ASHLAND — Ashland Excessive Faculty senior Avery Brown’s ardour for music emerged within the fourth grade when he started enjoying the clarinet.
Eight years later, Brown has accepted a one-of-a-kind apprenticeship specializing in instrument restore with Mike Metcalf, proprietor of Mike’s Music Nook in Ashland.
Brown, who will graduate subsequent month, is keen to hone his commerce underneath Metcalf’s management. An avid musician, Brown has been a member of the highschool’s marching band, live performance band, symphonic band, each jazz band applications in addition to the a capella choir group.
“At first, I used to be actually into singing,” Brown stated. “I needed to do a variety of musical stuff.
“I keep in mind my mindset at the moment once I was younger: I needed to do no matter was behind the voice, so I began doing band.”
Brown makes a speciality of woodwind devices, together with clarinet and saxophone, but additionally dabbles with the bass guitar. He listens to a myriad of music genres together with nation, pop and jazz.
“It began in the summertime of COVID; I used to be eager about what I used to be going to do sooner or later,” stated Brown. “I knew I needed to do one thing alongside the strains of music.
“I believed, ‘Effectively, I wish to restore stuff and I like working with devices. So, I talked with Mr. (Marty) Kral, the highschool band director, and he stated this could be a fairly cool alternative.”
Mike Metcalf has operated Mike’s Music Nook for 28 years. Earlier than that, he spent 12 years with one other instrument firm and taught as a band director.
This will probably be Metcalf’s first apprentice of this magnitude.
“I believe to start with, (Brown) is a pointy child; I do know that from having requested round slightly bit about him,” Metcalf stated. “And simply speaking to him, I do know he’s obtained a eager curiosity in it.
“Simply from him being in band and having the information of getting the devices in his palms, and having the sensible information to know what to do with none coaching, that makes it engaging to me. There’s not too many instrument repairmen round now.”
Many small cities do not need their very own music shops, particularly ones featured on Predominant Road. Mike’s Music Nook is one other amenity that makes Ashland’s downtown distinctive.
Different communities should both journey to places the place music shops reside, or they have to ship their devices away to get them repaired. Mike’s Music Nook accommodates repairs for not solely Ashland, however surrounding communities as nicely.
Metcalf performs a slew of devices, however his major focus is the French horn, which he performs within the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.
In response to Metcalf, instrument repairmen should have respectable information of easy methods to play a variety of devices to make sure they’re correctly fastened.
“I believe Avery goes to do a really good job,” Metcalf stated. “He’s eager about happening and furthering this curiosity in some education.
“I believe will probably be a pleasant dovetail into what I’m doing right here. Extra college students ought to ponder doing one thing like this — with an apprenticeship. It’s far more (prevalent) in Europe.”
Mike’s Music Nook has a chosen music restore station that can enable Metcalf to show Brown the varied methods he makes use of to restore a mess of devices. The shop additionally has a number of used devices that Metcalf plans to display sure restore procedures.
Brown stated he couldn’t flip down this chance as a result of it aligned together with his pursuits and is positioned near residence. In reality, Brown can recall coming into Mike’s Music Nook just a few years in the past in search of a restore for his classic Bundy clarinet.
“The dream situation for me could be to be in Mike’s place proper now; working the enterprise and repairing devices right here,” Brown stated.
Metcalf has been a significant commodity of the Ashland neighborhood for many years and has constantly contributed to the neighborhood’s music scene. So it stands to purpose that he searches for an inheritor obvious.
Maybe, his pursuit to discover a certified particular person won’t be a considerably prolonged endeavor.