History: RBI Tradition
RBI's beginnings date back to 1961 when a Fort Worth Texas music shop owner and his entrepreneur son recognized the need for quality musical instruments, primarily percussion products, that could be used in the classroom by elementary music teachers. After meeting with music educators in the area, Woods and Tommy Moore developed a wishlist of items from potential customers, and Rhythm Band Incorporated was born. In that era, RBI manufactured many of the instruments inside their small shop on Throckmorton Street, and later at the much larger offices and warehouse located on E. Lancaster Avenue near downtown Fort Worth. Quality and value were the factors that set RBI apart and made their products a recognizable and sought-after brand. In 1967, Bob Bergin joined RBI and began calling on customers nationwide. Most importantly, Bob was learning what teachers needed and wanted from RBI, and in turn RBI has been meeting those needs for 50 years. Over a 40-year period, Bob and his wife Laura developed relationships with music educators and supervisors worldwide; further shaping RBI as a trusted source for elementary music products. Woods, Tommy, Bob, and Laura truly had a vision for what RBI could ultimately become. In 2014, RBI moved into a new, larger facility on Everman Parkway and is using this opportunity to improve procedures and update our packaging and marketing materials, including a complete redesign of our website. In addition to these internal changes, we are committed to serving the needs of all our customers by constantly searching for new products and supplemental materials to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of making music.
Going into Rhythm Band’s 56th year, much has changed, yet just as in 1961, we at Rhythm Band Instruments strive to bring you quality, value, and excellent customer service.