Music was an integral part of the life in the Hormel family. George wrote in his autobiography about the nightly musical entertainment he experienced as a child.
“When I was a little fellow Father bought me a mouth harp which I thought quite grand. Later, I graduated to a harmonica on which I became fairly expert. But as the family grew up, he acquired more sophisticated instruments for our use. My brother Herman played the violin; Susan the guitar; and most of the others learned to play the piano. Everybody sang. And Father, his bearded face wreathed in smiles, joined in the singing or listened to the lovely old American and European folksongs he loved so well. Whenever he listened to music, he appeared to be enjoying the height of happiness.”
Lillian Belle Hormel, George's wife, was a music teacher in the Franklin school in Austin when George met her. She was also an organist at the Presbyterian Church.
Several Hormel descendants have had careers in music including Jay C. Hormel's son, George A. Hormel II (Geordie), who founded the Village Recorder in Los Angeles. Smokey Hormel, the Grandson of Jay C. Hormel, currently performs in NYC and has worked with artists such as Adele, Johnny Cash, Beck, and Norah Jones.
MarySue Hormel Harris is the granddaughter of Ben Hormel who was George's youngest brother. An accomplished pianist, MarySue is very interested in preserving the family history of music appreciation. Through a generous annual grant Mrs. Harris has made it possible for the HHH to offer FREE garden concerts and other music programs such as the Harris Piano Competition started in November, 2012. With the funds from MarySue the Grand Piano at the Paramount Theater was purchased in 2012, and along with her sister and cousins, the 1914 Mason and Hamlin Grand that adorns the living room of the Hormel Historic Home was restored.