Joe Blumenthal

Joe Blumenthal, owner of Downtown Sounds, has been selling musical instruments for over forty years. In his spare time, he plays electric and string bass for Klezamir (a local klezmer band), Orkestar Banitsa (a Balkan dance band), and Mando Paradiso, and tenor banjo with the Expandable Brass Band . Joe also leads our ukulele club, AEIOUkes. See Downtown Joe playing his novelty instrument, the nose flute, on YouTube!

Jim Weeks

Jim Weeks is one of the Valley’s most respected musicians and recording engineers. He has been selling instruments at Downtown Sounds since 1982, and runs his own private recording studio, Cloud Cuckoo Land. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has contributed a great deal to the local music scene. He has produced/engineered many CD’s for Ray Mason, Lonesome Brothers, Superkart, Morbid Man and many others. Check his music and art out on YouTube.

Keith Levreault

Keith Levreault is the Downtown Sounds resident drum expert and one of the busiest drummers around, doing a variety of live and studio projects. Keith teaches at Downtown Sounds four days a week. He has played with Square One, Doom Nation, Blood Oranges, Kevin Salem and Freedy Johnston. He regularly drums with Lonesome Brothers and Klezamir.

Dave Trenholm

Dave has been playing professionally in the area for over 20 years and has been a member of the bands King Radio, Free Range Cats, Soul Magnets and many others. He holds a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts. Dave teaches guitar, saxophone, flute, clarinet, bass, and ukulele. He’s been teaching at Downtown Sounds for over 10 years.

Aaron Borucki

Aaron Borucki plays bass, guitar, keyboards and drums. Outside of work, he runs his own computer-based recording studio Something Studios and performs with his groups The Smokey Wambas, The True Believers, Merene and The Trials & Tribulations.


Tom Shea

Tom Shea has over ten years of working experience at Downtown Sounds. Tom works as both luthier assistant to Owen Davidson in Downtown Lutherie, as well as one of our salespeople. A longtime presence in the Northampton music scene, Tom is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and drummer and has appeared on many recordings and performed with : Hoolapopper, Scud Mountain Boys, Ray Mason Band, Lonesome Brothers, as well as performing solo as Half Ached.