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NAPBIRT University - Lathe (Feb 2021)
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NAPBIRT University - Lathe (Feb 2021)

 Export to Your Calendar 2/14/2021 to 2/17/2021
When: 02/17/2021
9:00 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: 2/14/2021
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Course Description

Does your shop have a lathe that you don't really know how to use or you're thinking of purchasing your first lathe but want to learn the basics first? The metal lathe is a versatile machine that can be used to repair band instruments, fabricate obsolete or missing parts as well as make tooling for many other repairs.

This course will focus on the safe implementation of fundamental lathe operations like turning, facing, drilling, boring, taper turning, and threading. These operations will be applied to the repair of musical instrument as well as for making simple tools and repair parts. In addition to these skills, students will learn the basics of hand grinding tool bits, setup, measuring and maintenance of the lathe.

So if you've ever wanted to make a clarinet tenon, make a ferrule for a trumpet slide, cut a slot for a carbon fiber band, turn a new post for that vintage saxophone or spin up a new pad cup, the lathe course could be for you. Students are encouraged to bring a practice project to learn on as well as safety glasses, 6" dial or digital caliper and apron.

For more information or to ask questions, contact:
Matthew Slauson:


Matthew Slauson is a graduate of the Band Instrument Repair School at SUNY Morrisville, and has 35 years experience repairing musical instruments. Early in his career, he was employed by the Erick Brand Company and Fidelity Music where he fabricated tooling and specialized in tenon and socket repairs as well as making parts for brass instruments.

Matthew specializes in fabricating parts for obsolete and vintage instruments using lathes, mills, CNC and other metal working equipment in his home shop. In addition to the band instrument trade, Mr. Slauson has BS and MS degrees in Technology education. He was a master teacher trainer in Computer Integrated Manufacturing for PLTW where he has trained hundreds of teachers in robotics, CNC and manufacturing.

Currently, he is a member of the New York State Master Teachers program where he collaborates with a select group of STEM teachers to further their knowledge and serve as mentors to other teachers. In his spare time, he enjoys playing flute and piccolo in the community bands and hiking in the many beautiful state parks in New York.

Safety glasses are required for all NAPBIRT University courses.
If you do not bring your own, we will provide them.


There are many lodging options in the Bloomington-Normal Area. The hotels listed below are within one mile of the Training Center. However, you are free to use your favorite website search engine or mobile phone app to find a hotel of your choice.   (zipcode search: 61761)

Motel 6     309.452.0422
1600 N Main St
Normal, IL 61761

Holiday Inn - Normal     309.862.0101
8 Traders Circle
Normal, IL 61761

Super 8     309.807.5982
2 Traders Circle
Normal, IL 61761


  • The closest airport is in Bloomington, IL. Airport Code: BMI

  • There is a local Amtrak station in Normal, IL: - Station code: BNL

  • If you are flying into Chicago O'Hare or Midway airport and would like to get a bus shuttle, click on the following link:
         Destination Selection: Normal: Amtrak Uptown Station

  • Local Car Rental Information:   (details)

  • Other Choices such as Taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc:   (details)


You are welcome to ship any packages prior to your arrival. Send them to:

      (your name)
      2026 Eagle Rd
      Normal, IL 61761


Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
        (We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You do not have to be a member of NAPBIRT to register. However, you will need to create an account with us in order to process your registration.
  • If you are a current member, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.
  • If you are a previous member or you have attended a NAPBIRT clinic in the past, your name should already be in our database. Click Here to request your login information.

NOTE:   Seating is limited to 6 registrations.

Course Fee:   $640.00
Materials Fee:   $110.00
Total:   $750.00

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.

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.

I understand the hazards of the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") and am familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") guidelines regarding COVID-19. I acknowledge and understand that that the circumstances regarding COVID-19 are changing from day to day and that, accordingly, the CDC guidelines are regularly modified and updated and I accept full responsibility for familiarizing myself with the most recent updates.

Notwithstanding the risks associated with COVID-19, which I readily acknowledge, I hereby willingly choose to participate in NAPBIRT activities.

I acknowledge and fully assume the risk of illness or death related to COVID-19 arising from my being on the premises and participating in the Activities and hereby RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, employees and assigns (the "RELEASEES") from any liability related to COVID-19 which might occur as a result my being on the premises and participating in NAPBIRT activities.

I shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the RELEASEES from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, judgments, losses or expenses of any nature whatsoever (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees, costs and disbursements, whether of in-house or outside counsel and whether or not an action is brought, on appeal or otherwise), arising from or out of, or relating to, directly or indirectly, the infection of COVID-19 or any other illness or injury.

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