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Who We Are

Fornaszewski Music StoreFornaszewski Music is a full-service retail music store at 3009 Nameoki Road, Granite City, Illinois, owned by The Fornaszewski (for-na-chev-skee) Family for 60+ years.

Stan Fornaszewski, c19351957, Steelworker, Stan Fornaszewski purchased local grocery store "Elliott's Market," becoming "Stan's Market". Stan's son, John Fornaszewski worked at the market during and taught drum lessons in the back. By 1960, John went into business as "John Fornaszewski Drum Studio" with 70+ students weekly, while performing nightly with local bands around the St Louis area.

In John Fornaszewski, c19651962, half the building was rebuilt and in 1963, John expanded into "John Fornaszewski Music Store / Drum Shop". In February 1964, a British band by the name of "The Beatles" hit the USA. That's when the music industry took off like a rocket ship, with some manufacturers having up to 3 years of back orders. In July 1964, the grocery store was officially closed and John took over the entire property, catering to everyone who wanted to play music, including the beginner to the traveling professional. John operated the store for 51 years - teaching hundreds of music students, booking local bands, servicing touring bands, and bringing in many famous musicians and celebrities to the Granite City/St Louis area.

In 2015, John's son, Stan Fornaszewski Stan Fornaszewski (3yo)(musician/bandleader) took over the business as "Fornaszewski Music". Stan say's, "I grew up in the music store. Musical instruments were everywhere, and everyday Stan FornaszewskiI would learn something new about music, musicians, or instruments, including how to tune them, play them, teach them, sell them, service them, and repair them. I started learning to play musical instruments at age of 3, began performing with professionally bands at 10, private teaching at 16, college at 18, and for almost 40 years, I made a living performing with world famous bands/entertainers while booking my own big band regionally. I was always Dad's right hand man with the store. I knew the business. I had been selling vintage music items online since 2000, and taking over and doing more with the business was always a natural progression."

Today, Stan and his wife operate several businesses, including "Fornaszewski Music Online," "Fornaszewski Music," and "Online Music Lessons with Stan Fornaszewski" - serving music students and customers throughout the USA and the world. <stanf.com>  Stan says, "When you love what you do, it isn't work. We thank our Lord for his many blessings."