ray's midbell history

Mid-Bell Music Company was founded in 1939 by Jess MIDdaugh and Sam CampBELL in Fort Dodge, IA.

After decades of ownership changes and branch store openings, the Sioux City, IA location was opened in 1972, and was eventually purchased by Ray & Karen Guntren.

Over the decades, as the other stores of the original company were sold, Ray’s Midbell Music remains as the only Midbell in the world, now second generation owned by Mike & LeAnn Guntren.

Thanks to the support of musicians and educators, 2022 marks 50 years for Ray’s Midbell Music! We’re grateful to serve local musicians, institutions in four states, and online clients worldwide. Our single-location, family-owned music store continues building upon the valued relationships established in Siouxland and beyond.