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When: 01/18/2020
8:00 am
Where: Yamaha Corporation of America - Los Angeles Atelier
6600 Orangethorpe Ave
Buena Park, California  90620
United States
Contact: Jeff Peterson

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Directions:  Arrive through the east truck entrance towards the loading docks. There is a blue awning on the right side with a sign above that reads: Los Angeles Atelier.

Clinics & Clinicians

Concepts and Techniques:
Journey to Mastering the Craft of Band Instrument Repair

Keiko Tsuda

Whether you are a master, journeyman or an apprentice, we can become more mindful of the practice and figure of shokunin in our field. "Shokunin" (pronounced sho-koo-neen) is Japanese word for 'master craftsman.' It has much deeper meaning than having technical skills. Shokunin value work ethic and strive to the best of their ability to have their finished products be flawless. Keiko grew up in Japan witnessing the shokunin spirit and this mentality drives her work ethic and discipline. Firstly, Keiko will share inspiration from shokunin.

Secondly, she will share her insights and experience using examples of repair concepts and techniques that greatly improved her skill with clarinet and saxophone repair. Keiko has learned many concepts and techniques through her practice under the supervision of shokunin, Master Technician, Scott Mandeville.

When masters pass on their skills, in addition to teaching techniques, it would behoove masters to teach concepts. Teaching concepts allows the apprentices to develop a good work ethic as well as to create their own techniques. This will make significant improvements in their journey to becoming a BIR shokunin. Specific example techniques such as how to efficiently find and fix bends in a hinge tube and how to regulate a saxophone will be shown. Applying these techniques is a valuable timesaver for technicians of all levels of expertise.

The aim of this clinic is to promote the shokunin spirit in our field and with the support of masters, together we can help more technicians becoming a shokunin.

Keiko (pronounced "kay-koh") Tsuda is originally from Japan but later migrated to Australia. To master the craft of Band Instrument Repair, Keiko moved to the U.S. After graduating BIR program at Minnesota State College Southeast, Keiko joined Tim's Music in Sacramento, CA, where she currently works with one of the most well-regarded technicians in the field, Scott Mandeville. With Scott's close mentorship, Keiko works continuously to perfect her craft to learn concepts of repair and efficiently work to best serve players and music communities. To educate herself, Keiko attends NAPBIRT conferences and other industry related clinics and events. She networks with repair technicians worldwide and is currently serving as secretary of Region 7 in NAPBIRT. She has visited local schools to help with instrument maintenance and provides clinics to music educators. Helping students, teachers and musicians while being a part of their musical journey is her passion. When Keiko is not at her bench, she is swinging a saxophone in a big band, or a racquet in a game of tennis.

Dent Work Fundamentals: Covering the Basics
Dustin Barlow

In this clinic we will try to cover the fundamentals for doing good solid dent work. We will go over different types of damage and and the obstacles we must overcome to provide a high quality product to our customers. This clinic will be geared more towards tech newer to the industry or woodwind techs that are looking to expand their skill set. Maybe some of you seasoned techs will learn something new as well. Topics covered include:

    * Types of dents
    * Challenges encountered
    * Tools to use
    * Techniques and methods

Just about everything covered will be universal to metal wind instruments. That includes saxes, flutes, bass clarinets as well as traditional brass family instruments.

Dustin Barlow grew up in eastern San Diego, CA. He is one of the few American graduates from the MIR program at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. After finishing the program in 2007, Dustin returned to the San Diego area to work for Bertrand's Music. His time there has been primarily focused on brass repair with a little bit of everything else thrown in. He is currently managing a team of 7 talented repair techs in Bertrand's Music's new San Marcos, CA repair center.

3D Printing in Band Instrument Repair Technology
Miles DeCastro

What if you could fabricate parts while you sleep? How about during your lunch break? Or while simultaneously repairing a different instrument? This may sound too good to be true, but it's something that is actually obtainable for anyone with basic computer skills and the willingness to invest a relatively small amount of money in technology that I believe will be commonplace in instrument repair shops in the very near future.

For the approximate cost of a mini lathe, you can be fabricating high quality, dimensionally accurate parts and tools in your repair shop via 3D printing. In early 2018, I received my first 3D printer. In this clinic, I will share with you what I have learned while using it. I will also discuss ways you can incorporate 3D printing into your repair shop and what the future might hold for 3D printing in the world of band instrument repair technology.

Miles DeCastro is the instrument repair technician at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, where he teaches courses in instrument repair and is responsible for the repairs, maintenance and inventory of over 1,000 instruments. In addition to being on both staff and faculty at Crane, he owns and operates North Country Winds, a repair shop specializing in artist-level clarinet repairs and USA warranty work for Backun clarinets.

Miles has been an active NAPBIRT member since 2007. In that time, he has attended every national conference and is honored to be presenting at his fifth national conference in a row this April. He currently serves as Vice President and Director of Region 1 and in the past, has served on the finance committee and has hosted clinics at the regional and national level.

On top of all of this, Miles is a Straubinger Certified Technician, Yamaha Certified Sales Professional, graduate of the Yamaha Service Advantage Program and he has studied instrument repair with Morrie Backun.

Woodwind Tenons
Jeff Peterson

Tenons don't seem to get the glamour and attention of pads and mechanisms, but these unsung heroes play a critical role in making a woodwind not only stay together but play at its maximum potential. In this clinic we will be taking a look at both theory and practical applications for improving the connection on all woodwind tenon joints.

As manager of the Yamaha Atelier-Los Angeles, Jeff Peterson has had the privilege of working with some of the finest woodwind artists in the world. In this role, Jeff works with a worldwide team to develop cutting-edge instruments to satisfy the most discriminating artists, often by customizing existing instruments, sometimes by creating new models. Prior to his work at Yamaha, Jeff owned and operated Horn Improvement, a multi-technician music repair and retail facility specializing in professional sax, clarinet and flute repair. He is very active in NAPBIRT and has served as President, Treasurer, Region 7 Director and as an instructor for the NAPBIRT University Saxophone Course.


Saturday:   January 18, 2020

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Concepts and Techniques - Keiko Tsuda
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Dent Work Fundamentals - Dustin Barlow
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: 3D Printing in BIR - Miles DeCastro
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Woodwind Tenons - Jeff Peterson
  4:30 - Adjourn


Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, December 28, 2019)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, December 29, 2019)

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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.

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