We are Northampton’s one-stop music shop, founded in 1976 and worker-owned since 2019. We’re proud to support a growing and changing community of musicians here in the Valley! Downtown Sounds sells top brands of instruments, such as guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, drums, ukuleles, PA & recording equipment, brass and woodwind instruments, and so much more! Our Music School offers online lessons with some of the best musicians in the Pioneer Valley.
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Contact & Hours
Meet The Worker-Owners
Guitar Repair, Sales
Tom Shea heads the guitar repair department at our co-op, along with luthier Zach Muffoletto. As a musician, Tom has appeared on many recordings and performed with: Hoolapopper, Scud Mountain Boys, Ray Mason Band, Lonesome Brothers, as well as performing solo.
Accounts, Billing, Sales
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 plays bass, guitar, keyboards and drums. First hired by Downtown Sounds in 2004 he has over 16 years of music retail experience. Aaron has been offering professional recording services since 2007 under the name Something Studios. You may know Aaron from doing live sound around the valley since 2012 and from the bands The Smokey Wambas, Sue, Trials and Tribulations, The Summit, NW Angle among many others. He currently writes, plays and sings in his group Behold! True Believers. Aaron is a lifelong fan of Marvel Comics, Star Trek and Nintendo.
Sales, Reverb, Admin
Jason Carpenter conducts merchandise ordering, inventory management, and manages reverb sales. A timber frame carpenter for 15 years, Jason also plays piano and guitar, and first started working for Downtown Sounds in 2018 providing guitar repairs. He believes that with the right group of people working together, the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.
Our Awesome Staff
Sales, Reverb, Admin
Mike has been a salesman at Downtown Sounds since 2007. Primarily a drummer since the age of 11, he has recorded with artists in every genre, toured the country, and taught students at all proficiency levels. He has also spent the last five years working in real estate brokerage, specializing in commercial site selection, market research, and brand growth. He is a firm believer in the co-op model, that organizations grow and thrive when decisions are formulated and executed by the people that do the work.
Music School, Marketing, Outreach
Madeline has worked for Downtown Sounds since 2017 in retail sales and now works as the Director of the Music School. A lifelong Pioneer Valley resident, she first began piano lessons at age six. She is a graduate of Greenfield Community College, where she studied business and marketing. When she’s not working at Downtown Sounds scheduling music lessons, Madeline performs in the classic country band, Rosie Porter & the Neon Moons, with fellow Downtown Sounds employees Mike Benoit, Tom LeBeau, and instructor Doug Beaumier.
Keith Levreault has been a highly sought after drum instructor at Downtown Sounds for over 20 years. Keith has over thirty years of playing experience, and is well-versed in many drumming styles including rock, jazz and Latin. Some of the national and local artists Keith has played and recorded with include Kevin Salem, Blood Oranges, Freedy Johnston, ‘Til Tuesday guitarist Robert Holmes, The Lonesome Brothers and Klezamir. Keith has a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Westfield State University.
Sales, Assistant Guitar Repair
Adam started working at Downtown Sounds in 2019. Since he was five, he’s been making music, whether it be on his own, or with friends and other musicians. As he got older and his perfectionism got more intense, he wanted to have full control of the music he created. After learning more and more about the recording process, Adam now records, mixes, and masters his own tracks. Adam released my first solo EP “Sold to Creativity” on October 24th of 2018, and hasn’t stopped releasing music since.
Downtown Sounds’ most recent hire is Tom LeBeau from East Brookfield. Tom works as a retail salesperson, utilizing his wealth of musical knowledge to assist customers. He also teaches guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and drums at Valley View School in North Brookfield. A lifelong musician, Tom LeBeau also produces his own music in his home studio, and plays lead guitar in the band Rosie Porter and the Neon Moons.
Kim is a Cambodian born, American raised musician and photographer studying at Hampshire College. She grew up writing songs at the Institute for the Musical Arts, and sings, plays guitar, bass, and drums. You can find her playing in the bands Blackwater Flood and ZoKi, or photographing live music and events across the Pioneer Valley. Her most notable achievements include singing with Lake Street Dive at the Newport Folk Festival, winning the Marlboro College MacArthur Prize, and working as a Marketing Specialist for Double Edge Theatre. kim-chin-gibbons.com
Downtown Sounds History
Downtown Sounds was founded by Joe Blumenthal in 1976 in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Here’s a brief look at the store’s first five decades.