Originally from the Phoenix, AZ area, Lance moved to Flagstaff in the summer of 1985 to attend Northern Arizona University on a Music Scholarship and graduated with a Music Minor and Business Major. With the launch of Arizona Music Pro in 1994, Lance sought out to build a hub for local and touring musicians, a place where all musicians would feel comfortable and want to hang out, exchange stories and experiences and most importantly, would receive the highest level of customer service and product selection. Lance realized not only a personal dream, but a family tradition as well – Lance’s father and grandfather worked as music educators in the New Mexico and Arizona public school systems. As public school art and music programs continue to face budget cuts, the opportunity for private sector influence grows, and Lance has been able to leverage a great deal of positive change in the Flagstaff community through the Az Music Pro Trophy Program, Flagstaff Children’s Music Festival, a strong dedication to the A.M.P. Lessons Academy and a strong commitment to Music Education.
A husband and father of two boys, Lance is a classically trained Double Bassist who has dabbled with the guitar, violin, the trombone, and a slew of other instruments. Lance currently plays with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Verde Valley Symphonietta and various Classic Rock & Blues compilations and can be found teaching with NAU Summer Music Camp or hosting master classes for local school music programs.
Rich Neville, General Manager
Rich grew up in the panhandle of Oklahoma, Texas County. He began playing music at the age of 12 and has toured extensively with such top artists as Poco, Vince Gill, Mel McDaniel (Capitol Records), Ronnie Dunn (Arista Records), Debbie Campbell, Gus Hardin (RCA Records), and Blue Streak, among others. With over 40 years in the Music Industry, Rich is eager to share his knowledge and experience. Rich has been overseeing operations at Arizona Music Pro for close to 20 years and spends his day delivering top notch customer service and bringing a level of professionalism not commonly found in today’s Music Store environment . He’s savvy, well-traveled, a world-class bass player and a black belt in customer service. He knows everyone’s name and probably knows a lot of secrets too. Talking to Rich sort of feels like logging in to a wireless network. Despite being super-nice and approachable, Rich is a badass player and can throw down musically and intellectually. He has three grown children, and enjoys keeping current on anything musical, writing, cooking and hiking. Rich currently plays bass with Texola and is a popular session musician.
Vince Abeytta, Director of Operations
With more than 16 years of retail management experience, Vince solidifies the team's business operations expertise and ensures that everything at AMP runs smoothly and on all cylinders. From inventory and marketing to shipping and general strategy, Vince has his hands in all facets of Arizona Music Pro. Vince has been a musician, specializing in guitar, for more than 35 years and owned Northern Arizona Sound Reinforcement for over 10 years. No matter the challenge, Vince knocks it out without batting an eye. To round out his full arsenal of skills, Vince is even Factory Authorized by Fender, Gretsch & Jackson guitars to repair their instruments making Vince the ultimate swiss army knife - He simply can do it all.
Neil Wilson - Service Manager
Neil remembers fondly getting his first guitar when he was around five. His Dad helped him learn and also taught him guitar repair later in life. A collector of guitars he still has his first guitar, restored, but with the battle scars of his climbing trees with it. Throughout grade school Neil learned most of the band and orchestra instruments as he was trying to find “his instrument”. In high school he took several years of music theory classes as well as guitar lessons from some of the better local talents. Traveling the country he ended up taking classes at the Malecarne School of Music in New York. After a few years of running photography studios and learning/playing the guitar on the east coast he moved to Arizona where he and a friend started the Flagstaff School of Music. As a lifelong artist, Neil tries to continue to build his custom guitar work while also bringing his energy, over 30 years of playing music, teaching, instrument repair, retail sales, business and management experience to Arizona Music Pro. Expect to see him on the sales floor giving top-level customer service or in the guitar shop utilizing creativity and attention to detail.
Avery Wilson - Sales & Customer Support
Avery was surrounded by music as he grew up in a very musical family. For most of grade school he was homeschooled and chose to learn the bass guitar over most other topics. As he grew up he switched to the guitar, learning from his Dad as well as high school classes and other sources. Avery has also spent years honing his skills at guitar repair and has a solid grasp of what it takes to run a business and be part of a successful team. He has a broad appreciation of music and has knowledge ranging from 60’s folk songs to modern EDM and techno music/recording. Avery brings years of experience in customer service, guitar repair, and music together at Arizona Music Pro and has found some of his true talents in sales, customer assistance, and guitar repair at Arizona Music Pro. Look for him to give you great customer service and enthusiasm!
Wyatt Blair - IT / Marketing / Sales & Customer Support
Record label founder. Recording wizard. Power pop maestro. Wyatt Blair is a man of many disciplines. Blair began Lolipop Records out of his parents’ Laguna Beach garage in 2010 with a simple goal of recording his friends and sharing their music with the world. When Wyatt moved the label to Los Angeles in 2012, he inadvertently started a rock ‘n’ roll revolution — spawning an army of sweet-toothed teens with an insatiable appetite for the sugary garage pop sounds of Lolipop bands — most of them discovered by Blair himself. Blair continued to write, record and produce his own music at a prolific rate. His debut full-length, “Banana Cream Dream,” immortalized his love of all things sweet and solidified his place as one of LA’s top tunesmiths. Tiring of the Los Angeles rat race, Wyatt moved his operation to Flagstaff, and continues to run his label, record and produce all while assisting Flagstaff's budding musicians in finding and learning everything they need at Arizona Music Pro.
Robb Belcher - Winds Repair
Robb Belcher is originally from Mt. Vernon, Ohio and received a bachelor of music education from Ohio Northern University in 1978 and a master of music in trombone performance from the University of Cincinnati (C.C.M.) in 1981. He was principal trombone with the Midland-Odessa (Texas) Symphony and Lone Star Brass Quintet from 1984-1992. He then taught at the Temple College (Temple, Texas) from 1992-2000. The main duties were first and second year music theory, trombone and euphonium lessons, and ensembles including jazz, brass and early music. He has free-lanced on trombone throughout his career and enjoys a variety of music styles.
He worked at Arizona Music Pro from 2006-2017 as shipping and receiving manager, wind instrument repair, salesperson and brass teacher, and is back now to focus on the wind repairs.