He's in his early 60's but he has the enthusiasm of a teenager. He's a man who really enjoys life. A successful business man, Don Teach, is owner of Shreveport music which in the last year, moved from East 70th Street to Kings Highway across from Centenary. His current plans don't call for retirement any time soon. He's too busy living the good life helping to keep him young. His hobby is finding and restoring old player pianos and music boxes. At his home, some of the results of his efforts can be found in a room while more is scattered around the house.
"It keeps you active. It keeps your mind working, which are two great things as far as I'm concerned for an older guy. I work with my hands every day so my hands are still pretty limber. I enjoy it. It's still a challenge. My challenge in working on these things is how close I can get to original and how perfect can I get it" says Don.
And it's more than just a hobby, it's a calling. A calling that he feels is needed.
"In my hobby, I'm trying to preserve a musical heritage. I'm trying to preserve a type of music which otherwise would have just gone to the dump. I get pianos that people just throw out in barns and let rot away and save them and put them back together. That's music for another generation to enjoy or not enjoy. Hopefully they enjoy it" says Don.
Don has some advice for people his age and older. Find something to keep you busy.
"You gotta have something if you want to go home and become a couch potato and just sit there, you're not going to keep going. I'm convinced of that. So I'm going to keep working on these things. I'm going to keep enjoying it and I'm going to tell others. Get a hobby and do something. Get off your behind. Get out here and do it. Just because you're over 60 doesn't mean you can't do it. It just means you might do it a little slower and we'll have more fun because there's no pressure on us" says Don.
Some good advice. Not known locally for his expertise, Don is a nationally recognized authority on the restoration of player pianos and music boxes.