By Kinsey Gustafson
Haggerty’s Musicworks has been a fixture in the Rapid City community for decades, selling reeds for clarinets and bass guitars for bands. The business was started in 1963 as a department store by Dan Haggerty’s father, which sold instruments in the back. In 1979, Haggerty’s became an official music instrument retailer and Dan took over the retail business. Their large electric guitar sign has become a Rapid City icon, but now Haggerty’s has branched out.
How did you get started with Haggerty’s Music store?
Dan: My background is in visual merchandising and doing displays. That was my love that started from the department store we had over in Baken Park. Then we bought this space and it went to an instrument retailer. We also have other sides to Haggerty’s now.
As far as the retail side of the store I’m in charge of the retail side, by brother Tom is in charge of the contracting side and we have an ecommerce violin store that my nephew Pat runs out of Bozeman, Montana.
What instruments can you play and what is your favorite music to listen to?
Dan: I play guitar. My favorite musicians to listen to are my coworkers! I’m treated to some diverse music, from bands Funk Nasty and Pumpin’ Ethel to the Black Hills Symphony.
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