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Rigel Downs
Retail Manager
Location: Charlotte, NC
Speaks: English

Get to know Rigel

I started piano lessons when I was 5 or 6 and became proficient at sight reading in order to fool my teacher into thinking I had practiced (even though I would not advise using this technique for new students). I also played the Violin for one year in the Orchestra and made it into the All County Band playing the flute. I went on to major in music in college, with a focus in Italian Opera. Starting at age 19, I worked on Broadway in NYC under contract with a production company that paid to record my original rock songs. This opportunity was a great learning experience that all came from a demo I made as my Senior Project for High School at Gaston Day. Creative Music Concepts let me help write commercials and showed me how to register songs and receive royalties from ASCAP. I also started learning guitar when I was around 27 so I could play solo gigs without having to worry about other players showing up or canceling last minute. Currently, and for the past 20+ years, I've been playing with local bands and musicians. Some of my favorite experiences have been winning a Mars Music Battle of the Bands, Opening for Rod Stewart at PNC Pavilion, singing in various community musicals, and working as the Director for an International Murder Mystery Company.

Rigel works at:
4209 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28209
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