Ted Brown Music expands with purchase of Seattle’s Capital Music Center

It’s not every day that the music world sees a marriage between an 83-year-old and a 95-year-old, and it’s not every year that a Tacoma icon takes on a well-known Seattle native.

Ted Brown Music, born 83 years ago in Tacoma, announced Monday that it has purchased Capitol Music Center, a circa-1919 Seattle music store located in the University District.

Known for having the largest selection of sheet music in Seattle, the small store also rents band and orchestra instruments. Ted Brown stock will supplement the number of instruments offered for rent.

“They were in the market looking to sell,” said Ted Brown vice president and co-owner Stephanie Howe on Monday.

“They have good brand recognition, especially when it comes to sheet music,” she said.

All staff at the Seattle store will be retained following the sale.

The sale price was not publicly released.

The new store joins Ted Brown Music’s flagship Tacoma store, as well as other locations in Puyallup, Silverdale, Yakima and Richland. This is the company’s first entry into a “large potential market in the middle of Seattle,” according to a company release. This is also Brown’s first acquisition, with other growth coming organically, said Anthony Myers, marketing manager.

Ted Brown Music recently received the SupportMusic Advocacy Award from the National Association of Music Merchants, and the company has also been recognized as a NAMM Top 100 Retailer.