About Us

Our Mission

JC Music is a family friendly environment where a knowledgeable staff and faculty are committed to integrity and focused on providing outstanding service and education to every customer.

Our Story

JC Music, LLC has been family owned and operated in Meriden since 1988. We are a one-stop music shop, providing new and used band, orchestra & fretted instruments. We also stock amplifiers, percussion, print music and a huge selection of accessories. Our 3,000 square foot showroom has a display of woodwind and brass instruments second to none. We also have one of Connecticut’s largest selections of music books, methods and sheet music. We stock 250 different choices in guitar strings and 180 choices of drum sticks!

Instrument Rentals

At JC Music, we specialize in orchestral and band instruments. We understand your needs and we work directly with music educators throughout the state of Connecticut. We are aware of what your directors want to see in the classroom, and we can deliver your supplies right to your school! JC Music has been serving Connecticut instrumentalists for over 30 years.

We stand behind all our orchestra and band instrument rentals, and we make sure they are clean and ready to play before they leave our store. Every instrument we stock is of band and orchestra director-approved quality. We also offer a free music lesson for each first time renter! We are here to provide the best quality instruments and at an affordable price where you will walk away with a positive rental experience!

Music Lessons

JC Music offers music lessons in an inspiring, safe, fun and educational atmosphere in which to grow, regardless of age or skill level. JC Music’s 20 professional music educators are experienced teachers and performers, and they are eager to share their knowledge, skills, and talents with you. Whether your goal is to become a professional player, just learn enough to play as a hobby, or to supplement your school’s instrumental and vocal lessons, we can help you reach your potential.

At JC Music, we’ve been making musicians for almost 30 years. Our goal is to make music accessible to anyone with an interest in any musical instrument, so we provide affordable quality instruments and instruction. Each staff member at JC Music is a musician too, and there is nothing we like better than meeting and talking with other aspiring musicians. Music is a universal language that bonds people of all ages and backgrounds, and it is a powerful force that has the potential to change people’s lives and shape their personalities.

Our School Service

We have Educational Representatives visiting schools throughout Connecticut on a weekly basis. We offer a complete band and orchestra rental program with the best rates available! JC Music is now the fourth largest rental store within their rental affiliate network of over four hundred stores nationwide, with Veritas Instrument Rental. We also offer FREE school delivery.

Instrument Repairs

JC Music services all instruments from student to professional and this includes all woodwinds (including double reeds), brass, strings, fretted instruments, amplifiers, keyboards, accordions, folk instruments and much more. JC Music has been offering expert, quick and reliable repair work since 1988.

We have an in-house repair pro-shop for fast turnaround on any musical instrument, and we work with the finest technicians and luthiers in the business to provide expert repairs on all instruments.


Our consignment program has grown into one of the states largest, so we have a huge selection of used instruments to offer to our customers. No matter what instrument you’re interested in, our knowledgeable sales staff will help answer your questions. Our goal is to completely satisfy every customer. Are you looking to sell your used gear? JC Music is a great place to consign it because every customer that visits us is a musician!


“After moving from New York to Connecticut I found myself in need of a good repair shop to keep all 8 of my saxophones in mint condition. I can only say I was so lucky to have a repair shop right in my area of Meriden. I sent in one of my top saxophones that I needed for the NAMM convention of 2012, and I was amazed at the work that came from JC Music repair shop. Not only were the leaks sealed the additional tweaks done were awesome. My saxophone has never sounded this great and it was the talk of the NAMM show. After seeing the amazing repair done at JC, I now bring all my instruments here… If you need saxophone repairs done to your sax I would definitely recommend JC Music.”

Keyan Williams
Professional Jazz Saxophonist Producer/Songwriter

” My granddaughter loves JC Music! The staff is always friendly. “

Thelma Graves
Meriden, CT

“Every visit to JC Music is always an enjoyable experience. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and always friendly! Yay! “

Heidi Bagenski
Meriden, CT

On Castle Band Instruments

“When holding a Castle student or intermediate instrument, you can feel how heavy and sturdy it is. They also create darker tones and make your band sound more mature. Most other major brand student models are lightweight and produce a nasal-like sound. Castle instruments are great in all ranges! They are very well-balanced, well-constructed and I highly recommend them. I wish every student in Oxford played a Castle instrument!”

Greg Bell – Director of Bands
New Britain High School

Castle Wind Instruments

“Castle saxes are great for classical and jazz! The key setup is more like a professional instrument, even on the Castle student instruments. We recently purchased a large amount of Castle brass and woodwind instruments including a beautiful oboe. I just love the tenor sax as I’m a sax player and I even played the Castle student sax in my last performance instead of my professional Selmer.

I just love the Castle’s intonation. Their student and intermediate instruments play like professional instruments, and not like any other student level instruments from any major brand. The low and high notes are rich and have a beautiful tone. The quality metal used is great and produces a meaty thud as all the pads come seated well.”

Dan Luongo, Director of Bands
Wolcott School, West Hartford Public Schools

“I’m a flautist and I’m always looking for the high tones and low tones. These Castle flutes are heavy and have a deep, rich tone that I actually prefer to the well-known brands. All genres of music sound great on the Castles! They play like they were custom made and just produce great sounds. I’m going to purchase myself a Castle open-hole flute with gold keys and a silver body very soon!”

Jennifer Crooks, Director of Bands
Oxford High School

Castle Brass Instruments

“No school is tougher on band instruments than our band. We have to send most instruments out for repair at the end of each year, but the Castles are tanks and those are the only instruments that stay here year round! They are heavy, very well built, and just stay in good repair. I recently played a Castle 4-valve Euphonium and it had a round, dark tone which is very comparable to other very high-end instruments.”

Dr. David Kaysar – Director of Bands
New Britain High School

“The valves react more efficiently and with quicker movement while maintaining a full sound. I was seeking a more professional trumpet and after playing this Silver Castle model, I was sold! This instrument is very versatile while playing different genres!”

Tim Osborn
Oxford, CT

On Music Lessons

” My daughter has learned a lot this year and she loves her teacher. “

Kimberly Morgan
Wallingford, CT

” JC goes above and beyond with its lesson program. My daughter looks forward to lessons every week! “

Tony Sisco
Plantsville, CT

“JC Music offers a great experience with excellent instructors, friendly staff and flexible scheduling. We recommend JC Music! “

Matthew & Justin
Durham, CT

” My husband gave me saxophone lessons for my birthday and said try it for a month — I was hooked after my first lesson! “

Laurie McMillan
New Britain, CT

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