SARASOTA, Fla. – Since its founding, local music school Music Compound has encouraged members of all ages to learn music, make friends and rock out loud. As its five-year anniversary approaches, Music Compound will take its own advice and “rock out loud” with a celebration in early February.
On Friday, February 5, 6-9 p.m. at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Robarts Arena (3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota), Music Compound presents its 5th Year Celebration, featuring music by The Good Time Groove Band – a jazz group led by a Music Compound instructor – DJ Joey D, and some student groups. The event will also include red carpet entry, a meet & greet, a 2,000-square-foot interactive maze that showcases the history of Music Compound, testimonials by longtime staff, dancing, and food and beverages (including cash bar).
“My goal in founding this business in 2016 was to be more than a place where people took music lessons – I wanted to create a music community,” said founder and owner Jenny Townsend. “Over time, we have built a place where member families and staff feel like a part of our family, where instructors adhere to certain standards but have the creative freedom to express their own passion, where aspiring artists of all skill levels can gain confidence that will carry them throughout their lives, even if they don’t pursue music professionally. I feel so fortunate to be able to love coming to work each and every day.”
Since its beginnings, Music Compound has experienced steady growth; there are 375 members currently on the rolls. In 2018, Townsend opened a second location in downtown Sarasota, adjacent to The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. An additional expansion was planned for 2020 in Lakewood Ranch but the coronavirus pandemic derailed those plans – for now.
Townsend has also been recognized for her business savvy, dedication to music education, and commitment to the wider community. She was named a “40 Under 40” winner by the Business Observer in 2015 and recognized as the “Young Professional of the Year” by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in 2019.
Community partners, friends and family members, and the general public are encouraged and welcome to attend the celebration. For ages 4 and up – kids’ activities will be available.
The event will follow CDC guidelines and attendance numbers will be limited. All attendees must sign a COVID-19 waiver; those who have traveled within the previous month, been sick recently, or who are actively experiencing flu-like symptoms are asked not to attend.
Attire is cocktail and guests are encouraged to wear red, black and white – Music Compound’s signature colors. Cost for entry is free for active Music Compound members, $15/public; reduced-price tickets available for past members and staff. RSVP at musiccompound.com/five.
For more information about Music Compound, go to musiccompound.com or call (941) 379-9100.
PHOTO ID: The team at Music Compound is thrilled to celebrate the company’s fifth anniversary on February 5 at Robarts Arena