Andre served in the 82nd ABN. DIV. Army Band as a Euphonium player for 8 years. He also served as an instrument repair technician for the Armed forces. Andre received formal repair training at Renton Technical College and apprenticed with Dan Parker. After his service in the Army, Andre moved to Denton TX to open his first music store. While running his shop full time he received his degree in Business Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas. After several successful years with his own company, Andre joined Ray Gore at Music 1st. In 2015 Andre and Ray merged with Williamson Music Co. Andre is now the VP of operations at Williamson Music 1st and serves as the head of instrument repair. Andre currently manages a team of 11 repair technicians across 4 locations. Andre lives in North Texas with his wife Brittany and 2 daughters Aria and Bria.
Grew up locally, attended and performed with the Hebron High School Band from 2010 to 2013. While there, performed in the 2010 TMEA 5A Honor Band, participated in UIL State Solo and Ensemble all 4 years, and won the Sudler National Soloist competition in 2011 for work in Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. After graduating, studied at Texas Tech University to major in Music Performance with a specialization in Horn under Chris Smith. Moved back to the Dallas area in 2016 to get married and settle down. Started working for Williamson Music 1 st in August of 2017 in the Plano location before moving into the Frisco store.
“Since starting here, I’ve fallen in love with both the ideology of the company and the way we get to interact with our customers. Having a repair shop in every location helps us maintain a sense of security for parents and students, because dents and stuff happen. Back when I was in high school, I always dreaded taking my instrument to the shop, thinking I wouldn’t see my instrument for a while. But here at WM1st I don’t have to worry about that. I even drop off my own personal instrument in our store!
One thing that I am glad to contribute in our store is my knowledge of different products ranging from books, basic maintenance supplies, reeds, mouthpieces, even instruments. Every day spent here is an opportunity to learn more about brass, woodwind, and string instruments from how they work to how to keep them in their best shape. I am always available to answer questions about anything musically, and if I don’t know the answer, I will make sure I know it the next time it is asked!”
Salvador Trejo is a native Texan. From the town of Princeton Texas, he is a graduate of Collin College (2013) with an associates of the arts-field of study in music. At Collin, he played in numerous groups like the Jazz band and the Latin band under the direction of Kris Berg. After Collin, Salvador decided to pursue a career in instrument repair at Badger State Instrument Repair in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. There he worked with some of the top techs in the industry like Ed Strege and Wayne Healy. After finishing repair school, Salvador started his Repair career at Williamson Music 1st in August of 2015. In his time here, Salvador has worked under Andre Yanniello, who is the head of repair for Williamson Music 1st. Salvador has received additional training at the Yamaha Shokunin Repair Tech Training summit, where he worked with some of Yamaha’s top Repair technicians from around the nation. Salvador currently lives in his home town of Princeton with his Fiancé Miranda and his two children, Sophia and Salvador Jr.
My career started with Williamson Music 1st in 2005, working as a Sales Associate. I was in this function for 12 years where one of my duties was cleaning violins and violas. After my tenure as a Sales Associate and my love for String instruments intensified I wanted to became an actual Luthier. After serious training I became a Luthier about a year ago. I truly love my job as I work on all Orchestra instruments for repair.