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Musical vet opens studio in Sterling

Pursuing a dream, retired U.S. Army officer David Dixon has opened Music Cave Studios, a musical rehearsal facility in Sterling.

Dixon has been musically entertaining hundreds since 1992 when he was a member of the Army Bandsmen. Twenty-three years later he is ready to get back into music.

“I always promised myself when I finished my career, I would return to music,” Dixon said.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with the Department of Defense, offers a course Operation Boots To Business through the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University that helps ensure transitioning service members have access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and small business resources in their local communities.

Upon completion of a Boots to Business course, Dixon began working on a business plan for the studio. In 2013, he was encouraged to submit his business plan to Loudoun County's Small Business Development Center Business Plan Competition, where he ended with first place honors.

The Business Plan competition is designed to support local business ideas by having the judges comment and critique the plans. The winner of the competition receives a $1,000 prize as well as various prizes from other local businesses.

Dixon is making his business plan for Music Cave Studios come to life. Music Cave Studios is composed of about 14 professional studios, which will provide any serious artist with the tools to pursue their goal.

There are soundproof digital studios, a recital hall for larger ensembles or events, and some studios are set up with amps, mixers and headphones to make it convenient for any musician to practice.

The studios aren't just limited to musicians, but also photographers and artist alike.

“We are hoping three years from now to build another one, as well as expand this one if possible. We have gotten a very positive buzz from people in Pennsylvania and South Carolina; we'll see what happens.” Dixon said.


Nice to see another business open up in Sterling. I wish much success for Mr. Dixon!

But did anyone think this was going to be about a singing veterinarian?

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