educator resources

We believe that behind every successful music program is a service-oriented school music dealer supporting that program with regular personal service calls. We're so very grateful for the opportunity to serve school music educators in Siouxland. Our vision is to be the first source for all things musical in Siouxland and beyond.  Since 1972, Rays Midbell Music has become a household name for everything relating to school band and orchestra.  This proud heritage dates back to 1939 when the original Midbell was founded in Fort Dodge, IA.  Today, over 70 years later, Rays Midbell Music takes serving music education to a whole new level as a single-location family owned and operated business in Sioux City serving Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

Our mission is to serve our customers so well, they thank us for existing.  We live this mission authentically through our weekly personal service calls to all the band and orchestra directors as well as choir/general music educators in the area.  We provide free pick-up and delivery of repairs, supplies, student rentals, and equipment to keep the programs running strong!  Educators who are new to Siouxland are encouraged to contact us to meet our team and the Educational Service Rep who will visiting your school.  We invite you to visit our store so we can introduce you to the caring people who will serve your program and we would love to give you a tour of our store.

We specialize in quality beginner, intermediate and professional instrument/orchestral rentals and sales, top notch repairs, discount accessories and method books, and school bidding, backed by our Lowest Price Guarantee .  We carry all the major brands such as Yamaha®, Conn-Selmer®, Jupiter®, Buffet®, Cannonball®, Pearl®, Fender®, and Eastman® just to name a few.

We're large enough to have all the right brands and products at the right price, and small enough to provide the personalized friendly service that educators have come to expect and deserve.


Tell us more about your beginner program to make rental nights go smoothly!


Did you know we donate thousands of free folders each year?


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beginner brochure DOWNLOADS

First Month Free Band Instrument Rental Flyer

First Month Free Orchestra Instrument Lease Flyer

recruitment videos

Welcome to Band Video

Put together by Yamaha, this short 4 minute video is a wonderful piece of the recruitment puzzle. It features all of the main instruments and talks to both students and parents/educators about the joys of being in band!

Welcome to Orchestra Video

Put together by Yamaha, this short 4 minute video is a wonderful piece of the recruitment puzzle. It shows all of the instruments and interviews both students and parents/educators about why orchestra is great!

Band Blastoff

This was previously distributed on DVD, and now available online. It includes testing for beginning band.

Download the Band Blastoff Music Challange Worksheet


THANK YOU for letting a student use the Yamaha Tenor yesterday and for the concert last night! It worked out great. Thanks for all the support everyone at the store gives to the schools. We truly appreciate it.

Paul Niebuhr, Band Director, LeMars Gehlen Catholic School

Thanks for your great service again! I appreciate how your entire staff provides our program with excellent service, no matter what the item or need!

Cliff St. Clair, Band Director, Sheldon HS

Thank you so much for your donations of music folders! Each year I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a great company - you have amazing service and quality of products! Thank you for all you do!

Gayle Strom, Band Director, Storm Lake St. Mary's