Fundraiser for Nina Blades

Nina Blades

A member of the Downtown Music family, Nina Blades, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on October 17, 2017. She is a wonderful and bright person who only just turned 20 years old. She has spent the weeks since her diagnosis in the hospital enduring treatments and testing.

Nina and her family are fighters,

but we want to ease their struggles where we can.

We hope that you will join with us in trying to offset some of the medical costs the family has incurred and give them a little joy this holiday season.

We will be accepting donations to benefit the family during our Music Crawl on December 1st on N Congress St in Downtown York.

We will also be selling raffle tickets for a Vantage Guitar that was generously donated by Dan and Devorah Barringer. You can purchase tickets for $5 each from our store. The proceeds will all go to benefit the family of Nina.


*There has also been a donation page set up on her behalf. You can Donate Here.

In a world where there are so many scary things, let’s bond together to make something good happen.

Downtown Music takes a field trip

At Downtown Music, we are always striving to better ourselves and to provide the most accurate and up to date knowledge that we can. Sometimes this means we even get to go on field trips.

Joe Hardin with Gregg Lange


We were lucky enough to steal away most of a Saturday with the owner of Palmetto Strings in Columbia, SC. Gregg Lange is a behind the scenes man who kept us laughing with his bigger than life persona and endless stories.

When over a phone conversation he mentioned he worked as an appraiser for the Antique’s Roadshow, we couldn’t help ourselves. He graciously took the time to appraise not one or two, but twelve of our violins. (I’m sad to report no hidden $100,000 gems.)

We enjoyed a backstage pass of sorts to his shop where he gave so much information in a short amount of time that we wonder how he holds it all up there in his head! He told us of his times brushing elbows with some music legends and his time working under violin experts.

Then we got to enjoy a truly special treat! We were taken into what Gregg calls the “Blue room” which is essentially his showroom of high quality—and high priced instruments. Joe was able to play a $350,000 violin. In case you missed that, that was $350,000. If you’d like to see the video, check out our Facebook page!


Joe also played some of the violins Gregg made himself. He puts upwards of 400 hours for each violin and his time and dedication show.

Along with these high end violins, Gregg’s store also does instrument rentals, repairs and restorations.

Gregg Lange’s apprentice working hard in the shop.

We highly recommend that anyone needed their bow restrung or are interested in purchasing a high end violin give Gregg a call. You can visit his website here at


We are always interested in exploring the local music community. If you have a place you’d like us to check out, let us know.

How to vote for Most Entertaining at the Music Crawl

We have some really awesome things happening at Downtown Music!

We are so excited about the

Music Crawl on Sat, Sept. 30th from 12PM-2PM.

We had so much fun last time, and we hope to share the event with all of you this time!

Many of our students will be lining Congress St in Downtown York to share some of the music they’ve been working hard on! You can come down and stroll through the different music and while you’re there, be sure to check out some of the shops that York has to offer.

To reward the efforts of all our participants, we are even doing a competition!

But, we need your help.


On the day of the Music Crawl, come see all of our acts in person, or watch the videos as we post them to Facebook.

Then, vote by “liking” the video of the act you found Most Entertaining.

(You can vote more than once!)

There will be prizes for the top four musicians with the most votes!

1st Place: JG-650 Guitar

2nd Place: Metronome

3rd Place: Tuner

4th Place: Music Stand

Voting will end midnight on Sunday, Oct. 1st. So be sure to get in your votes on time!

Good luck to all our participants!


If you have any questions about the Music Crawl, let us know!

No Lessons Monday 9/11

Downtown Music often relies on the judgement of the school district to determine when lessons should be closed. With all of York District 1 schools closed today due to the weather from Hurricane Irma, we have decided to also cancel lessons for today. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the safety of our students is our up most priority!

Lessons will be open tomorrow, September 12th.

Thank you all and keep safe!