Our story begins in 1933, when Milt Mynett, who was known around town for his band and orchestra instrument expertise, decided to open his own music store. Many successful years passed for Mynett Music, first under Milt’s leadership and later under that of his son Chuck, carrying on the tradition of excellent repairs and service and providing quality rental instruments to students throughout the Northeastern Indiana region.
Our business has become what it is today through the support and generosity of our loyal customers. Take Chuck Surack, an accomplished saxophone player and local entrepreneur who has long been a customer of Mynett Music. When it looked as though Mynett Music might close in 2016, the founder of Sweetwater, the largest online music retailer in the nation, stepped in. Chuck Surack recognized our commitment to providing the best experience to our customers, and his mission to always do the right thing for our community compelled him to keep the only locally owned band and orchestra retailer running.
Since November 2016, Mynett Music has been a proud member of the Sweet Family of Companies. This partnership has allowed us to serve the local music community to the best of our ability and to support music education in the Fort Wayne area and beyond.
The staff at Mynett Music, along with our friends at Sweetwater, understand the value of music education, and we aim to ensure that all students have an opportunity to participate in school music programs. Today we serve over 60 area schools, helping out with marching band and jazz band invitationals and bringing in guest clinicians for middle school, high school, and university students. We also support programs such as b Instrumental, a local initiative to get band and orchestra instruments in the hands of more local students, and Little Kids Rock, a US charity devoted to restoring, expanding, and innovating school music programs across the country.
Brad grew up in central Indiana and graduated with a degree in music education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Brad is a French horn player and is excited to support musicians and music-makers across the state of Indiana!
Sally attended Western Michigan University and Trinity College in London. She plays French horn, piano, and organ. Sally joined Mynett Music in 1985.
Kevin recently retired from teaching after 28 years. He has a BS in music education from Ball State University and a master's degree from the University of Saint Francis. Kevin is our percussion department manager.
Terry has over 31 years of music education experience. He performs regularly with the New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Old Crown Brass Band, and several other brass ensembles in the area. Terry earned degrees from Ball State University (BME) and Bowling Green State University (master's in music).
Before coming to Mynett Jesse taught music for 12 years as a band, orchestra, percussion, and guitar instructor. He received his bachelor's of music education from Valparaiso University and his M.Mus.Ed from Boston University. Jesse studied saxophone with Stacy Maugans and loves to play guitar as well as various other woodwinds in his Irish rock band.
Pat is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and a trumpet player. He has been working at Mynett Music since 1983 and is well respected and renowned by professional musicians throughout the Fort Wayne area.
Deb is a graduate of the Red Wing band instrument repair program at Minnesota State College and an Iowa native. She has been with Mynett Music since 1991. Deb loves to work on all brass instruments, especially tubas.
Tammy is a graduate of the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University where she learned violin making, restoration, and repair. She received additional training and experience with Wetzel Violins in Evansville before setting up shop in Fort Wayne. She has a passion for violin restoration and loves to encourage young musicians to learn to care for their instruments. Tammy plays violin and cello and enjoys collecting unusual and unique instruments.
James received a BM in performance from Ball State University with a minor in jazz and commercial music. Before joining the Mynett Music team, James began his instrument repair career working at repair shops Indiana and Michigan. James has toured as a musician nationally and internationally playing saxophone, clarinet, and flute, and was also the bandleader on a Mississippi River steamboat.