School Services

From the debut of the very first Midbell Music Store in 1939, a great deal of time, effort, passion and emphasis has been devoted to introducing music to the young people in our communities. 

In 1972, Ray’s Midbell Music began a very ambitious program to provide weekly visits and resources to every school in our service area.  Today this community commitment spreads through four states, extending to roughly 225 teaching professionals in well over 100 institutions of higher learning; from small community elementary schools – public and private – all the way up to our area’s colleges and universities.

Our experienced team of Educational Service Representatives become valued resources and trusted partners in the musical education of the Siouxland area’s youth.  In addition to providing free, convenient instrument drop off and pick up services for purchases, rentals and repairs, we work closely with band directors, orchestra directors and music instructors.  We provide easy access to the wide range of materials and instruments they prefer and make it simple for students to get the proper instruments and accessories.

Our Educational Service Representatives:

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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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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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 - Educational Service Representative

Josh Tackett -

Josh Tackett is an Education Service Representative at Midbell Music, where he works with music educators in local Siouxland schools, such as Sioux City Community, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, South Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff. Josh provides sales, rental and general customer assistance at our Sioux City location.

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Mike Claussen - Educational Service Representative

Mike Claussen covers our South Eastern South Dakota schools including Beresford, Tyndall, Parkston and many more. Mike also offers repair services to our South Dakota territory.

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