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B&G Music History


Bud and Jenny Leresch open B&G Music in 1962 on East Main Street in Belleville, IL, just across the river from St. Louis.


Bud had worked for a large music dealer in Belleville and like many of us wanted to own his own store.  His desire in having his own store was not to be the largest dealer in the country but to serve the music and musical instruments needs of Belleville through sales, service and teaching.


His store was always noted for having just about what ever anyone would need and if He didn’t have it the customer probably didn’t need it anyway.   However if it was really needed Bud could usually come up with it, which made his customers very happy and kept his business growing.  They moved the store to a larger building on west main in Belleville in 1964.


Bud and Jenny decided to retire in 1980 and sold the business to Ken Fette in the spring of 1980.  Ken and his brother owned a very large music store chain in the St. Louis area which they started in 1964.  Ken decided to move on and was delighted to find such a well run and stock store available for sale.


Ken’s philosophy of a music store was the same as Bud and Jenny’s.  He had taught piano for many years and had helped his brother establish one of the largest chain of music stores in the St. Louis area with sales of all types of musical instruments and accessories.


It didn’t take long for B&G Music to again out grow their building and in 1985 Ken moved the business back to East Main only a few doors from where it started.  It remains at that location today and is the most respected and longest operational music store in the Belleville area.


If you are in the Belleville, St. Louis area it will be a treat for you to visit the store.  The staff is always interested in meeting new people and serving their needs.  If you have any needs for a musical product call or send an email and we will enjoy the opportunity to serve you.

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