3834 Harrison Road
Montgomery, AL 36109
Phone: (334) 277-9990
Fax: (334) 277-0767
Toll Free: (800) 288-4132
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Store Hours
(By appointment only)
Since 1955
Home of the
Darby Trumpet
"The Best Buy
on the Planet"
Top 50 Music Dealers
One of the Top 50 Music Dealers in the US according to Music Inc. Magazine. Out of 8400 stores, we are one of only 3 in the Southeast and the the only one in Alabama that can claim that honor.
James H. Darby
Master Repairman
About Capitol Music

Capitol Music has served the student and professional musician since 1955. Jim Darby's formula for success has been the same since his first year in business — sell quality instruments and service at a competitive price with a simple "down home" warmth and friendly atmosphere. He believes that "putting the customer first" is not just a slogan, but also a proven business principle that has attracted new customers every year, and has had repeat customers coming back to Capitol Music for decades. Capitol Music continues to work diligently to deserve its reputation as one of the nation's friendliest and most customer-centered music stores.


Jim Darby has spent more than half a century in the music business as a retailer, instrument repairman, big band lead trumpet player, design engineer, writer, and clinician. He started in 1947 as a musical instrument salesperson for Ryan Piano Company in Florence, Alabama, and later became manager of Forbes Piano Company. It was after that, he got the idea of owning his own music business. When "Darby" (as he prefers to be called) left Florence, he had to decide the location of his new business — Huntsville or Montgomery. He chose Montgomery, and the first location was within a few blocks of the state's Capitol, so the name of the new business became Capitol Music Center. Darby opened for business in August of 1955, and remained in downtown locations for 33 years before moving to its present 17,000 square foot location in east Montgomery. Today, the business is known, simply, as Capitol Music.

After having purchased the inventories of over 30 other music stores through the years, Capitol Music, reportedly, has now the largest inventory of new and used instruments of any music store in the country. Collectors of vintage or hard-to-find wind and percussion instruments enjoy browsing our huge inventory of used instruments.