Regional Clinic - Potsdam, NY
October 19, 2019

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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Bassoon Perspectives
Mike Millard

This clinic will cover bassoon repair topics from the point of view of a bassoonist and technician. It will focus on the fundamental techniques required to accurately assess an instrument, ensure a sealed body, install pads that seal, provide a comfortable and quiet mechanism, and perform a thorough play test. Participants will ideally leave with more confidence in their ability to tame the elusive and beautiful bassoon.

Mike Millard began his repair training with experienced repair technician Dave Cottrell at Taylor's Music in 2006. After a short apprenticeship he attended Southeast Technical College at Red Wing, MN to receive advanced training in woodwind and brass repair. Upon completing the course Mike returned to Taylor's Music to become the permanent repair technician. Before working at Taylor's, Mike studied music at West Chester University. Mike plays bassoon and is currently an active member in many local ensembles including the Immaculata Symphony, the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds and the Chesco Pops.

Networking For Technicians
Mary Kate Kesecker

Do you think networking is just something executives at big tech firms do? Does the thought of trying to force small talk with a bunch of directors at a band festival terrify you? Want to build a connection with another tech, but feel like you're bothering the other person? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone. Networking is an often overlooked skill, but an essential one and it's something everyone can do (with the right skill set).

This clinic will cover topics from what networking really is to how to build connections with anyone from fellow technicians to band directors to customers and everything in between, and by the end, you will have a toolbox full of techniques to help you build connections in any situation.

Originally from West Virginia, Mary Kate Kesecker served as one of Brighton Music Center's BIR technicians since moving to the Pittsburgh area in 2012. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2010 as well as a diploma in Band Instrument Repair from Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in 2012. When she's not at the bench, she's devoted her free time to the study of book arts and has spent the past three years honing her skills in bookbinding, letterpress and paper marbling.

Basic String Repair for The BIR Technician
Dan Hildebrandt

There are a lot of reasons to learn how to do string repair. In this clinic, we'll discuss what those reasons are and why even a band instrument only repair shop should still have someone with a basic knowledge of string repair. Having a string technician in your shop can be beneficial for your local school orchestra programs, your rental fleet maintenance, your general string students taking lessons at your store and the growth of your business.

This clinic is geared toward the BIR tech with little-to-no string repair experience. We will discuss the nomenclature and purposes of the various parts of string instrument anatomy, a general list of tools for a beginning string shop and how to do the most common repairs on customer instruments and store rental fleet maintenance.

Dan Hildebrandt wants to do everything. He wants to repair, teach, perform and dance the dance of life. As the general manager of Bridgepoint Music in Menlo Park, CA, he strives to cultivate the most welcoming and helpful service and atmosphere for his customers and co-workers. Since graduating from the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in 2012, Daniel has gained experience fixing brass, woodwind, orchestral, and fretted string instruments and has had the pleasure of studying various bow and fretted/orchestral string repairs with Kevin Dennison, Tessa Meis, and Sam Guidry. Daniel has been an active NAPBIRT member since 2012.

In his life outside of music retail, Daniel can regularly be found performing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since he started playing the bass guitar in high school, he has performed in 27 states, Japan, and has recorded on over a dozen professionally released recordings, including a #1 chart topper in Osaka, Japan.

Daniel has an adorable cat named Huckleberry and his favorite comic book character is Howard the Duck.

English Horns
Lisa Paszkowski

This clinic will be all about the English horn. Just a bigger version of an oboe, right? This clinic is for the band repair technician who does not play or repair this instrument every day. We will go over the history of the English horn as an instrument, it's use in band and orchestral music, and talk about what some current manufacturers are doing. We will discuss the structural and mechanical features, why they exist, what can go wrong, and how to make adjustments. We will learn a simple trick for how to do a really nice bocal cork replacement.

Lisa Paszkowski studied music at Cambrian College (2006) and musical instrument repair at Keyano College (2008). She is employed by Long and McQuade, residing in Kingston, Ontario. Lisa repairs all band instruments, but prefers small woodwind work. She has completed Muramatsu training and Straubinger Certification. A member since 2006, she believes in the NAPBIRT mission to promote high standards of work through continuing education and professional networking. In her free time Lisa reads books, works in her garden, practices clarinet, sings in a church choir, and volunteers in her community.

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

Saturday:   October 19, 2019

  8:00 - Welcome & Refreshments:
                 Coffee and baked goods: Courtesy of North County Winds
  8:30 - Session 1: Bassoon Perspectives - Mike Millard
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Networking For Technicians - Mary Kate Kesecker
12:00 - Lunch:   Delivery from Sergi's Pizza or on your own
  1:00 - Session 3: Basic String Repair - Dan Hildebrandt
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: English Horns - Lisa Paszkowski
  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 28, 2019)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, September 29, 2019)
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