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From left: Blessing Music's Doug Mills with Quinlan & Fabish's George Quinlan Jr. and George Quinlan Sr., and Blessing Music's Yvonne Miller-Sells and Paul Milliman

Quinlan & Fabish, Blessing Music Unite

Quinlan & Fabish Music and Blessing Music have agreed to unite their two school music dealerships.

Quinlan & Fabish is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and operates four stores in the Chicago area, including Burr Ridge, Mount Prospect and Montgomery, Ill., as well as Valparaiso, Ind. Blessing’s origins date back to 1915, and it has four stores. They're located in Elkhart, Fort Wayne and South Bend, Ind., as well as Stevensville, Mich.

Six years ago, Quinlan & Fabish merged with Paxton Music in Valparaiso to expand its presence in Indiana. John Shaffer, former Paxton owner, has now been named regional manager for the expanded Michigan and Indiana region. With the addition of six veteran school representatives from Blessing, the Quinlan & Fabish team has expanded to 20 total reps covering schools in four states. Most of Blessing's key personnel will continue with the new operation.

“We are so fortunate to have strong and stable school music programs throughout our market areas,” said George Quinlan Jr., president of Quinlan & Fabish.

“The culture of our companies is so similar, I’m positive this will be a great fit,” said Paul Milliman, president of Blessing Music. “We are excited about the synergy when our strengths are combined.” MI