A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Lee comes to us with an extensive background in wholesale and retail musical accessories and instruments, which gives him a wide range of knowledge of the gear available throughout the industry. Training in art mold making and design drafting taught Lee to give his special attention to detail. Lee not only works in the shop, but is our educational representative to many schools in the area. As a professional musician, Lee has on stage experience as a drummer and percussionist and he understands the vigor of frequent performing. With a lifetime in the music business, his main goal is to connect his customers with what they want and need. In his spare time, Lee enjoys spending time with his wife, Rhonda and his college age children . He also spends time performing, touring and recording with local and regional bands.
A graduate of Appalachian State University, Rhonda has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industries with a concentration in Wind Instrument Studies and a minor in Industrial Technologies. This was concluded with an apprenticeship at Duncan Music Company where she worked for several years following college. With 27 years of experience as a band instrument technician, she sees her craft as part mechanics and science, and part art. She is meticulous and exacting, which results in premium quality and guaranteed repairs and excellent customer service. In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys spending time with our resident mascot dog, Daisy, whom she calls her "white shadow", spending time with her grown children and her husband, Lee. She also enjoys playing both "Legit and Jazz Saxophones" in several groups around the community.
Stone Cottage Band Instrument Shoppe was established in 2001 in a 100 year old cottage on South Main Street in Waynesville, NC. As well as providing some orchestra and percussion instruments, they specialize in woodwind and brass instruments, providing service for area schools, universities and select music stores. They believe in old fashioned, personal, friendly service. They strive to improve the musical experience of student, hobbyist and professional musicians with quality products and professional repair services.