I am the Band Instrument Repair Technology instructor at Renton Technical College in Renton WA. I have been there since August of 2016. Before that, I was a repair technician at Twin Village Music in Lancaster NY and Kennelly Keys Music in Lynnwood WA. Prior to repair, I was the Band and Choir Director at Smyrna High School in Delaware.
What do you specialize in?
Being the instructor at RTC, I cover everything in the woodwind and brass repair repertoire. When I repair, I love working on saxophones.
What do you want the world to know about your work?
The Band Instrument Repair Technology Program at Renton Technical College offers a hands-on approach to learning repair of woodwind and brass instruments. Students receive a solid foundation in the repair skills necessary to be a successful band instrument repair technician. We also cover machining topics for tool and part fabrication, some basic orchestral string repair, and advanced repair topics.
Which MusicMedic pads do you use and why?
We use the Tan Leather Saxophone pads with plastic resonators for saxophone padding. They work well for us with their consistency and quality of materials. We also use the Saxophone Tonehole files and Knipex Swedging Pliers. (Big Fans!)
If you could give one repair tip, what would it be?
Never stop learning. New techniques, new tools, and better methods are developed all the time, that makes our jobs easier and more efficient.