The National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) is the largest non-profit international educational association dedicated to the advancement of the craft of band instrument repair.
The mission of NAPBIRT is to promote the highest possible standards of musical instrument repair service by providing members with a central agency for the exchange of information and continued education through the administration of programs that benefit its membership. We do not provide certification, testing, or endorsement of any individual member's abilities.
Founded in 1976 as a small grassroots organization of 45 members with a common goal of technical integrity and professionalism. Each member placed ten dollars into a hat and NAPBIRT was born. NAPBIRT has since blossomed into an open and friendly international organization of over 1000 members located in over 20 countries. In 2000 the organization opened its NAPBIRT Technical Training Center (NTTC) in Normal, Illinois. This facility is specifically designed and constructed for the purpose of continuing education. Training sessions range from one day to one week and are intended for members interested in career development or specialized training in a particular field of endeavor. Click on the Events link above for a complete listing of upcoming events.
NAPBIRT's official bi-monthly online journal features a wide variety of technical columns, technical tips, NAPBIRT news, industry trade news, commentary and manufacturer / supplier advertising. Many technicians have stated that one "technical tip" from this publication is worth the price of a year's membership. Membership in NAPBIRT includes a subscription to the TechniCom.
The website contains general information, membership application, calendar of events, repair school information, technician locator, instrument care, manufacturer links, secure online store and the "Band Instrument Purchasing Guide". The members only section contains a multitude of valuable information such as:
Many of the finest repair technicians in the industry today have progressed over the years with the support and encouragement they have found in the pages of NAPBIRT Archival Material. In the NAPBIRT Reference Library, members have access to rich archival materials such as back issues of TechniCom, Clinic Materials, How To Instructions, Reference Handbooks, Repair Videos and much more.
Each year 10 - 15 regional clinics are hosted by repair facilities and music stores throughout NAPBIRT's nine regions. Clinics are generally one-day workshops presented by some of the top working technicians in the profession.
NAPBIRT Technical Training Center Clinics
The NAPBIRT Technical Training Center (NTTC) is a one-of-a-kind facility specially designed and constructed for serving NAPBIRT members. Training sessions range from one day to one week and are intended for established technicians interested in career development or specialized training. Some of the features our facility boasts:
Continuing Education Units
NAPBIRT awards .2 Continuing Educational Unit (CEU) credits for every one and one half hour clinic sessions. The nationally recognized CEU is a unit of measurement to record participation in non-credit academic, professional and vocational programs and is based upon short course continuing educational programs sponsored by organizations following the guidelines established by the IACET.
NAPBIRT regions are designed to promote small easily accessible regional technical clinics for members to attend. Each region has an elected representative who resides on the Board of Directors.
Becoming a NAPBIRT Technician
NAPBIRT technicians are professionals who have committed themselves to the continual pursuit of excellence, both in technical service and ethical conduct. Membership applications and eligibility requirements can be found in the Join NAPBIRT section of this web site.
Any person who has been or is presently involved in the profession of restoring, reconditioning or repairing of musical instruments may be considered a candidate for membership provided that he/she has the technical skills to derive at least 50% of their income from an occupation in musical instrument technology and is at least 18 years of age.