Welcome to Herter Music Center


Serving the Great Lakes Bay Region since 1903.

Artist of the Week

Neil Diamond (01/24/41-present)


Neil Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father was in the army and as a result, Neil moved around quite frequently as a child. While living in Brooklyn he attended Erasmus Hall School; one of his classmates was a young Barbra Streisand. While in his teen years, Neil spent a summer at Surprise Lake Camp which was geared toward Jewish children in upstate New York. Pete Seeger came and performed at the camp. Seeing someone sing and play guitar had an immediate effect on Neil Diamond. Upon his return home to Brooklyn he purchased a guitar, started taking lessons and almost immediately began writing his own songs.

Neil Diamond used his lyric writing ability to also write poetry, which proved to have a positive effect of the girls of his high school and college classes. Neil attended New York University as a pre-med student on a fencing scholarship. His interests existed outside the realms of academia. 10 credits away from graduation, he left college and pursued music.

In 1962, Neil was signed to Columbia Records, but his first single was unsuccessful and Columbia dropped him. For 7 years he struggled from gig to gig. Under the pressure of being able to survive, inspiration finally came knocking. Among the songs that he wrote in his struggling times were “Cherry Cherry” and “Solitary Man”. In 1968, he was signed to Uni Records and moved to Los Angeles.

Since the beginning of his career in the mid 60’s, Neil Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide. In 1984 Neil Diamond was inducted into song writer’s Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. He has had 11 number 1 singles. His music has appealed to a wide audience and continues to experience popularity today. Neil Diamond continues to write and record music to this day.

Back to School



Are you ready for school to start again?


Are you going to be or want to be in band?


Herter Music Center makes it easy for you to rent an instrument for your son or daughter. We offer new and return rental instruments on a 36 month Rent-to-Own contract . All rentals include repair, maintenance and replacement protection. There is no interest or finance charge on our Rent-To-Own contracts. Unlike some other contracts, you always know the total cost of the instrument you are renting. We make the payments easy for you by using an auto-payment banking system. Our School Service Representatives stop once a week at your child’s school. For addition information we invite you to come in a speak with a member of our sales staff or contact  us at  

(989) 893-4545

*Percussion Kits are on a 24-month Rent-to-Own Contracts.

Piano Teacher Workshop

Join local performing artist and educator Dr. MiJung Trepanier, as she discusses the process of teaching a composition from reading it thru for the first time, to a polished finish. The topic is universal for music teachers, whether your student is performing in a recital, achievement testing, auditioning, or playing in a talent show.

Afterward, there will be a panel discussion with local, experienced piano teachers, sharing ideas and tips, moderated by Dr. Trepanier.

This clinic will be held at the State Theatre (2 doors down from Herter Music Center). Registration begins at 9:00 am. Clinic is from 9:30-12:30 pm. For more information, contact Sue at (989) 893-4545 or by email slittell@hertermusiccenter.com

****Please RSVP with Sue no later than August 24th****

A resident of Midland, Dr. MiJung Choe Trepanier is an active performer in piano. Most recently, she has been elected one of artists in Michigan Council Performance Touring Program in 2012-2013. She has presented concerto appearances in Korea and the United States; solo and chamber recitals in Latin America, Asia, and the United States; and festival appearances at Wiener Musik Seminar, Aria Summer Music, Bowdoin Summer Music, and the Chautauqua Institute.

Dr. Trepanier received both her Masters and Doctorate in piano performance at Michigan State University. While attending MSU, she performed as soloist with the MSU Symphony Orchestra and held the Catherine Cobb scholarship. She was also valedictorian from Kyungwon University where she completed her Bachelor of Music. Her competitive accolades include finalist in the Grace Welsh Competition, the KBS Broadcast Young Artist Competition, and winner of the Michigan State University’s Honors Competition.

30 Year Anniversary
Congratulations and thanks going out today to Chet Retlewski, our Brass-wind technician, for 30 years at Herter Music Center! We wanted to get a picture of him this morning, but he was too busy this time of year, working on horns. His repair work is legendary in the area. Thanks for 30 years of excellence, Chet!

Jazz Deck

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Decode chord changes & learn how to play jazz IMMEDIATELY. JazzDeck is perfect for all students, music educators and musicians. Amazing jazz theory book in a box demystifies jazz improvisation. JazzDeck transposes for all instruments. Ability to read music not required!

Store Hours


Monday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am – 8:00pm

Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday:  Closed