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October 28, 2007

Music Beat: A different direction in music industry

It's always good to hear about young people who grow up in our area, gain an education in our local schools and colleges, and then establish successful careers in industry centers.

To many, it's even more satisfying when some of those young people come back to enjoy our upstate way of life as they continue to build their careers.

Deric Frost, director of development for Boynton Sound and operations director of Music Square in the Southside Mall, matches that description perfectly. He grew up in Worcester, where he says he was "completely involved in music." While a student at Worcester High School, he was a member of the All County Jazz Band, the choir and the concert band.

He planned to attend Binghamton University to study music performance, but when he learned about the music industry program at the State University College at Oneonta, he decided to combine his interest in music and business while he earned a college degree.

"Even though I love music, I always had business aspirations, so the program at Oneonta made sense to me," he said.

While in college, he worked at the record store FYE. I asked, "How did you get that job at such an early age?"

He said, "I moved to Oneonta in 2001 after I graduated high school and was hired as a salesman at NRM, the local record store at that time. They went out of business six months later and that store location was vacant for close to a year. When FYE opened its doors, I applied for a job and was hired as a sales clerk and was hired as a second assistant manger. Within a few months, I was promoted to first assistant manager. I worked for FYE during my sophomore and junior years at SUNY Oneonta.

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