George "Guitar George" Sallustio is the owner of Charles Music Store and Studios along with his wife Sue Hunter. He was born in Pittsburgh, served in the US Navy in the early 1970's, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1977, and then ventured out to LA to find fame and fortune, or at least, become a better guitar player. The fame and fortune gave way to family life and the music store, but George has continued to be an active player in Southern California working with numerous bands over the years. His current gig when not running the music store is as lead guitarist for Bonne Musique Zydeco.
George Sallustio, Owner
Blues Over You Dennis Gurwell @ Kulaks January 2013
Bonne Musique Zydeco @ 2013 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Sue and George have been married for almost 40 years and have owned and operated Charles Music Store and Studios for over 23 years. Sue retired a few years ago after over 35 years as an engineer for the Radar Division of Hughes Aircraft/Raytheon and has put her energies into making CMS a place where all feel welcome to make and share music. She also keeps George from drifting too far off into his creative space!
Pat has been involved in music for over 50 years. He has a Bachelors of Music (Jazz) from North Texas University where he played and directed one of the Jazz ensembles. Pat has played trombone with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Righteous Brothers, played and led a 7 piece Top 40 band which toured the USA, and eventually moved to Las Vegas, playing all the major showroom orchestras. Pat went into the sales representation field, moving to LA where he managed at various companies including MusicCorp and Rico. He then spent 12 years at Jim's Music Center before joining us at Charles Music Store. He still is active playing and directing!
Pat Emmett at Charles Music Store
Pat Leading the Downbeat Express Big Band
Farnsworth Park in Altedena, CA August 2015.
Born and raised in Glendale, Emilio has been playing music since the age of 10, being "formally self-taught". Although being able to play a variety of instruments, Emilio's main instrument of choice is guitar. He is a full time student at PCC, and plays around town with several groups and ensembles.
Originally from Gothenburg, the second biggest city in Sweden, Andreas moved to Los Angeles in late November of 2016 with a guitar straddled to his back and two big suitcases, one in each arm. A dean’s honorary graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree in Guitar Performance from world renowned music college Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Andreas has a wide range of knowledge in guitars, amps, pedals, and other assorted guitar products, and also a wide knowledge in music theory. He also dabbles with bass and keyboards. Most intrigued by classic rock, blues and hard rock, Andreas has led several projects through his extensive career as a musician. Most recently he’s a member in three different Los Angeles based groups.
Valley Sons, where the other musicians are former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steve Earl’s Band. www.valleysons.com
A younger Led Zeppelin cover band, where Andreas takes on the role of Jimmy Page.
And a modern hard rock project that incorporates vocal influences from both hip hop and modern pop music.
T is originally from Alabama but also lived in New York for a while. He has been playing guitars (and taking them apart) since elementary school. He built a futuristic jazz guitar that somehow also appeals to metal heads. His favorite color is surf green and he currently lives in the valley with his wife and his dog Fritz.
Simon has been a repair technician at Charles Music for many years. He's mainly a flute player and loves to laugh.
Rafik played a key role in the development of Charles Music Store and Studios. He came on board in 2001 and managed to find time to continue to work in the store in spite of the many, many commitments he had to others. Rafik is an awesome guitar player and was a knowledgeable person in all of the instruments and accessories that the store carries.
Far away from his southern roots in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, Jef Joslin is fulfilling a dream while feeling right at home in Los Angeles, CA. But that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten where he comes from.
As an artist, producer, poet, songwriter and film & tv composer, he blends influences of James Taylor to the songwriting he learned in Nashville, TN, the soulful stylings and groove of Stevie Wonder into production that he sharpened in Atlanta, GA, and sprinkles it all with the Brian Wilson-esque, colorful “California Soul” arrangements he continuously refines.
While also sinking his teeth into various projects as an actor and model, this blossoming artistic renaissance man is certainly leaving a defining mark on the entertainment industry. Joslin is currently making his rounds in the LA club scene and surrounding areas playing with his band comprised of his cousin and his brother.
Eron has been writing and performing his own music for over four years. He is currently a student at Pasadena City College and worked at CMS for a little over 2 years. He is studying computer science and hopes to keep music in his life forever.
Originally hailing from Connecticut, Jason moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to escape the frigid winters and dismal music scene. He began playing piano at age seven, picked up guitar at twelve, and started producing hip-hop at seventeen.
After graduating from Tufts University in Boston, MA in 2014 with a double major in music and psychology, Jason began working at a music store in his hometown. Here he developed an affinity for helping people enrich their passion for music. He hopes to continue to guide people on their musical journeys by founding his own music store one day.
Jason now works at Sweetwater Music in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Cameron has been playing music since he was a young kid and loves all sorts of music. He plays many instruments, but is focused on drum set. He also likes to draw, eat tacos, skateboard, and explore LA. He currently is playing gigs around town with many bands.
Melanie Hacopian first started playing piano when she was 7 years old. She didn't enjoy it very much and later traded in the keys for strings. She's played cello for 6 years now and has recently taken on the euphonium. She hopes to be just like Yo-Yo Ma one day. She is currently pursuing her studies at Pasadena City College. We wish her the best of luck!
Maxx has played guitar for fifteen years and violin for ten years. He recently moved back to Orange County to pursue his music career with the band Vankman. He also plays in the band Wonder Cactus when time permits. We wish him the best of luck!
A Los Angeles native, Daniel has been playing music since the ripe old age of four. His main instruments are electric guitar and electric bass, but he also dabbles in piano and drums. He has played in many bands over the years and brings with him an extensive knowledge of various styles of music. Daniel loved working at Charles Music and was always excited to help customers find what they were looking for.