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A Musician’s Treasure

The First Note

Cyril and Irma Mae White founded White's Music Center in the city of Tulare in 1947. The store was on East Tulare Avenue in the heart of Downtown.

The Future Sounds Good

Keith and Janice White took ownership of White's Music Center in 1960 and expanded to four locations across the Central Valley until the passing of Keith White in 2009.

The Band Played On

Robert and Michelle White reopened White's Music Center in 2010 at the corner of Caldwell and Court in Visalia, CA. The are the third husband and wife team in the time honored family tradition. 

Meet the Team: Welcome


Get to Know Our Crew



Store Owner

Robert grew up in his family’s store. It was no surprise he would go on to get his degree in Band Instrument Repair from the Red Wing Campus at Southeastern Technical College in Redwing, Minnesota.  His knowledge, technical skills, and over 30 years of experience has made our on-site shop one of a kind.

Michelle White worked with White’s Music Center from 1997 until her passing in 2017.  She was the Office Manager and Robert’s right-hand lady.  Although she did not play an instrument she played a mean calculator. Michelle's bubbly personality and constant optimism was a staple within the company. She is missed every day but her spirit will always be a big part of White's Music Center.



Store Manager

Mario has been with White's Music Center since 1993. He's played clarinet for over 30 years and saxophone for over 20. Marquez teaches clarinet and saxophone to music majors at the College of the Sequoias and privately in the area and plays with the St. John's Riverboat Jazz Band, Sequoia Winds Community Band, local music theater productions as well as the all-new Kris Korsgaden Project. Marquez also judges with the Visalia Band Invitational as well as the California State Band Championships as well as the California Band Directors Association. He has been honored by being named Grand Marshal of the Visalia Band Invitational and has received the industry award from the Tulare-Kings Music Educators Association for his contribution to local music education. Marquez received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Fresno Pacific University.



Product Specialist

Joseph comes from a long line of family musicians and has been playing saxophone since he was 8 years old. He is the proud owner of a Selmer Mark VI Alto and Sax Dakota Tenor Sax. Vasquez participated in marching band, jazz band and drum line during his years at T.W.H.S. He is also a working musician as a charter member for the popular group Bazmati.



Product Specialist

  Jaime Mendiola 

 Jaime was a drummer in school band from  4th grade through high school and has played guitar for over 30 years. His current musical project is The Jimmy Coca Cola Experiment, a progressive metal genre. He has been with White's Music Center since 2001 and looks forward to many more years of service.



Instrument Service Technician

Jackie McCue plays French Horn and Trumpet--and being a repair technician plays a little of everything. She's also a member of the Tulare Community Band with her husband and father-in-law.

Meet the Team: Meet the Team
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