The Violin and Fiddle Instruction School of Music was severely damaged when a 2000 Land Rover SUV struck one of the building’s walls at approximately 3:40 a.m. Saturday. Photo by Ned Jilton II.
KINGSPORT — The owner of a music school says he plans to continue giving lessons even though much of the building that housed his business was destroyed in a car crash early Saturday.
The Violin and Fiddle Instruction School of Music, located at 3404 Memorial Drive, was severely damaged when a 2000 Land Rover SUV struck one of the building’s walls at approximately 3:40 a.m. Saturday.
School of Music owner Scott Gould said he was surprised by the amount of damage the building received.
“I got a call from the police, and they said there had been an accident and some damage,” Gould said. “I had no idea; it looks like a bomb went off here.”
The driver of the SUV — Bobby T. DePriest, 36, 4821 Frontier Dr., Kingsport — was arrested following the crash on charges of DUI, driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain control of a vehicle. DePriest was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Sullivan County.
According to the KPD, DePriest’s vehicle ran off Memorial Drive before shearing off a utility pole and striking the music school.
Authorities said the impact knocked the building from its foundation, causing what is likely irreparable damage.
The building was unoccupied at the time of the wreck, although several instruments were reportedly included in the damage.
“The building is a total loss obviously. It will have to be razed,” Gould said. “My landlord doesn’t know if he wants to rebuild yet.”
Gould said he had been operating from the Memorial Drive location for 10 years prior to Saturday’s wreck.
Gould — who for the past 35 years has taught violin, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo — said he and his team of 12 instructors would continue giving lessons despite not have a location to operate of for the time being.
“We’re still operating,” Gould said. “Right now I can’t say much more. We’ve had several people offer to give us some space temporarily, but right now I just don’t know where I’m going to be yet.”
Gould said he has already been in contact with a majority of his students regarding how they will continue their studies in the coming weeks.
Gould said anyone with questions about scheduling or lessons can contact him at (423) 416-3742 or visit www.schoolofmusickpt.com.