Matt Baker – Owner
Matt Baker has been involved with guitars in one way or another for more than 30 years—as a player, member of several bands on both coasts, student (of music and of the histories of guitars), teacher, repairman, appraiser, instrument and music magazine reviewer, and finally in his current capacity as the owner of Action Music. Prior to opening Action Music, Matt managed several music stores and also operated a stringed instrument repair business. Matt received a repair certification in 1991 from Bryan Galloup’s Guitar Hospital in Big Rapids, Michigan. Matt spent most of his early and teenage years in Southern California, then crossed the country to Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and finally Virginia. Currently, he plays with the bands El Quatro and Sparklebot.
Aaron Deal – Manager/Sales
Aaron has been involved with music for over 25 years, primarily playing bass and drums; he also plays guitar and synthesizers. He has played with various bands since the mid-90s and currently plays bass in melodic death metal band, Darkest Hour. In addition to Aaron’s time spent touring the world playing music, he has more than 15 years of experience in music instrument retail, which translates to a lot of hands-on contact with tons of different gear in real-world situations. Aaron loves all kinds of music including rock, jazz, electronic/ambient, as well as metal.
Les Doerfler – Sales
Les is a longtime DC resident and musician and studied music theory at Northern Virginia Community College. He has played in several bands over the last three decades, including Sport Turned Spectacle, Hyaa!, and Mother May I. Les currently plays bass with the Alice Despard Group. Les loves to talk about all things Bass. Les is also our resident photographer and cyclist.
Mike Dutton – Sales
Mike Dutton is our blues and acoustic guitar specialist. A native of Alexandria, VA, he has worked with artists such as Catfish Hodge, Li’l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes and Kurt Crandall & True Story, Washington, DC’s Flatfoot Sam & the Educated Fools, Big Boy Little Band, and Janine Wilson Band. Mike has also backed such nationally & internationally recognized artists as Delta Groove artists Mitch Kashmar and R.J. Mischo, Blues Music Award winner John Nemeth, and harmonica master Phil Wiggins, formerly of the Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins. Mike also spent several years playing McCartney basslines in a local tribute band. Mike has the chops and real world experience to help you find the sound you are looking for whether you play electric or acoustic guitar or bass.
Mike Barnick – Head Repair Technician
Mike brings comprehensive training and a high degree of technical skill to Action Music’s repair department. Mike graduated in May 2013 from an intensive two–year practical degree in Guitar Repair and Building at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical in Red Wing, Minnesota, receiving exceptional marks and making the President’s list. In the program, Mike constructed a hand-carved archtop, a modern style flattop acoustic, a Martin-style dreadnaught, and a 25”-scale solidbody electric. Mike comes to us from Wall Township, NJ, and is new to the DC metro area. Mike enjoys most styles of music and in NJ played guitar with Rude Boy and the Skanking Zombies.