Ky. high school teacher repairs violins for students – Spectrum News 1

VERSAILLES, Ky. — In his backyard workshop of his Versailles home, Greg Marsee is living his dream. The Woodford County High School orchestra teacher and musician decided to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by learning a trade that’d always been his passion: playing and repairing string instruments.

Greg Marsee labors away in his backyard workshop.

“It’s just become a great passion for me just because number one, I love teaching kids about string instruments, I truly believe it’s my purpose in life. And number two, I get to do exactly what someone did for me one time that woke me up to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” Marsee said.

Marsee said the unique quality of each different instrument fueled his interest.

“I just found a real profound interest in it because each violin from cheap all the way to expensive, they have their own soul, their own specific sound,” Marsee said. “D string can be played on any violin, but there’s nuances and subtleties in the sound that you can just capture and realize that it goes deeper than just being a box of wood.”

For Marsee, the time spent repairing these violins is a labor of love – a chance to give back by passing on the joy he discovered as a child playing the stringed instruments.

“I picked it up and played
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