- 0 Items
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.

Ed Coles, Head Technician/Repair Supervisor

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.

Joe Midiri, Education Representative

Joe Midiri is an instrumentalist on the clarinet, alto, baritone and soprano saxophones. Not only featured as a classical soloist in several orchestra performances, he is also the leader of the Midiri Brothers Orchestra which travels across the country to perform sold-out shows. Joe is delighted to be an education representative at Coles Music Service. He enjoys helping teachers with different techniques that he has mastered throughout the years.

Eric Apelt, Education Representative

Eric is happy to be with Coles Music Service. As a former band director, he understands the challenges of a music teacher. With over 5 years experience as a School Education Rep. he has a vast knowledge of the products that every teacher is looking for. Whether its Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble or even a General Music class he can find the Instrument, Accessory, or Music you are looking for. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife Jomarie and 2 children Ava & Evan. Outside of Coles Music you can find him Performing in many of the Casinos, Clubs and Venues around the Philadelphia and Atlantic City Areas.