Mckibben Mu­sic

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In four years, McKibben Mu­sic’s pres­ence in New­ton County has grown, thanks to owner Mack McKibben’s pas­sion for mu­sic and ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion with the city.

Since high school, McKibben has been a work­ing mu­si­cian, per­form­ing with many lo­cal artists over the years. He felt that open­ing a busi­ness to pro­vide lessons for bud­ding mu­si­cians was es­sen­tial to the com­mu­nity.

“Choos­ing the square was the ideal lo­ca­tion, a safe lo­ca­tion,” said McKibben. “Par­ents can feel safe when they drop their chil­dren off for lessons.”

McKibben Mu­sic boasts a staff of 10 teach­ers and of­fers lessons in a range of in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing gui­tar, mandolin, vi­o­lin, drums and piano. The busi­ness sees 250 stu­dents a week from New­ton and sur­round­ing coun­ties.

The store also brand-name in­stru­ments and ac­ces­sories for both pro­fes­sional and ama­teur mu­si­cians. McKibben, who is also a piano purist, tunes, moves and re­pairs pi­anos at affordable prices.

McKibben reg­u­larly takes part in and sup­ports events in the area. He was an es­sen­tial part in plan­ning Cov­ing­ton’s Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion last year, the first in a cou­ple of years. Ac­cord­ing to McKibben, he ap­proached the city man­ager to see if he could get some help to bring some bands to play on the Square. With the sup­port of the city coun­cil, they were able to hold a cel­e­bra­tion, one that en­ticed the coun­cil to do it again this year.

“The city has not had fire­works in a few years … I felt that the county de­served to cel­e­brate the Fourth,” said McKibben, who also cred­its Main Street Cov­ing­ton’s Josephine Kelly for her ded­i­ca­tion to the event this year. “It was re­ally amaz­ing how it all came into place … to look out there and see a sea of peo­ple hav­ing a good time. It was our com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether.”

McKibben will be in­volved in a num­ber of com­mu­nity events in the com­ing months. In Oc­to­ber, he plans to host a fundrais­ing con­cert for the Breast Cancer As­so­ci­a­tion. The event is per­sonal to McKibben, whose wife, Deb­o­rah, beat breast cancer three years ago.

“For me, it’s all about be­ing a part of the com­mu­nity,” said McKibben. “We want to be here for a long time, right here on the Square.”

Tharon Gid­dens/ The Cov­ing­ton News

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos/ The Cov­ing­ton News

Mack McKibben is joined by his son Micah at the fam­ily busi­ness. McKibben Mu­sic has 10 teach­ers and of­fers lessons in mul­ti­ple in­stru­ments. The busi­ness also has in­stru­ments for sale and of­fers piano tun­ing.

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