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Red Wing BIR Program Regional Clinic Held in February

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 Guest CliniciansSubmitted by: John Huth, Instructor, Band Instrument Repair

Red Wing’s facilities provided a great environment for hands-on learning at the recent NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians) regional clinic.  This is our fourth year doing hands-on clinics and we are very pleased with this successful day.

Twenty-nine technicians participated, with Cindy Budd (oboe crack and tone hole repair), Bill Eckstrom (guitar set up and troubleshooting), and Ken Skitch and Jim Thomas (electroplating in the shop) serving as our guest clinicians.  Attendees selected two of three sessions to attend.  Students from the BIR (Band Instrument Repair) program at Red Wing attended Bill Eckstrom’s morning session as well. (See Photo Guest Clinicians, Ken Skitch and Jim Thomas)

What never grows old is seeing technicians of all ages engaged in discussions, sharing information, challenging one another, and trying new tools and techniques with courage and conviction.  If people had big egos, they left them in their cars for the day.  The learning was intense, the information free flowing, and the conversations indicative of everyone’s dedication and a desire to learn.  Our students witnessed NAPBIRT at its best. 

Special recognition goes to our clinicians:  Cindy, Bill, Ken and Jim who loaded their vehicles full, travelled significant distances to teach their peers, and gave it their all through two days of intense teaching.  We also want to thank Karl Pratt and Jim Thomas for making lunch.  Their generosity helped us all feel at home and kept us onsite for more discussion. 

A great day at Red Wing!