Regional Clinic - Red Wing, MN
February 20, 2016

Contact Information:
Greg Beckwith, John Huth, Lucas Pemberton
Phone: 877.853.8324 ext 6350   or   651.385.6350    Fax: 651.385.6378
Location:   [ Map Link ]

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical (Red Wing)
308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN  55066

Directions:   The Principle roads coming into Red Wing are:

    • HWY 61 from Minneapolis/St. Paul
    • HWY 61 from south along the Mississippi River
    • HWY 63 from Wisconsin
    • HWY 58 from Rochester MN region

Upon arriving in Red Wing, take HWY 58 south up a steep hill to the edge of town. The College is on the corner of Highway 58 and Pioneer Road.

  • Clinics are not hands-on, though attendees are invited to bring problem tubas for Dennis Pollard’s clinic for discussion during and/or after his clinic sessions.
  • There is not enough time for travel to off-campus restaurants. Money will be collected from attendees in the morning for pizza or attendees may pack their own lunch.

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All About That Bass / Tuba!
Dennis Pollard

Let's face it - tubas and sousaphones are big, bulky and take up a lot of bench space. Sometimes, they seem to "un-fix" themselves immediately after you've repaired them. They have a mind of their own and enjoy tormenting repair techs.

In this 2-part clinic, we will discuss and examine techniques and tools used for repairing everyday tubas. Topics will include dent removal, fiberglass repair, general tips and tricks, etc. You are welcome to bring your problem instrument for evaluation. There will be time for Q & A at the end of the second session.

Dennis Pollard is originally from Louisville, KY. He was a music education major at Murray State in Kentucky, then moved to MN to study band instrument repair at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing, MN. After graduating from MSC-ST, Dennis joined Davenport Instrument Repair in 2000 where he has become a much sought-after brass technician, serving musicians in the Twin Cities area.

In addition to subbing at MSC-TC, he served as an adjunct teacher from 2005-2007. He's also taught drum & bugle corps, marching band, in the public schools, and still teaches privately.

Dennis regularly plays tuba/trombone with the Dirty Shorts Brass Band, the Dakota Valley Symphony and is founding member of the Accent Brass Quintet.

Sourcing Tools and Supplies On A Budget
John Maddox

Whether you are working for someone or running your own shop, finding products and tools that you need while saving money is extremely important. While our suppliers carry a huge amount of tools and supplies that we need every day, sometimes we need to look elsewhere for products. This clinic will go through some of the local and national suppliers that have some great products for our industry. I will list these products by vendor and what I like to use them for in my shop. This clinic comes from my necessity as a small business to find the great quality products I would like to use and also, find a way to make the most of the income I have to spend on supplies.

Flute Shimming - How Do You Do That?
John Maddox

In this clinic, we will go through the process I have learned and developed for using whole and partial shims to level flute pads. We will go through the pros and cons of using partial shims, why this is the method I prefer and hopefully, some ways in which this process can be achieved more quickly. I would like to show a step by step process of working with, not only a new flute pad, but also a pad that needs adjustment and not replacement. We will, of course, discuss some of the preparation needed before padding. We will also discuss some of the specific tools and products I prefer to use in my padding process to make it more efficient. While many technicians have different approaches to flute padding, my hope will be that you will see some of the benefits and ease of this process.

John Maddox holds his Bachelor's degree in Trombone Performance from University of South Florida. After completing his performance degree in Florida, John attended the Band Instrument Repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, MN and completed a diploma program in repair. Upon completion of the repair program, he moved to Chicago to work for Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair as a woodwind technician. While at Fix This!, he was responsible for all saxophones, clarinets and some overflow of brass.

John moved to Brooklyn Center 3 years ago where he began working as a repair technician for Southdale Instrument Repair, now Twin Cities Instrument Repair, in Edina, MN. He was responsible for all flutes and trombones while working for Southdale Instrument Repair. When the business changed hands and became Twin Cities Instrument Repair, John’s work flow responsibilities changed to all saxophones, bass clarinets and trombones.

While working in Edina, he opened his own repair shop, Mad Dog Brass and Woodwind Repair, servicing student and professional instruments for the greater Twin Cities Metro area. In September 2015, John returned to Twin Cities Instrument Repair in Edina, MN where he works on all flutes, piccolos, trombones, oboes and bassoons.

When John is not repairing instruments, he enjoys performing in a variety of music ensembles.

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Saturday:   February 20, 2016

  7:45 - Welcome - Coffee, Rolls and Bagels
  8:15 - Session 1: All About That Bass - Part 1 - Dennis Pollard
  9:45 - Break - (refreshments provided)
10:00 - Session 2: All About That Bass - Part 2 - Dennis Pollard
11:45 - Lunch: On Site
12:30 - Session 3: Sourcing Tools and Supplies - John Maddox
  2:00 - Break
  2:15 - Session 4: Flute Shimming - John Maddox
  4:00 - Adjourn

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Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, January 30, 2016)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, January 31, 2016)
  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
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  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
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We recommend that you make your reservations as early as possible.
The St. James Hotel *
406 Main St.
Red Wing, MN   55066

* A special rate of $119/night is available to clinic attendees and must be made on or before January 29, 2016. There are only a few rooms available due to other functions happening the same weekend. Please mention: "NAPBIRT Rate" when making your reservation.

Super Eight Motel
232 Withers Harbor Dr
Red Wing, MN   55066
AmericInn Motel
1819 W. Main Street
Red Wing, MN   55066
Treasure Island Resort
and Casino

5734 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN   55089
Best Western Rivertown
Inn and Suites

752 Withers Harbor Drive
Red Wing, MN   55066
Country Inn and Suites
4275 Highway 61 West
Red Wing MN   55066

Days Inn
955 East Seventh St.
Red Wing, MN   55066

Nichols Inn and Suites
1750 Hwy 61
Red Wing, MN   55066
Rodeway Inn
235 Withers Harbor Dr
Red Wing, MN   55066
Parkway Motel
3425 Highway 61 N.
Red Wing, MN   55066