Meet The Team
The staff at New York Music Emporium are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to music and gear. Being musicians ourselves, we’re obsessed with music and all the quirky instruments available to make it come to life. Can’t make it down in person? Call us at (516) 221-4888 for help over the phone.
Favorite Gear: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop
Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber
Owner & Founder
One of the fathers of Long Island Music Retail, Charlie started Focus II Guitar Center with his brother, Tom, in 1978. As they say, the rest is history. When not tending to the shop, Charlie can now be found on his boat singing Jimmmy Buffet.
Favorite Gear: 2006 Gibson Hummingbird
Favorite Band: Ghost B.C.
Favorite Gear: 2008 ESP Ltd JD-600
Favorite Video Game: Megaman Battle Network 5
Favorite Gear: Strymon El Capistan
Favorite Ice Cream: Butter Pecan
A legend by any standards, Artie started playing guitar when he was 13 after hearing the rock band KISS for the first time. Not only does he run our entire lesson program, but he is also one of the most popular teachers in it. Read more about Artie!
Likely the nicest guy you'll ever meet, Andrew came on board the NYME team as a teacher in 2008 where he quickly became one of our most popular instructors. He now splits his time between teaching here as well as helping out with operations & day-to-day lesson scheduling.
Favorite Gear: Taylor T5z Classic
First / Last Concert: Billy Joel
Photography & Media, Digital Assets
A parent of one of our favorite students, Dan joined the team after we had an opening for a new photographer and media consultant. Bringing decades of knowledge and experience with him, Dan fit right in as he went (and still goes) above and beyond the call of duty to deliver the best he could to the team. He is responsible for the beautiful product photography you see today, as well as our new series of online demos and videos.
Favorite Gear: 2008 Fender American Jaguar
Favorite Brewery: Sand City Brewery-Northport, Ny
Favorite Gear: Anything Chewable
Favorite Activity: Walking, Running, Getting Rubbed
Mascot & Crowd Pleaser
Filling a role that we have had vacant for some time, Rory handles much of the day-to-day stress relief in the store. He can be seen on weekends hanging out near our Ibanez department, chilling with the ladies.