Skip to main content

In Tune

04/02/2013 07:53PM, Published by Anonymous, Categories:



Cape Fear Music Center is instrumental to Dogwood Festival fun

By Shari Dragovich

The owners of Cape Fear Music Center are used to creating opportunities out of obstacles. In fact, it was adversity that created the store. In 2006, Jeff Stone, Tony Harrison, David Wallet and Tyrone Green were employees of Brook Mays Music Group, a chain-store music company specializing in servicing area schools with instruments. The men heard rumblings that the decades’ old company was shutting down and, rather than take a ‘wait and see’ approach, they planned. They coordinated their diverse skills and created a business model during the evenings, so that when Brook Mays closed, Cape Fear Music Center was able to open the very next day.

The new store spent the first nine months in the back corner of the Gas House on Rowan Street. Though the store was cramped, loud and nearly invisible, the partners forged ahead to build a music business much like the one they left. “We wanted to do the same thing we had been, but with a slightly different focus,” explained Stone, who had been teaching private lessons on the side and saw great potential for adding such a component to the new store’s model. Because of each partner’s unique music inclination, Cape Fear Music Center became multidimensional: retail, school service and repair, and private lessons in guitar, drum and voice.

Nine months into Cape Fear Music Center’s existence, the Gas House caught fire and everything was lost. The partners were unthwarted, however, moving to Maxwell Street in 2007. They were thankful for a new location, but hopeful it wouldn’t be home forever. “We used to walk around at lunchtime, daydreaming of the ideal spot,” laughed Harrison, reminiscing in near disbelief that one day their “ideal spot” — 110 Old Street — would eventually become home to the business. In 2009, the storefront came available, though its condition was pitiful: bags of old clothing filled the storefront, the carpets showed signs of water damage and the place was overflowing with trash. Ever determined, Stone, Harrison, Wallet and Green hired some of their students (ones who were old enough to drive) and for two and a half weeks the crew labored to create a music-ready facility. From the beginning, the partners recognized that finding acceptable performance opportunities for young, contemporary-minded musicians would be tough. In 2009, after much brainstorming, they hit upon the Dogwood Festival. Patiently, they cut through rolls of red tape for the opportunity to create a stage under the Eugene Plummer Memorial Bridge. The excitement was palpable. Students shined at the chance to perform live. Parents were thrilled with the family-friendly venue for their budding musicians. In 2010, the Festival offered Cape Fear Music Center an opportunity to sponsor Second Stage, complete with high visibility and full support. The only things the Center had to provide were instruments, amplification, and – of course – musicians.

“We could never afford to do this on our own,” explained Stone, itemizing the daunting costs involved. “We couldn’t even consider it.” 2013 will mark the fourth year Cape Fear Music Center has sponsored Second Stage. True to their original intent, the Center organizes their acts to showcase student talent, alternating with performances by local and regional bands. Last year, seventy of their approximately 200 students performed and this year’s schedule will feature two ensemble groups — one boys’ and one girls’.

By the looks of the Center’s quiet storefront on its even quieter downtown street, one might be deceived into thinking the business’ musical impact on the area is – well — quiet. Not so. Cape Fear Music Center services nearly a dozen county schools — both directly and as a hub for other companies. After school hours during the week and on Saturdays, 110 Old Street becomes a buzz of students and their parents. Instructors, all experienced performers themselves, focus students on fundamentals and theory, creating individualized curriculums for the students, allowing students to pursue the style of music they love while encouraging them to explore other genres, as well. Cape Fear Music Center also hosts annual Rock-n-Roll summer camps. “These guys are fantastic,” said Richard Flannigan, one of the Center’s adult students. “Their approach is great and they are patient.”

Maybe it’s the patience that brought them through the obstacles, or maybe it’s the obstacles that grew the patience. Either way, Cape Fear Music Center’s persistence has paid off. They are honored to be a part of Fayetteville’s downtown arts scene and optimistic about their future there. “Downtown Fayetteville has a very artsy feel and we’ve always wanted to be a part of that,” explained Harrison, describing the Center’s current efforts to purchase 110 Old Street. “We are committed to Fayetteville’s historic district and very proud to be a part of Downtown.”

Things to know:

  • Cape Fear Music Center’s summer Rock-n-Roll boot camps are currently open for registration. Participants must be proficient at playing their instrument, but need not be a current student of the Center.
  • The Center’s instructors are available to participate in Career Day presentations at area schools. They also offer Rhythm Section Clinics for Middle and High School Jazz Ensembles.
  • For a complete look at CFMC’s offerings, visit them online: www.capefearmusiccenter.com.


business


  • National Poppy Day

    05/26/2017
    05:00AM — 11:00PM

    Join with The American Legion and wear a red poppy Friday, May 26. National Poppy Day is to re...


  • Enjoy watching all the racing action on the 1/2-mile clay track at Fayetteville Motor Speedway du...


  • Memorial Day Tent Sale at Southern Design

    05/26/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    Come to Southern Design Furniture May 25 - May 31 and enjoy great Memorial Day sale prices on bea...


  • Plant Appreciation Walking Group

    05/26/2017
    03:00PM — 04:30PM

    Meet other plant lovers and walk the trails at the park and along the Cape Fear River (CFR) ident...


  • 3rd Annual Art Show

    05/26/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join us for the 3rd Annual Art Show Reception on May 26, at 6pm! The exhibit will run May 26 - J...


  • 4th Friday

    05/26/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    On the Fourth Friday of every month between 6:00 and 10:00pm, Downtown features history exhibits,...


  • The Diary of Anne Frank

    05/26/2017
    08:00PM

    The Gilbert Theater's last show of the 2016-2017 season is The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Go...


  • Birthday Dance & Potluck

    05/26/2017
    09:00PM — 01:00AM

    Celebrate your birthday month with others every 4th Friday of the month! Birthday dance & potluc...


  • Memorial Day Tent Sale at Southern Design

    05/27/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    Come to Southern Design Furniture May 25 - May 31 and enjoy great Memorial Day sale prices on bea...


  • 6th Annual Pig Pickin for Autism

    05/27/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    A Fun Family event to raise awareness and funds for the Autism Society of Cumberland County! Live...


  • Public Works

    05/27/2017
    12:00PM — 04:00PM

    Come see all types of visual art for all ages. Visit the Arts Council's galleries to see the lar...


  • Movie Night in the Garden

    05/27/2017
    07:00PM

    Cape Fear Botanical Garden presents “Movie Night in the Garden”. Laugh the night away with your f...


  • It’s America in 1963, with the turmoil of the JFK assasination and the civil rights movement. In ...


  • Fish Fry Fundraiser

    05/29/2017
    09:00AM — 08:00PM

    Event June 3 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Join Raeford United Methodist Church for their annual Good Ne...


  • Memorial Day Tent Sale at Southern Design

    05/29/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    Come to Southern Design Furniture May 25 - May 31 and enjoy great Memorial Day sale prices on bea...


  • CSG 2017 Summer Development Camps

    05/31/2017
    09:00AM — 08:30PM

    CSG 2017 Summer Development Camps Hero Training Camp June 12 -14 9 a.m. - Noon. Must regi...


  • Memorial Day Tent Sale at Southern Design

    05/31/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    Come to Southern Design Furniture May 25 - May 31 and enjoy great Memorial Day sale prices on bea...


  • What the Truck

    05/31/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    What the Truck! kick-off is coming up! Come one, come all! We will be hosting food trucks every W...


  • The Diary of Anne Frank

    05/31/2017
    08:00PM

    The Gilbert Theater's last show of the 2016-2017 season is The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Go...


  • Yoga in the Outfield Registration Opens

    06/01/2017
    08:00AM — 09:00PM

    We are joining forces with another amazing local organization to bring you: SwampDogs, Yoga and S...


  • Fish Fry Fundraiser

    06/01/2017
    09:00AM — 08:00PM

    Event June 3 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Join Raeford United Methodist Church for their annual Good Ne...


  • The Fayetteville Downtown Alliance’s Field of Honor event is a way for the community to honor and...


  • Othello

    06/01/2017
    06:45PM

    Enjoy Sweet Tea Shakespeare's (STS) presentation of Othello, by William Shakespeare. Divided by c...


  • SwampDogs Game

    06/01/2017
    07:00PM

    Morehead City Marlins at Fayetteville SwampDogs


  • National Poppy Day

    05/26/2017
    05:00AM — 11:00PM

    Join with The American Legion and wear a red poppy Friday, May 26. National Poppy Day is to re...


  • 4th Friday

    05/26/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    On the Fourth Friday of every month between 6:00 and 10:00pm, Downtown features history exhibits,...


  • Public Works

    05/27/2017
    12:00PM — 04:00PM

    Come see all types of visual art for all ages. Visit the Arts Council's galleries to see the lar...


  • This is the fifth annual concert where the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will play patriotic an...


CityView Facebook
CityView Family Facebook