The Man Behind One of the Biggest Music Retail Stores in NY History Has Been a Big Part of Long Island’s Music Growth For Well Over Three Decades
July, 2016 (Plainview, NY) — The quote “Music is not what I do, it’s who I am” can be seen all over the world on posters, inspirational websites etc. etc., but few musicians and music enthusiasts can truly say they live by it. Owner and operator of Plainview’s All Music Inc. and internationally touring musician Guy Brogna, however, is one of those few. As a former touring musician turned businessman, his story is one of both interest and intrigue.
Another local musician who grew up going to the All Music Inc.–which was started by local musician Irwin Natman in 1984–Guy was a touring musician with the bands Ludichrist and Scatterbrain, and had albums out on Relativity Records and Elecktra Records as well as music videos on MTV. He made a deal with Irwin to thank ALL MUSIC on the band’s records in exchange for having his bass guitars set up for recording and touring. Fast forward to 2001, Guy is now off the road and Irwin approaches him to join the business. For the next 10 years they built ALL MUSIC into one of the largest guitar stores in NY adding brands like Gibson, Fender, Martin, Taylor, Gretsch as well as building the lesson program to over 400 students, renting over 1500 instruments to local budding musicians and doing repairs for guitarists such as Richie Blackmore, Jessie Lacey from Brand New, Toby Walker and Brian Daniels from Madball!
In 2012, Guy took over and continues to run and grow the business throughout even more changes to the musical landscape. He continues to look for up and coming or exclusive companies to work with like Cole Clark, Larrivee, Walla Walla, RocknRoll Amps and more.
With Guy’s ties to Long Island music, he feels the need for community outreach. He partners with radio station WBAB for intimate shows at the store or radio station like Devon Allman and Geoff Tate from Queensryche and does food and toy drives with Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank and ROCKcanROLL. ALL MUSIC likes to also have informative and entertaining clinics in the store and have had guests like Larry Mitchell, Mike Orlando (Adrenalin Mob), John Moyer (Disturbed), Greg Koch, Michael Angelo Batio, Manelli Jamal (Cole Clark endorsee), Joe Rock and Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister – Joe Rock and the All Stars). With the help of long time staff members, ALL MUSIC is always looking for new and exciting products to bring to their customers. As well, they look for used, vintage and eclectic items to fill their eBay warehouse where they ship these treasures around the globe.
One of Guy’s most recent efforts has been with Special Needs Music Educator and Musician Lee Stockner. They are the founders of “Music Lee Inclined Guy, Inc.” which produced the revolutionary book series Occupational Octaves Piano. OOP is designed for students with Autism and other special needs to be able to easily and effectively play the piano through a new language of music, now with training and certification available for instructors of various backgrounds related to the worlds of Special Education, Music Education, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy and more. They have opened locations in NY, California, Florida and overseas in Bahrain, Jordan, and Ireland.
Teaming with Long Island venue The Space at Westbury, Brogna’s AllMusic Lounge at The Space has become the new haven for local musicians to perform every genre under the sun on Thursday nights at 8pm!
Guy Brogna with Members of Scatterbrain (Top), and Ludichrist (Bottom)
With over 700 guitars on the floor, Brogna’s store has everything from Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Martin, Spector, Charvel, Music Man, PRS, Dean, Gretsch, Dan Electro, Silverstone and more. Whether its a Fender, Backstar, Vox, Roland, Supro, Peavey or RocknRoll amp, his knowledge as a working musician has helped him stock only the best and has also given him the opportunity to sell guitars to the likes of Keith Urban, Joe Satriani, Anthony Esposito (Lynch Mob, Ace Frehley), and Robert Kearns (Cry of Love, Sheryl Crow) from their ebay store. Want to transform your tone? Take your pick of effects from Fulltone, MXR, Boss, Electro Harmonix, TC Electronics, Tech 21, Ibanez, Moog… Or relax in the climate controlled acoustic room. Need a little change up in your guitar playing? How about a banjo, ukulele or maybe a mandolin from GoldTone, Gretsch, Luna or Martin. You don’t play guitar? No problem! ALL MUSIC has keyboards and synths from Korg and Casio. How about band and orchestra instruments? Sure! Brands like Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, Blessing, Knilling and Mathias Thomas. And there is every type of accessory for every musician. Need a gift? How about a Strat cutting board of a Fender lunch box, Grateful Dead socks, Jimi Hendrix sweatshirt, KISS coffee mugs and much, much more.
With an incredibly helpful staff who is there to help and not sell you, they strive to get customers into an instrument that’s right for them not what they need to get rid of or what makes more money.
With such an eclectic musical background, it’s no wonder Guy Brogna has been so successful in both the business of music, and the music of business!
For More Information on All Music Inc., Visit: www.AllMusicInc.com
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