Baldwin Piano and Organ Center, founded in l937 has been named HerrinFesta Corporate Honoree for 2019. The company occupies three historic building in downtown Herrin on the corner of East Monroe and North Park. It began its musical journey 82 years ago.
The late Bill Barras purchased the business from Mildred Yuill in 1965. Barras died in 2010, and Bruce Steh, his former business partner, became
Barras, a community leader, provided decades of service to churches, schools, individuals and musicians with a quality inventory of pianos and organs, music and direction that has given Baldwin a customer base that spans much of the Midwest. Baldwin continues to be an active member of the community with seminars, receptions, classes, and recitals to spotlight young musicians and to engage interested citizens in musical endeavors. One of Herrin’s longest running businesses is an anchor to the downtown district and houses the Baldwin business and luxury apartments on the second floor
Bruce Steh, a Johnston City native, came to Herrin in November of 1976 and worked at both Studio 1 (floral, framing and gifts) and Baldwin Piano and Organ Center, 200 North Park Avenue. At
In memory of Bill Barras, The JW Bill Barras Jr. Memorial Foundation has been launched to promote the study of music among area students with college scholarships and funding assistance. Bruce