I’m bringing the New York City repair shop experience to a city near you. Stop in for a quick fix while you wait, or drop off your instrument for a full overhaul with a quick turnaround.

Appleton, WI

5/17/22 – 5/29/22

6/2/22 – 6/12/22

6/15/22 – 6/26/22

6/30/22 – 7/17/22

6/20/22 – 7/7/22

7/11/22 – 9/11/22

9/14/22 – 10/22/22

10/5/22 – 10/16/22

10/17/22 – 10/30/22

Whether you are a player needing help diagnosing and fixing an issue with your instrument, or a hobbyist looking for guidance repairing at home, I’m here to help. Let’s schedule a repair coaching session!

This one is light, flexible, and durable. Keep it in your case and you’ll always know if it’s your horn or your reed (it’s not you).

Toss one of these in each case. Keep your hinge rods from backing out, and use this with your leak light to dial in F# timing on your set break while the drummer is at the bar and the guitarist is selling CDs.

Teflon tape makes a great band aide on the gig. Help a loose fitting mouthpiece, save a crumbling neck cork, even strap in a ripped or loose pad. This roll is extra wide!

You probably have some of this laying around the house. A few drops on a Q-tip can clean and soften a sticky old pad. This bottle will last a life time.

Some springs can be placed with your fingernail. Some can’t. Make your life easier and get a spring hook. If you’re crafty you can make something like this with some scrap metal and a file.

You should be comfortable taking keys off, and you should always oil them when you put them back on. 10ml is plenty.

Whenever you pull a key off, it will feel great to clean the out the hinge tube. It’s also fun to make snowflake decorations.

Pre-cut to make your life easier. Make sure you have contact cement and razor blades.

Pre-cut to make your life easier. Make sure you have contact cement and razor blades.

You’ll notice when bits of cork fall off your instrument. Keys start opening too far, metal clicks on metal, other keys stop closing together. It’s an inevitable problem and you can fix it. Start with 1/16. and 1/32.

Pick up this set before you need it. Felts fall out, we’re all had it happen. You don’t need to take a trip to your music store to put a new one in.

If you want to glue cork or felt to your instrument (or elbows), this is the stuff. This tube should get you started.

Just buy them in bulk.

240 grit sand paper is great for shaping cork. These rolls are a convenient size for sanding neck corks.

You’ll want a good straight edge when cutting materials with a razor blade. These two sizes are both handy, and sometimes it’s nice to measure things.

Hobbyist Basics

these are more durable than a paper towel

You’ll want the right sizes for a variety of jobs. Start with B and D.

With a strong emphasis on smooth-jawed, these pliers will allow you to get a tight grip on instrument parts with a very reduced risk of leaving marks and scratches.

The pointy flame on these little torches is awesome for melting shellac and hot glue. They can be used with one hand, and if you let go of it the flame stops. The only down side is that they don’t all last forever, so I buy a few at a time.

You’ll need these for your new torch

You’ll find lots of uses for these, especially with pad work. Just keep them out of your mouth.

Any old drum stick will do. You’ll saw it into pieces and make primitive tools that will become your best friends. Bonus points if you get a used stick from a drummer that really swings.

0000 is as fine a baby hair and will delicately clean valuable vintage press parts.

For lightly smacking brass around.

For surfaces so valuable, you hate to use the word abrasive

This stuff is great on nickel surfaces

You can get sets of pads sized for your model of saxophone here. You might want to start with “soft feel” if it’s your first time doing this.

You’re entering a worldwide debate: hot glue vs. shellac.

Once you have it, you’ll use it every day

Great for clarinet keys

These will shrink a saxophone post around its hinge rod. When you need then, you need them.

If you use these once, you’ll want them forever.

Saxophone body tubes tend to curl forward towards the tone holes. Smack it straight with this.

All Things Dremel

There are a few models of Dremel tools, this one has variable speed.

wire brushes, nice for cleaning clarinet tenons.

mini buffing wheels, great for small jobs.

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Woodwind Doubling

I’m currently on tour with Disney’s Frozen

Reed 2:
oboe, english horn, clarinet, tenor sax, flute

– Previous Experience –

St. James Theater

(sub) Reed 2:

oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

New Amsterdam Theater

(sub) Reed 2:

oboe, english horn, clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax

Hudson Theater

(sub) Reed 3:

oboe, english horn, clarinet, alto sax

Studio 54

(sub) Reed 3:

oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

Barrow Street Theatre

(sub) Bb clarinet, A Clarinet

The Broadway Theater

(sub) Reed 2:

clarinet, bass clarinet, english horn, alto sax, bari sax

Al Herschfeld Theatre

(sub) Reeds:

flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax

Neil Simon Theater

(sub) Reeds:

flute, clarinet, oboe, tenor sax, bari sax

Signature Theatre

(sub) flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto sa, tenor sax, EWI

2nd Stage Theater

(sub) flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet

Lincoln Center

(sub) flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax

Davenport Theater

flute, clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax

New Victory Theatre

flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax

First National Tour,
Madison Square Garden

Reed 2 – oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

(sub) Reed 1 – flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

International Tour

Reed 3 – clarinet, bass clarinet, flute

International Tour

Reed 1 – flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

National Tour

Reed 2 – flute, clarinet, tenor sax

International Tour

Reed 2 – oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

National Tour

Reed 1 – flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

Reed 2 – oboe, flute, clarinet, tenor sax, bari sax

Beauty and the Beast
oboe, english horn

flute, clarinet, alto sax

The Count of Monte Cristo
oboe, english horn


(sub) Reed 2: oboe, english horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax

(sub) Reed 3: flute, clarinet, alto sax, bari sax

Maine State Music Theatre

Mary Poppins

Reed 2: flute, piccolo, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, english horn

– Phoenix Theatre –

1940’s Radio Hour
I Love a Piano
Guys and Dolls
Thoroughly Modern Millie
(sub) Curtains

HERE Arts Center

bass clarinet

– White Plains PAC –

clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax

– Broadway Palm West –
My Fair Lady
The Full Monty
42nd Street
Beehive: The 60s Musical
Anything Goes
Buddy: Buddy Holly Story

Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
– Lancaster, PA –

Peter Pan

Actor’s Temple Theater

(sub) flute, clarinet

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