The small shop of Rocky Mountain Music Repair received big news on Wednesday. The shop is named part of the top 100 in the country.
The North American Music Merchandiser, NAMM, — the global association of music instruments and pro audio products — hosts an annual awards ceremony to “honor retailers worldwide who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods, and customers and share in a vision of creating a more musical world through their local communities,” the website states.
As part of the awards, NAMM announced its top 100 list, and Rocky Mountain Music Repair was on it.
“It was a huge surprise to receive the recognition E-mail today. We started as a small family owned band repair shop and that’s what we still are at our core. We’ve always tried to support local musicians and school band programs, and an award like this is exciting and affirms our goals. We’re thrilled to be the only winner in Colorado this year and are proud to represent our state,” Brian Stevenson, owner of Rocky Mountain Music Repair.
According to Stevenson, the small shop was nominated for five of the seven categories at the NAMM awards by its customers.
Of the five categories, the shop applied to be recognized in two, the Innovation Award and the Best Community Retail Store Award. The store also is in the running for the Dealer of the Year Award, although Stevenson thinks that is a long shot given the impressive competition, he said.
Of all the awards he hopes to receive, the Best Community Retail Store Award is the one he holds most dear. In the application, Stevenson spoke of the School Secret Santa program the store began during the pandemic.
At the beginning of the holiday season, Rocky Mountain Music Repair puts on a music supply drive. When it began, Steveson thought customers would purchase a few extra low-dollar items like reeds. He was stunned with the community began donating new instruments and repair costs. The donations were given to the music programs at local schools.
After two years, the music repair shop has donated over $50,000 worth of instruments and supplies to local schools, Stevenson is excited to share his idea.
“This is the one that I'm really excited about. If I have one good idea to give back to music that very well might be it and I want to grow that so hopefully this exposure can help with it,” Stevenson said.
The exposure Stevenson wants isn’t just for his program. He wants other stores and communities to adopt the program and help young musicians get a head start.
Stevenson will fly to LA in June to hear the results of the awards. After thinking this day would only ever be a dream, he is grateful for the opportunity to be recognized. However, that wouldn’t be possible without his team and the community.
“We're grateful to the community and to everyone that's told our story or referred a friend to us. We literally couldn't do any of this without the community and our amazing employees,” Stevenson said.