Our People


Our staff has collectively worked at Ray's Midbell Music in Sioux City for over four decades and has nearly twice as many years in overall industry experience.  Our company and customers throughout Siouxland are truly fortunate to work with such an effective group of experts.

Mike Guntren - President

Mike Guntren -

Mike Guntren serves as President of Ray's Midbell Music. Mike joined Midbell in 1997 and assumed General Manager duties in 2003. He holds a degree in Music from Morningside College and enjoys playing the saxophone.

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Ray Guntren - Founder

Ray Guntren -

Ray Guntren joined the Midbell organizations in 1969, became manager of the Sioux City store in 1972 and became its sole owner in 1982. Ray has served as an executive, workshop presenter and panelist for leading music organizations and has enjoyed playing guitar and bass guitar in numerous Siouxland musical groups over the years.

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Karen Guntren - Business Manager

Karen Guntren -

Karen Guntren has been a full-time part of the Midbell Music organization since 1995. She shares ownership with her husband Ray and works in the accounting and payables departments. Her musical background includes the piano and flute.

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Jane Merritt Accounting Manager

Jane Merritt

We Welcome Jane as the newest member of our accounting team!

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Tim Barrett - Internet & Marketing Manager

Tim Barrett -

Tim Barrett oversees the marketing and internet department at Midbell. Tim manages the company website and assists in rental, sales and customer support. He has a degree in Business Marketing Management and plays clarinet, saxophone and tuba.

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Whitney Turner - Service Manager

Whitney Turner -

Whitney Turner is the Service Manager at Midbell Music. She has a degree in Band Instrument Repair and has intermediate playing proficiency on guitar and all wind instruments.

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Jessica Buddenhagen - Repair Technician - Flute Repair Specialist

Jessica Buddenhagen -

Jessica Buddenhagen has been a Band Instrument Repair Technician at Ray's Midbell Music since 2001. She has an AAS Degree in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Western Iowa Tech.

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Blair Dake - Repair Technician - Sax & Clarinet Repair Specialist

Blair Dake -

Blair Dake has been with Midbell since 2007. She holds degrees from Western Iowa Tech and Iowa's Northwestern College, plays the flute and performs with the Central Baptist Worship Band.

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Kaiti Koel - Repair Technician - Trombone Repair Specialist

Kaiti Koel -

Kaitlin Koel has an AAS Degree in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Western Iowa Tech and has worked at Midbell since 2009. Katie plays several instruments including percussion, string bass, piano and guitar.

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Ronja Jung - Band & Orchestra Technician

Ronja Jung -

Ronja Jung is a band and orchestra technician at Ray's Midbell Music. She has an AAS degree in Band Instrument Repair from Western Iowa Tech and her primary instruments are the oboe and violin.

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Mike Wells - Educational Service Representative

Mike Wells -

Mike Wells has been on the road serving music educators for 32 years. Mike travels from Storm Lake and visits schools in Northwest Iowa including Spencer, Storm Lake, Cherokee, Sheldon, and many more.

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Josh Tackett - Sales & Educational Service Representitive

Josh Tackett -

In over a decade of service at Midbell Music, Josh Tackett has played a key role in a variety of areas. He provides sales, rental & customer assistance in our Sioux City store, is an Educational Service Representative in local schools and even handles our eBay sales activities.

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Jason Kramper - Educational Service Representative

Jason Kramper -

Jason services our most Northern school accounts. He has had a lifelong love for all kinds of music and plays the saxophone.

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Chris Sawyer - Educational Service Representative

Chris Sawyer -

Chris Sawyer works with schools in western Iowa, eastern Nebraska and southeast South Dakota. An accomplished brass player and former band teacher, Chris has been part of the Midbell team since 2007.

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Phil Carlin - Sales & Customer Service / Fretted Repair

Phil Carlin -

Phil Carlin has provided sales and customer service, as well as guitar repair work at Midbell since 2007. He previously owned a guitar repair shop, repped guitar manufacturer products and taught guitar for 15 years.

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Brenda Smith - Accounts Receivable

Brenda Smith -

Brenda Smith handles Accounts Receivables for Midbell Music. Brenda is a native of Salix, Iowa. Her musical background includes clarinet and piano, high school jazz and concert bands.

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Cory Birch - Warehouse & Purchasing

Cory Birch -

Cory Birch is involved in our warehouse and purchasing departments. Cory is an accomplished percussionist and also teaches drum set lessons in the store.

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Logan Lansink - Sales & Customer Service

Logan Lansink -

Logan has been providing sales help and customer service to Ray's Midbell Music since 2013. Logan is very knowledgeable about guitars and PA systems. Logan also participates in the local band Solstice on Fire as the lead vocalist.

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Michael McMahan - Education Coordinator

Michael McMahan -

Michael is a graduate of Briar Cliff University with a degree in Music and Art. Michael participated in the Briar Cliff jazz ensemble on tenor saxophone, and is a very accomplished pianist.

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