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A Little History...


Quinlan & Fabish Music Company was founded in 1959 by George Quinlan, Sr. and his business partner, Tom Fabish. Both Mr. Quinlan and Dr. Fabish were music educators at DePaul University who felt a responsibility to provide the best products and the most reliable service available to the community. Their idea to help Chicagoland area schools build music programs, help young music teachers find educational opportunities, and put high quality instruments into students' hands led to the foundation of a family music store on the south side of Chicago. As music programs continued to grow and expanded into the suburbs, so did Quinlan and Fabish. Since then, a dedicated focus on quality and service has continued to set this family company apart from competitors.  George Quinlan, Jr. joined the company in 1979 and serves as our President and CEO today.  Our Founder George Quinlan, Sr., held steadfastly to his philosophy through the years as he continued to guide our company until 2013.

In 1988, Quinlan & Fabish added a suburban showroom in Willowbrook, IL. with a new repair shop nearby.  Prompted by sizable growth, the company purchased its original headquarters in Burr Ridge a few years later in 1994.  Dubbed "The Directors' Store" because of the large number of Band & Orchestra directors who frequently visited the showroom, this location continued to serve as the hub for Quinlan & Fabish until 2011 with the opening of our current 50,000+ sq.ft. Burr Ridge location.  This site boasts our company's largest Customer Service Department and serves as base of operations for our school service operations. Additionally, this location offers large selections of student and step-up band and orchestra instruments, musical supplies, print music, lessons and gifts.

Quinlan & Fabish added a Northwest Suburban location in 2001. This location was designed to provide area customers with the same quality service to which they had become accustomed in our Burr Ridge showroom. To further expand upon Quinlan and Fabish's level of service, this new location offered private lessons for area students in eight state-of-the-art teaching modules. This store proved to be such a success that it too needed to move in the summer of 2006 to its current location, 621 North Main Street in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. The move allowed us to expand our repair services and provide a more comfortable environment for lesson students. Our Mt. Prospect location boasts a complete inventory of instruments, music, accessories, onsite repair personnel, a band instrument showroom, and a string instrument showroom/group instruction classroom.

We grew again in September 2002 when we added another location at 291 Montgomery Road in Montgomery, Illinois. Serving our Fox Valley area customers, this addition also has a full complement of rental and professional instruments, supplies, accessories, lessons, and musical gifts. The size of this location was doubled in 2013.

In the summer of 2003, we joined forces with Paxton Music in Valparaiso, Indiana, in order to better serve our customers in Northwest Indiana. Located at 2601 Cumberland Drive in Valparaiso, Indiana, our Northwest Indiana store offers a full selection of everything our customers have come to expect including band and orchestra instruments, music supplies and gifts, plus full repair facilities and private music instruction.

In 2009 we experienced our largest expansion yet as we added new locations in Indiana and Michigan when we partnered with Blessing Music Company.  The locations: 130 W Edison Road Mishawaka, Indiana, 3678 Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and 5719 St. Joseph Avenue in Stevensville, Michigan have helped us to bring our signature service to schools and students throughout a larger portion of the Midwest.  We look forward to working with our new customers in Indiana and Michigan as we combine our strengths with those of our colleagues from Blessing to make Quinlan & Fabish an even better resource for quality school music service!

Through the years, Quinlan & Fabish has sponsored numerous workshops, clinics, and educational events for Chicagoland band and orchestra directors, students, and student teachers. Artists like Doc Severinsen, the Canadian Brass, Julian Bliss, John Hagstrom, Ernie Watts, Ed Shaughnessy, Jay Friedman, the Dallas Brass and Charles Vernon; composers such as James Ployhar, Quincy Hilliard, John O'Reilly, Sandra Dackow, and Robert Sheldon; and educators John Paynter, James Kjelland, Dr. Charles Menghini, Bruce Pearson, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Bob Phillips, Dr. Peter Boonshaft, and Sandy Feldstein have teamed with Quinlan & Fabish to help further Music Education throughout the Midwest. 

As a Trusted Partner in Music Education since 1959, we have helped make participating in band and orchestra easier for countless numbers of students, parents, and teachers with our professional School Service team.