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A French musician finds niche with South Florida audiences

The French Horn Collective will play on Miami Beach on Tuesday, July 14.
The French Horn Collective will play on Miami Beach on Tuesday, July 14. FRENCHHORNCOLLECTIVE.COM

Vincent Raffard says “the magic of life” brought him to Miami.

The longtime musician from Paris, France, says he never expected to leave the ironclad boulevards for palm trees and sandy beaches.

“I didn’t have any desire to come to South Florida,” he says.

After coming to the Sunshine State on tour, he decided to stay and continue his career as a musician in Miami. Eight years later, the 35-year-old has produced a solo album and formed a band called the French Horn Collective.

The band is wrapping up a new album that will be out this September while playing five nights a week at hip venues such as Lagniappe in Wynwood and the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach.

As the band gets ready to play Bastille Day (July 14) celebrations in West Palm Beach and Miami Beach, Raffard recalls the impact moving to the United States has had on his career.

“It’s the energy of the country,” he says.

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