Russell Thomas was a band director for over 34 years. During his teaching years he often felt frustrated that simple repairs would take weeks and often delay concerts or rehearsals. A local music store provided him an opportunity to learn simple repairs, which led to a passion that resulted in training at Allied Supply. In 1967 he opened Thomas Music Inc. in upstate New York. Russell was at the very first meeting of repairmen who helped form NAPBIRT.
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