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Band Repair Section

We are proud to offer a full service band repair department at multiple Jim's Music Locations.

Our qualified band and orchestra repair technicians strive to best support our area musicians by holding high repair standards at a fair price and in a realistic amount of time.

You can be sure that whether you’re a beginner or a professional, Jim’s Music will repair, restore or maintain your instrument so that you can get many years of the best possible sound from it.

Our band and orchestra technicians keeps current on the latest repair techniques, tooling, parts inventory and product knowledge to maintain a tradition of excellence in musical instrument service.

Meet our Technicians

Mark Steenis

Mark started his repair career in 1993 at Heid Music of Appleton, WI before graduating from Badger State Repair in 1997. He then returned for continued apprenticeship at Heid Music. In 2003, Mark took over as Repair Department Manager at Henri’s Music of Green Bay, WI where he remained until closed in 2010. Mark specializes in woodwind, brass, and concert / marching percussion instruments. He also repairs orchestra instruments, guitars, and even accordions.

Mark has received additional extensive hands-on training and is proud to offer these and many other specialized services:
  • crack repair, graphite banding, tone hole tenon replacement on woodwinds
  • flute headjoint repair and embouchure hole / lip plate repairs and modifications
  • skin, cork, and specialty pads resonators on woodwinds
  • synthetic pads for clarinet, piccolo, oboe, and even bassoon + custom keywork and gold/silver/nickel/copper plating
  • saxophone no-stick G# modification
  • clarinet barrel shortening and bore modifications
  • obsolete parts fabrication + magnetic dent removal
  • vintage restorations + environmentally friendly chemical flush
  • valve repair and rebuilding + valve alignment and porting
  • sousaphone fiberglass repair and painting
  • many other services – just call with your requests! Mark also stays in touch with local school programs with weekly visits to most area schools

Andy Forbell

Andy started his working life as a machinist apprentice and worked at a small engineering company for a period of 8 years, a trade which he draws heavily from today. Andy always had an interest in repairing guitars and had heard of a trade school in Minnesota offering a guitar building and repair program and he decided to attend.

After successfully completing the program Andy decided to stay at Red Wing Technical College to study the string instrument repair course, covering the repair of bowed string instruments. After successfully completing the bowed string instrument repair course Andy chose to stay one more year to study band instrument repair. After completing all three musical instrument repair courses Andy came to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, an area of the country which he dearly loves, and has been selling, renting and repairing musical instruments for individuals and schools throughout the region for close to twenty years now. Andy proudly joined the team at Jim's Music in the fall of 2011 and looks forward to providing the best repair experience to the individuals and schools in the area.

Mary Bastian - Repair Technician/ School Representative

Years of experience: 18+ years

Mary’s first experiences repairing band instruments began at Northern Michigan University in a Band Instrument Care Repair class for Music Education Majors. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from NMU. Prior to her first teaching position, she worked at the Yamaha Musical Products factory in Grand Rapids, MI for 6 months as a final assembly person for trombones. After 20 years of teaching instrumental music in Michigan public schools, Mary went to work for the Marshall Music Company in Lansing, MI as an apprentice in the band instrument repair department. After serving a 3 year apprenticeship, she continued to work at Marshall Music as a woodwind technician. Upon moving back to the Upper Peninsula to teach instrumental music, Mary opened her own part-time repair shop until she retired from teaching. In 2009, Mary came to work for Jim's Music as a woodwind technician in the repair shop and spend 2 days a week as a School Service Representative. Mary is able to help directors with fitting students to their first instrument. She is also knowledgeable in helping people with selecting a 'step-up' or 'pro' instrument.

Our expert repair technicians have over 60 years combined experience in woodwind, brass, strings, and percussion. Our staff employs rigorous training and apprenticeship procedures to guarantee that a high level of technical workmanship is provided when restoring or repairing musical instruments.

Jim's Music owns a complete range of specialized tools and machines to service and customize instruments. Over a period of more than twenty years, a large inventory of spare parts has been brought into stock. This means that Jim's can recondition most musical instruments promptly when a musician requires.

Jim’s Music carries a full line of top quality brand name new and used musical instruments and we service everything we sell.

Below are some advanced repairs our technicians can perform

Clarinet Tenon Replacement

Clarinet Tone Hole Replacement

Carbon Fiber Crack Repair

Trumpet Bell Repair

Vintage Baritone Restoration

Flute High E Insert

Euphonium Knuckle Replacement