Regional Clinic - Denton, TX
November 19, 2016

Contact Information:
Tony Barrette
Shop Phone:   940.565.3768
Cell Phone:   906.236.2940

Location:   [ Map Link ]

University of North Texas, College of Music
1630 W Highland St #106
Denton, TX   76203

  • Free Parking Friday after 5:00 and all weekend is available behind the music practice buildings, D lot 26. See the attached Campus Map

  • At the end of the clinic day on Saturday, John Butler, from Brook Mays, is offering a tour of his shop. He will present a short talk about shop organization followed by a drive to his shop. Details and directions will be available on the day of the clinic.

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High Performance Saxophone Repair
Jeff Peterson

What can be done to bring out the best in a saxophone? Many aspects of saxophone repair are either overlooked or misunderstood. In this session, we will focus on some subtle but critical areas of the saxophone that deserve closer attention. Topics will include: precision neck fitting, set-up essentials, regulation concepts, custom modifications, and more.

A Torch and an Imagination - Part 1 - Woodwinds
Jeff Peterson

Are you a parts replacer or a technician? Resourceful and creative fabrication skills generate more opportunities to serve your customer and are increasingly becoming a necessity. Whether you need to save the waiting time of ordering a part, fabricate a part for an unsupported brand, construct an obsolete part for a vintage instrument, create that custom touch for a pro or make life easier for a musician with a disability, the facility to create what is not readily available has become indispensable. In this clinic, we will cover a wide range of topics on how to create keys, braces, pads and many other components from old parts, new parts, and raw materials.

As manager of the Yamaha Atelier-Los Angeles, Jeff Peterson has had the privilege of working with some of the finest woodwind artists in the world. In this role, Jeff works with a worldwide team to develop cutting-edge instruments to satisfy the most discriminating artists, often by customizing existing instruments, sometimes by creating new models. Prior to his work at Yamaha, Jeff owned and operated Horn Improvement, a multi-technician music repair and retail facility specializing in professional sax, clarinet and flute repair. He is very active in NAPBIRT and has served as President, Treasurer, Region 7 Director and as an instructor for the NAPBIRT University Saxophone Course.

A Torch and an Imagination - Part 2 - Brass
Wayne Tanabe

There are times the instruments we service contain factors keeping us from doing our best work. We can be hindered from working on repairs in the manner we know and trust. Whether it's a heavily damaged part, a collectable vintage instrument, an owner's superstition, or even the tools we use may prevent us finishing the work easily. We will look into creative ways to tackle these situations. Sometimes, a torch and a little imagination takes us over these hurdles.

Clean Up in Aisle 2
Wayne Tanabe

It does not matter if we work on woodwinds or brass - cleaning is an important step of the process. We face various types of materials, plated finishes, and components that require sometimes special methods to return them to looking good again. Removing dents, soldering and brazing can leave us with a finish that we need to clean up, or just lack of maintenance will leave build-up on the inside that we need to remove. This clinic will be an overview of products and equipment that will help make our repair work shine.

Wayne Tanabe has been associated with brass instrument repair for the past 36 years, and founded The Brass Bow repair shop in 1983. With his former company Chicago Brass Works, he has also built a line of custom handmade trumpets.

Widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of brass instrument repair, he has served as a consultant for instrument design and development of components for various manufacturers. For the band instrument repair field, he has developed and refined the use of cryogenics, ultrasonic cleaning and magnetic dent removal.

Wayne is currently the Senior Technical Manager for Yamaha Artist Services in New York City and continues to be involved with repair as well as research and development of brass instruments and components.

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Saturday:   November 19, 2016

  8:00 - Welcome - Coffee and donuts
  8:30 - Session 1: High Performance Saxophone Repair - Jeff Peterson
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: A Torch and an Imagination - Part 1 - Woodwinds - Jeff Peterson
12:00 - Lunch - (Short walk to nearby restaurant)
  1:00 - Session 3: A Torch and an Imagination - Part 2 - Brass - Wayne Tanabe
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Clean Up in Aisle 2 - Wayne Tanabe
  4:30 - Shop Tour Talk - John Butler
  5:00 - Adjourn

--------[ Registration ]--------

Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, October 29, 2016)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, October 30, 2016)
  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
       (We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.)
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You do not have to be a member of NAPBIRT to register. However, you will need to create an account with us in order to process your registration.
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By registering for this event, I give my permission for NAPBIRT, Inc. to use, without limitation or obligations, photographs, film footage, or tape recordings which may include my image or voice for the purpose of promoting or interpreting NAPBIRT programs and services.

I waive all claims for damage and/or loss to my person or property which may be caused by an act, or failure to act of NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, or employees and the hosts and clinicians. I understand that there are inherent dangers in working with tools and repairing instruments and I assume the risk of all dangerous conditions in and about such clinics and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.

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