Jeff has been a piano technician for over 35 years and is a member of the Piano Technician’s Guild. As well as having attended the Steinway Technician’s School in New York, he has tuned for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr., and many others. He is also a professional guitar player in the Palm Beach County area performing with “Flashback”, Jason Colaninno, and the First United Methodist Church Boca Raton praise band. Jeff attended Stetson University for business and Florida Atlantic University for Guitar Performance.
Sue came to work at Chafin’s in 2000 after working as office manager for local orthodontist, Dr. David Feuer, for 25 years. Jeff and Sue have been married for 42 years and both grew up in Lake Worth. They have two sons, Jesse and Chris, and a daughter-in-law Natalie Alvarez Chafin. Sue enjoys her family, gardening, their Australian Shepherds, and the beauty of nature.
Bill graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with his major in jazz piano. He hs become highly regarded and in-demand pianist playing for many known establishments in the Palm Beach area (The Breakers, the Ritz, Cafe L’Europe, Charley’s Crab). He has been working at Chafins since 1993 and enjoys repairing instruments and currently specializes in all brass and woodwind repairs. All repairs are done in-house! Bill apprenticed under founding owner, Paul Chafin. Member NAPBIRT (National Association of professional band instrument repair technicians, Inc.)
Hablamos español! Danny has been working at Chafin Music Center since 2007. Immersed in music since childhood, he plays many instruments but specializes in Drums. He studied graphic design at Palm Beach State College and is a current student of the Family Church Residency program – North American Mission board. Danny has played with many artists including Family Church Worship, Ethan Parker Band, Jeanny Alexandre, Rene Gonzalez, Damaris Grillo, Danny Santiago, and many more!
Jim has been working at Chafin Music Center since 2006. A singer-songwriter originally from New Jersey, Jim has lived in South Florida for 20 years. He was a full-time musician playing guitar and piano until joining us here at Chafin! Jim has performed throughout South Florida in a variety of venues including Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines playing in their show band. Jim has also performed his own original music in opening acts for Bruce Springsteen, Leon Russell, Jimmy Buffett and Steve Goodman. He currently performs with Jeff Chafin in the band “Flashback” at local clubs and festivals.
Hablamos espanol! Natalie is the newest member of Chafin music center staff! She has apprenticed under Pat Kersey in the sheet music department and runs our social media pages. She specializes in the clarinet and has been playing since middle school. She was born and raised in South Florida and graduated from Santaluces Community High School in 2012. Natalie is an also the wife of our sales manager, Danny Marquez.
Charlie has been with Chafin Music Center for over 16 years! He travels to local schools on a weekly basis and specializes in sales and rentals of all band and orchestra instruments. Charlie is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University. If you need any supplies Charlie can deliver them directly to your school band room.
As a former band director in top area trumpet player, Ben is our elite school representative. He has been working at Chafin Music Center since 2009. He delivers to area school band directors on a weekly basis, assist them with products and he works with their brass sections. When he is not on the road, Ben helps in store customers choose their ideal instrument. We are excited to have been on staff and part of the Chafin Music Center family! If you’re looking to better your trumpet skills, Ben is also available for private lessons.
Nick has worked as an instrument technician here at Chafin Music for 5 years. A musician since childhood, he specializes in trumpet, but is proficient on all of the brass instruments. He graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 2013 and studied at Palm Beach Atlantic University as a music education major. He is a 3 year member of the elite Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, and currently works as the technic specialist for Jupiter High School and Park Vista Marching Bands.
Chris comes from a musical family background. He specializes in mallet percussion, among other instruments. And is the nephew of Jeff and Sue Chafin. His eye for details make him the ideal person for refurbishing and moving pianos. He graduated from Palm Beach Central High School and received a degree in Communications from Palm Beach State College. Chris plans to continue schooling at FAU.
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When Paul Chafin opened Chafin Musicenter in 1956, his vision was to bring the “gift of music” to all. Paul attended the University of Miami on a musical scholarship, joined the USAF, and played for the Airmen of Note. When he finished his military career, he moved to Lake Worth to raise a family and open Chafin Musicenter. Paul was an accomplished jazz musician, he loved people, music, and Performing. A Memorial scholarship was founded in honor of Paul Chafin at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) to award deserving young musicians with a quality musical education. As the family continues the operation of the store, we continue to strive to keep Paul’s vision with us.