Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Musician Finding His Forte; Former Teacher Launches New Repair Business

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Musician Finding His Forte; Former Teacher Launches New Repair Business

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Byline: Nick Wright nick.wright@dailymercury.com.au

AFTER years of educating Mackay's aspiring musicians, Nick de Brueys became increasingly frustrated by the lack of instrument repair options available.

His love of music drove his talents to school music programs in 2001, but when problems arose with broken instruments they would have to be sent to Brisbane.

A two-week wait for some jobs that required only simple repairs, was, at times, hindering his students' ability to play regularly. So Mr de Brueys sought to service a niche market in the region.

He spent a couple of years in Brisbane learning how to undertake various instrumental repairs and, upon the completion of his training, 'windSonus' was born.

Since launching his new business at the end of January, Mr de Brueys' commitment to regional and remote towns has been a focal point. He most recently travelled to Rockhampton to do some repair work, and has trips arranged to Clermont and Prosperine to meet the needs of their music programs.

Mr de Brueys said it was important to ensure Central Queensland was well serviced to allow music programs to flourish.

"I want to grow my business to help the district, as well as Mackay, so I go all the way out to the coalfields and everywhere inclusive of Emerald in the west, as far north as Ayr and as far south as Rockhampton," he said.

"I figured since it is such a niche market I need to expand my catchment area. If Mackay as a city struggles to have decent repairing, imagine what somewhere like Moranbah is like. "Going out there to help those guys with that, I think, is something beneficial to the community and music in general."

WindSonus focuses on brass and woodwind services, but the travelling repairman still occasionally teaches young musicians.

Mr de Brueys began playing the trombone in primary school and has performed with ensembles and bands across the region in the past. …

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