Bone Spirit

As musi­cians, we are for­tu­nate to live in a world where we are con­stantly inspired by others who do what we do. Ath­letes live in a sim­ilar world of good for­tune. Having run my own busi­ness for many years, I’ve devel­oped a level of admi­ra­tion and inspi­ra­tion for great busi­ness people and those who pos­sess a great mind for busi­ness. In the world of con­stant change known as the music busi­ness, it is vital to look at our­selves as a small busi­ness no matter what our focus.  Unfor­tu­nately, basic busi­ness prin­ci­ples and philoso­phies are not often dis­cussed in the hal­lowed halls of our great music con­ser­va­to­ries. Even as many music schools begin to add classes and sem­i­nars in entre­pre­neur­ship, most of these classes are taught by musi­cians, not always suc­cessful busi­ness people. It’s always advan­ta­geous to go directly to the source, in this case, great busi­ness people. Inter­est­ingly enough, the more vir­tuosi of com­merce I am for­tu­nate enough to inter­sect with, the more I dis­cover these excep­tional indi­vid­uals often share a pas­sion for music.

CEO Ben Bal­danza w/the Michael Davis trom­bone by Shires

This summer, a for­tu­itous sequence of events took place here at Hip-Bone Music. I received an order for some of my arrange­ments from a gen­tleman named Ben Bal­danza. After exchanging a few e-mails, I learned that Ben had a pas­sion for the trom­bone that was equal, if not greater, to my own. I also learned that he had reached the pin­nacle of busi­ness suc­cess and is the CEO of Spirit Air­lines. Over the course of a few more e-mails, Ben decided to pur­chase the Michael Davis trom­bone by Shires, as well as many of the other books, CDs and arrange­ments in the Hip-Bone Music cat­alog. For that, I am extremely grateful. Fur­ther, I am grateful to have met a gen­tleman whose pas­sion for busi­ness and music can influ­ence what I do in a very pos­i­tive and pur­poseful way. I would like to think my music and my trom­bone will have a pos­i­tive impact on his life as well.

I’m looking for­ward to get­ting to know Ben better in the months and years to come, both musi­cally and as a busi­ness person. When you meet someone with Ben’s level of pas­sion and intel­lect, good things invari­ably happen. As we con­tin­u­ally strive to achieve greater suc­cess as musi­cians, take a look around your own world and notice the suc­cess sto­ries out­side your own area of exper­tise. Figure out what those indi­vid­uals and com­pa­nies have done to achieve great­ness and how it can help you as you strive for great­ness. You’ll be shocked by how much common ground there is between everyone who achieves suc­cess and has pas­sion for what they do.

In the mean­time, I’m excited to announce that in 2013, Hip-Bone Music will start to include select inter­views with out­standing busi­ness people in our bone2pick monthly inter­view series. I’m pumped about it. I believe it will become an invalu­able resource for music stu­dents and pro­fes­sionals alike.  First up, Mr. Ben Baldanza!


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3 Responses to Bone Spirit

  1. Nate Kimball says:

    Excel­lent and inspiring post, Mr. Davis! You cer­tainly have a pen­chant for busi­ness that is envi­able. I hope you under­stand that just as you look up to busi­ness moguls for inspi­ra­tion, a lot of us look to YOU for inspiration!

  2. Melissa Eickhoff Davis says:

    Mike, I think your dad is the exact example of someone who was and is a vary tal­ented and edu­cated musi­cian but had no clue of the busi­ness side of music (or even the need for it. ) He has seen a lot of your posts including this one and he is amazed and proud of the breadth of your vision and the ability to impli­ment it. You are a great con­tribu­tator to the busi­ness of music!

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