Stillwater News Press

March 4, 2013

The band plays on at Stu's Music Shop

New store offers band and orchestra instrument sales and repair

By Elizabeth Keys
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — During the last century, Chenoweth & Green Music Store on Main Street was a fixture in downtown Stillwater with old-fashioned customer service. Spending the afternoon just browsing through the sheet music was not only accepted but encouraged.

Stuart Butler is continuing friendly business values in this century with the opening of Stu’s Music Shop, 1903 N. Boomer Rd. He has been part of the instrumental music scene serving Central Oklahoma since 2005 through his Cushing company. Butler closed the Cushing store to return to his family’s roots in Stillwater.

Butler grew up in the music business as his dad, John Butler, also known as “Papa,” repaired musical instruments at Chenoweth & Green, along with serving at University Heights Baptist Church, before opening his own instumental repair shop.

With more than 60 years of experience fixing anything from tubas to piccolos, John Butler knows how to get an instrument playing for top performance. He has a workshop at the back of Stu’s Music Shop and is ready to consult about repair and cleanup options of all types of instruments. With almost a century of music business know-how between father and son, they can keep your copper bottom tympani thundering to make you the cream of every band. The store also contracts with a piano tuner.

Music is part of the family’s heart and soul as John Butler led the parade when he was drum major at Stillwater High School in 1952. Making a beautiful sound is important to the Butlers so they will also offer a summer cleanup for any band instrument to ensure students are the finest virtuosos. From double bell euphonians to big bassoons, they can make sure every oompah-pah rings loud and clear.

 “We can fix minor problems or do major overhauls to get student’s instrument in playing condition and ready for the school season,” Stu said.

The store features band and orchestra instruments, guitars, amps, keyboards, drums, music books and sheet music, and offers services to acquire both new and used musical instruments or accessories. Music lessons are also available. Kristin Morgan is offering private flute, clarinet and alto sax lessons. Trent Harris is instructing beginning and intermediate guitar and bass lessons. Julius Melone is teaching drums.

“We can teach any instrument,” Stuart Butler said.

Musical gift items and clothing are also featured.

Another specialty the store offers is setting up public address systems where consulting engineers analyze and plan a system custom designed to a building or room. They have worked with many churches in creating a sound for maximum quality productions.

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. If you can’t find what you want, Stu will order it for you. Contact Stu Butler at 405-589-1818 or stillystusmusic@hotmail.com for all your musical needs. View more about the shop on Facebook at Stilly Stu’s Music.