Instrument Repair Technician

Vincent Marinelli played saxophone during the rock-and-roll era as well as oboe for several orchestras and symphonies.  All along he taught music.  His passion for musical instruments lead to opening a repair shop that ultimately became a music retail store.  Expert Woodwind Services, Inc., was...
Danny Marquez began playing drums in his father's church from the age of four!  One day as a teenager he walked into Chafin Musiccenter in Lake Worth, Florida for a set of sticks.  While holding the sticks he worked up the nerve to ask if there were any job openings in the store.  He began working...
Vince Massimino was surrounded by music growing up as both of his parents taught music. His father was also a composer who wrote educational music. As a result, Vince played in bands (with his father in the early days) at dances and for weddings, and he estimates he has performed at over 1,000...
Bill Mathews is the Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).  In that role Bill has expanded the organization’s meaningful education sessions offered during its annual conference, regional clinics, and unique hand-on training at...
Joe D McBrayer always took great pride in the craftsmanship he puts into the servicing and restoration of pianos. In a career that began when he was a kid sweeping up the store, Joe D has managed to do every job related to the buying, hauling, restoring and selling of pianos and organs. Ultimately...
Fred Melk was born the year his father and grandfather (Philip Sr and Jr) opened a small instrument repair shop in Milwaukee, WI. The year was 1956. Fred’s father became one of the country’s foremost authorities on band instruments and repair. In the days before NAPBIRT and other organizations...
Ruth Ann Melk recalled the days when her husband’s father would design specialized tools for the repair of musical instruments, which her husband, Phil Jr, soon developed into a full time job and career. She said he was delighted to quit his day job as milk man and devote his time and energy into...
Larry Miletich along with his father and brother began playing music together as a group when they moved to Kalispell, Montana.  As they continued to play gigs in and around town, they kept seeing a need for a store that provided lessons and repairs.  In 1981, the three decided they would open a...
George Miletich Jr. and his brother run Music One Workshop in Kalispell, Montana.  As they continued to play gigs in and around town, they also provided repairs for their bandmates as well as lessons for members of their audiences over the years.  The store, which originally included their father,...
Franz Mohr has been the chief concert technician for Steinway and Sons for many decades. During his long and colorful career, Franz has worked on the piano of many of the great pianists of his time, including Horowitz, Cliburn, Serkin and Rubinstein. He has created many techniques for turning and...

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