Regional Clinic - Renton, WA
February 16, 2019

Contact Information:
Jessica Ganska
Phone:   425.235.2453
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th St.
Renton, WA   98056

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Removing Dents in Woodwinds
Dan Rieck

This clinic is about removing dents from woodwind instruments, specifically the saxophone and flute. During the clinic, we will discuss tooling and equipment necessary to perform effective dent repair. Traditional tooling, the Ferree's dent machine and the MDRS will be demonstrated on the saxophone. We will also look at dent removal and joint refitting on the flute. I will outline some best practices to follow when approaching any dent repair and review the fundamental rules of effective dent removal.

Dan Rieck has worked in the music industry since the early 1980's. His experience includes music teaching and performance, music retail sales and service and band instrument repair. He has worked in many music stores throughout the country, both as a technician and shop manager. Dan owns and operates an independent full-service repair shop in Aberdeen, SD, serving customers throughout the U.S. He is frequently in demand as a repair clinician and consultant, and is an active member of NAPBIRT.

Habits In The Workplace
Katie Kendall

Have you ever left home to run an errand, only to find yourself accidentally driving to work instead? Or turned the lights off in a room while someone else was still inside? If you answered yes to either of those questions, or have an example of your own, you are probably aware of how powerful habits can be. Part psychology class, part tips and tricks, this clinic will take a closer look at our habitual behaviours and how they shape our experience at the bench. First we will take a look at the mechanics of habits - how and why they are formed. From there, we will apply that knowledge to different aspects of repair including customer interactions, shop organization, health and wellness, and repair itself. By taking a mindful approach to the things we do on a daily basis, we can improve our experience at the bench by becoming more efficient and building new skills.To conclude, we will discuss creative ways to beat bad habits and build new ones.

Katie Kendall is a native of Las Cruces, NM where she attended New Mexico State University. After attaining a Bachelor's degree in Flute Performance, she relocated to Renton, Washington in 2014 to study band instrument repair. She spent her first year at the bench in St. George, Utah before taking her current job at Bridgepoint Music in Menlo Park, CA, where she is the woodwind specialist. She became Straubinger Certified in 2017 and attended the first ever NAPBIRT University Bassoon Course during the summer of 2018. When she's not at the bench or teaching flute lessons, Katie enjoys reading, exercising, hiking and playing music.

The Finishing Touch
Brian Stevenson

Have you ever seen a repair that was functional, but just looked terrible? Have you ever got done with a repair and wished you knew some tricks to make the final product look just a little better? Often times the difference between a good repair and a great repair comes down to the smallest details. In this clinic we'll explore the final touches that you can do so set your work apart from the rest. Topics for the clinic will include but are not limited to:
  • Final finish work after pinning/banding on wood instruments
  • How to make your solder work look like it never happened
  • Ways to prep ahead of time to minimize cosmetic problems during dent work
  • Corks and Felts: How they can make a difference on how things look and function
  • Small techniques that make a big difference
  • Shaping patches to match the horn as best possible

Brian Stevenson grew up in Northeast Ohio and attended Ohio Northern University and Eastern Michigan University studying to be a Band Director. When he realized during student teaching that it wasn't his calling in life, he bounced around from Toledo to Detroit and down to Arizona. After spending a long time as a corporate restaurant trainer for a national restaurant chain, he was drawn back to music and specifically repair.

Brian started repairing at Milano Music in Mesa, AZ and was eventually recruited to become the woodwind tech and an instructor at CIOMIT, in Castle Rock, CO. He and his wife, Deanna, opened up their own shop, Rocky Mountain Music Repair, five years ago. He's really proud of the clientele he has developed and the high-level of work his shop has made their reputation on. Brian is a life-long geek and plays board games, magic: The Gathering and disc golf. He leads a scavenger hunt team and enjoys biking, hiking and playing with his daughter, Emily, and his dog, Sawyer.

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Saturday:   February 16, 2019

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Removing Dents in Woodwinds - Part 1 - Dan Rieck
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Removing Dents in Woodwinds - Part 2 - Dan Rieck
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Habits In The Workplace - Katie Kendall
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: The Finishing Touch - Brian Stevenson
  4:30 - Adjourn

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Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

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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  • 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.