Beth is the daughter of the founders of Kidder Music Service and has officially been with the company since 1987. Growing up, she played the clarinet, piano, and took voice lessons. She attended Dunlap High School and has her Bachelors in Music Business from Bradley University. Beth is now happily married to husband, Jay, has a step son, Bobby, and two kitties, Bill and Izzie.
Professionally, Beth served on the NAMM Board of Directors and was the president of NAYMM from 1998-2000. She is involved with industry associations and groups such as NASMD, NAMM, AMC and their projects to promote the benefits of making music. She enjoys singing with the Morton Civic Chorus and performing their Encore show each year. Beth oversees the Sterling and Bloomington stores, purchases inventory and instruments, controls the inventory, and manages personnel.
Ede is also a founder of Kidder Music Service and has been with the company for over 30 years. She plays the piano, organ, and saxophone. Ede received her Bachelors in Spanish and her Masters in English at the University of Illinois. Ede supervises all accounting functions within the company.
Jim is the founder of Kidder Music Service and has been with the company for over 30 years. He received his Bachelors in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Masters in Education Administration from Bradley University. Jim is a past board member of National Association of Music Merchants, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, National Association of School Music Dealers, Central Illinois Youth Symphony, and served as president of the National Association of School Music Dealers.
Peoria Store & Business Office
Carl has been with the company since 1987. Carl is a well known trombone player throughout the community. He received his Bachelors in Business Finance from Bradley University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Carl is the Peoria store manager, handles accessory purchasing, training and education, and credit management and collections.
In addition to his duties at Kidder, Carl also teaches the music business program at Bradley University. He is an active free-lance musician performing with the Prairie Wind Ensemble, Peoria Municipal Band, and many other groups. He is the leader of the Carl Anderson New Orleans Band and co-leader of the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra.
Angela has been with Kidder Music since 2002. She plays flute, piccolo and piano and received her Bachelors in Music Education and Performance from Bradley University. Angela taught high school band and choir for 3 years at Putnam County High School. She is currently teaching private flute lessons and performs with various area ensembles, including the Peoria Municipal Band.
Phil has been with Kidder Music since 2011. He plays trumpet and received his Bachelors in Music Business from Southern Illinois University. While at SIUC, he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, the Studio Jazz Orchestra, and the Marching Salukis. He is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and served as the SIUC School of Music’s Recital Hall Manager. He and his wife, Katlin, were recently married in April of 2012.
Phil teaches trumpet students on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Brian Spicklemire hails from Terre Haute, Indiana. He graduated from Bradley University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business and Bachelor of Music in Composition and recently completed his Masters of Music in Composition at Butler University. An active percussionist and drum set player, Brian studied percussion with Peggy Bonner at Bradley where he played drum set with Bradley Jazz Ensemble, and his playing can be heard on their 2007 CD: “Swing, Swing, Swing with the Bradley Jazz Ensemble.” While at Bradley, he also played with the Jazz Combo and Percussion Ensemble, writing and arranging pieces for each group. While at Butler, Brian played with the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, and Composer’s Orchestra, and studied percussion with Craig Hetrick and Jon Crabiel.
In his free time away from music, Brian enjoys camping, watching sports, arguing about sports, astronomy, defending Nicholas Cage’s movie record, (most notably “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets,”) reading Malcolm Gladwell books, and of course, spending time with family and friends.
Wayne began in the music department at Kidder Music in Peoria in May of 2009, but began teaching private lessons in 2007. Wayne has over 25 years teaching and conducting experience in both instrumental and choral music, and is currently the director of Grace Symphonic Winds at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.
Wayne is a clarinetist, and is a sub with the Peoria Municipal Band. He can teach a variety of instruments at the beginning level; however, he can teach advanced clarinet. He lives in Peoria with his wife and two daughters.
Wayne teaches on Tuesday evenings. Please call 309-692-4040 for specific availability.
Lauren Smagacz started at Kidder Music in 2012. She is a vocalist who received her Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Bradley University, where she participated in the Women’s Choir, Voce Femine, Bradley Chorale and Chamber Singers, and the Community Choir. Lauren was also involved in the women’s music fraternity – Sigma Alpha Iota – while at Bradley. She is still an active vocalist in the community, participating in such ensembles such as the Bradley University Community Choir and Peoria Bach Festival.
Greg King came to Kidder Music in January of 1988. He graduated from Illinois Central College with a Associates in Arts Degree. He continued his education at Northern Illinois University by completing his Bachelor’s in the spring of 1983. He is a percussionist by trade. He has been the drumline instructor at Dunlap High School for the past four years. He is currently a member of one of the worship teams at Richwoods Christian Church in Peoria, playing drums and occasionally as a guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist. He has been married for 24 years to his wife Donna and has two children, Connor and Makenzie. He bases his success at Kidder Music on developing long standing relationships with his customers and providing them with the best service possible.
Doug Stewart is a new hire to Kidder Music. He is a graduate of Bradley University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Music Business while also taking numerous Music Education classes. In his spare time, Doug enjoys playing the saxophone with multiple groups around the greater Peoria area and playing golf. With his sister being a local band director, you could say he has Music Education in his blood. Doug looks forward to developing relationships with directors all across Illinois and helping them with all of their music program’s needs.
Dan recently retired from the Illinois Valley Central School District where he served as Director of Bands for 30 years. While at IVC, the band program grew to be recognized as one of the top all-round programs in the state. The Marching Grey Ghosts brought home 12 State Championship Trophies and made numerous Bowl appearances, the Jazz Band was a top finisher at major jazz festivals and the Wind Ensemble received only superior ratings at the state contest.
Dan is still active as a drill writer, clinician, judge and guest conductor. Since retiring he has started to teach privately. He is also the stage manager for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Dan is an active trombonist in the area performing with the Prairie Wind Ensemble, Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, Central Illinois Brass Band and the River Valley Brass Quintet
As string tech at Kidder Music, Dan has been able to combine his two favorite hobbies: music and woodworking. Dan has attended workshops at NAPBIRT and has consulted with area string teachers in order to gain further knowledge in this area and better serve our customers
Dan is married to Christine Vandre, another area musician and director. They have two grown children, Abby and Alex
Aaron returned to Kidder Music Service in 2003, repairing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. He is a percussionist and currently is the head drum instructor for Illinois Valley Central High School marching band. Aaron received his Associates degree from Midstate College in Computer and Information Science. Aaron has four children: Ajay, Jaydn, Dylon, and Loygn.
Doug is no stranger to many local music students. Doug developed an interest in music as a trumpet player in band. After 8 years in the Air Force, he began to give back time and effort to local marching bands, and has done so for 18 years. He’s served as the drumline instructor for Limestone and has worked the IVC summer band camp. In addition, he has also assisted the band program at Mossville. Doug is married and has two children.
Eric is the IT manager for Kidder Music, and supervises all internal network and computer processes for all three stores.
Returning to Kidder Music in 2009, JoEllen currently handles the accounts receivable. She resides in Peoria with her husband.
Cody started with Kidder Music in 2012. He is responsible for shipping and receiving sheet music orders for all three locations. In addition, he also teaches private trumpet lessons. Cody is an accomplished player with a music business degree from Bradley University, and spent time as a paid performer on a cruise line.
Cody teaches on Friday afternoons. Please call 309-692-4040 for specific availability.
Darin started with Kidder Music Service 2001. He is a percussionist, with an emphasis on drum set. Darin received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Eureka College. Contact Darin for questions in sales, lessons, and special orders with accessories.
Jamie started working for Kidder in 2013. He is a vocalist who also plays trombone, tuba, and trumpet. He received his B.A. in Music Education from Carthage College in 2008. While at Carthage, he sang in the Carthage Choir, Carthage Chapel Choir, and Lincoln Chamber Singers; and he played in the Carthage Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, and Ceremonial Band. He is a proud alumnus of Lambda Kappa Music Fraternity. He directs the adult choir at First Presbyterian Church in Fairbury. Jamie has been in, directed, and/or been the sound engineer for musical theatre productions in Racine, WI, Gibson City, Pontiac, and St. John’s Lutheran Church outside Anchor, IL.
Colin received Certification in 2012 from Sauk Valley College and is working on his fine arts degree. In 2010 and 2012 Colin received the ‘Dorothy Engel Music Award’. He is a professional Drummer and Bassist and dabbles in guitar. You can find him gigging in a local Church most weekends. Colin gives private lessons in Drums and Bass. Colin enjoys sipping some great java with friends.
Terry has been with Kidder Music Service since 1994. He plays the guitar.
Contact Terry for questions regarding sales, guitar/amp repair, and sound installation.