Family Business

The Family Business: Growing Up Around a Piano Shop Leads to a Career in Music

From time to time, we talk with Houstonians who have followed in previous generations’ footsteps about the opportunities and challenges inherent in going into the family business. Today, Maggie Martin talks with Allyson Wells who, like her father, became a musician. Her father, Arnold Brown, played viola and owned a piano store when she was […]

Allyson Wells, Houston musicianFrom time to time, we talk with Houstonians who have followed in previous generations’ footsteps about the opportunities and challenges inherent in going into the family business.

Today, Maggie Martin talks with Allyson Wells who, like her father, became a musician. Her father, Arnold Brown, played viola and owned a piano store when she was a child. She shares stories of growing up around dozens of pianos, playing for customers, and her father letting her pluck the strings on his viola when he played Pop Goes the Weasel.

Those experiences led her to pursue music as a career herself. Today, she teaches composition, music theory and piano.

TELL US YOUR STORY: If you chose to go into the same profession as someone else in your family tell us about it at: talk@houstonmatters.org.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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