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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Kevin Price grew up in a musical family. From the time he was a young boy he took piano lessons, and his family regularly performed. With his musical background, majoring in piano building and tuning at Brigham Young University seemed like the logical thing to do. And when Kevin opened Heritage Music in Orem seven years ago, that also seemed to fit just right.
I asked Kevin where the name Heritage Music came from, and he shared some family history with me. During the Great Depression, his grandparents lived on a farm. Like many others, they had almost nothing. Their most prized possession was a milk cow. One day, a man came down the road with a piano on his truck bed. Kevin's grandfather knew how much his wife liked to play, so he asked the man if he'd trade the piano for his milk cow. The man agreed to the trade, and both parties left satisfied. Kevin didn't think much of the story until he and his relatives performed at the funerals of his grandparents. Surprised at the talent each of them had, Kevin realized his grandparents had left a heritage of music for the family.
Heritage Music specializes in selling new and used grand and upright pianos. Kevin realized many people couldn't afford a new piano at first, so he started repairing used pianos he could sell. The idea took off, and Kevin has sold thousands of pianos since.
The store also sells sheet music and caters to music educators and piano teachers. The store even has a recording studio and a recital hall for teachers to use. In fact, Heritage Music regularly holds lunches and seminars for piano teachers where they learn more about the latest teaching techniques.
Driving along State Street in Orem, it's hard to miss the 11-foot-long rotating grand piano advertising the store. For Kevin, Heritage Music is not just his business — it's his passion.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.