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Wisconsin's largest musical instrument store carries drums, percussion, band and orchestra, sheet music, PA equipment, guitars, basses, amps, keyboards and pianos, plus studio recording gear in a variety of the best brands of musical instruments and accessories in the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin. The expert, knowledgeable sales staff in every department consists of teachers, sound engineers and Milwaukee musicians who are music-driven, at one of the best musical instrument stores around!

Mangement & Customer Service | Back to Top


Nate Gray

Nate Gray

Retail Store Director

Raised in a family that performed Dixieland Jazz, Nate Gray became familiar with the piano at an early age on the riverboats of the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Although a student of jazz theory and music business in college, his focus was on social justice, which led him to travel to exotic places. Fond of peoples' movements and the music that inspires them, Nate holds a great appreciation for the poetry found within song as it relates to the human condition.

You may have encountered him throughout his exploits playing professionally in groups such as Burgundy Ties, The Rumskis, The Plainsmen, The Mythic Mystics, The Mendables, Dirty Diesel Jack's Epic Bazaar, Acoustic Libido or 40 Apiece.

Nate is proud to be part of such a diverse team of musical experts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with other enthusiasts. If you see him around the store, please be sure to say hello and share what musical adventures you are undertaking!

Val Knaus

Val Knaus

Assistant Retail Manager

Val grew up in Green Bay and was introduced to music at a very young age. Having a dad who played guitar, she was raised on classic rock and was obsessed with The Beatles. She started playing clarinet in 5th grade, flute in 7th grade, and continued playing through high school and college.

Though she doesn't play much anymore, she still loves learning as much as she can about the world of music, as well as discovering new music. That's one of the things she loves about working at Cascio - "So many local musicians (including most of the staff) shop at Cascio, so you're always hearing about and discovering new artists in the Milwaukee area."

Amelia MIller

Amelia Miller

Customer Service

Amelia grew up in Muskego, and is currently attending the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha, working toward her degree in early childhood education. She has been exposed to music for her whole life, and she has been playing music since she was about five years old. She started out playing piano, but switched to guitar and has been taking lessons at Cascio since she was ten. She also started taking lessons for bass guitar a few years ago. She played bass and guitar in a band with her friends through high school. She is a huge fan of all genres of music, but her favorite genre is classic rock. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as going to concerts and checking out new bands.

Steve Davidson

Steve Davidson

Assistant Retail Manager, Drums

Steve Davidson has been playing drums for over 40 years and has had the opportunity to tour the US and Europe. Through this he gained valuable insight as both a player and as a drum tech. "This experience has proven to me the importance of the sound and tone of the drums - in 'all' styles of music," says Steve.

His desire to pass this information on is what brought him to Cascio Interstate Music. He's been working at Cascio for over 14 years and loves the people he works with. He hopes you do too!

Andy Shultz

Andy Schultz

Assistant Retail Manager, Pro Audio

Andy Schultz received degrees in Piano Performance and Recording Arts & Music Production from Portland State University. He has also studied electrical and acoustic engineering.

He's performed piano, keyboards, organ, bass, guitar, and vocals with many bands in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. Currently he's a member of Gypsy Kitchen, a Milwaukee rock band. He has produced five albums and is featured performing on eight albums.

Andy is also the owner of Schultz Fine Instruments, a producer of stringed and other acoustic instruments. He enjoys mountaineering and backcountry skiing in his free time when not watching the Packers.



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Olivia Dobbs

Olivia Dobbs

Band and Orchestra

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Olivia studied flute performance at DePaul University, and currently performs on multiple woodwinds around the Milwaukee area. Her background is in classical music, and her work with local chamber ensembles, recording studios, and theater pit orchestras finds her playing nearly every genre there is at the drop of a hat.

This same adaptability is apparent in her approach to customer service. Olivia strives for perfection in every aspect of her multifaceted position on the Cascio team.

Outside of music, Olivia enjoys cycling, yoga, reading, and puzzles (both jigsaw and crossword).

Andrew Spodafora

Andrew Spadafora

Band and Orchestra

Andrew studied music at both Milwaukee Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin Parkside, and has a background in Jazz Improvisation and Live/Studio recording. He has been a professional musician for more than a decade, performing with groups that include the Paul Spencer Band, the Dead Man's Carnival, and Tweek Funk.

A WAMI award winner for Reeds and Brass Player of the Year in 2008, he holds numerous nominations with multiple groups within the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. He is a multi instrumentalist performing primarily on the entire family of Saxophones as well as incorporating clarinet and flute, and has a strong passion for woodwind and brasswind instrument design characteristics. He enjoys seeing all the exciting new products entering the market and looks forward to seeing what the next generation of instruments will bring.

With a broad knowledge in brass and woodwind instruments, mouthpieces, and accessories, Andrew enjoys helping players of all age groups find the right equipment for their needs. With access to most major manufacturers Andrew is able to provide a wealth of knowledge, including personal experience, and strives to maintain a high level of product quality at a highly competitive price point.



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Steve Davidson

Steve Davidson

Assistant Retail Manager, Drums

Steve Davidson has been playing drums for over 40 years and has had the opportunity to tour the US and Europe. Through this he gained valuable insight as both a player and as a drum tech. "This experience has proven to me the importance of the sound and tone of the drums - in 'all' styles of music," says Steve.

His desire to pass this information on is what brought him to Cascio Interstate Music. He's been working at Cascio for over 14 years and loves the people he works with. He hopes you do too!

Peter Treuden

Peter Treuden

Drums

Peter Treuden brings knowledge of a wide variety of musical styles to the Cascio team. He has performed with many pop/rock, jazz, theater, and classical groups, both live and in the studio. From heavy-hitting rock to orchestral solo work, he has well-rounded experience as a player.

He says, "playing different genres keeps things fresh and interesting and the demands of each genre are different, so it's a great way to keep your chops up." From his experience at Cascio, he has developed a discerning ear to all of the different sounds available to today's drummers and percussionists. His own gear is a mix of many brands, and he switches gear often to fit the gig.

"If a drummer wants to play different styles effectively, I think it's important to have options," he says, "especially having a variety of snare drums and cymbals to choose from. The selection Cascio offers can really expand a player's sound palette."

Peter is also known as a go-to guy for drumhead selection and tuning tips. Putting together drum kits of all types and sizes, he has seen and heard just about every available option.



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Al Reitman

Al Reitman

Guitars

Al Reitman has been working in the music industry for 20 years and has been at Cascio for over seven years. He has been a guitarist for over 40 years in various bands and many open jams. Playing guitar has given him a lot of personal enjoyment and fun through the years.

Currently, Al enjoys running his Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster through a Super Reverb or an 80's Super Champ. For heavier stuff he likes using his old Paul Reed Smith with a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier.

Al has a soft spot for listening to any blues rock/classic rock, but is especially interested in a lot of the new, current, up-and-coming original bands working their way to the top. He's said how lucky we are in the Milwaukee area to have such great talent, and tries to watch as much live music as possible!

His other life passion is boating. If he's not working or watching live music you can find him on the open waters! It's fascinating stuff; ask him sometime and he'd love to tell you about it.



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Andy Schuktz

Andy Schultz

Assistant Retail Manager, Pro Audio

Andy Schultz received degrees in Piano Performance and Recording Arts & Music Production from Portland State University. He has also studied electrical and acoustic engineering.

He's performed piano, keyboards, organ, bass, guitar, and vocals with many bands in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. Currently he's a member of Gypsy Kitchen, a Milwaukee rock band. He has produced five albums and is featured performing on eight albums.

Andy is also the owner of Schultz Fine Instruments, a producer of stringed and other acoustic instruments. He enjoys mountaineering and backcountry skiing in his free time when not watching the Packers.

Joel Shultis

Joel Shultis

Pro Audio

Joel is a self-taught sound engineer and musician, with a Bachelors of Science in Geophysics.

While attending college, his band put together a home studio with the intention of saving money on studio time. It grew into a music collective of many like minded people, wanting to create records with a basement tape vibe but near studio sound. Through the years they continued to complete projects rooted in DIY.

Joel drums for Behind the Weekend, and recently began releasing electronic music under the name Robot Noize. He continues to try to give home engineers an insight and the knowledge to produce an awesome sounding record with a less then perfect recording environment. He continues to search for ways to utilize his education in the audio realm and enjoys learning about other branches of physics and astronomy.



Sheet Music Bios | Back to Top


Joe Magestro

Joe Magestro

Media

Joe Magestro graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Business Administration and minor in music. He has over ten years of experience as a percussionist, and has played in a wide variety of ensembles. Before coming to Cascio Interstate Music, he owned a start-up music publishing company, where he produced his and others’ musical works for solo instruments, small ensembles, and concert band.

Joe has written for and instructed at several schools including Saint Francis High School and Franklin High School. In his free time, he performs with his world fusion band, Astral/Subastral. He is also a huge Packers fan, and enjoys casually plunking on his piano. He would enjoy long walks on the beach on a sunny day, but you know...it’s Wisconsin.

Marcus Wrobel

Marcus Wrobel

Media

Marcus has been involved with music throughout his whole life. He has been playing trumpet for about 13 years. Marcus was selected to perform with the Bob Kames High School Jazz All-Stars and UJAY (UW-Milwaukee Youth Jazz Ensemble) throughout high school. He was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award his senior year. He continued his love for jazz at UW-Milwaukee and was selected to be lead trumpet for the UWM Jazz Ensemble his last 2 years there.

Marcus is also highly involved with high school marching bands in the area. After graduating from Franklin High School, he was recruited back to FHS to be part of the visual staff for the marching band. He is also on staff for the Greendale High School Marching Band. At Greendale, Marcus is part of the visual staff along with assisting the trumpet section musically. He has performed all over the country while marching with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from La Crosse, Wisconsin; a perennial World Class Finalist corps part of the Drum Corps International circuit.

Outside of the music world, Marcus is a huge Brewers, Packers and Bucks fan. He is very excited to be part of the Cascio family.

Repair Technicians Bios | Back to Top


Bob Ackerman

Bob Ackerman

Electronic Repair Technicians

Bob is an active member of the Musical Instrument Technicians Association (MITA), and has shared his services and expertise with Cascio Interstate Music since 1986. Bob is an expert in tube technology and the servicing of vintage equipment. His specialty includes amplifiers, recording equipment, effects units, lights, audio equipment and more. Outside of work, Bob is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys the music of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Bill Baldridge

Bill Baldridge

Brass Repair Technicians

Bill Baldridge received his certificate band instrument repair in 1997 from Southeast Technical College in Red wing MN. He has been Cascio interstates brass and percussion technician for 20 years.

Ryan Monroe

Ryan Monroe

String Repair Technicians

Ryan is Cascio's senior string instrument technician with over a decade of professional experience, including Lutherie work in Europe. He continues to hone his skills through private studies and continuing education. Ryan has a true passion for music and offers certified service for most major manufacturers of stringed instruments, providing basic set-ups to full restorations for the beginner or professional. Ryan services all brands of Guitars, Violins, Double Basses, and Cellos. Ryan can work on "any" instrument with strings! Outside of work, Ryan enjoys tool making, music and fishing.

JIll Streator

Jill Streator

Woodwind Repair Technicians

Jill Streator has been servicing Cascio Interstate Music woodwinds for over 18 years! She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the College of St. Benedict (St. Joseph, MN) in 1993 and Southeast Technical College (Red Wing, MN) with a certification in Band Instrument Repair in 1998. Jill enjoys working with customers to get their instruments in top playing condition! She is currently is a private woodwind instructor at Cascio's and has been teaching for over 15 years. Outside of Cascio Music she enjoys spending quality time with her 3 children and husband, watching movies, and playing her saxophone.


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