John Kagerer


Oral History Information

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, Bob Getzen, helped John find a job.  Mr. Getzen suggested a job in Michigan and later told John about the need for a repair tech in Alaska.  John took to the culture and the people and soon realized there was a big need for instrument repair, particularly in Anchorage.  His repair shop expanded to become a retail store for band and orchestra as well as string and combo instruments.