Regional Clinic - Potsdam, NY
October 14, 2017

Contact Information:
Miles DeCastro
Phone:   315.267.2467
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Crane School of Music - Room B115
44 Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, NY   13676

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The Ins and Outs of Trombone Hand Slide Repair
Trevor Roberts

For one reason or another, trombone hand slides evoke great fear, frustration and stress for many technicians. Whether slides test your patience, put you over the edge, or if you just want a different take on how someone else does them, this clinic will go over the steps that I use in diagnosis, disassembly, repair and assembly of a trombone slide. Straight tubes are only half the battle.

Trevor Roberts is the lead technician for Twin Village Music in Lancaster, NY and has been there since June of 2009. Having completed a Bachelors of Music and Business, with concentration on trombone, from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania; Trevor continued his studies at Badger State Repair under Ed Strege in Elkhorn, WI between 2008-2009. Outside the shop, Trevor is active with many ensembles in the WNY Region. He pursues his mechanical passions by preparing and racing a MINI Cooper S and restoring classic cars.

Becoming a "Professional" Technician
Douglas Blakely

The musings, observations and ruminations of an "old school" repairman will lead to a discussion of the founding principles necessary to achieving professionalism within our craft. Topics to be presented and discussed include:
  • Giving accurate and consistent estimates
  • Achieving and maintaining craftsmanship
  • Developing good relationships with band directors and clients
  • Building self-esteem and the value of integrity and a good reputation
  • The "ethics" necessary to becoming a true "professional" technician

Doug Blakely just completed his 25th year as the Band Instrument Technician for Ithaca Colleges School of Music. In addition to maintaining the schools instruments, Doug is most proud of introducing over 1000 future band directors and performers to the concepts of band instrument repair by way of the three instrument repair courses offered by the College each year. A 1974 graduate of Fred Kirschners' "Eastern School of Musical Repair", he spent 14 years as the technician at his home town music store before starting his own repair business in 1990. Shortly thereafter, fate stepped in as the opportunity to become Ithaca Colleges first Band Instrument Technician/Instructor, prompted a move to Ithaca, NY and the beautiful Finger Lakes. A trumpet playing father of four and grandfather of three, he splits his free time between family, Boy Scouts and an occasional gig with his band of over 35 years.

Silver and Goldsmithing Techniques in Band Instrument Repair
Kiki Hastings

Over the years, many new techniques have come into our industry by cross-pollination from other trades such as automotive repair, tool and die, industrial design, even robotics. The influence of tools like the dent machine, MDRS and ultrasonic technology has helped raise customer expectations of what is possible in brass and woodwind repair.

As a technician who first learned metalworking skills at a jewellery bench, I have noticed that some techniques that goldsmiths practice, are uncommon but possibly beneficial in even the smallest of brass and woodwind repair shops.

I look forward to demonstrating some finer points of spot brazing, solder preparation and jig construction. I will discuss how silversmithing (raising/sinking/planishing) relates to dent work and if time allows, we may even venture into the realm of metal finishing and patina's. Hopefully, you will find incorporating some of these metalsmithing techniques improves quality and efficiency of your repairs and improves your confidence when brazing and manipulating various metals.

Kiki Hastings is a former Goldsmith/Silversmith, trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She has worked in various repair shops in Canada over the Last 8 years and Studied Repair at Renton Techical College near Seattle, WA. Kiki loves to talk shop about repair, rescue dogs, urban organic farming and to share stories about mentoring her apprentice, Ryan. She is also currently an engraving apprentice under Jason DuMars, of DuMars Custom Engraving. She is Senior Brass Technician and Shop Foreman at St. Johns Music in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).

Carbon Fiber Pinning
Miles DeCastro

Crack repair has come a long way since the days of flush banding. One of the more recent and exciting developments is carbon fiber pinning. Pinning with carbon fiber rod is quicker and less invasive than traditional threaded metal wire; all while saving time and producing equally sturdy results. In this clinic, I will give a brief overview of the carbon fiber pinning process, including my preferred method for making the repair as close to invisible as possible. Next, we will head to the repair shop for some hands-on practice! I will provide the machinery, adhesives, solvents, scrapers, sand paper and oil. If you would like to participate in the hands-on portion, please bring the following items: Come join us for this rare opportunity to get hands-on practice with this time-saving, money-making, client-pleasing technique!

Miles DeCastro is the instrument repair technician at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, where he teaches a course in instrument repair for educators. He is responsible for the repairs, maintenance and inventory of over 1,000 instruments. Prior to joining Crane in July of 2016, he was the general manager at Bridgepoint Music in Menlo Park, CA since 2012 and was a repair technician at Maytan Music Center in Reno, NV, from 2008-2011.

Miles has been an active NAPBIRT member since 2007. In that time, he has attended every national conference and has presented clinics at the past three national conferences. He has also served on the finance committee and has hosted clinics at the regional and national level. Miles is the current NAPBIRT Region 1 Director.

On top of all of this, Miles is a Straubinger Certified Technician, Yamaha Certified Sales Professional, graduate of the Yamaha Service Advantage Program and has studied instrument repair with Morrie Backun. All of these experiences helped him lead Bridgepoint Music to being a NAMM Top 100 Dealer four years in a row.

--------[ Schedule ]--------

Saturday:   October 14, 2017

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Trombone Hand Slide Repair - Trevor Roberts
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Becoming a "Professional" Technician - Douglas Blakely
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Silver and Goldsmithing Techniques - Kiki Hastings
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Carbon Fiber Pinning - Miles DeCastro
  4:30 - Adjourn

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(not part of registration fee)

***   IMPORTANT   ***

This clinic is being held during the PEAK Fall Foliage season for this part of New York.
Local lodging will be hard to find. You should book your room NOW - don't wait!

Use Zip Code: 13676 for your search criteria.

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

Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, September 23, 2017)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, September 24, 2017)
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