Jack Nisley is a very busy, life-long resident of Grand Junction. For several decades he has been a familiar face in both real estate appraisal and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO). Of his schedule this week, Jack said,
“I’ll be in a class all day [Monday], and have a meeting [Monday] night, rehearsals Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon. Palisade Peach festival concert with the band Friday night, two brass gigs Saturday morning, and then the Evening under the Stars Saturday night. So this week is a little busy!”
Jack plays French horn with The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Centennial Band, and a brass ensemble. His day job is as president of Nisley and Associates, Incorporated; a real estate appraisal company.
A real estate family
Jack started working with real estate while still in high school. His father and grandfather owned and operated Mountain Realty, founded in 1946, and located on the same property as the present day Nisley and Associates. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Jack served an appraiser’s apprenticeship, and availed himself of additional appraisal classes. In 1988 Jack and his father were able to separate the family business into two divisions, addressing both real estate sales and real estate appraisal.
An accidental professional musician
Although Jack Nisley enjoyed music and played the trumpet as a youngster, switching to French horn in junior high, he did not perceive music as his calling. “I loved math,” he says, “and I knew I wanted a business degree to work in real estate. Jake (Marion Jacobs, Grand Junction High School band director, 1941-1977) told me Leigh Burns was coming over from DU (Denver University) and I was required to audition. Since I really didn’t care, I wasn’t nervous. I won a music scholarship.”
The gift of music
Jack played French horn for Denver University and simultaneously earned a degree in business administration. When he returned to Grand Junction after graduation, he continued to play French horn with the community orchestra as a sort of way to give back what the music community had given him.
These days, amidst the mountain of appraisal cases and a wife preparing for a kidney transplant, Jack thinks music is what keeps him sane. You are invited to share the music this weekend at the Palisade Peach Festival or Evening under the Stars.
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