Our Staff 

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Ron Shuff. Owner of Shuff's Music and Piano Showroom. Ron has built his entire life around music. He earned a Bachelors degree at the University of Alabama, a Masters of Music degree at Georgia State University, and worked towards a Ph.D in Music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Ron previously served as the Musical Director at First United Methodist Church and Director of Fine Arts and Music at Brentwood Academy. He then opened Shuff's Music & Piano Showroom in 1978, and the 1st Ave Sound Recording Studio in 2011, both located in the Historic Downtown of Franklin, TN. Ron is also an accomplished musician, and has served as the Band Leader for the past 20 years, at The Ron Shuff Music Revue.

Sarah Whittin. Manger at Shuff's Music Store. A Kentucky native, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Kentucky University with a clarinet principle and piano secondary. She has been with Shuff’s Music for 26 years and has vast knowledge of all musical instruments. Sarah works with local musicians, piano teachers, band directors, students, and parents. If you need help finding anything musical, from picks to books to band instruments, Sarah is the perfect person to help you!

Jonathan Cavender. Assistant Manager at Shuff's Music Store. A native of West Tennessee, Jonathan graduated from UT Martin in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. As an aspiring teacher, trombone player, and amateur guitarist, he is glad to help any customer with their band or guitar related needs. Jonathan has worked at Shuff’s Music since June 2013. 

Gina Canaday. Accounting at Shuff's Music and Piano Showroom. 

Shannon Killian. RLS Property Manager. Shannon is a Franklin native and has worked at Shuff's Musc for the last 13 years. She is the Property Manager for RLS and for Family Partnership. Shannon is also the Bookkeeper for First Avenue Sound Recording Studio.

Rick Jackson. Piano Sales at Shuff's Piano Showroom. Rick studied classical music at the University of Houston and received both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in music performance. He has been a professional musician since the 1960's. Rick has worked in piano sales at Shuff's Music for the last 10 years and his expert advice will help you find the perfect piano! 


Amber Thruman. Piano Sales at Shuff's Piano Showroom.  Amber is a classically trained pianist born and raised in northwestern Illinois. She garnered a B.A. in Piano Performance from Columbia College-Chicago. Private instruction also included tutelage under Harvard neuroscientist-pianist, Sean Bennett. Amber began her career as a freelance musician in 2012. She is a performer and teacher. Currently, she is the pianist in the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra and a founding member of Sound Riot, a mixed instrumental chamber ensemble specializing in new, contemporary, & experimental music. Amber joined our Piano Sales team in 2016. 

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Jackie Pack. Sales Associate and Piano/Print Music Specialist. 

Jim Tice. Educational Specialist & Instrument Repair at Shuff's Music Store.  As a former band director and church music minister, Jim has over 19 years experience as an Educational Specialist. Jim aids directors with enhancing their own, and their students, success in learning music. Jim is known as "the repairman" because he often does minor repairs while he is visiting the schools. Jim also helps with recruiting & instrument placement for beginners, coaching students one-on-one, teaching instrument maintenance classes, shuttling orders, supplies, and major repairs to/from schools, and listening to problems and offering helpful suggestions. Jim plays the Contrabass clarinet, Bass clarinet, and Alto clarinet with Tennessee Valley Winds Community Band and he also plays at his local church. Jim has worked at Shuff's Music since 2012. 

Ricky DeMeo. Certified Guitar Technician. Ricky has over eight years experience in guitar repair, and received his certification from Guitar Craft Academy in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he is new to the Nashville area, but is glad to be making his way in a new place. When not at work, Ricky plays bass for several local and touring bands, both in and out of the studio.

About Us

Established in 1978, Shuff's Music & Piano Showroom is a full-line music store specializing in Pianos and School Instrument Sales and Rentals. more

Shuff's Piano Showroom

127 2nd Ave North
Historic Downtown Franklin

Shuff's Music Store

118 3rd Ave North
Historic Downtown Franklin