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Bangor Recording Studio Expands 

A recording studio in downtown Bangor is expanding.Three years ago Andrew Clifford opened his studio on Main Street. Now he’s moved into a bigger place, and has brought in several teachers to help nurture the musical talent in the area.Walk into the new Main Street Music Studios in downtown Bangor and you might hear a little big band, some bluegrass, and throw in some hip hop.Andrew Clifford is the president of the studios. He says he got the idea last March to combine his recording studio with music education classes, after speaking with fellow music teachers, Bill Thibodeau and Brian Nadeau.”We all love what we do and we all have a passion for music and education for kids, so putting this all in one spot was really just a fun idea.”It took them just a few weeks to convert the space at 49 Main Street into 6 music rooms, and a recording studio. They’re still working on a CD duplication studio in the basement. Plus they’ve recruited four other music instructors.In a turbulent economic time, Andrew says he isn’t scared to expand. In fact some of the teachers have already picked up new students.”I actually had a call from a lady who turned 85 years old last week who wants to take up the trumpet again, and I think it’s a wonderful thing.””Music is soul food and everybody needs music. I don’t think it’s a luxury. I think it’s a need.”Main Street Music Studios wants to fill that need.Andrew says he’ll continue teaching, recording artists from the area and different parts of the country, plus he’s producing music for TV. It keeps him busy.”How happy are you? I love it. I hate going home from work. I love it here”Now he’s surrounded by several other people who share his love of music, and want to spread it throughout the community.”I couldn’t be happier, I’m excited because music education, keeping kids playing is so important for everything basically, peace in the world, peace in the area.”The Main Street Music Studios will be holding an Open House Friday, May 15 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.You’ll find them at 49 Main Street in Bangor. All the music teachers will be there, you’ll be able to tour the recording studio, plus they’ll have some great music.For more information, you can log onto their website: www.mainstreetmusicstudios.com