When it comes to music, sometimes the instrument chooses the musician, not the other way around. This was the case for Sebastian Corbo, a successful drummer and construction consultant.
From an early age, Sebastian fell in love with the drums and used every spare second to work to save up to buy his own drum set and pursue a career in music. Simultaneously, Mr. Corbo established himself in the construction industry and began building an equally successful business in that sector as well. Even in retirement, Sebastian is living proof that regardless of how different a person’s passions are they can still pursue them and be successful in both.
Sebastian Corbo did not have a typical childhood, but fondly remembers the years he spent working for his father’s construction company. He began his career in the industry at the age of 12 doing manual labor and learned all of the essential skills needed to succeed in a career in the industry while many of his friends had no idea which path they wanted to take. He quickly began working his way from the bottom of the company to driving the truck to ultimately earning his certifications and degrees. His primary motivation for starting work at such an early age was music. One day while visiting family he heard loud noises coming from a garage and decided to investigate. What he found inspired him so profoundly that he has pursued a career in music ever since.
There was nothing out of the ordinary with the group of guys he saw playing the drums, keyboard, and bass guitar, but Sebastian instantly fell in love with the drums and stopped at nothing until he had his own set. He worked diligently to be able to afford to buy a drum set as his family could not afford them. His father told him he would hire him at $75 a week and over the next eight weeks, Sebastian was so determined to buy himself drums that he did not see friends over the summer holiday. Over the course of the next two years, Sebastian earned enough to buy his first pair of pearl drums.
Some kids are fascinated with something, like a musical instrument or game, for several weeks or months and then discard the object or banish it to a forgotten corner once they lose interest. Twenty-five years have passed, and Sebastian Corbo is still playing the drums, and he even attended the Boston Berklee College for Music Production. However, instead of learning in his parent’s house he is in a successful band that plays concerts internationally. The band initially began with a group of friends playing weddings and giving concerts for the neighborhood. Since then, the band has gone their separate ways, but Sebastian founded another band with a soul-funk vibe. Over the years, his band has opened for audiences ranging from ten to 20,000 people. He has toured in Canada, played every venue in Toronto, and backed up international artists from Europe.
After having kids, Sebastian cut back on touring internationally, but will never give up performing entirely. He switched focus from performing to producing and continues to take classes whenever possible to broaden his musical horizons. When he isn’t performing in front of thousands of people or spending time with his family, Sebastian Corbo spends time consulting business and construction companies on best practices.
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