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  • Writer's pictureBernard Flythe

Life As a Tuba Player During a Pandemic

I can't believe it has been more than 2 years since I have posted on my blog. Everyone on the planet is dealing with the coronavirus epidemic, otherwise know as COVID-19. I am grateful to say that I have continued evolving as a professional freelance tuba artist-teacher and a small businessman during this tough period.

I am celebrating my 12th year as founder and owner of The Flythe Group, Inc. I can't thank my tax accountant, Donald McAllister, enough for encouraging me in 2008 to incorporate myself and take advantage of being an S Corporation. If things work out, I will receive a Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan from the Small Business Association (SBA) to help keep my business afloat during the crisis. I am also looking forward to updating and improving my website with the help of Nicole Riccardo.

With regards to my teaching and performance opportunities, I have been successful in receiving offers to teach online lessons, record music for high school concert band programs and local churches, and teach online seminars/classes. I never thought I would use digital technology and virtual means to continue my career in music; however, dealing with a deadly disease has caused everyone to rethink and recreate their "new" normal.

I look forward to my move to Houston in late July/early August; I visited the city in February and realized that my heart was ready for a major change in my life. I plan to teach at some of the top high school band programs in the state as well as work on making connections with the freelancing community in metropolitan Houston. I will certainly miss my colleagues, my friends, my students, and my family when I leave the beautiful city of Atlanta, GA.

Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time; we will get through this crisis. Please continue to live your life to the fullest. #stay home

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