Regional Clinic - Red Wing, MN
February 17, 2018

Contact Information:
Greg Beckwith, John Huth, Lucas Pemberton
Phone: 877.853.8324 ext 6350   or   651.385.6350    Fax: 651.385.6378
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Minnesota State College Southeast
308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN  55066

Directions:   The Principle roads coming into Red Wing are:

    • HWY 61 from Minneapolis/St. Paul
    • HWY 61 from south along the Mississippi River
    • HWY 63 from Wisconsin
    • HWY 58 from Rochester MN region

Upon arriving in Red Wing, take HWY 58 south up a steep hill to the edge of town. The College is on the corner of Highway 58 and Pioneer Road.

  • There is not enough time for travel to off-campus restaurants. Money will be collected from attendees in the morning for pizza or attendees may pack their own lunch.

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A Pragmatic Approach to Repairing
Jay Ramsey

An important part of being an effective repair technician involves doing a great job efficiently such that customers will want to return for more! This clinic will focus on practical ways to improve productivity and efficiency, repair quality, and customer relations. Topics will include Jay's routines and practices for time management as well as techniques to improve woodwind overhauls and brass repairs. We'll also cover tips for ensuring customers are happy with your finished product and guiding customers through the unfamiliar concepts involved with the servicing of their band instrument.

Practical Modifications for Common Band Instruments
Jay Ramsey

Design and engineering of band instruments has come a long way! Still, manufacturers are always balancing the pros and cons of affordability, ease of production and quality of their finished products. This clinic will address modifications you can employ to either improve a design or customize instruments for the player. It will include modifications of sousaphone necks, clarinet register pips as well as low brass valves, flute and saxophone keys.

Jay Ramsey has worked as a band instrument repair technician since 2003. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, in music education and a 2003 graduate of Minnesota State Southeast Technical in band instrument repair. Before entering the repair business, he worked as a band instructor at Central Decatur public schools in Leon, IA.

Jay has been in demand as a repair clinician at the Eastern Iowa Clarinet Camp, University of Northern Iowa Conductor's Symposium, University of Northern Iowa Clarinet Day, the Iowa Bandmasters Association Annual Conference, and for local music educators for professional development. As a player, he has been active with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and Coe College, as well as musical acts The Four Tops and The Temptations. He is also an experienced pit and jazz musician.

Jay currently works as a repair technician for West Music in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 2016 he was awarded the Pearl West Award for service reflecting the values of West Music's founder, Pearl West. Jay lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with his wife Carla and two daughters.

What Matters to Saxophone Players?
Jeff Reitz

Part 1
What matters to saxophone players at different levels - beginners through professionals? What makes them happy and helps them improve and meet their goals? Does it matter if you if there are stacks of hot rod resonators or if you have an $800.00 mouthpiece? Which factors of set-up and player input dominate the end result?

Topics for discussion include pads, resonators, mouthpieces, tactile sense, touch and feel. You will have the opportunity to experience some of these factors for yourself. Bring your ears and mouthpieces for an alto and tenor saxophone.

Part 2
Presenting / demonstrating techniques for everyday saxophone work to get good results more quickly. Topics include:
  • Push downhill, pull uphill, pinky key function
  • Neck fitting
  • Bent necks
  • Neck corks, mouthpiece placement, input pitch and marking
  • Bent key straightening jig

Jeff Reitz is owner/operator of COOL WINDS - Chippewa Valley Band Instrument Repair, located at Schmitt Music Center in Eau Claire, WI. He has 30 years of experience in music retail, as a school music representative, woodwind instructor and repair technician. He holds a Bachelor of Music; Applied Saxophone with Woodwind Emphasis from U.W. Eau Claire, studying two years on each woodwind. He is a 1990 Red Wing graduate and is Straubinger certified. His early start in repair (7th grade) resulted in a trip to the music store with his tenor sax and a box of keys and screws.

Jeff has performed in classical, jazz and commercial settings including playing with bands and orchestras backing artists from Myron Floren to Bob Hope to The Temptations. He was one of several technicians to serve on staff at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis 2003 and has lectured at the Twin Cities Saxophone Day about saxophone maintenance and equipment choices. He has presented clinics, regionally and nationally, for NAPBIRT.

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Saturday:   February 17, 2018

  7:45 - Welcome - Coffee, Rolls and Bagels
  8:15 - Session 1: A Pragmatic Approach to Repairing - Jay Ramsey
  9:45 - Break - (refreshments provided)
10:00 - Session 2: Practical Modifications for Common Band Instruments - Jay Ramsey
11:45 - Lunch: On Site
12:30 - Session 3: What Matters to Saxophone Players - Part 1 - Jeff Reitz
  2:00 - Break
  2:15 - Session 4: What Matters to Saxophone Players - Part 2 - Jeff Reitz
  4:00 - Adjourn

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Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, January 27, 2018)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, January 28, 2018)
  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
         (We accept: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
  • 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.
  • If you are a current member, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.
  • If you are a previous member or you have attended a NAPBIRT clinic in the past, your name should already be in our database. Click Here to request your login information.

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.

(not part of registration fee)

We recommend that you make your reservations as early as possible.
The St. James Hotel *
406 Main St.
Red Wing, MN   55066

* A special rate of $119/night is available to clinic attendees and must be made on or before January 16, 2018. Our room block may not be available after the 16th. Please mention: "NAPBIRT Rate" when making your reservation.

Super Eight Motel
232 Withers Harbor Dr
Red Wing, MN   55066
AmericInn Motel
1819 W. Main Street
Red Wing, MN   55066
Treasure Island Resort
and Casino

5734 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN   55089
Best Western Rivertown
Inn and Suites

752 Withers Harbor Drive
Red Wing, MN   55066
Country Inn and Suites
4275 Highway 61 West
Red Wing MN   55066

Days Inn
955 East Seventh St.
Red Wing, MN   55066

Nichols Inn and Suites
1750 Hwy 61
Red Wing, MN   55066
Rodeway Inn
235 Withers Harbor Dr
Red Wing, MN   55066
Parkway Motel
3425 Highway 61 N.
Red Wing, MN   55066