Tuba player David Sabourin believes that music feeds the soul. As the owner of Tapestry Music in White Rock, he makes it his business to have whatever you need, whether you’re picking up an instrument for the first time or you are a professional musician.
Tapestry Music has been on Johnston Road in White Rock since 1996, and they currently have three locations on the same street where they take care of business, which includes their retail store, a repair shop and a music school.
in 2016, Tapestry Music acquired Prussin Music and as a second location which is located at 4440 W. 10th, Vancouver BC.
In 2018, Tapestry Music opened their third location in Victoria, BC. The store is located at #3 - 772 Bay Street, Victoria BC.
The retail location is a full-line music store selling band and orchestra instruments as well as drums, guitars, keyboards and electric pianos. The walls are lined with instruments — guitars of all sizes and colours, ukuleles, saxophones and drum sets — and the sheet music is neatly organized by genre.
Tapestry Music, staffed with music aficionados, offers everything from lessons and instruments for rent or sale for the beginner musician to boutique items like a guitar effects pedal for the professional.
“We’re not just trying to sell you something,” David says. “We’re generally interested in what your aspirations are and we’re trying to match you up with the right item so you can succeed.”
After graduating with a degree in music in the late 1970s, David was hired by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra to play tuba — a position he still holds — and did a stint with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra filling in for the tuba player. He continued his musical career with a brass quintet, Touch of Brass, that, more than 30 years later, is still going strong.
But after spending some time touring, including a nine-week European tour, David had to decide whether to continue his career on the road or stay closer to home. “In order to make a living as a musician, you have to be in an orchestra or touring,” David explains about his decision to stay put. He changed gears and entered the music retail business, first working at Ward Music, setting up their Langley store.
In 1996, he decided it was time to open his own music business and since then has been supplying musicians with instruments and music at his White Rock store.
A few years after opening, Tapestry Music started offering music lessons, and since then their music school has grown to 350 students, ranging in age from six to 80, with 20 music teachers. They teach everything from trumpet and trombone to piano and voice.
Running a music school is a unique business, David explains — they are not selling merchandise but an experience. Friendships have blossomed and he’s watched over the years as younger students have grown up and become “good people.”
“I’m hard-pressed to find a business that’s involved in people’s lives like we are,” David says. At Tapestry, the teachers keep their students on track and make sure they learn to read music, but they also tailor lessons to what the students want to learn, making the lessons fun and instilling a lifelong love of music. The key to a great music school, says David, is the staff. “It boils down to the teachers — you have to have good teachers.”