid holidays, sick, personal and vacation time according to years of employment. 401K after one year of employment and health benefits available after a probationary period.

 

John Keal Music has been in business in Albany since 1930, we have been specializing in service to school music programs for over 40 years. We have a full school delivery staff, full service repair shop and many support staff. We maintain the family atmosphere that was established by the Keals with a level of professionalism found in larger companies.

 

Interested applicants should submit a resume and references. These may be brought to our retail store in Albany, emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

John Keal Music

Attn: Eric Singer

819 Livingston Ave

Albany, NY 12206

We're a BESTIE...AGAIN!

John Keal Music Company has won Capital Region Living's BESTIE award for the second year in a row!! 

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