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I am proud to say that I have the opportunity to work with three of the major Band Instrument Repair Schools in the United States.  Each year, I meet with the students and talk with them about instrument repair.  It makes my job easy that there are passionate and knowledgeable instructors, terrific facilities, and excellent curriculum at all three schools: Renton Technical College in Renton, WA, Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA, and Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, MN.


I just got off a conference call with Greg, Lucas, and John, the powerhouse team of instructors at the Southest Technical College in Red Wing, MN. We were talking about my next visit to the school which I visit every year to talk with the students and to participate in the Advisory Committee.  One of the coolest things about the Red Wing instructors is that they each have specialties in lathe work, woodwinds, and brass.  Last year, if you remember from my travels, Lucas and I went to China to give some lectures and consult with instrument manufacturers. These guys are all constantly learning about the latest and greatest in the instrument repair world and that directly translates into the type of education they provide for the students.


I was there when they were first expanding and it has been amazing to see the way they have grown into the space.  The facility is top notch, high tech, and the class is split into two groups so everyone gets an intimate, hands-on experience.

At, we have 4 Red Wing grads on staff, 3 of which came directly from school.  2 work in the Sax ProShop, 1 is the general manager of, and 1 works from afar as a consultant.  I feel really lucky that they all came to with a strong foundation of knowledge and experience with a large variety of tools and techniques.

In the past, there has been a waitlist for the Band Instrument Repair Program and some people have had to be turned away. However, f

For the first time in years, they actually have a few open seats in their program.  I asked their permission to share this with the world so just in case there are a few people out there who would love to be an instrument repair technician but didnt think they could get in, they know that theres a spot for them at Red Wing.