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2018-06-13 / Arts & Entertainment

Walton Music House: 60 Years, Three Generations

By Melissa Johns


Like father, like son: the previous owner of Walton Music House, Larry Jamieson, with the present owner, his son, Nate Jamieson. 
Melissa Johns/The Reporter Like father, like son: the previous owner of Walton Music House, Larry Jamieson, with the present owner, his son, Nate Jamieson. Melissa Johns/The Reporter This month marks the sixtieth anniversary of The Walton Music House in Delaware County. Former Walton Central School band director Arthur “Art” Jamieson established the business in 1957 as a way to provide his students with the appropriate gear needed to participate in the school band.

Art originally worked out of his home with an inventory that consisted of items from a music store that had gone out of business. His shelves were full of various instruments, marching equipment, reeds and more. He was able to offer his customers amenities like instrument repairs. His stock quickly became so plentiful that he had to eventually move his store - and family - to a larger location. Through the years, the music house relocated two more times and, now, currently stands on 208 Prospect Avenue in Walton.

“My grandfather was completely self-taught on instrument repair. We do all of our stringed instrument repairs in-house,” said Art’s grandson Nathan “Nate” Jamieson, also of Walton. “My grandfather taught himself how to repair most anything on a violin or cello, and handed that knowledge down to my dad - he is teaching me. I have learned a lot but still have a lot to learn.”

In the 80s, Art’s son, Lawrence “Larry” Jamieson, took over the business. With his extensive musical background, Larry continues to teach guitar lessons at the store, sing tenor in Walton’s United Presbyterian Church choir and play bass and pedal steel guitars in local bands.

The Walton Music House is now owned by Larry’s son - Art’s grandson - Nate, who sings tenor for the church alongside his father. His love for music goes even farther than that, though, as he also teaches voice lessons in-house.

“It’s really an honor to be able to be part of a legacy like Walton Music House. Most people can only dream of the opportunity of taking over a three-generation business,” said Nate, SUNY New Paltz Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts graduate.

“I’m proud to be able to carry Walton Music House onward into the future,” said Nate.

There will be an ongoing anniversary promotion at the Walton Music House for the month of June. Although they aren’t marking clarinet reeds back down to their 1968 prices of fifty cents, they will have some of their bigger instruments on sale.

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