When art comes to life – Sidney Daily News


TROY – For the owner of Trojan City Music, music is more than an art: it’s life.

“I’m a recovered addict, and music is one of those things that I could always be proud of, in good times and bad, and it connects me with people. I don’t know what my life would be like without it, ”said John Hendry, owner and director of Trojan City Music. “I was the stereotypical troubled juvenile offender – and music was my therapy.” When he was 15 or 16, a friend asked Hendry to sing in a band. After seeing a few chords, Hendry borrowed the guitar and the amp, playing around the house, creating a space where the world ceased to be an “angry, scary place.”

The poet and playwright William Congreve wrote: “Music has charms to soothe a wild chest” (ie heart). Over time, the line became popular after changing the last word to “beast”.

Hendry is an example of how a musician’s life journey exposed him to an astonishing range of musical styles and artist influences that he then turned into a business.

“I have a very eclectic mix of musical influences, from Neil Young to Pantera. My parents are both old hippies, and when I was five they bought me Pyromania from Def Leopard. I played it until the tape broke. After that I looted my mother’s folk rock collection from the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, ”Hendry said. “I became an anguished child, punk rock and metal – and Pantera is one of my loves – playing this kind of music for a long time. These days I’ve mellowed into rock and roll, grabbing my acoustic guitar and amp, sitting down for a few hours and playing Johnny Cash.

Then Hendry got the chance to share his love of music and the good it can do. Hendry opened Trojan City Music at 106 East Main St. in Troy in 2017 and opened music lessons studios in 2018. It is now the only full-service music store within a 35-mile radius, serving customers of Sidney, Piqua, Tipp City, West Milton, Covington, Pleasant Hill, Saint-Paris, Christiansburg, Urbana and Vandalia.

Because of his own experiences, it is important for Hendry to put the instruments in the hands of interested young people.

The store’s retail staff – Phil Doncaster and Caitlyn Harris, as well as intern Kayla Auld – answer sales questions about purchasing a range of new instruments.

Through its affiliation with Kincaid’s is Music in Springfield, Trojan City Music offers group and orchestral instrument rentals to local school programs in Shelby, Clark, Miami and Montgomery counties.

Many donated instruments are repaired and have gone to permanent homes with children who otherwise could not have afforded them. These included a Washburn acoustic guitar from an anonymous donor, an acoustic amp from Jeremy and Lynne Siegrist from The Typical Johnsons, a left-handed bass guitar from Julius Blair, and a Jackson Rhoads style guitar from Chris Elliot from Omeni.

Expose young people to live, adult music is often difficult, so the store also serves as a place of entertainment.

“All the employees here are full-fledged musicians who play in groups. Dayton’s great music scene is perhaps one of the most talented and diverse of any genre, of any music scene in the country, ”said Hendry.

Nine staff members teach 200 students. Chris Aldridge teaches guitar, bass and ukulele. David Brush is a voice teacher. Dale Crockett focuses solely on teaching the guitar. Tim Hobbs teaches guitar, bass, drums and piano. Nicholas “Reece” Lincoln teaches guitar, bass and ukulele. Tara Mar is an expert cello teacher. Leonore Palermo focuses on teaching the piano. Rick Partida provides lessons in drum, orchestra and orchestral instruments.

“A to study from the University of British Columbia found that sustained music education correlated with higher test scores in other subjects, ”said Harris, salesman and pre-med student at Wright State. “Playing the drums can give you a head start in math. There has been a lot of research into how learning to play music improves the brain. In an NPR interview in 2005, a Stanford searcher, Keith Devlin, explained that musicians are able to distinguish spoken syllables faster and more reliably than non-musicians.

Hendry, however, didn’t need to hear the research. He always knew what music could do.

To reach Trojan City Music, call 937-335-2406 or visit them online at trojancitymusic.com.

John Hendry, owner of Trojan City Music at 106 East Main Street in Troy, is exhibiting a Fender Strat, one of the many guitars and other musical instruments available in the store.

Hendry builds business around the love of music