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!

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.

Beginner Band & Orchestra School Preferences Form

✓ Click here to order FREE folders for your program.

Click here to request a school bid.

   Remember, our website has a sampling of our offerings...we have access to everything each manufacturer makes.

✓ Click here for the educator downloads page

 Have we knocked it out of the park for you? Click here to submit a review.


You can't top Ray's Midbell Music for friendly and knowledgeable staff. They are all experts in different areas of music and are able to answer all of my questions. Their customer service is tops and they go the extra mile to make their customers happy.

Chuck Prior, Band Director, Lawton-Bronson Community Schools

Ray's Midbell Music has been extremely helpful to me on many occasions, especially when one of my schools purchased a sound system, and a Midbell rep came out to set it up himself. Just about everyone at Midbell knows me by name and does everything possible to help me find what I need

Alison Bondy, Music Educator

My son took trombone and electric guitar lessons at Ray's Midbell Music as well as obtained his trombone through their rent to own plan. We ALWAYS had exceptional service when coming into the store and the musicians who give lessons are phenomenal! Thank you for the support & encouragement along our son's musical journey!

Missy Moffatt, Midbell Customer