After 63 years of loyal, caring, and expert service, Don Shoberg is retiring from Luyben Music effective September 20, 2018. Don came into Luyben Music in the fall of 1954 to buy a clarinet reed (he’s a trumpet player) for a methods class he was taking while pursuing a degree at the KC Conservatory of Music (Now the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance). Annette Sr. and Bob needed to hire someone to help them in the business and asked him if he wanted a job—the rest is history.
Don is from Hutchinson, Kansas (and was in high school at the same time as Jane Bastien). After high school, he enrolled in the Army and served in Germany. Following his discharge, he came to Kansas City to attend the Conservatory. After obtaining both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, he continued to work as a part of the Luyben family and began a forty-year career as a church choir director.
The knowledge he gained of print music over the years is unsurpassed by most in the industry. He can easily tell you who wrote what and where it is published. Don takes great joy in helping customers to find what they want and will spend the time necessary to do that… if it is not in his mind already! He cannot be duplicated and will be missed by many all over the country who rely on him to find the music they need. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all the employees at Luyben Music, past and present, and Annette Jr.
We wish him a very happy retirement, with time to relax and “smell the roses.” He has certainly earned it!