ABOUT COLES MUSIC SERVICE

 

 
Coles Music Service was started in 2008 by Ed Coles, Jr. with the intention of being a repair shop only. The business rapidly expanded to a full service music store with an emphasis on School Band and Orchestras. In order to meet the rapidly growing needs of his clients, Ed sold the business to his cousins, Lauralee and Ed Houghton. Together, the family has expanded Coles Music Service to include a retail location in Sewell NJ which includes a full service Rental Program for band and Orchestra instruments. Coles Music Service opened numerous dealerships with popular brands in order to provide you with the best pricing with musical instruments, accessories, audio equipment, and sheet music.

Lauralee Houghton, Owner

Lauralee's love for music began in 4th grade upon hearing a student teacher play "Summertime" on the alto sax. She joined the school band in 5th grade where she quickly made lifelong friends.  Upon graduating Rowan University, Lauralee worked for 10 years running the family's construction business.  Having the opportunity to purchase her cousin's business, Lauralee made the leap back into the music world.  She strives everyday to make music accessible  to all those who want to play.

Russ Coleman, General Manager

 

 

Ed Coles, Head Technician/Repair Supervisor (1958-2016)

Ed attended Glassboro State College as a Music Education major and is a 1981 graduate of Eastern School of Musical Instrument Repair, studying under Fred Kirschner. He has been a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technician (NAPBIRT) since 1985. Ed has expanded and perfected his craft by attending over 250 hours of continuing education repair clinics and classes throughout the United States. He has earned a reputation as one of the top master technicians in the Delaware Valley. His clientele list is vast, including many professional musicians, including professors from local Universities. Ed oversees all repairs performed at Coles Music Service, ensuring the highest quality repairs for all of the clients. He is also a clinician, providing professional development repair courses for music educators and university students.

Peter Zimmermann, Master Repair Technician

Peter "Pete" is our Master Technician in Woodwind and Brass Repairs.  He has been with Coles Music for over 5 years, and he plays the piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, all of the saxophones, and piano.  Pete received his education in instrument repair from the Eastern School of Musical Instrument Repair under the direction of Fred Kirschner in 1981.  He actually attended at the same time as our shop's namesake, Mr. Ed Coles Jr.  Pete also has his Straubinger Flute certification.  His experience as a musician and repair technician span across 38 years.  He has repaired for small and large companies including Pearl Flutes as well as worked independently, serving many universities like Curtis Institute and other various colleges and schools.  Pete has even been a clinician for conferences held by the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians.  His favorite repair was an emergency repair for Doc Kupke, from the Tower of Power, after roadies dropped his bari sax off a truck before a show!  Pete loves the innovation and invention that goes into repair instruments as he is always looking for ways to improve instrument tools and parts.  He loves working at Coles Music with our fun and excellent team, and he loves the opportunity to have all of the tools, equipment, and parts he needs to do a great job alongside his fellow technicians.

Jeffrey Sturmfels, Repair Technician/Repair Shop Manager

Jeff is our Repair Shop Manager at Coles Music as well as a band instrument repair technician.  He specializes in brass instruments, especially low brass.  Jeff initially started playing the trumpet in 4th grade then pursued euphonium in 8th grade.  Then he moved to the tuba in 10th grade and found his "home!"  Jeff graduated from Penns Grove High School in 2010.  Post high school, he went to Minnesota State College Southeast- Red Wing, where he received his diploma in the Band Instrument Repair course that they offer.  Immediately after graduation he found his place here at Coles Music.  Jeff says that he loves Coles Music so much "because of the trust that Lauralee and Russ put in me to help alleviate some of the burden from their shoulders.  Also, the willingness from Lauralee to always allow me to further my education and techniques."  Outside of work, Jeff enjoys practicing his tuba as well as taking lessons every week from Harry Salotti. 

Jacqueline Pastore, Woodwind Repair Technician

Jacqueline, or Jacqui, is our Woodwind Technician at Coles Music.  She has been with us for four years so far and specializes in flutes.  Her education is vast.  Jacqui started her education in the field at The College of New Jersey and then went on to Minnesota State College Southeast Tech at Red Wing where she graduated in 2015.  She has continued her education since then, receiving a certificate in bassoon repair from NAPBIRT University.  Jacqui is a great part of our team!  She says that Coles is "by far the best shop to work for in the state, if not further...beautiful space, great tools, understanding management, (and) fun atmosphere."  Some of Jacqui's hobbies outside of instrument repair include playing the flute in the Tri-County Symphonic Band and the South Jersey Flute Choir, listening to podcasts, and playing video games.

Frank Saam, String Instrument Repair Technician

Frank Saam is our String Instrument Technician.  An exceptional violin maker, Frank began to study the art of violin making as a child.  He worked at the House of Primavera until he was 18.  He moved to Belgium to work as a restorer for a year, and then decided to apply for the tip violin making school in the world--The International School of Violin Marking in Cremona, Italy.  After obtaining his diploma in 1992, he moved to Magnolia, New Jersey where he opened his own workshop.  Frank also works with Taylor's Music and has been there since 1996.  Some of Frank Saam's instruments are played in the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, and beyond.

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