Our Staff

Bob Sarkala, Store Manager
Guitar, gigging musician

Bob Sarkala is truly a legend in the musical instrument retail field within Worcester County. After 26+ years helping musicians at Kurlan Music, Bob now brings that wealth of knowledge and experience to Union Music. Bob is a gifted guitarist and vocalist on the local scene (BYO Blues, Ric Porter Band, Lester Rawson Band, The Steve LeClaire Big Band) and brings a professional caring attitude to his work with the public. A living example of the maxim “Still waters run deep”, Bob is a kind and patient man, well liked and admired by all who get to know him.

 

Paul Provost, Sales
Piano, gigging musician, recording engineer, music teacher

Energizing our keyboard and home recording departments, Paul is a professional musician and keyboard instructor with 40 years experience.  His talent and expertise will guarantee you will be able to understand the sometimes complicated equipment used to make music today!

 

TJ PeaveyTJ Peavey, Sales
Guitar, ukulele, gigging musician, music teacher

TJ, long, long, long time Union Music employee, second in tenure to only Paul Provost, his brother from a different mother.  T.J. wants your Union Music experience to be a wonderful one.  A ukulele expert and music lover, you will have a good time when you deal with him, in person or on the phone.

 

Kyle Champeon, Sales
Guitar, saxophone, music teacher

Kyle has been actively gigging on both guitar and saxophone since he was fifteen. A Berklee College of Music graduate, Kyle performs frequently with various original projects and cover bands. He also has lots of experience as a studio musician.

 

Keith Tuttle, Sales
Guitar, drums

Keith spends time working the sales floor on Friday and Saturday. He enjoys psychedelic music and heavy metal; grew up playing guitar and is a drum hobbyist. Keith has spent most of his life working retail and takes pride in selling music gear.

 

Mark Lopatosky, Repairs
Keyboard & Amp Repair Tech

Over 30 years experience repairing all brands of amplifiers, power amps, mixers and keyboards. Mark dedicates 3 days a week repairing electronics at Union Music. Just enough time to diagnose, quote, return your call, and apply the solution! Mark is certified in Peavey warranty repairs! Drop off your equipment at Union Music, Monday – Saturday to schedule your repair.

 

Brian Martin, Repairs
Guitar Repair Tech, guitar, gigging musician

Brian Martin answers the call with in-house set-ups, electronic repairs, upgrade requests & light luthier tasks. Brian is available in-store Mon, Tues, Wed for repair consultations and by appointment on Thurs, Fri, and Sat. Brian and Dan manage the fretted instrument repairs in our Music Center. Brian loves rock, rockabilly and country music styles and can be seen in the band, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents!

 

Dan Hunt, Luthier
Guitarist, gigging musician

Are you in need of major repairs or full customization of your guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, or ukulele? Dan’s simple approach and attention to detail will bring out the full potential of your instrument. Dan Hunt’s specialty is luthiering gypsy guitars. Creating instruments for his own brand, DRH Guitars show off the talent and craftsmanship of his home workshop.

 

Paul Bronnes, Repairs
Wind & Brass Repair Tech

Certified expert technician, Paul Brones repairs woodwind & brasswind horn instruments. Paul is a graduate of the State University of New York at Morrisville College with a degree in Music Instrument Technology in 1987. With Paul’s many years of expertise, he will bring your instrument back to life.  Drop off your prized horn Monday – Saturday to arrange your repair with The Horn Hospital.

 

The Barabash Family, Owners

Dan Barabash, Sales
Percussion, keyboard, guitar

Newest member of the Union Music team, Dan enjoys being a jack of all instruments! Known for his percussion and drum skills. Dan also plays guitar, bass, keyboards and recording digital audio. Playing music from childhood and plenty of experience teaching percussion throughout the years.

 

Michele Barabash, General Manager

Michele and her husband Bill became the owners of Union Music on May 1, 2018.  Michele played the flute in her high school marching band, but no one would consider her a musician.  She does have extensive management experience managing software teams and projects, and uses that knowledge daily in the back office.

Bill Barabash, Tech Support
Violin

Bill recently retired from his long career as a Software Engineer and helps out at the store keeping our computers up and running.  He has been playing violin all of his life.