Regional Clinic - Lake Charles, LA
February 16, 2019

Contact Information:
Allison Scull
Phone:   337.477.2704
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Swicegood Music Company of Lake Charles, LA
308 E Prien Lake Rd
Lake Charles, LA   70601

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The Philosophy of Padding
Steve Koivisto

The premise of this clinic is to discuss the thought processes we go through when setting up an instrument. For me this thought process extends beyond just making a pad close, which I term as "pad seating theory". The inspiration for this clinic came from discussions I had with one of our professors here at LSU, Deb Chodacki, who is our clarinet teacher. Given the opportunity I like installing non-traditional pads, especially in clarinets. Her preference is mostly felt based. During the course of our discussions it occurred to me much of what we try to get out of an instrument in terms of performance is based on our philosophy of what we want it to do and not all of these philosophies match. What is more important ... maximum seal, firm feel, soft feel, tuning, color, comfort of playing etc. We will explore different setups and philosophies of padding on several woodwind instruments and discuss the differences in approach that each one brings.

The Ferree's Dent Machine and Other Stuff
Steve Koivisto

I've been in some shops where the chief use of the tool is holding an apron. Part of my job here at LSU is maintaining the instruments used in The Golden Band From Tiger Land and I use this machine a great deal when performing this task. The inspiration for this clinic came from a time when I was lucky enough to get a spend a day with Gary Ferree. I was visiting my wife's family in Michigan during the week around Memorial Day and Gary was nice enough to agree to meet me on a Saturday. We grabbed some food at a diner close by and then he took me on detailed tour of their facilities. Part of my visit included going through all of the (then) current tools for the Z61 and I also received a personal demonstration from Gary on how to use each and every one of them. This clinic will focus on demonstrating some of the uses I have found for this tool as well as some of the tools I use in conjunction with the Z61 for removing dents in brass instruments.

Stephen Koivisto has been repairing musical instruments since his apprenticeship with the King Band Instrument Repair Service in Atlanta in 1985. Since then, he has served as shop manager for several companies, including Mississippi Music, Musician Supply and various music and arts centers before opening Palmetto Musical Instrument Repair. This shop worked in close association with Pecknel Music, South CarolinaÆs oldest and largest music company. Through Palmetto Repair, he established a professional custom instrument shop and maintained exclusive repair contracts with several school systems in South Carolina and Georgia, including the University of South Carolina, Newberry College, Claflin University, South Carolina State University, Augusta State University, Presbyterian College and Lander University.

Stephen has been an active member of NAPBIRT since 1994 and has served as a clinician for band directors learning instrument repair throughout South Carolina. He's a Straubinger Certified flute technician and has been cited by the Vermont Guild of Flute-Making for outstanding work.

Investing in Your Instrument Repair Career
Allison Scull

This clinic will be about what it means and why it's important to invest in your BIR career. What exactly does "Investing" mean? By definition, it is the devoting of time, effort, and/or money to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result. As technicians, our "worthwhile results" include but are not limited to happy customers, happy selves, and happy bank accounts. We will be discussing how investing in your tools, your education, and your customer relations will relate to better business, with special consideration of short-, mid-, and long-term benefits.

Allison Scull was born and raised in northern Connecticut. She holds a Bachelors degree in Euphonium Performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. After graduation, she worked for nine months as a retail associate at the local music store. Among her duties was helping the music store shuttle driver load up instruments to be taken to the repair shop. Throughout her employment as a sales-woman, she decided that high-pressure sales was not her ideal path.

One day, she was reading the regional newspaper and saw an ad for carpentry apprenticeships. She had her "A-HAH!" moment when she thought about how the repair technicians associated with her company might have learned from apprenticeships of their own and promptly started research into repair schools in the U.S. She enrolled in the Band Instrument Repair program at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA, in 2008 and graduated in 2010.

Upon graduation from WIT, she started her career at Swicegood Music in Lake Charles, LA, where the summers are hot and the work is plentiful. There's no shortage of "character builder" repairs to work on, as well as your average play-conditions to complete which gives her many opportunities to stretch and train her repair muscles.

Allison is now the Repair Shop Manager at Swicegood Music, as well as Chairwoman of the Western Iowa Tech Band Instrument Repair program Advisory Committee, on which she has served since 2012.

How Do You Keep Your Business Successful?
Moderated by Allison Scull

In this moderated clinic, Allison will ask for ideas from the audience on what strategies and tactics you use to keep your business successful. What are you currently doing to stay successful? What things did you try that didn't work out as planned? Are you planning to expand your business? How do you get the word out to the public that you exist?

What works in a multi-person shop may not work in a single-person shop and vice-versa. Trying to maintain quality work at every stage of the repair and yet be cost-effective is a constant challenge. By comparing ideas with one another, everyone will benefit from the sharing of information.

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

Saturday:   February 16, 2019

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: The Philosophy of Padding - Steve Koivisto
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: The Ferree's Dent Machine and Other Stuff - Steve Koivisto
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Investing in Your Instrument Repair Career - Allison Scull
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: How Do You Keep Your Business Successful? - Audience Participation
  4:30 - Adjourn

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Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, January 26, 2019)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, January 27, 2019)
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