Arlette Day and her husband, John, formed Day Murray Music in 1946. The name comes from the young couple’s last name and their hometown of Murray, Utah. They worked closely together and struggled in the years following World War II but persevered based on their commitment to each other, their church and their customers. The shop’s large choral music selection became widely known and used for many celebrations and community programs throughout the state of Utah and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Arlette was also the first female on the Murray city council as well as many other community groups and charities. Throughout her long career in music Arlette was very proud of the fact that her son Klint and his wife Rosanne took over running the music store and her grandchildren had continued on that tradition when Arlette passed away in 2015.
The building where Day Murray Music started was the Waverly Building, built in 1897, and it is listed on the Historical Sites Register. Over the years, the Day family has made changes as the business has grown. For example, the back part where Day Violins is now was added 50 years ago and is undergoing construction to add-on a violin shop. Almost 30 years ago, the company expanded to the north by purchasing an old pawn shop so the cultural center could be added. In addition to the retail space, there is a professional recording studio in the basement, three teaching studios on the main level, and eleven teaching studios on the second level.
In 2001, Day Murray Music added a new location in Lehi to better serve customers in Utah County. Adam Day managed the Lehi store until he devoted his attentions to his own company, Day Violins. The Lehi store is managed by Kris Ward and the Murray store is managed by Jared Day.