John Keal was one of the very few who attended the Conn band instrument repair school in Elkhart, enrolling in the school just after World War II. The program only lasted a few years, but it provided the passion he was missing as a salesman outside the music industry. He returned to his father’s small music shop, which was located just three blocks from the Capitol in Albany, New York. This shop is where he built up the band instrument department with service, repairs and rentals. For years he worked to provide services directly to the school band director. John passed away in June 2010. Today, the John Keal Music store still serves the schools in the area and continues to grow.
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