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Regional Clinic - Red Wing, MN
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When: 02/22/2020
7:45 am
Where: Minnesota State College Southeast-Red Wing
308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, Minnesota  55066
United States
Contact: Greg Beckwith, John Huth, John Maddox
877.853.8324 ext 6350

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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.

  • 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.

Clinics & Clinicians

Brass Repair and Leak Testing
Travis Thacker

This clinic will discuss the general brass repair processes, materials and tooling that I use on a regular basis here at Carl's Pro Band. Our shop services a wide range of instruments including beginning rentals, school owned inventory and professional musician's primary instruments. My goal with this clinic is to share practices that we employ to bridge the gap between these levels of instruments. Ideally our finished products will be cohesive, whether we're working on student trumpets or professional tubas.

I would also like to delve into the world of leak testing for brass instruments. The use of Magnehelic leak testing is relatively mainstream for woodwind repair at this point, but I feel it is equally necessary on brass instruments. We have been utilizing Magnehelic leak testing on brass instruments for 10+ years and I think there is a definite need for it on every instrument that comes through our shop. I will talk about various machines and their usage, necessary attachments, custom made tooling, readings and how to use the information we gain from this testing to enhance our repairs.

Travis Thacker began apprenticing with his father Carl Thacker at age 15 in 1997, and has continued in his father's footsteps. Travis graduated from Illinois State University in 2004 earning a bachelor's degree in Music Business. Upon graduation he embarked upon a full-time career as a repair technician and business owner. Travis greatly appreciates the opportunity to learn from and work with a technician as skilled and knowledgeable as Carl, and has grown a large clientele of musicians throughout the Midwest and beyond. He partnered in business with Carl in 2008, and on top of his repair duties, also manages the day to day business operations at Carl's Pro Band. He is also an involved longtime member, clinician and Regional Director for NAPBIRT.

Woodwind Crack Repair
Matt Bordoshuk

This clinic will cover a variety of methods of repairing cracks in Grenadilla instruments, with a focus on concealing evidence of repairs. We will cover the most common methods today, carbon fiber pinning and banding, as well as the older method using threaded metal pins. We will also discuss some of the varied opinions on rehydrating, oiling, and preparing the wood for repairs, as well as protecting the wood from future problems.

Matt is encouraging clinic attendees, if they choose, to bring a cracked body to apply his techniques in real time. While not required for the clinic, if someone wants to bring a cracked joint along, Matt would like to communicate with them on his preferred wood conditioning techniques prior to the clinic. Matt's email is:

Harmony Clarinets
Matt Bordoshuk

This clinic will discuss the differences between student and professional harmony clarinets, and how to set up each instrument for school use or professional use. We will discuss the various types of register key and lower joint/pinky key arrangements found in modern basset horns, alto, bass, contra-alto, and contrabass clarinets, and how to repair, improve, and optimize them for any situation. We will also cover some of the inherent design flaws in certain brands and models that are not practical/economical to fix.

Matt Bordoshuk was largely self-taught for the first several years of his repair experience, starting by disassembling and cleaning instruments for students and doing emergency short term repairs in high school. While attending Northeastern Illinois University pursuing a degree in Clarinet Performance, Matt worked as a seasonal brass cleaner for Music & Arts. A couple years later, Matt met John Maddox in a very short-lived funk band and ended up in his first full time repair job, first as a brass apprentice/cleaner, and then as a woodwind tech, where John taught him better/more efficient techniques than he had been able to figure out on his own. Matt later spent some time as a woodwind tech for a larger company, then worked for one of the most sought-after sax techs in the country before deciding to work at his own shop, Chicago Music Center, full time in 2018. Matt is an active freelancer in Chicago on clarinet, sax, and flute. He also has a small studio of private clarinet and sax students.


Saturday:   February 22, 2020

  7:45 - Welcome - Coffee, Rolls and Bagels
  8:15 - Session 1: Brass Repair and Leak Testing - Part 1 - Travis Thacker
  9:45 - Break - (refreshments provided)
10:00 - Session 2: Brass Repair and Leak Testing - Part 2 - Travis Thacker
11:45 - Lunch: On Site
12:30 - Session 3: Woodwind Crack Repair - Matt Bordoshuk
  2:00 - Break
  2:15 - Session 4: Harmony Clarinets - Matt Bordoshuk
  4:00 - Adjourn


Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, February 1, 2020)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, February 2, 2020)

  • 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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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.

Clinic Etiquette:
Hand held audio recorders and still cameras are permitted providing that you do not disrupt the session and you have the permission of the clinician. Video cameras and other similar equipment are not permitted without advance written authorization from NAPBIRT.

Cellular phones and other electronic gadgets must be turned to OFF or SILENT during all scheduled events including tours, meals, and clinics.

Our goal is the free exchange of ideas and techniques. Please remember that the clinicians are your colleagues: feel free to ask questions and participate during clinics. Questions asked during clinics are often very valuable: be respectful of those asking questions, whether they are new technicians or seasoned veterans. We would also ask that you remember that there are different ways to achieve a desired end, and that not all technicians always agree on the same techniques or tools. If you find yourself in a position in which you disagree with the clinician, we would ask that you be respectful to the clinician and your fellow audience members and not be disruptive in the clinic.

(not part of registration fee)

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 $129/night is available to clinic attendees and must be made on or before January 21, 2020. Call 800.252.1875 to make your reservation by phone. Be sure to mention the "NAPBIRT Rate" when making your reservation.

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Quality Inn and Suites
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Country Inn and Suites
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Days Inn
955 East Seventh St.
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Nichols Inn and Suites
1750 Hwy 61
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Rodeway Inn
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Parkway Motel
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Holiday Inn Express
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