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When: 11/07/2020
8:00 am
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NAPBIRT Technical Training Center
2026 Eagle Rd
Normal, Illinois  61761
United States
Contact: Bill Mathews

Online registration is available until: 11/7/2020
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Clinics & Clinicians

Piccolo: Tools, Pads and Tips
Harold Phillips

This dynamic extended clinic will demonstrate and let you try tools used for piccolo repair. Several suppliers have donated pads, tools and supplies so you will have a chance to compare them side-side and learn to determine which is best for each situation. Foundational piccolo techniques will be presented but you are encouraged to bring your piccolo or specific piccolo questions to be added to the clinic. With all the negativity since March, this will be a positive experience. You will be able to decide on your own if any of the items will fit your style of repair.

Bring your piccolo and hand tools to try the different techniques, pads, and supplies.

Thank you to all the suppliers who participated.

Harold Phillips graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Music Education in 1978. While at WVU, he took a course for band directors that focused on minor repairs that would be needed in a school situation. It was at this time he decided to become a repair technician and moved to northern New Jersey to attend Eastern School of Musical Instrument Repair. He finished the class requirements and received his certificate in 1980, then went on to work for shops in Florida, West Virginia and North Carolina. Harold's last repair position was at JL Smith and Co, where he received his Straubinger Flute Pad Certification. Harold has been active in giving NAPBIRT Regional Clinics, National Clinics, training techs one-on- one and small groups of 6 or less. In July of 2013 we moved to Elkhart, IN, to accept the position of Repair Parts Specialist with Conn-Selmer, Inc. Harold is currently working at Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments.

Saxophone Play Condition
Jaime Hamner

During our short time together we will be discussing the techniques for play conditions on saxophones that are repaired in my store. We will start with alto and tenor and will address some other saxes as time permits. Some of the items that will be addressed will be:
  • Neck corks
  • Proper neck fit
  • Leaks at the neck socket
  • Pads (leveling and replacing), regulation
  • When TO and when NOT to correct previous attempts on repairs
  • And so much more

Jaime Hamner began apprenticing in band instrument repair in 2000 while in the Marine Corps Band. He was selected to become an Instrument Repair Technician in 2001 and attended the Instrument Repair School at Red Wing, MN. After his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2011 continued repairing musical instruments as a hobby. Currently Jaime owns and operates Hamner Music in Beaufort, SC.

Jaime has been a member of NAPBIRT since 2000 and has served on the Board of Directors in various roles since 2003 including serving as the NAPBIRT President from 2013-2017. Jaime has been a NAPBIRT University Instructor and has presented numerous clinics at the Regional Level and Annual Conferences.

Woodwind Repair Quick Tips
Harold Phillips / Jaime Hamner

During this session we will introduce as many tips and tricks as we can possibly throw at you in the time provided. Class participation is recommended.


Saturday:   November 7, 2020

  8:00 - Welcome
  8:30 - Session 1: Piccolo: Tools, Pads and Tips - Part 1 - Harold Phillips
10:00 - Break
10:30 - Session 2: Piccolo: Tools, Pads and Tips - Part 2 - Harold Phillips
12:00 - Lunch:
  1:00 - Session 3: Saxophone Play Condition - Jaime Hamner
  2:30 - Break
  3:00 - Session 4: Woodwind Repair Quick Tips - Harold Phillips, Jaime Hamner
  4:30 - Adjourn


Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, October 17, 2020)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, October 18, 2020)

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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.

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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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