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Ken Stanton Music History

Founded in 1949 by Kenneth E. Stanton, Sr., Ken Stanton Music has become the largest independent music retailer in the Southeast.

It all began with Mr. Stanton’s desire to bring music education to Cobb County schools. In 1949 there were only six schools in Cobb County. Mr. Stanton met with the Superintendent of Schools, Paul Sprayberry, and presented his plan to begin a music program in each of these schools. Mr. Stanton’s approach was to provide instruction and the instruments at a cost of one dollar per student – all the School Board had to do was agree to hire instructors that would eventually replace Mr. Stanton as full time Music Directors. One-by-one, Mr. Stanton started music programs and one-by-one Music Directors were hired to take his place. Eventually Mr. Stanton was able to focus his full-time attention on his retail store.

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The Ken Stanton Music philosophy is deeply rooted in the love of music and what that can bring to a child, a school, and a community. Over time, with Kenneth E. Stanton, Jr. at the helm, the company has expanded its scope beyond the traditional school band or orchestra instruments to include guitars, drums, keyboards, professional audio and digital recording equipment making Ken Stanton Music truly a full service music store.

The very first Ken Stanton Music opened on July 1, 1949 in a 10’x20’ space at the back of Hodge’s drug store in Marietta Square. Today Ken Stanton Music has five locations:

  • Marietta Superstore: 119 Cobb Parkway North
  • Alpharetta Superstore: 6010 North Point Parkway
  • Stone Mountain Superstore: 5236 Stone Mountain Highway (Hwy 78)
  • West Cobb: 3636 Dallas Highway
  • Woodstock: 1150 Parkside Lane
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We offer a huge selection of instruments for every experience level, very competitive prices and customer service that strives to make every Ken Stanton Music experience personal and rewarding.



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