NAPBIRT

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,...
Chuck Kessler enjoys teaching the craft of instrument repair.  He enjoys working on instruments to bring each one to top playing ability and seeing the faces of the musicians when their favorite horn is playing better than ever.  As a member of NAPBIRT, Chuck has also worked hard to elevate the...
David Kessler grew up in his father’s band instrument repair shop.  David established the store’s Internet site and has played a key role in the connection the store has with each of their customers.  What is clear to anyone who sees David in action, talking with customers, is that he is passionate...
Frank Kilgard worked for Streep Music in Florida before opening his own band instrument repair shop in Georgia.  His strong interest in quality repair led to a life time of learning new tricks and methods for cleaning and repairing school band instruments.  Frank was one of the first members of...
Bob Knight came into the music industry right after World War II and watched instruments slowly make their way back into the music stores.  He was hired by CG Conn and enrolled in their band repair school, which was filled mostly with former soldiers, as Bob recalled.  The Conn Company asked Bob to...
A. A. (Sid) La Grandeur was trained in band instrument repair in Elkhart, Indiana before returning to Santa Barbara, California where he opened his own shop. The repair shop soon became a retail store and La Grandeur Music was born. Sid hired a young man to train on repair, who later became a key...
Denny Lawson began learning and playing instrumental music while in college.  He soon found he had a great interest in playing music and switched his major to music education.  While he was a band director, a music store had an opening on its repair bench and Denny took the job to learn basic...
Scott Mandeville is a well regarded band instrument repairman who has developed into a noted teacher and expert, serving other repairman through his classes, sessions and writings for NAPBIRT (the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians). Scott is the owner of Tim’s...
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...
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...

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