experienced and knowledgable
Joe studied at Allegheny Community College in business administration, and started his music industry career at Fulton Piano & Organ in Western Pennsylvania in the mid 1970s. Joe's introduction into music began at the age of 15 as a professional organist, performing at local clubs and special events. He opened the Steinway Piano Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh in 1986. As Vice-President, General Manager, Joe managed over six retail locations in western Pennsylvania. In 1991, he relocated to Northeast Ohio, supervising the opening of the largest acoustic piano showroom in the tri-state area for Graves Piano & Organ ─ a 19,000 sq. foot showroom, featuring the most modern display and 200 + seat professional auditorium. In 2003, Joe joined the Great Lakes Piano location at Falls Music Center in North Olmsted, as General Manager, representing Yamaha Keyboard Products for all of Northern Ohio. Having worked briefly for Mattlin-Hyde Piano and with the opening of Classic Pianos Cleveland in 2007, Joe currently acts as general manager for retail sales and operations.
Tony, a professional percussionist, attended Kent State University in business administration. Tony has played drums and percussion instruments since the age of 10, and has been playing professionally ever since. He began his 45-plus years in the music industry in 1966, working for Falls Music Center of Cuyahoga Falls in music and piano sales. During his 30 years at Falls Music he became known and appreciated as an Institutional Sales Specialist ─ working closely with churches, schools, universities, and arts organizations. In 1970 Tony became a managing partner of Falls Music Center; but, in 1996, left the company to become one of the first full-time Steinway Institutional Sales specialists in the country ─ working with the local Steinway dealer Mattlin-Hyde piano co. in northeastern Ohio. After 15 years of developing this sales specialty, he left to create his own institutional piano sales consulting firm, working to help train piano dealers across the country. After a few years in Institutional Sales consulting with piano dealers and representing the Samick Piano Corporation nationally, Tony has “come home” to represent Mattlin-Hyde Piano co. once again as well as Classic Pianos as its Director of Institutional Solutions, covering the entire region.
A native of Philadelphia, Bruce attended Penn State University, and is a graduate of Drexel University as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Originally employed by the Wurlitzer Piano Company in 1971, Bruce relocated to Northeast Ohio in 1974, starting Sumwalt’s Keyboard Music Company, where he retired in 2004. Bruce later accepted a position with Steinway Hall Akron and the Mattlin Hyde Piano Company thru 2015, where he specialized in working and developing institutions including the “All Steinway” School Program. Bruce brings to Mattlin Hyde Piano Company in 2017 his expertise in retail and a partnership with Ohio Premier Piano and Restoration Inc. that specializes in the restoration and rebuilding of vintage instruments manufactured by Steinway & Sons.