MUSIC SHAPES MINDS, MOODS and DREAMS. IT SHAPES CULTURE and TRADITIONS, INDUSTRIES, COUNTRIES…. EVEN DECADES, and of course, COMMUNITIES.
So much has changed in my life since my first visit but I’ll never forget that immediate sense of community and belonging that I felt after just a few steps into The Hands On Music Company. I was 14 years old, eager to learn how to play guitar so that I could maybe one day be able to join a band playing shows for friends and with friends.
I was ready to take my first guitar lesson and it happened to be with Dan Welsh, who now owns the shop. I remember thinking, “this guy rocks, he’s so cool” and that really hasn’t changed, however I’d probably redefine my description to say that Dan is “friendly, helpful, positive and inspiring”
He runs a business that he loves in a community that he loves. He takes pride in his workmanship, his staff and the role he’s played in so many local musicians lives. In his words “ Music is what brings everyone together, all music is great for all ages. Kids learn and meet people through music, we see people get together who would normally have never met if it wasn’t for music in the community”.
And I can’t agree more with that statement.
Since those first steps in that store 12 years ago, I’ve learned how to play multiple instruments, travelled this country and beyond playing shows with some incredible people, jammed with friends and family, realized dreams and achieved them, and have been so blessed to have met so many wonderful people throughout the journey. Yes Hands On Music has shaped my life but what’s more incredible to me is how it has shaped the lives of so many people and continues “Shaping Our Community”
The Hands On Music Company has been proudly serving Bowmanville, the Durham Region and beyond for more than 22 years now. If you haven’t been by the store yet, I highly suggest going downtown and checking it out regardless of whether or not you play music. It’s an all around positive experience and a place we are lucky to have here locally.
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