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Musicians Co-op marks 4-year anniversary, plans public celebration

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RONAN — To celebrate their 4-year anniversary, the Western Montana Musicians Cooperative (WMMC) is throwing a party and inviting all who’d like to attend.

Founded by Dough Ruhman and Keith Rennie in October 2019, a small group of passionate musicians gathered with a vision to create a supportive and inclusive space for music enthusiasts. Now, four years later, they invite the community to celebrate with them on Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. at their at 1 Eisenhower Street SW, Ronan location.

The WMMC was founded with a simple yet powerful mission: to provide a safe and welcoming environment for musicians of all backgrounds to create music together. For $25 a month co-op members have access to a 20x40 foot stage with guitars, amps, drum sets, a baby grand piano, an electric keyboard, a full digital PA with subwoofers, microphones, stage lighting and more. Individuals and bands use the stage and equipment for rehearsal with minimal setup or just to jam and have musical fun with friends. On Fridays and Saturdays the space is opened to the public at 7 p.m. for open mic and open jam nights. Over the years, the WMMC has flourished, nurturing local talent, and strengthening the sense of musical community in Western Montana. The co-op provides an opportunity to engage with others you may not otherwise cross paths with, Ruhman commented. “Regardless of political, social views – we’re all here for the music. It’s what brings everyone together,” he said.

Having played in a number of bands over the years, Ruhman said playing music with the same people fosters a feeling of family. “The co-op is a bigger version of that,” he said. “It’s why I’m still engaged with it. Most Saturdays I’m here, jamming with my friends.”

The Nov. 11 celebration promises an unforgettable experience with live music performances featuring several WMMC members, including Grammy winners. The event will feature artists such as The Late Bloomers, Mark Chase, Andre Floyd, and Don Teschner (a Grammy-winning guitarist who toured with Rod Stewart), along with Mojo Resurrected, Highway 93, and National Remedy. Afterward, there will also be an “All Star Jam.” Festivities commence at 3 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m., with a jam session to follow. There will be a $5 door charge for admission, and attendees can enjoy beer, wine, and food.

A silent auction where attendees can bid on unique items and experiences will also be held. All proceeds benefit the cooperative. The event provides an opportunity for music lovers and the community at large to support local talent and the cooperative’s mission.

WMMC seeks to expand its impact further, including offering affordable music lessons, member scholarships for young musicians, and providing instruments to those in need. Additionally, they aim to secure a permanent space in the Mission Valley within the next two to three years.

To support the cooperative in achieving these ambitious goals, community members are encouraged to become sponsors at various levels: Member ($25), Headliner ($100), Maestro ($250), Rockstar ($500), or Legend ($1000+). Donations are tax-deductible up to 92%, and contributions can be made through PayPal, by mail, or in person during the anniversary celebration.

Join the WMCC on Nov. 11 for a day filled with music, camaraderie, and community spirit. Celebrate four years of musical collaboration, growth, and harmony, and help continue the mission of supporting musicians in Western Montana.

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or the cooperative, please visit or contact: Doug Ruhman, co-founder and president, at 406-249-6534 or

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