Band Instrument Repair Workshop

  • Band Instrument Repair Workshop
  • Band Instrument Repair Workshop

Maintaining the maximal function of music instruments is a time consuming and often expensive task.  Many band directors and music professionals do not have the necessary training and skills to maintain a wide range of music instruments.

The purpose of the Band Instrument Repair Workshop is to provide band directors and other interested music professionals the knowledge and skills to repair and maintain music instruments to insure maximal function.

The Band Instrument Repair Workshop is a 40-hour hands-on program designed to enable participants to develop and practice the skills needed to repair musical instruments.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments or instruments from their schools to repair during the workshop.  During the workshop, basic supplies such as corks, pads, washers, and lubricants will be provided.  Some repair tools will be available and participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, if available.  Participants will be provided a list of vendors if they need to obtain other parts such as leadpipes, water keys, etc.  A key goal of the workshop is to enable participants to repair the instrument they bring and develop transferable skills to continue to repair instruments in their work setting. A Sonic Washer will be on site during the session for participants to clean the instruments they bring to the workshop.

The UNCG School of Music in concert With SERVE Inc. will offer two separate week long session. Each session will run Monday through Friday beginning at 9:00 and concluding at 5:00. Lunch is provided and included in the registration fee. Each session is limited to 8 participants to allow for one-on-one instruction.The 2017 workshops are scheduled for:

June 12-16, Dixon Building, UNCG Gateway North Campus in Browns Summit, NC

June 19-23, Dixon Building, UNCG Gateway North Campus in Browns Summit, NC

The Music Instrument Repair Workshop is broken down into the following 15 lessons. 

Lesson 1:  Clarinet Assessment—A deeper look into the mechanisms.

  • Five point adjustment system
  • Full visual criteria
  • Troubleshooting and field repairs

Lesson 2:  Tenon Cork Installment and Fit

Lesson 3:  Pad Floating Technique and Material Selection

Lesson 4:  Flute Assessment—A deeper look into the mechanisms.

  • Six point adjustment system
  • Full visual criteria
  • Troubleshooting and field repairs

Lesson 5:  Head Tuning Cork Installations

Lesson 6:  Saxophone assessment—A deeper look into the mechanisms.

  • Multiple point adjustment system (varies from manufacturers)
  • Full visual criteria
  • Trouble shooting and field repairs

Lesson 7:  Neck cork installation and fit

Lesson 8:  Piston brass assessment—a deeper look into the mechanics.

  • Full visual check criteria
  • Myths and facts about dents
  • Dezincification (Red rot) myths and facts

Lesson 9:  Cleaning methods and valve calibration

  • Simple wipe out
  • Shop methods available, advantages and disadvantages
  • Troubleshooting and field repairs

Lesson 10:  Water key setups,

  • Spring installations
  • Cork installations and materials
  • Amado keys

Lesson 11:  Trombone slide assessment—a deeper look into the mechanics

  • Cleaning methods
  • Lubricants

Lesson 12:  Identifying simple and complex bends

  • Straightening simple bends only.
  • Trouble shooting and field repairs

Lesson 13:   Rotary brass assessment—a deeper look into the mechanics

  • Calibration and materials used
  • Trouble shooting and field repairs

Lesson 14:  Rotor disassembly, reset and string tying methods

Lesson 15:  Low brass and marching brass assessment—a deeper look into the mechanics

  • Assembly of low brass valve and guide options
  • Sousaphone and tuba tuning issues and leadpipe
  • Trouble shooting and field repairs

The Band Instrument Repair Workshop will be lead by, Melody Choplin-Hoover, Instrument Inventory and Repair Specialist, in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Melody is a 1991 graduate of Red Wing Technical College and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and Master of Music degree from North Carolina  School of the Arts. She has worked as a technician and shop foreman for Pearson Music Company and Duncan Music Company, and is well known throughout North Carolina as a highly skilled technician in both woodwinds and brasses. She is a member of NAPBIRT, and has presented clinics at regional conferences for music educators as well as technicians. Melody performs regularly with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, working with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, Dion Warwick and Ronnie Milsap. She also owns and operates Carolina Wind and Brass Repair in Clemmons, NC, where she lives with her husband, son, and two rescue mutts. She has recently authored the book “Stuff Band Directors Need to Know: A Guide for Everyday Problems” and is currently working on her next writing project.

If you have questions on the Band Instrument Repair Workshop, please contact Melody at mlchopli@uncg.edu.

For registration questions or assistance, please contact Beth Hartness at bhartnes@serve.org or 336-315-7452. 


$ 800.00


Type Workshop
Organization School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Tags band directors, instrument repair, Music workshop