Springfield, MO 65806
(417) 862-3573
Contact: Norton, Cheri
Business Description: “If someone wrote a song about Springfield’s music history, the name Hoover would be somewhere in the lyrics.” From the Springfield News Leader, article dated 17 AUG 1995, titled Hoover Music in Tune with Community. Hoover Music Company was established in 1912 by Herbert Lee (H. L.) Hoover and is still under the proprietorship of the same family four generations later! H.L. Hoover was the first person to graduate from Drury College with a bachelor's degree in piano performance. After graduation, H.L. Hoover started Little Hoover's Big Band, which entertained Southwest Missouri for over twenty years. He also directed the Shriner's Band, the Drury Band, and, in 1912, started Hoover’s Music on McDaniel Street. Hoover’s Music sold band and orchestra instruments, guitars, and provided music lessons out of the McDaniel store for 25 years before they moved to South Avenue, where Systematic Savings and Loan is located today. The move to South Street, a prime location for any business on the booming city square, gave Hoover’s Music large window displays, a larger space to operate, and plenty of foot traffic. They added victrolas and radios to their inventory through RCA. That is why Hoover Music Company has one of the original promotional Nipper RCA dogs in the store. Hoover Music Company sold the first acoustic and first electric guitar in Southwest Missouri, and also sold the late Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner his first guitar. In 1941, H.L. Hoover passed away and his son, Paul Hoover, took over Hoover’s Music. Shortly after Paul took over the store, there was a nation wide brass shortage toward the end of World War II, and even more so during the Korean War. Since the majority of band instruments are made with brass, Paul had to make changes to survive. He changed the name of his decades-old business to Hoover’s Music and Books, and sold greeting cards, records, appliances, electronics and stringed instruments to make up for the lack of brass instruments available at the time. As soon as the brass shortage was over, Paul bought the first school service vehicle, a 1948-1950 Chevy Panel Van and trailer. He introduced the delivery and repair pick-up system for schools in Southwest Missouri. In the 1950s, Springfield became a mecca for country music, with the top ranked show, Ozark Jubilee, filmed just one street over from the store. The show starred such greats as Porter Wagoner and Brenda Lee. In 1967, Paul Hoover did three major things to turn Hoover Music Company into the store it is today. He incorporated the 55 year old family business, changed the name to Hoover Music Company Incorporated, and moved the business to the current location at 440 S. Jefferson Ave. The grand opening of the new store was huge news all over the country. The Springfield papers did several stories on the move, and owners and CEO’s of all the major music companies and manufacturers in the United States wrote Paul congratulatory letters to mark the occasion. People lined Jefferson Street on opening day. Paul Hoover turned Hoover Music Company into the largest Lowery Piano dealer in the United States. He did this, in-part, by offering a new and exciting way to pay for musical instruments. Paul Hoover introduced the rent-to-own program to Southwest Missouri in the 1950s. The plan allowed students to learn a musical instrument without a huge up-front investment or monetary commitment. Soon after offering this plan on pianos, Paul realized the plan would also work for band and orchestra instruments. Thus, a new method of getting instruments into the hands of beginners was born. Now, almost everyone who begins band or orchestra does so using a payment plan similar to the one started at Hoover Music Company all those years ago. Although, none are identical to the interest-free actual rent-to-own plan offered at Hoover Music Company. “We started it; We perfected it.” In 1978, Paul relinquished his duties at Hoover Music Company to his sons Kenneth and James Hoover. Jim is a clarinetist who spent time in the National Guard Band, and has spent his entire life at Hoover Music Company. Kenny was a pianist, and was in the Marines for a time. Kenny passed away in January of 1999. In the late ‘70s through the ‘90s, Hoover Music Company faced two major challenges. The downtown area became somewhat of a “ghost town” with the development of the Battlefield Mall and the city-wide push to drive business to the newest retail investment, and “big box stores” and national chain Stores moved into the Springfield area. Hoover Music Company was one of the very few retail stores to remain in the downtown area and survive. Sacrifices had to be made, so Jim cut back on school service routes and the number of employees to focus on in-house service, repairs and the lesson program. When Brian Hoover took over the business in 2000, we brought many of those programs back!
In Business Since: 1912
Service Area: Southwest Missouri. Northern Arkansas.
On Angie's List Since: 8/4/2010
Warranties: True
Free Estimates: Yes
Office Hours: Mon 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM, Tue 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM, Wed 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM, Thu 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM, Fri 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM, Sat 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM .
Excluded Services: Sound equipment rentals.
Licensed: Yes, I am appropriately licensed for my trade.
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