Tom Getzen


Oral History Information

Tom Getzen is president of the horn company his father established in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Getzen Company is world renowned for the hand-made products such as trumpets and trombones and has introduced several innovative improvements to the instruments over the years. Tom’s father also helped create the National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT), which for decades has sought to create standards in band instrument care and provide training classes and a monthly newsletter devoted to helping the repair techs. As president of Getzen, Tom has brought the company into the electronic age without compromising quality of products and still insists that hand-craftsmanship play a large role in each and every instrument.