Shreveport Music changes ownership, plans expansion and remodel

Effective immediately, Shreveport Music Company has been acquired by local musicians and entrepreneurs Ken Jacobs and Jim Malsch. 

Shreveport Music is one of the oldest music stores in the country, dating back to 1910. Malsch and Jacobs have aggressive plans to make Shreveport Music a musician’s destination, attracting others from outside our area while supporting our local talent.

There will be an inventory of quality instruments, music clinics, a vintage guitar room, and an environment where musicians will want to hang out. 

“I remember coming to Shreveport Music when I was 15 years old. Now, 40 years later, I am excited to be a part of this Shreveport legacy and look forward to working with my business partner Ken Jacobs and the incredible staff to create a great experience for musicians of all calibers,” Malsch said. 

For the time being it will be business as usual with immediate plans to upgrade the technology, and develop a more robust eCommerce website to give Shreveport Music the ability to sell nationally.

“Shreveport Music has been such an important piece of the city’s music history. Our main goal is to give all musicians in our area a music store they can be truly proud of,” Jacobs said. 

Longtime employee, Starrbuck Langley, has been promoted to General Manager and will oversee the day to day operations and all other staff will remain with some converting from part to full time with benefits. 

Future plans include a brief shutdown to remodel the store including the buildout of soundproof practice rooms, a secure vintage guitar room, and a small stage for clinics.