Regional Clinic - Normal, IL
September 28, 2019

Contact Information:
Annie Vogel Roberts
Phone:   217.356.8005
Location:   [ Map Link ]

NAPBIRT Technical Training Center
2026 Eagle Rd
Normal, IL   61761

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Basics of Cleaning Brass Instruments
Nathan Hauser

The basics of cleaning brass instruments can be very quickly learned, but the nuances are endless. This clinic will be an open discussion of the more refined cleaning techniques learned through experience. Topics will include but are not limited to:
  • Reactions of various materials to cleaning solutions
  • How to preserve the finish of instruments during the cleaning process
  • Final polishing techniques
  • How to manage time against cost (in a non-specific way) when cleaning
  • Possible adjustments of equipment to adapt to special circumstances

Nathan Hauser began his second round of employment with The Music Shoppe as a brass technician in July 2013. Before this he worked at a shop in Athens, GA, after attending graduate school for two years. He was initially trained as a woodwind repair technician by his father, David, in Conyers, GA and was introduced to brass repair by Jay Wright while employed at the Normal, IL location of The Music Shoppe in 2007. He has a wife, Amy, and two daughters, Alice and Coraline.

Oboe Basics
Annie Vogel Roberts

Oboes are a fact of life for most technicians, but there seems to be an aura of mystique surrounding even student line oboes. This clinic will focus on the basics to help technicians get through playing condition work. We will focus mainly on student line oboes, but we can discuss step up and pro-line oboes if time permits.

This clinic will cover, but is not limited to:
  • Evaluation
  • Padding: Selection, prep, adhesives
  • Regulation: A step by step breakdown of the order of operations and a breakdown of the mechanism
  • Basic play test

In order to truly follow along with the regulation instruction, each participant should bring a modern student line oboe.

Annie Vogel Roberts is the repair shop manager and woodwind specialist at The Music Shoppe in Champaign, IL. Annie received her Bachelor of Music, Oboe Performance, from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO in 2008. In 2009, she graduated from the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing, MN. Prior to joining The Music Shoppe repair staff, Annie worked for repair shops in St. Charles and Columbia, MO. She has been a NAPBIRT member since 2008. When not repairing and putting out fires in the shop, Annie enjoys spending time at home with her husband and son.

Lighting The Way: A Study of Leak Lights
John Maddox

In the first part of this clinic we will discuss why we use leak lights and their common uses in our profession. We will explore current leak light systems and discuss the pros and cons for each type of system currently available. We will also discuss how/why each system is made/constructed in the manner in which it is and some common repairs that are needed with each leak light system. We will also discuss and demonstrate some simple concepts for electrical soldering.

The second part of this clinic will be hands-on. Participants will learn one process for building an LED leak light system. Each participant who registered to build a light, will build an LED leak light using components provided, in real time, along with the clinician and will get to keep the new light.

John Maddox holds his bachelor's degree in Trombone Performance from the University of South Florida. He then graduated from the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing in May 2012. John first worked for Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair in Chicago as a woodwind technician, repairing all saxophones, clarinets, and some overflow of brass. In 2013, John returned to the Twin Cities to open his own repair shop, Mad Dog Brass and Woodwind Repair, specializing in customizations and pro-level work.

Simultaneously, he divided his time to work at Southdale Instrument Repair where he repaired all flutes and trombones. When the business changed hands (becoming Twin Cities Instrument Repair), John's responsibilities changed to all saxophones, bass clarinets, and trombones. In 2016, he joined the repair staff at Davenport Repair within Schmitt Music.

Since 2013, John has served as a substitute instructor in Red Wing and has been an active member of BIR's Advisory Committee, conducting student assessments and recommending improvements to instruction and facilities. Through NAPBIRT, John has presented Regional Clinics on flute shimming techniques and on sourcing tools and supplies on a budget.

He joined the faculty of the MSC Southeast BIR program as a full-time instructor in 2018.

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Saturday:   September 28, 2019

  8:00 - Welcome: Refreshments (Courtesy of The Music Shoppe)
  8:30 - Session 1: Basics of Cleaning Brass Instruments - Nathan Hauser
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Oboe Basics - Annie Vogel Roberts
12:00 - Lunch: (Courtesy of The Music Shoppe)
  1:00 - Session 3: Lighting The Way: A Study of Leak Lights - John Maddox
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Hands-On: Building an LED Leak Light - John Maddox
  4:30 - Adjourn

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

Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

There are (2) registration options for this clinic:

Option 1: With Leak Light
      Early Bird Rate:  $100.00 (On or before Saturday, September 7, 2019)
      Regular Rate:     $115.00 (Starting Sunday, September 8, 2019)

Option 2: Without Leak Light
      Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, September 7, 2019)
      Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, September 8, 2019)
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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.