The Critchett Family – Since 1922

Critchett Piano Company was founded in 1922 by Bert Critchett, was first located at 1409 Forest Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa.  In 1971, grandson Dave Brown and his mother, Lois Critchett Brown, bought the company. Dave, Bert’s grandson, became sole owner when his mother died 7 years later.  Over the years since, Critchett’s has expanded with additional locations in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  In 2009, the company was renamed to Critchett Music, Inc. when the piano lines were sold to focus exclusively on Lowrey Organs.  Today Dave and his wife Mary Jo Brown run five Lowrey Organ Centers throughout Iowa and Nebraska, with the help of their son, Matt Waggoner.


Over the years, the Critchett family has developed a reputation for providing quality, affordability and service to customers throughout the midwest. The Critchett mission is to become their customers’ preferred resource for everything related to learning how to have fun with music.

Music and music education has been at the center of the Critchett family since the beginning.   In the early years Bert Critchett was a singing instructor in Centerville Iowa.His wife Mary was the church organist in Centerville and gave organ lessons privately. Lois studied voice and music education at Drake University and became a natural for the business  and Dave Brown grew up with education as a center influence in his life and learned the business under the influence of Bert Critchett.

Today, Critchett’s conducts music learning classes in all of their 5 location and this has become the main stay of their business. Critchett’s specializes in Lowrey Organs and teaching adults how to have fun with music We give over many lessons each week in our stores at different times of the day, and help adults get envolved in music for the first time each year!