Regional Clinic - Frederick, MD
November 9, 2019

Contact Information:
Beth Fogarty
Phone:   301.620.4040 x1205
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Music & Arts Warehouse
7114 Geoffrey Way, Suite A
Frederick, MD   21717

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Basic Soldering Techniques & Preparations
William "Kermit" Britt

In order to have skillful soldering results, basic preparations and techniques need to be regularly practiced and applied. This clinic will walk through the methods for straightening and aligning trumpet bells and leadpipes. Proper brace fit and procedures easily install pull knobs and fingerhooks will be discussed as well. We will also walk through techniques for successfully aligning and soldering trombone handslide crooks. Overall, this clinic will focus on how proper preparations yield cleaner and more professional soldering results.

William "Kermit" Britt has been working for Music and Arts for 26 years as a technician and teaching repair classes. Kermit graduated from Indiana University with a Masters Degree in performance and a passion for Euphonium and Trombone performance. He also plays in the Spires Brass band and will also play for other small bands upon request.

Kermit and his wife of 10 years live in Frederick, MD with their dogs, enjoying vacationing in Florida as often as possible.

Spending many years teaching private lessons and also teaching brass repair class has given him an opportunity to share the passion of music and repair with many people.

Teaching Band Room Repairs
Beth Fogarty

This clinic will review several approaches to teach Band Directors basic repairs they can perform in the class room. With so much information available on online it is important to provide accurate guidelines on what should and should not be attempted in the band room. We will explore how allowing teachers to perform small repairs increases your workflow and revenue in your shop. I will also explore several clinic styles that you can adapt to fit the needs of your market based on skill set, presentation time and budget.

Beth Fogarty graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors of Music in Euphonium performance. Upon graduation, she returned to school at Renton Technical College to receive her Band Instrument Repair Certification. Beth spends her free time gardening, hiking and antiquing. She is also an amateur baker and custom cake decorator. Beth has been with Music & Arts for 15 years and is currently the District Repair Manager of Repair in Frederick, MD.

What Really Happens When You Install That Flute Pad Shim
Bob Warfield

This clinic will explore the shimming of flute pads. Paper and mylar shims will be discussed with their impact on traditional flute pads, as well as professional pads such as Straubinger and Muramatsu. Photos and demonstrations will be used for clarification. The proper way to shim a pad will not be necessarily presented, but will be open for discussion with active audience participation.

Bob Warfield has over 30 years experience repairing musical instruments. Trained at the Eastern School of Musical Instrument Repair in New Jersey, the 2 year school offered all aspects of woodwind and brass repair. In 1987, Bob decided to further his education and attended Millersville University where he obtained a bachelors degree in Industrial Technology education. Teaching proved to be an excellent choice but his true love remained repair of instruments.

Bob has worked for several music stores and started his business in 1999. Presently, he works for Music & Arts in Frederick and continues to repair at his home. As a member of NAPBIRT he continues to further his learning through conferences. Bob is also a certified Straubinger Pad technician. These pads are installed on professional handmade flutes and are very precise for sealing the toneholes.

Bob enjoys playing trombone professionally in the area. He has been a member of the Lyric Band of Hanover, the Hanover Symphony and the Spring Garden Band of York. Currently he is a member of the Hershey Symphony.

The Art of the Play Test:
It Ain't Over Until That Baby Sings

Dave Styer

What constitutes an effective play test? Is it possible to catch another aspect that will improve the performance of your repair work?

Ideas for improved play testing will be presented as well as how to use the information gained from that test. Frequently, a quick adjustment can give noticeable results. Make your repairs play more consistent and reliable. Play test time can·be time well spent, not just a few minutes of R n' R.

Dave Styer holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In January of 1974, he began working at Machen Music, Hagerstown MD. At that time, repairs were outsourced. During the summer of 1977, he took basic repair instruction with Ross Prestia in Pittsburgh, PA. From doing a split School Service Representative/Repair Tech position, the repair side of the business expanded to a multi-person on-site play condition shop with Dave in charge.

In July 2001, Machen Music was purchased by Music & Arts Center when Frances Machen retired. Dave has been in the Frederick, MD band repair shop since then. He teaches the Level II Certified Repair Technician class in Background Woodwind Repair.

Dave has taught woodwinds privately for over 40 years and performs regularly with various groups. He currently plays with the Hagerstown Municipal Band, Toot Uncommon Flutes, Washington County Museum Consort (oldies since 1450) and sings with Heavenly Harmony.

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Saturday:   November 9, 2019

  8:00 - Welcome - Refreshments: Coffee and Donuts
  8:30 - Session 1: Basic Soldering Techniques - William "Kermit" Britt
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Teaching Band Room Repairs - Beth Fogarty
12:00 - Lunch: Courtesy of Music & Arts
  1:00 - Session 3: What Really Happens When You Install - Bob Warfield
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: The Art of the Play Test - Dave Styer
  4:30 - Adjourn

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Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, October 19, 2019)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, October 20, 2019)
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