About Us

The first Music & Arts was located in a small house in Bethesda, MD and run by founder Benjamin O’Brien. When Music & Arts opened its doors in 1952, we offered printed music, music lessons, dance lessons, and art supplies. Ben decided shortly after opening his business that he wanted to focus on music to better serve his customers – a decision that remains intact to this day.

Since the 1990’s, Music & Arts has expanded nationwide through organic growth and a series of acquisitions and mergers with other music dealers. In 2005, Music & Arts joined forces with American Music to become the largest band and orchestra instrument retailer in the United States.

Music & Arts now comprises 150+ retail stores, 120+ educational representatives, and 300+ affiliate locations. Based in Frederick, MD, the company of trained musicians offers friendly service and everything musical for students, parents, and educators. We are proud to be your neighborhood choice for music!

The O'Brien Family

Commitment to Community

Music & Arts has a longstanding commitment to supporting its local communities with contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations, including beneficiaries ranging from school-based gifting programs to specific cause-related initiatives, both nationwide and in many of the local areas Music & Arts serves.

Music & Arts supports the following organizations:

Music & Arts also provides opportunities for potential new musicians to get involved through instrument petting zoos, open houses, and artist demonstrations. In all, Music & Arts hosts more than 1,000 local community events annually.

President Steve Zapf

A message from our President

At Music & Arts, you’ll be surrounded by a family of people who truly care about each other. Although we all have a common background in music, our employees have taken all kinds of paths in their careers to get here. We take great pride and satisfaction in knowing that many of these talented people have contributed to our success, and your efforts will help us continue to grow and change as the pioneer in our industry.

Being the best at what we do requires an intense focus on quality and high standards of performance. We expect everyone on the team to contribute their best talents and energies because our customers deserve nothing short of the very best we can offer, and our colleagues deserve to work in an environment where everyone loves to be!

Our goal is to show you just how passionate we are about introducing people to music, and how determined we are to provide new musicians with the tools needed to be successful. We will provide you with the technical training you need to excel in your new position and a cultural immersion which will help you build lasting relationships throughout the company. We look forward to working together and extend to you our best wishes for your success and happiness at Music & Arts. We’re glad you’re here!