Retail Manager - N
Joined in
2005
Education

I began playing trombone in the 4th grade and have taken private trombone lessons since the 5th grade, I attended Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music for Trombone Perfomance

Favorite Instruments

Brass Instruments, Piano, Percussion, TROMBONE!, Cello and String Bass, Guitar and Bass Guitar

Favorite Bands

Tower of Power, Tommy Dorsey Band, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Crabtowne Stompers

Steve

Retail Manager - N

...those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

About Me

Hello!  My name is Steve Pastelak and I'm the store manager of the Bel Air, Maryland Music & Arts.  

   From the moment I was born, my whole life has revolved around music.  For me, music has always been a way of life.  Both of my parents are professional musicians, who actually met each other at Peabody Conservatory of Music right here in Baltimore!  Now, my mother is a retired music teacher, and my father is a percussionist in the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD.  Their support of music in my life has very much shaped me into the musical advocate that I am today. 

 

   For my 6th birthday, my dad gathered a number of his co-workers from the Naval Academy Band to come to our house where he organized a parade for me and all of my friends.  Having the opportunity to march down the street with the band and play the bass drum was probably the coolest thing I could imagine as a 6 year old.  I can't be positive, but I think this may have been one of the first times I knew that I wanted to be a musician when I grew up.

 

   After playing drums for a few years, I picked up the trombone in the 5th grade and that has been my main instrument ever since.  Private trombone lessons soon followed, and those lessons continued locally until I graduated high school and left for Oberlin College's Coservatory of Music where I studied Trombone Performance.

 

   Then, after college, finding a job pertaining to trombone was proving to be more difficult than I had thought.  In the fall of 2005, I was fortunate enough to find a position working with Music & Arts in Severna Park, MD.  I began as a seasonal employee for back-to-school, and was kept on staff after that initial season.  The majority of my time with Music & Arts has been spent in our Severna Park location, with a few shorter stays in some of our other stores including Laurel, Ellicott City, Rockville and Bowie.  In 2011, I became the manager of our Bowie location, where I stayed for one year until I was asked to take over the manager position in Timonium.  After three years of working in Timonium, I transfered once again to become the new manager of our Bel Air, MD location. 

 

It is my hope that my musical knowledge and experiences will help me to give you the opportunity to be the best musician you can be!

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