We can fix it!
Sometimes instruments need help. Whether they're totally broken or just in need of a check up, bring it into our shop and leave it in the hands of our repair shop pros. We have experienced repair staff on premise 6 days a week!
String Instrument set-up
Woodwind and brass tune ups
String and bridge replacement
About Our Repair Shop
The Family Melody repair shop is unique compared to many others. Our technicians are not only highly skilled in repair and performance, they are all also trained and certified New York State music teachers. This gives the shop the unique advantage of knowing exactly what the needs of the teacher and student are when it comes to performing on their instruments. We keep that in mind as we diagnose and repair all instruments that come into the shop. We are also always here in the store to help with a quick fix and give any playing tips we can! We pride ourselves in quick, reliable and quality repairs that last.
Woodwind Technician and Repair Shop Manager Nick Gardell
Meet our repair shop manager, Nick Gardell. Nick has been with Family Melody since 2014 and started when he was 15. Since then Nick has received a bachelors degree in music education. When he’s not busy at his bench you can find Nick as a mainstay in many local music groups across Long Island and the Tristate area. He got his start playing with “FOUR HOUR TOUR” at 16 with Patchogue guitarist Joe Loschavio. Nick specializes in saxophone but is proficient in playing and repairing a variety of woodwind instruments.
Brass Technician Bobby Rice
Meet our brass technician, Bobby Rice. Bobby received his Bachelors in Music and Masters in Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, with a focus in music education and bass trombone. He has performed in a variety of ensembles around the globe, at many notable venues, including the Sydney Opera House. He has also given a TED X talk on modular synthesizers and their development, with an accompanying performance. He is currently involved in a number of classical and contemporary ensembles in Suffolk County and has close ties with music educators in almost every district.
Brass Technician Michael Cordaro
Michael Cordaro is a native of Mastic Beach, NY where he began his musical studies in
his local public school music program. He studied Music Education at the Crane School
of Music, SUNY Potsdam where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music
degrees. For the past 23 years Mr. Cordaro was the Director of Bands at William Floyd
High School where he retired after a 33 years of teaching.
Mr. Cordaro is an active professional musician who has performed with the Atlantic
Wind Symphony, William Floyd Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Sound Symphony
Orchestra. He is also a member of the Norwood Brass Firemen, the official band of the
New York State Volunteer Fireman’s Association. Norwood Brass Firemen are most
notable for representing the United States performing at the Lake Placid and Sarajevo
Winter Olympic opening ceremonies, two presidential inaugural parades and the
Indianapolis 500 parade. Mr. Cordaro is currently the Music Director and Conductor of
the “No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band”, performs with the Bay Brass
Quintet and is the Associate Conductor and Principal Tubist with the North Shore
While at the Crane School of Music, Mr. Cordaro studied Instrument Repair with Sal
Cania and Glen Griegel. For nearly 10 years he has been using those skills on a part time
basis for Family Melody Center in Patchogue, NY. Now, retired from teaching, he
spends more time at the store as a Brass Repair Technician.
Mr. Cordaro is the current President for the New York State Band Directors Association
(NYSBDA) and serves as the rehearsal conductor and SCMEA chairperson for New York
State Council for Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) All-County Band. Mr.
Cordaro is also an active member of the New York State School Music Association
(NYSSMA) and the National Band Association (NBA).
Electronics Technician Kevin Young
Meet our electronics technician, Kevin Young. Since graduating from Purchase College’s Studio Production program, Kevin has had a prolific career as an audio engineer, both behind the scenes at concerts and in the recording booth. He's worked personally with big artists from across the nation--in 2019 alone, Kevin worked 121 shows across 22 states and Canada. When Kevin isn’t working on the stage, at the booth, or in the Repair Shop, he is working on one of his many side projects, whether it’s fixing vintage gear or collaborating with other artists as a multi-instrumental musician and producer. He is capable of repairing guitar pedals, amplifiers, keyboards, synthesizers, microphones, midi controllers, audio interfaces, and more.