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The Music Treasures Story

Mr. Wade Arledge, a prominent music teacher and bandleader in Richmond VA founded music Treasures Co. in 1968. Wade, a true entrepreneur, left the excitement and challenges of teaching with the thought of using fund raising as a vehicle to launch a new business venture. Eventually Wade developed many sources for musically inspired gifts and, within five years, managed to accumulate seven hundred low cost gifts. These were published on B&W sale sheets and sent directly to band directors and music teachers. Wade traveled the US promoting his wares at the local and state music conferences and soon was able to publish the first full-color Music Treasures catalog for national distribution.

Growing businesses have significant cash demands and require different personnel as they mature. In 1991, Wade sold the business to the current owner Daniel Tuszynski Jr. Dan, a former General Electric Co. business executive and previous trumpet player, with marketing and business skills was poised for the challenge. Dan successfully embraced digital technology in publishing and distributing the catalog that grew from 24 to 148 pages over the last 15 years. He also upgraded information services, reorganized the product line of over 5000 items, and, in 1996, relocated the company’s distribution center to a new modern facility. A new music and dance internet endeavor was launched in 2005 allowing on-line shopping capability for both Music Treasures’ retail customers and it’s wholesale distribution network of close to 1500 stores world-wide. Music Treasures Co and its several hundred-business partner now offer an extensive line of both products and services unmatched by the competition.

Music Treasures Co., America’s Music and Dance Resource Center, is truly a one-stop shop for the music & dance educator, music lover, professional musician, dance or music retailer and student. We shop world wide to provide our customers with unique products not commonly available in your local market. Many of the products are exclusive as we team with manufactures and artisans to provide you with unique products at affordable prices. We introduce 400-800 new products a year; offer free catalogs to support your local music or dance programs; offer many special personalized services; give generous discounts for quantity purchases; have custom imprint programs; offer fund raising programs; and actually respond to questions online, in writing or on the phone. Our product line offering is too long to list, and we work daily to make the list even longer. We invite you to shop with us and explore the world of music treasures!

New Product Annoucement

We just received new silicone bracelets in a variety of colors , imprinted with music symbols. The 2.25″ dia band is made of surgical rubber , is washable and expands to accommodate  most wrists. Another new variation of the product is a really cool Glow-in-the-Dark that turns a florescent lime green color when you move into a dark room or wear it at night. This new product is imprinted with a black music score . The bracelets can be purchased individually or in a bulk pack to save a little $$$$.

Free Music Gift Catalog

Free Music Gift Catalog is now available with every new order.  Historically we sent a catalog upon request but we started tracking orders relative to catalog requester .  We sent  5000 catalogs at a cost of $2.00 and received no orders! We are not sure why people requested catalogs with no intention of placing an order but we do not offer that service anymore. We do publish an electronic version of the catalog on line that can be down loaded, we offer a free catalog with your order or if you insist on a mailed catalog there is a $2.00 charge to cover the cost of shipping and handling.

Teachers may request free catalogs they intend to hand out to students or use as a give away at a convention . We pay for the shipping and offer the catalogs free of charge.

Ring my Chinese Gong!

When you visit Music Treasures, our lobby has an authentic Chinese Gong that you can ring to let us know you are here.  The gong will get our attention and we can show you our warehouse and clearance sections.

What does Star Trek have to do with our Kazoos?

William Shatner, the legendary actor, world famous for his role as the star ship commander on the enterprise recently stared on Boston Legal an ABC TV episode. Bill’s character portrayed him as quite the ladies man…while at least he thought so! He celebrated his many conquests throughout the show with a fanfare from our vintage metal trombone kazoo. While this might not be the inspiration that a music teacher may embrace for her students it is just yet another example of the many fun and creative uses that our customers have for this famous instrument.

Music Treasures Co, one of the world’s largest Kazoo suppliers features a huge product selection of kazoo designs at a variety of price points for both institutions and party people. Bill’s unintended promotion of our vintage metal trombone kazoo created such an interest we sold out in a week! This continues to be one of our all time favorite’s designs.

The kazoo is an inexpensive whistle-like instrument that players produce a sound by humming into the kazoo body. The players creative hum pitch is transferred into the kazoo resonator that allows an internal diaphragm to vibrate that produces the sound. Since the kazoo has no orifice blowing into the instrument produces no sound. If you can hum you can play the kazoo!

Music Teachers find this a perfect product to introduce youngsters to music in rhythm band exercises. You can find a variety of Kazoos and other instructional products at Music Treasures Co. America’s Music & dance Headquarters.

An Unusual Gift for a Musician

Music Treasures Co. specializes in handcrafted, functional and artistically-designed musical instrument lamps. The result is impressive, attention-grabbing, conversation pieces that never go out of style.  Whether it’s the class of brass, the understated beauty of wood, or the wild look of an electric guitar, Music Treasures Company handcrafts one-of-a-kind unique lighting fixtures in harmony with your needs. The instruments are made from real instruments adapted into a floor or table lamp that fits any décor.

Last year an editor from the New York Times discovered our Saxophone table lamp and requested permission to feature this unique product as an example of unusual Christmas gifts in the newspaper. The article resulted in an unprecedented surge orders for the lamp that keep our elves busy way beyond the Christmas holidays.

Our on-line store features a trumpet, flute, clarinet, violin and sax lamp that is usually in stock. Our stock availability is limited to our constant search form instruments manufacturers that can supply us with visually acceptable but otherwise unsalable instruments that can be modified for use as a lamp.

We also can convert retired instruments that may be unplayable into a personal musical treasure that can be once again enjoyed with fond memories. If you have an old instrument in the attic from Grandpa Joe and want to preserve it contact the Music Treasures Company for a quote. 800-666-7565

If you looking for an unusual gift visit Music Treasures Co at but don’t wait until the last minute because some of the unique treasures are in limited supply!