Maybe you’ve never learned how to play an instrument or have been secretly planning to launch the next big DIY band from your parents’ basement. Whether you’re a connoisseur of all things sound or are just now acting on your suppressed dreams of becoming a rockstar, The Upper Bout in Champaign is the music store in the area that’ll meet all your needs, and do so with a personal touch.

Winner of the best music store in CU for the past three years, The Upper Bout prides itself in putting the customer first. The store’s motto is “Love the customer. Grow the community.” This phrase is actualized by the hard work and dedication of the store’s staff that doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile when it comes to providing quality service.

In addition to being a place where you can learn more about your instrument and purchase a new one, The Upper Bout hosts community concerts, really to embrace what its mission to serve both musicians and music in the area. If you’ve never stopped in, the store’s website invites you to come on down, even if not for a purchase then just for a great conversation.

The brick interior of the store lined with an array of different guitar models is bound to get any music lover’s heart racing and hands itching to try out a new set of strings or body build of the instrument. Wander on over and see what all the fuss is about— another promise to the community on the store’s website is that they aren’t just in it for the money, but are living out their passions for music and helping others explore it as well as themselves.

Try a different note and come check out The Upper Bout, where you are sure to be valued as a customer, musician, but first and foremost, a human.

About The Author

Jessica Peterson
staff writer

Hey, it’s Jess! I was the editor of buzz from 2017-2018. Now that I'm retired I still like to write something for my favorite on-campus magazine every now and again. In my free time, I like to think about sandwiches, be around as many mountains as possible and cheer on the surf music revival (it's bound to be here any day now). "Catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world!" @hey_itsJ3SS

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