Our company was founded in July 1977, by Robert A. Daffer. Mr. Daffer had been the manager of the church organ department at Jordan-Kitts Music in Washington, DC, a local full-line dealer of musical instruments. His vision was to form a company that would specialize in organ installations for houses of worship, not merely make the sale of church organs part of a large retail business. The dream was to handle electronic organs in the artistic and individualistic way that fine pipe organ builders had done for centuries. In 1977, the Rodgers Organ Company awarded him the Baltimore territory. Rodgers' organ building technology and philosophy matched the individualized, custom installation approach that was Bob's goal. His immediate success in the Baltimore area led to a quick expansion into the Washington DC market.
In 1979, our company began to represent the Wicks Pipe Organ Company, in addition to Rodgers. In 1987 we received the award as their largest representative. During our tenure with Wicks, our company installed dozens of their pipe organs in the Mid-Atlantic area.
By 1981, the number of pipe organ installations and Rodgers Organs with pipe additions triggered a company expansion. Our pipe organ maintenance and installation team was added. Due to our reputation for quality and timely service, from 1983 to 2005 we were the curators for the world-renowned organs at the Washington National Cathedral and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Through the years, our work at the National Cathedral included installing electric actions on the Cathedral's existing chests, installing a computer system to control all the organ's pipework, and completely rebuilding the cathedral's console. Rodgers Organs have been chosen by the National Cathedral as a practice instrument and as a temporary substitute when work was performed on the Great Organ.
In 1988, the Rodgers Organ Company was purchased by the Roland Corporation, enabling us to represent the line of Roland products available to churches. Our current showroom and shop in Jessup, Maryland, opened in 1993. In 1995, we were named the Mid-Atlantic representative for the Fratelli Ruffatti Organ Company of Padua, Italy. We also expanded into the North Carolina market.
In 1994, 1995, 1996, and from 1999 – 2014, R.A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc was the world's largest agency for the sale and installation of Rodgers Organs. In 2003 we secured the contract for the landmark Ruffatti Pipe Organ at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, one of largest new pipe organs installed in the 21st century.
Our customers have included such famous organists as the late Richard Purvis, Organist Emeritus of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; the late Dr. Herman Berlinski; and the late Berj Zamkochian, organist for the Boston Symphony.
In 2013, we celebrated Bob Daffer's 50th year designing and installing organ installations in houses of worship.
In 2016, we expanded our digital organ offerings to include Johannus Organs and Makin Organs. Both products enhance our Rodgers and Ruffatti lines.
Over the last forty years, we have lived out our company philosophy by enhancing worship through the art of music. Our hundreds of customers stand as testament to the care given to each installation, large and small. The best answer for your church’s organ needs may be a pipe organ, a digital organ, or a hybrid of the two. R.A. Daffer Church Organs is uniquely suited to provide the best products and services for all three types of organs.