Store Owner/Operator

John Gottschalk

Bio:

John began playing French horn in his elementary school band in the fifth grade. A few years later, he started working with his father and grandmother at Gottschalk Music Center in Modesto. He followed high school by going to Modesto Junior College and graduating from CSU, Chico, with a Music Education degree. After teaching elementary band for a year in Modesto, he joined the family business full-time by managing a new Gottschalk Music Center location in Stockton. In 1992, he moved to Merced to manage and later purchase the Merced GMC. Today, he enjoys working at both the Merced and Clovis locations of GMC as well as playing the French horn in local groups.

John Gottschalk

Merced Staff

Store Manager/Sales Rep:

Rick Stokes

Bio:

Rick was introduced to music as a child through school music programs. He began playing guitar at 16 and drum set at 17. Rick has been performing in bands around the Central Valley since 1998 and continues to do so with Deriva. He was been working in music retail since 2000 and for Gottschalk Music Center since 2004. Rick can be found five days a week behind the counter of GMC in Merced helping musicians in the community or working on musical instruments.

Rick Stokes

Sales Rep:

Julio Ortiz

Bio:

Julio Ortiz has been working at Gottschalk Music Center since January of 2010. He is our Pro Audio and DJ specialist. With his dad being a musician Julio fell right into the music business. He learned to played trumpet in school for 2 years then switched to baritone. Then from there he jumped in to drums and sound. At the age of 13 he was doing sound for his dad's band. He now provides sound for many local and private events. He has been a great asset to our store especially in our pro audio and DJ departments.

Julio Ortiz

Inventory:

Linda Cone

Bio:

Linda has been employed with GottschalkMusicCenter for over 8 years. She is responsible for receiving and maintaining inventory for both the Merced and Clovis locations. Linda is also a pianist with over 40 years of experience. She teaches music to beginners through intermediate levels of all ages. Linda has taught private and group lessons for over 7 years. She also frequently plays for her church and has accompanied at weddings and for choirs.

Linda Cone

Accounts Payable:

Helen Tomlinson

Bio:

Helen joined the GMC staff in 1995 as part time help during the band display seasons helping with contract input and yearly inventory counts. After Mrs. Gottschalk was unable to continue working, Helen took over her many tasks and became a full-time employee for Gottschalk Music Center. From 1999 until the purchase of the Barker's Music Store she and John were the only employees of the band instrument portion and she was truly John's right hand. As the store expanded her duties did as well.She still keeps all the finances and accounting in order. In addition,she maintains our rental contracts records. Although she is no longer out front giving customer service she is available for phone ordering.

Helen Tomlinson

Clovis Staff

Store Manager/Sales Rep:

Jeremy Bergmann

Bio:

Jeremy started his musical journey at the age of 9 when he began playing piano. After 4 years of experience, he then switched to drums and has been playing them ever since. At 14 (1992), He began working at his parents store, Clovis Music Center. When he was 19, he went to guitar tech school and immediately fell in love with guitars. After working 15 years at Clovis Music, he began managing Gottschalk Music Center Clovis since 2007.

Jeremy Bergmann

Sales Rep:

Cheri Keller

Bio:

Cheri's interest in music began in Elementary school with piano and clarinet and continued through High School and college. She has played in Modesto Jr. College's Community Band and Moband in Modesto. She is currently playing in the Fresno Community Concert Band and People's Church orchestra. She comes to Gottschalk Music Center from Miller Sheet Music where she was employed for 14 years learning about and selling printed music.

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Sales Rep:

Conner Habib

Bio:

Conner Habib, salesperson and repairman, started playing music at age 9. He became very passionate about unique and vintage instruments and by age 14 had a sizeable brass collection. This unique interest got him into brass repair, and by age 16 he was working out of a small shop in Easton, CA, mostly repairing horns in his collection and doing work for friends.

Here at Gottschalk Music Center he has become a part of the repair shop and the sales team. He performs some of the more in depth repairs on brass, like full restoration overhauls and custom modifications, and is a big help as the unofficial “Band Man” on the sales floor.

Conner Habib

Sales Rep:

Marcos Zamora

Bio:

Marcos started playing music at age 11 with private drum lessons. After which he went on to take up guitar at age 12 and marimba/various other percussion at the age of 13. He went on to tech for the Madera South High School/Desmond Middle School percussion programs from 2008-2010. He was a member of Propel Percussion and Sacramento Freelancers 2010 percussion ensembles. He joined the Gottschalk Music Center team in August of 2011 and is here to help you with all your musical needs.

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