Nathaniel Villareal was a financial advisor working long days with little reward when he decided to take a chance on himself.
"I decided why not? Let's take a shot, let's see what happens and if I fail, I fail as myself," he said.
That "shot" was opening the Anthem School of Music. It started as a 400 square foot space off Highway 281 and Nakoma Dr. Now, Villareal is in a much bigger space on I-10 near Leon Valley.
It appears that the gamble paid off.
"Our mission for Anthem School of Music is to enrich the lives of every student through the power of music," he said. "We aspire to excellence and we do that through performance."
One of his students, 17-year-old Andrew Mazza, said that he came to the school to learn how to play his favorite instrument.
"Because, when I was little, I always aspired to learn the guitar. It was my favorite instrument for the longest time, but I never actually got to do it. I never had the chance, so when we found this place, it was awesome," Mazza said.
Five years later, he considers himself an intermediate to advanced guitarist. KENS 5 reporter Bryan Wendland heard him play with a few other musicians when he visited Anthem, and he can back that claim up.
For their work in training aspiring musicians, Anthem was has received awards from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. NAMM then asked Villareal to spearhead a movement to bring Make Music Day to San Antonio.
"There's never been one in Texas," he said. "We wanted to bring this opportunity for those that aren't as known as some artists, whether they're independent singers or working cover bands, we wanted to give them the opportunity to be on the main stage."
Make Music Day started in France during the 1980's. More than 700 cities participate on June 21 every year.
City council gave the Alamo City's Make Music Day an official proclamation and offered La Villita and the Arneson River Theater up for the cause.
"The fact that the city acknowledged that it's going to be the first one like this in Texas, and that they can get behind us and the city donated La Villita, donated the River Theater, it tickles us," Villareal said.
Some of his students have taken the stage at the Arneson Theater before. They said that the experience is one-of-a-kind.
"That was my first performance, but it was pretty awesome when I got on stage. It was cool," Tabitha Wilke said.
"I think that's pretty amazing that a bunch of people can come together and sing," Brianna Staggs said.
If you want to find out more about Make Music San Antonio, check out this website. But, what Villareal really wants you to do is just come on out on June 21.
"Bring lawn chairs, bring your guitar, bring your trombone, your saxophone come out in the street come out and jam with us," he said. "That's the point of Make Music."