Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rockley Music Center



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1946 Original location at Colfax and Wadsworth. When Melvin and Mildred Rockley began the business it sold some
print music, washers and dryers and other
appliances, record players, and band and
orchestral instruments.


1950s Rockley Music moved to current
location at Colfax and Dover.

Melvin and Mildred designed and built the
new location themselves with the help of
one of their friends. The washers and dryers
left in the late 50's and were replaced by
the booming record industry.


1960s Melvin's son Bob and his wife Nina
join the business.
Bob created the guitar
department out of his love for the guitar and
to capitalize on the growing guitar industry
brought on by the music of the time.


1970s Nina creates Rockley Music's
Print Music legacy.
The diminishing
record industry leads the way to the
expansion of the print music department.
New teaching studios were created in
the store to encourage the learning of
musical instruments.


1980s Bob and Nina's children - Tobin
and Robin joined the family business.

Teaching Studios relocate and expand
behind the store to the Dover building.
Melvin and Mildred retire.


1990s Rockley Music celebrated 50 years
in business.
The adjacent Copper Kitchen
restaurant was purchased in 1993 and the
store doubled in size. The Technology
department and the Piano department were
created. Liane, Tobin's wife, joined the
business. Melvin, the store's founder,
passed away.


2000s We move everything in the store
but Pro Audio.
The remodel in 2003 moved
everything in the store and opened up the
beautiful Piano Showroom. The Bechstein
stage was built to provide space for recitals,
workshops and community events.
Mildred, Melvin's wife, passed away.
Robin leaves to start his own music
distribution business. Tobin creates the
Rockley Family Foundation to bring musical
instruments and scholarship monies to
schools in need.


2010 Rockley Music enters the online
retail market (rockleymusic.com).
Bob and Nina retire.
Rockley Music and the Rockley Family
Foundation continue to serve Colorado's
musical community.

2012 Still Rockin' on West Colfax Avenue! Come by the store and see all the great things they have to offer musicians of all skill levels.






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