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Time to breakaway! Time to take a chance and make a change! 💪
The song ‘Breakaway’ by Kelly Clarkson truly captures what my world is like right now. And from what I see around me, many more are going through the same phase as well.
It isn’t a surprise then that this solo episode is about taking stock, letting go and make a change. 2023 has delivered me amazing guests, valuable lessons learned and exciting things to look forward to.
I am sharing more about all this with you and hope you will continue to join me on the B Side ride of life, especially if you are more quiet, introverted and LOVE music.
At the age of 17 I went to The University of New York at Morrisville where I studied musical Instrument repair. With diploma in hand, I applied for work but found that no music store wanted to hire me. So, I opened my own shop “Cole’s Woodwind and Brass” Soon after I married my high school sweetheart Mary Alice. through many serendipitous twists and turns, we raised our family with our little music shop. Today, after 45 years of working on horns, I reflect back with great appreciation for a life that has given so much. In an effort to give back I travelled to the impoverished nation of Haiti in 2016 to teach instrument repair. After returning several times, I founded Horns for Haiti Inc. in 2020, an organization that teaches band instrument repair and how to start your own music business. To date, we’ve trained dozens of musicians and music teachers how to repair and started two businesses. Billy Shop D’Haiti, Musical Instrument Repair and the Haitian Music Supply Company.
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