About Allegro

The Story of Allegro

After finishing West Virginia University, Jim(along with his wife Karen) spent 5 years teaching elementary,junior high and high school band in Fayetteville, WV. After taking his band to Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, and Gimbals Christmas Parade in Philadelphia, he and Karen moved to Orlando in 1973. After teaching at Maitland Junior High four years, he became manager of band instruments for Streep Music lor,4 years. Then in 1981 Jim and his father-in-law Howard Osborne formed Allegro Music.

After 2 successful seasons in downtown Orlando, they lost their lease due to high rise construction. They moved the store to its present location in October 1983. Being a former band director, Jim was sensitive to the needs of Central Florida music teachers. He purchased FBA music so that the students and directors could get their music in a timely fashion. He maintained a list of qualified private music teachers on all instruments, because the shopping center would not allow private teaching in the store.

Monica Mora was hired 4 years ago to travel to middle and high schools delivering materials and repaired instruments. She can be reached at

407-949-2067 for deliveries to your school.
Jim still teaches trumpet and French horn privately(4O7-221-4056). His

former students include the 1st Trumpet in Florida Orchestra in Tampa, Trumpet professor and chairman of music depaftment at Truman University, lead trumpet for Natalie Cole's concerts, and several practicing band directors.

Karen maintains a private piano studio(407-221-4058) and is always eager for new students.

January 2017 Allegro will be 36 years old.