Band Instrument Repair

Bruce Chapman has always believed in the importance of music education and the positive role music can play in a young person’s life. All-throughout his music retail career, Bruce looked for opportunities to provide lessons, instruction, and guidance to young musicians. He worked for Musicstop, a...
Jon Dawkes talked about the long-term vision of music education promotion at Dawkes Music during his NAMM Oral History interview. With help from brother David, Jon puts great effort in to creating musicians within the local schools. One of Dawkes Music’s first promotional steps began with a...
David Dawkes is proud of his family's connection with the music industry. It was his grandfather who formed Dawkes Music. After losing hearing in one ear from playing in a band, his grandfather took to repairing instruments in his garage. This is where their family business began. From simple...
Mark Gifford was a band instrument repairman before he joined the King Band Instrument Company, now known as Conn-Selmer.  The factory, located outside of Cleveland, Ohio produces a long line of brass instruments, some of which Mark had a hand in designing. The reputation of the company, which...
John Kagerer is known as the Horn Doctor up in Anchorage, Alaska.  With a very interesting background that includes welding and watch repair, John combined his skills to become one of the sought-after band instrument repair technicians in the state.  After attending the Allied School, its founder,...
Christiano Onerati remembers working closely with his father to learn the finer points of repairing musical instruments.  He enjoyed the experience and wanted to make sure repairs remained a part of his daily routine in the family music store even after he and his brother took over upon their...
Alessandro Onerati and his brother, Christiano, run the music store with their family name in Florence, Italy. The Onerati workshop was established in Florence in 1980, specializing in wind and percussion instrument repair, and soon becoming a central location for professional musicians and...
John Pedersen, the founder of Pedersen's Band & Orchestra in Burbank, California, began his career with a small instrument repair shop.  The store, which began in the early 1970s, continued to grow even during the 17 years he spent working for the Los Angeles Unified School District repairing...
Bret Rhoades began his career in the music industry by working for Ken Stanton Music in Georgia.  Bret learned band instrument repairs while attending college, and after a short time as a teacher he landed a job with Ted Frank in New Orleans.  Ted Frank operated the sheet music department within...
Jeff Shrieve was playing drums in a rock band during the 1960s when he was offered a job at Muncie Music Center.  Jeff was hired in 1968 and became one of the store's three road reps calling on local school band directors.  Jeff was taught band instrument repair in the early part of his career and...

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