A BENDIGO music school is celebrating a special milestone this week.
Dewar’s Music School is marking its 25th anniversary.
Thousands of eager students of all ages have learnt a range of musical instruments at the school, including guitar, drums and keyboard.
Brothers Stuart and David Dewar have been running the business since their father and founder of the school, Gary passed away.
David’s wife Suzanne said the music school was the brainchild of her late father-in-law.
“They were originally from Melbourne and they wanted to move up to a country area, he wanted to raise his family in Bendigo,” she said.
“He always taught music in Melbourne and decided he wanted to get into in Bendigo.
“Twenty-five years later it is still going.”
Suzanne said when Gary passed away the brothers decided to keep running the school in his honour.
“We lost Gary 14 years ago and the boys after a month or so decided what they wanted to do and they very much wanted to keep it running in their dad’s memory,” she said.
Suzanne said since meeting her husband, running the music school had become just as important for her.
“Seeing the smiles on the students' faces, giving them places to perform and doing little showcases is everything,” she said.
“We are very honoured with the support we have had and continue to have from the Bendigo community.
“It is fantastic.”
Suzanne said the family-run school had grown significantly over the years.
“We were above what was Eastern’s Music on Mitchell Street for many years than we decided we wanted to try and grow,” she said.
“We moved to a little house in Garsed Street and we now have been in Queen Street for the last five or six years because we needed more space.”
Suzanne said she hoped the business would run for another 25 years.
For more information about music classes visit Dewar's Music School Facebook page.