TOURS BY APPOINTMENT PLEASE
We will do everything we can to accommodate musicians and visitors traveling through Kansas City. For the best experience however, please contact us in advance to schedule a tour.
GROUP TOURS AVAILABLE:
B.A.C. Musical Instruments is located in the heart of the Historic Jazz District of Kansas City. Across the street from our shop is the famous 'Paseo Sunken Gardens' circa 1900. Directly across from the Sunken Garden and adjacent of the shop is the world renowned "12th Street and Vine". (Referenced by the iconic song "Kansas City Here I Come" by Wilbert Harrison, and made famous by Fats Domino."
During a full detoured tour of our facility we will discuss the neighborhood, and significance of Kansas City's roll in the development of America's music, Jazz. You'll hear stories about and learn of famous Kansas City musicians many people overlook!
Our factory building was originally erected in the early 1900's. An expansion was done in the 1920's, and finally a third addition of the facility again later in the 1920's. Walking through our building you will find yourself walking back through time, from an age before the state of Oklahoma was even established! You'll be able to see first hand how things like building construction evolved during the industrial age of our country, and learn about the history of the building.
Upstairs you will receive a walk through our living museum and learn how brass instruments were handmade back in the 1930's-1950's, and see how we are preserving this tradition. In addition, we have a collection of historic instruments, to show the evolution of brass instrument manufacturing over the last few hundred years.
See our breathtaking show room. (still under construction) The room boasts the original and exquisite tin ceiling. The original hardwood floors and brick walls provide fresh space where a groups can engage in a question and answer session about a wide variety of subjects, from instrument maintenance, to manufacturing theory, to music history. We can design an experience based on your needs!
Finally, if the weather is cooperating, we'll conclude the tour atop our roof to view one of the finest views of Kansas City! As you look to the East you will see the Paseo Sunken Gardens, and 12th and Vine Memorial Park. As you turn to view West, you'll see the World Famous Kauffman Performing Arts Center, the Sprint Center, CIty Hall, KC Star Building, Crown Center, and many other historic buildings that make up the KC Skyline.
Please stay tuned for special "FREE TOUR" Events that we will have throughout the year. We will try to schedule at least one free tour per month, beginning in October 2016, to provide the full experience tour. An ideal group size is around 15 or less. We can however split up larger groups into two. While it can get crowded, we have been able to handle up to 50 students at a time (split into two groups of 25).
We are proud that the local Music Scene is among the best in the country! We have access to a wide variety of incredibly talented musicians that are generally available to present Master Class situations at our facility.