Bassist Alan Thomas has been actively engaged in forming, managing, and playing in musical ensembles since the age of 15. He earned his Bachlor of Arts degree in Applied Music at the University of South Florida. Alan’s musical achievements include a far east tour of “The Sound of Music” to Hong Kong and Taiwan, Peter Pan in New York and many Broadway musicals at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Alan has served as a musical contractor for Spanish Lyric Theater and supplied full symphony orchestras for Ray Charles on three occasions. Alan continues to perform classical, jazz and other contemporary forms and styles of music.
Andy Feller has been involved in music for most of his life. He picked up guitar at 11 and from there moved to drums and eventually learned some bass and keys. Andy is constantly writing and recording his own music and sometimes has time for side projects with other fellow musicians. Driven by his passion for music he is always looking for the best possible gear for your needs.
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Chris Knight is an avid music lover and has a deep appreciation for all types of music. He has played guitar for roughly 15 years and played in local original rock bands for about 6 of those years. During those 6 years, he and his bandmates performed live and recorded 2 full-length albums and 1 EP. Chris has worked for Sam Ash for approximately 12 years and continues to strive for excellent customer care.
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Evan Schlossberg is a Sam Ash Direct sales associate and studio-recording specialist. He’s been playing guitar, drums, and singing since he was ten and earned a degree in studio recording and engineering from the State University of New York at Purchase. Evan has recorded at Mercy Sound Studios in Greenwich Village with his Indie Rock band, Guy Pablos, and is the founder of Nose Dive Records, in Patchogue, New York.
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Ira “The Magician” Hoch, Esq., is a near 30-year veteran of Sam Ash Music, minus some time taken off to earn his law degree. A guitarist for 40+ years, Ira was once at the helm of the Guitar Department at the Sam Ash Music store in Forest Hills, New York. Before that, Ira was a recording engineer at New York’s famous Record Plant Recording Studio, where he worked with a lot of diverse artists and received a platinum album and cassette for the KISS “Crazy Nights” album. A player of both electric and acoustic guitars, Ira’s main axe is his 1963 Gibson SG Special, which he likes to play with “just a touch of ‘verb and delay.” When not setting up his own instruments to his liking, Ira is busy perfecting his skills as a close-up magician and actor. So, when you need the best deals on guitars, amps, and live sound gear, be sure to give Ira a call and let him work his magic for you.
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Sales Manager Justin Jones started with Sam Ash in the Puente Hills store back in 2007. He is currently an active DJ working multiple nights a week to fulfill his passion for music. He has also done multiple post production projects throughout his audio career. After running the audio and technology departments for several years, he was promoted to Sales Manager in January 2013.
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Now in his 15th year with Sam Ash Music. Matt DJ’d throughout High School and College to help him pay for recording gear. Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet, and French horn player who is familiar with most Band and Orchestral instruments. Matt’s a terrible drummer who loves electronic drums, because they’re easier to fix in software. Keyboards, drum machines, samplers, multi-track recorders and sequencers are his favorites, but he’s comfortable with most DAW’s. If it’s got buttons, Matt has pushed them.
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Mike Abbate has been playing drums & percussion for over 30 years. With his Full Tama Drum endorsement from 1988-1995, Mike performed clinics with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham, Dom Famularo, and the late Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osborne). He’s toured with Little Anthony (of Little Anthony & The Imperials) and played in a backup rhythm section backing up oldie acts, including Chuck Berry, Lou Christie, Leslie Gore, The Drifters, and The Marvelettes. Currently Mike plays in the Allman Bros/Southern Rock tribute band “Trouble no More” and maintains a teaching practice of 12 student drummers weekly. A former independent drum shop owner, Mike then ran the Drums and Percussion Department at the Sam Ash Music store in Carle Place, New York, for five years. Now, as Sam Ash Direct sales associate, Mike is your go-to guy for drums and percussion-related inquiries.
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Paul performed with school and marching bands growing up and started playing guitar in high school. A tech by trade, he worked many years in industry before moving to Florida and joining the Sam Ash Music Direct sales team. Paul now employs his techie chops tweaking and maintaining a small collection of instruments spanning nearly a century of American musical history. His Paul Reed Smith Mira and ’70s Dobro are currently seeing the most use, along with a cherished Sal Salvador chord book.
Rob Plotsky has been playing guitar for more than 40 years and is the former Guitar Department Manager at the Sam Ash Music store in Carle Place, New York. Rob has a vast knowledge of acoustic and electric guitars. His current favorites are his Fender ’57 Reissue Stratocaster and his Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty with Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. These he plays through his Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier. Feel free to call or email Rob with any questions you have about guitars, amps, and effects — he’ll set you straight.
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Rodney Dean Stansfield is a guitar seller by day, songwriter by night, and many other things in the hours in between. A native of Los Angeles, raised in his parents’ native Vancouver, BC, and schooled all over the West Coast. Currently learning the fine art of bass playing, producing, and letting the computer take care of the hard parts. Active as an organizer in science fiction fandom, he finds time (somehow) to be an activist for environmental and political causes. And, of course, for the continued viability of live music and the venues that support it. Rodney is also Chapter Coordinator for the Orange County chapter of Songsalive!, an international organization for songwriters and independent musicians.
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Shawon “Plays ‘til Dawn” Turner is a 12-year veteran of the saxophone and Sam Ash’s resident hepcat. Nursed on the horny stylings of one John William Coltrane, Shawon has blown both horns and minds throughout the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn where he performs in local college bands. A former student of Queensborough College, Shawon went on to work at Sam Ash Music in Manhattan, and then as manager of the Band and Orchestral department at the Sam Ash Music store in Forest Hills, New York. Currently, he is teaching his 5-year old son Eli to play alto saxophone. We’ve managed to keep this cat cozy for 11 years, but we live in constant fear for the day he packs up his Conn 1948 “Naked Lady” baritone sax and leaves us for the big time. Until then, get on your horn and call Shawon for a be-boppin’ deal on all things band and orchestral.
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Tyson Peppers is a Sam Ash Direct sales associate with over 10 years experience selling guitars and pro audio gear for Sam Ash Music. A self-proclaimed EDM guy, Tyson is the guy to talk to when you need to trick out your home recording studio, purchase a MIDI controller or synth, or delve into the worlds of Trance, Rap, EDM or Hip-hop. He also has the coolest name on our staff.
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