With the legal drinking age of 18 back then and not much to do in Wisconsin, people would often come see his bands perform at taverns or pubs.
“If people wanted to have a good time they went to a bar,” Olson said.
Because life as a musician was unstable, he put his love for music on the back burner and became a financial planner 35 years ago when he moved to Forest Hills. He worked as a corporate banker for three decades, but five years ago started his own company, Olson Tax and Financial Planning.
But his passion for music never left him. He is currently the president of Musica Reginae, a non profit classical chamber music organization that began 13 years ago. The name in Latin translates to the “Music of Queens.”
“The goal of Musica Reginae is to put on some really good concerts,” he said.
The group hosts five concerts a season at The Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills, and is looking to start hosting music by composers working today. Musica Reginae's May concert will be part of the third annual Queens New Music Festival (queensnewmusicfestival.org).
“We’re trying to create a community of people interested in contemporary classical music,” Olson said.