NAPBIRT University
Lathe Course

May 25-28, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Host:   Bill Mathews -    309.452.4257

Location:   [ Map Link ]
NAPBIRT Technical Training Center
2026 Eagle Rd
Normal, IL 61761

This course is SOLD OUT
If you would like to have your name added to the waiting list for the next Lathe Course, please send an email to: or call the NAPBIRT Office: 309.452.4257.

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The metal lathe is a support tool that can help you repair existing parts as well as fabricate complete parts and tools. This hands-on course is designed to remove the mysteries surrounding lathe application in the repair shop by teaching the fundamentals of facing, turning, drilling and boring through fabricating band instrument repair related parts and tools. The primary goal of this class is for participants to leave with applicable skills, knowledge and support materials to integrate a metal lathe into a number of repair processes. The course will also teach measuring and tool bit grinding, shaping and sharpening. Some time may be dedicated to maintaining and adjusting both older and newer machines and which lathe accessories are critical vs. nice-to-have.

Whether you have a lathe and have yet to explore its potential or are considering purchasing a lathe, this course should be able to help you.

For this course, you must bring with you:
For more information or to ask questions, contact:
John Huth:

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John Huth has taught in Red Wing's Band Instrument Repair (BIR) program for twenty-six years. He is actively involved in NAPBIRT as a Master Clinician and three times has been recognized for excellence in presenting. He has written over thirty articles on repair for NAPBIRT's TechniCom journal and other music journals/magazines. John has created tools currently used by technicians around the world. On YouTube, you will find a number of repair-related videos produced by John and his BIR colleagues. Outreach to directors and musicians include maintenance/emergency repair presentations at the MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Minnesota Music Educators Association and the Symposium of the International Horn Society. John was apprentice-trained prior to joining the faculty at MSC Southeast in 1987.

Safety glasses are required for all NAPBIRT University courses.
If you do not bring your own, we will provide them.


There are many lodging options in the Bloomington-Normal Area. The hotels listed below are within one mile of the Training Center. However, you are free to use your favorite website search engine or mobile phone app to find a hotel of your choice.   (zipcode search: 61761)
Baymont Inn & Suites - Normal    309.454.4070
6 Traders Circle
Normal, IL 61761

Motel 6     309.452.0422
1600 N Main St
Normal, IL 61761

Radisson Hotel     309.862.0101
8 Traders Circle
Normal, IL 61761

Super 8     309.807.5982
2 Traders Circle
Normal, IL 61761

  • The closest airport is in Bloomington, IL. Airport Code: BMI

  • There is a local Amtrak station in Normal, IL: - Station code: BNL

  • If you are flying into Chicago O'Hare or Midway airport and would like to get a bus shuttle, click on the following link:
         Destination Selection: Normal: Amtrak Uptown Station

  • Local Car Rental Information:   (details)

  • Other Choices such as Taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc:   (details)


You are welcome to ship any packages prior to your arrival. Send them to:

    (your name)
    2026 Eagle Rd
    Normal, IL 61761

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Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
       (We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
  • 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.
  • If you are a current member, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.
  • If you are a previous member or you have attended a NAPBIRT clinic in the past, your name should already be in our database. Click Here to request your login information.

NOTE:   Seating is limited to 6 registrations.

Course Fee:   $640.00
Materials Fee:   $110.00
Total:   $750.00

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.

This course is SOLD OUT
If you would like to have your name added to the waiting list for the next Lathe Course, please send an email to: or call the NAPBIRT Office: 309.452.4257.