Innovation Trail: Rochester telecom firm has its own "school of rock"

    It's 4 p.m. on a Thursday. And instead of sitting in front of office computer screens, a group of employees from M5 Networks is in the middle of band practice.

    The ragtag four-piece - crammed into rented jam space in Rochester's High Falls district - is banging out Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" as an instructor from the Hochstein School of Music looks on.

    The banter is friendly, the thud of the kick drum is heavy, and the song is surprisingly well played.

    There's only one rule for the M5 workers: you can't play an instrument you already know how to play.

    "The great thing about this program is that you're required to learn something new," says M5 office manager Myriah Marsh.

    In a nutshell, that's the point.

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