2015 Summer NAMM Show

Nashville, Tennessee

"We won!" National Top 100 Dealer Award & Best Store Turnaround

"The NAMM Top 100 Dealers go beyond running a successful business, they are ambassadors for music and music education in their communities," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "They generously share their passion for music with both longtime customers and those just beginning their musical journey. What they add to their communities can best be measured in the number of lives positively impacted through music."

Stan and Marianne Houston own ABC Music stores in downtown Benicia and Livermore locations. Both have hears of experience in music performance and education. Their dream is to continually improve the stores and bring music and the arts to both communities. Proceeds from both stores, as well as concerts they sponsor and promote, are used to develop and support band programs within the school district, and to provide music scholarships to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Over their years of service to the community, Stan and Marianne have donated over $100,000 to the community music programs.

The music stores are located conveniently at 739 First Street in Benicia, California, and at 2156 First Street in Downtown Livermore, California. Each store has over 2000 square feet of floor space that includes seven private music instruction studios. ABC's Faculty includes over 30 experienced professional musicians who are active in national and international performance. In addition, over a dozen of their music teachers are credentialed with a PhD, Masters, or BA Degrees. All of their music teachers have been teaching music professionally for over 10 years.

An independent panel of judges evaluated retailers' submissions across categories including customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions. NAMM's Top 100 Dealers demonstrate overall merit and a consistent understanding of industry best practices. The judges then score the nominees to determine the category winners and Dealer of the Year that will be announced at the July 10 Awards event. Excellence in eight categories will be recognized during the Top Dealer Awards at Summer NAMM.

Founded in 1901, "NAMM" stands for the National Association of Music Merchants, although, since its inception, NAMM has evolved from a nation retail association into an international association whose members now include commercial companies, distributors, affiliates and manufacturers.

ABC Music Store & Academy is dedicated to providing the community exceptional musical instruments and music lessons. They supply top quality musical instruments, including instruments for school bands, offer full in-house repair services, and provide classes on care and maintenance. Whether you are starting music lessons, continuing music lessons, renting or buying a musical instrument, they are there to help.