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Meet Steve Benedetto of Respectful Beats™ in Marlborough

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Benedetto.

Steve, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been a drummer since the age of 10. Fast forward to 2015, after being laid off from a lengthy ‘career’ in financial services, I took a job waiting tables at a local retirement home. About three months into working there, one of the staff members (who knew I was a musician) asked me to teach a drumming class to the residents of the facility. The same ones I was waiting the tables for.

On the day of the class I was going to teach I looked at the signup sheet and there were only twelve residents listed. When I walked down the hall and begin the class, there were over 50 residents in attendance. Although I was nervous, this first class went well and I haven’t stopped. This is where I formed the business Respectful Beats™ in July of 2015 and I have done over 215 workshops in the course of 18 months since.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?

Although I had some great victories, I certainly made some stupid mistakes. Things like purchasing unnecessary business supplies and gear, not charging enough for my workshops and assuming things would take care of themselves. I had financial challenges early on and took some part time jobs to stay afloat ….at times considering giving up the biz. Also, growing the business has taken 2-3 times longer than I anticipated.

Please tell us about Respectful Beats™.
We primarily teach interactive drumming workshops to senior citizens, corporations, colleges and more. It’s a unique twist on the traditional drum circle, where we use the drum set and the residents are using small djembe drums. We pride in doing quality work, with specific drumming exercises, games and play along music ‘jams’ that inspire and delight. I’m most proud of the positive feedback and the opportunity to present something I love doing (drumming) to older folks, business people or students.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Charge more and have a bigger vision earlier on.

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1 Comment

  1. Madeleine Mak

    May 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Steven is my nephew. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to sit with him and talk about what he really wanted to do. He pretty much described what he is doing today; his love of music and especially his love of drums. After we talked I kind of had a private drum concert. I never realized what an accomplished and outstanding drummer he was. Now, he is living his dream not only playing his drums but also sharing his talents with elderly people in his surrounding communities. Keep up the good work!!!

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