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  janis music co.

138 W. Yosemite Ave Manteca 209-823-3067

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    Janis Music Co. was founded by Edward and Jeannette Janis in 1962. Ed, a big band leader in the forties, met 16 yr. old Jeannette and she soon became lead singer for his band in Massachusetts. Four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ed joined the Air Force and was stationed at Westover Field. It was 1942 and during Christmas, Ed received a three day pass and he and Jeanette were married. After the war, the Janis’s moved west and eventually settled in Monterey California where Ed worked at  American Can Co. on the famed Cannery Row by day and began working as a bass guitarist at the Casa Munras Club (which still operates today) at night..

     In 1949 the fishing industry began dying out and American Can gave Ed an option to transfer to either Oakland or Stockton. Since the couple were both from small towns, they decided to live in Manteca. Some time later, Ed stopped working for American Can and started selling real estate for Antone Raymus. In 1962, after opening Manteca’s first music store, Ed continued to play, starting a small group called “The Continentals”. As each of his three sons came of age they joined the group: Tim played guitar, Ed Jr. played drums, and the youngest, George, played keyboards. The group was renamed California Colours in 1970 and continued to perform throughout Northern California. The group grew to nine pieces with the addition of a four man horn section. Returning to the big band style, they specialized in Chicago, Tower of  Power, and other horn bands of the day.

     In 1980  the Janis family opened a second store in Tracy. George, with a six year background in electronics and instrument repair, opened a full-time repair department in the new store, while Tim ran the retail side of the store. After the passing of their father in 1985, Tim and Ed began thinking about a career change and in 1992, left the business. The Tracy store was sold and George returned to the Manteca store. Favoring guitar repair to electronics, George continued repairing stringed instruments and soon became the most recommended repair shop in the valley.

     Today, George and his wife, Inda, continue the traditions taught by his father - honest repair work and expertise in music products and services. George is uniquely qualified to handle any question or problem related to your music needs.  In addition to sales and service of  instruments, Janis Music Co. has built a solid reputation for their quality music instruction programs. With the diversity of nine teachers on staff, Janis Music Co. can handle any and all of your music instruction needs.

A SPECIAL NOTE

We would like to thank all our customers for their understanding this past few months.

Let me explain. In July of 2014 I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I was referred to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco for treatment ThereI was treated with a
TABE  procedure. That failed to stop the tumor and was then treated with  R.F. Ablation procedure. That stopped the cancer, but I still required a transplant and was put on the National Registry. With weekly blood tests and monthly scans, I waited for an organ.              Last December 21st at 3:00pm I received a call that an organ may be available and to start driving. We arrived in San Francisco at 9:00pm driving through the worst storm of the year. We were told that paperwork and more tests needed to be done. At about 2:00am on the 22nd we were told that we had a match and the surgery would be at 4:00am. 10 hours later I awoke in the recovery unit with my wife at my side. I was to spend approximately 30 days in or near the hospital where they could monitor the new organ. My recovery went fairly smooth, just a few bumps and I was home in late January to continue my recovery. In mid-April, I came down with pneumonia and had to return to C.P.M.C.for a week. I wish to thank you for your understanding while we struggle through this first year. The Music Business to us is  more than our friends it’s our family. To all those who were aware, thank you so much for all your prayers! Special thanks to Lloyd Stark sales manager at Saga Musical Instruments for the emergency delivery of Ukeleles to the hospital for the some of the staff. That’s service.