Regional Clinic - Waukesha, WI
October 10, 2015

Contact Information:
Ned Nagy:
Kristin Rogaczewski:
Phone:   262.798.9700
Location:   [ Map Link ]

White House Of Music - Waukesha
2101 N Springdale Rd
Waukesha, WI   53186

--------[ Clinics & Clinicians ]--------

Shelly Tanabe

Have you ever spent too much time, at the end of a job, second guessing whether you're really done? Have you ever thought a job was finished, only to find out your customer didn't think it was done? This session will look at all the things involved with both technician and customer, successfully declaring a repair DONE. We will cover; mechanical tests, final inspections, play testing and detecting sneaky problems that can easily be missed. In addition to the technical topics, we will also talk about how to effectively work with customers. A clear plan and effective communication allow us to meet and hopefully exceed, the musicians' expectations. An open discussion is welcome on how our shops define and apply labels such as PC and how we set standards for handling student versus professional repairs. DONE, doesn't necessarily mean the same thing to everyone.

Shelly Tanabe is the owner of Wind Player Services in New York City where she serves a diverse clientele of professional musicians from the US and abroad. She has also worked as a finisher for Boston flute makers and consults on modifications and special projects. Prior to opening Wind Player Services in 2005, Shelly worked 15 years with Denny Lawson in Davenport, IA. An active speaker and clinician, Shelly has presented numerous clinics and workshops for NAPBIRT, NAMIR, colleges and universities, private organizations, and manufacturers.

From Parts to Performance: An Open Discussion on "Done"
Scott Mandeville

Shelly Tanabe will be giving us her "Done" clinic earlier in the day. As always, she is kind and gentle in her presentation. With this clinic fresh in our minds, we wanted to pursue this topic further. As this question drives each of us differently, we have asked 4 people to interact with us in this discussion. We will explore the driving force behind each perspective and how those views relate to our craft. Come prepared to think about how this discussion will enhance each of our perspectives and even possibly drive a needed change.

Scott Mandeville is the owner and operator of Tim's Music Service in Sacramento, CA. After graduating from Allied, Scott spent 24 years managing a shop before he opened his own store. Scott is a Past President of NAPBIRT and has given many clinics throughout the United States for NAPBIRT and other Educational Organizations on topics including repair and maintenance, business and music education opportunities.

Turbo Charge That Flute
Joe Butkevicius

This clinic is geared toward refining your flute work for high performance. If you've ever had a flute that just didn't seem to play quite right even after your best efforts, then this is the clinic for you. Joe will take you through a process designed to refine your flute repair skills and get your flutes to play to their potential and beyond. Many tips, tricks, and tooling for finding hidden leaks and mechanical issues will be discussed from a repair and player's perspective. Modifications to correct minor design flaws will also be discussed. Also included will be a proper method for setting up a foot joint for maximum playability.

Joe Butkevicius is the QC Supervisor / Altus Flute Specialist at KHS America in Mt. Juliet TN. For many years he has hosted clinics and served as a clinician for all types of NAPBIRT events including Annual Conferences, Regional Clinics and NAPBIRT University. Over the years he's consulted for many manufacturers and been sought out by top flutists worldwide for service. Joe served as NAPBIRT's Vice-President and is the Music Director in his church.

Input Pitch for Woodwinds
Jeff Reitz

We can't fix, mechanically, everything that concerns our customers, but we can help them achieve a higher degree of satisfaction with a deeper understanding of their instrument.

Jeff is fascinated by the subjective nature of describing, evaluating and controlling the production of musical tone. He will discuss and demonstrate some of the variables in "player input" which ultimately creates his/her sound…and the baggage that comes with this complex array of choices.

Have you, as a technician, ever had a customer with concerns even after you did excellent repair work? This seminar may give you insight into tangible goals and tests, both for yourself and your customers that can lead to a higher degree of player satisfaction. Information presented comes from manufacturer literature/brochures, articles from Instrumentalist magazines, IAJE articles, artist camps/lectures, analysis of dissertations as well as personal testing, trials and experience and the cooperation of many fine players in blindfold tests and trials.

Seminar participants are asked to bring their alto sax and clarinet mouthpieces and reeds for participation in demonstrations.

Jeff Reitz is owner/operator of COOL WINDS - Chippewa Valley Band Instrument Repair, located at Schmitt Music Center in Eau Claire, WI. He has 30 years of experience in music retail, as a school music representative, woodwind instructor and repair technician. He holds a Bachelor of Music; Applied Saxophone with Woodwind Emphasis from U.W. Eau Claire, studying two years on each woodwind. He is a 1990 Red Wing graduate and is Straubinger certified. His early start in repair (7th grade) resulted in a trip to the music store with his tenor sax and a box of keys and screws.

Jeff has performed in classical, jazz and commercial settings including playing with bands and orchestras backing artists from Myron Floren to Bob Hope to The Temptations. He was one of several technicians to serve on staff at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis 2003 and has lectured at the Twin Cities Saxophone Day about saxophone maintenance and equipment choices. He has presented clinics, regionally and nationally, for NAPBIRT.

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

Saturday:   October 10, 2015

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: DONE - Shelly Tanabe
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: An Open Discussion on "Done" - Scott Mandeville
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Turbo Charge That Flute - Joe Butkevicius
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Play Testing - Jeff Reitz
  4:30 - Adjourn

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

Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, September 19, 2015)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, September 20, 2015)
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