Instructors: Gary Everett & Bill Rife
Gary Everett currently serves as a Band Director in the Oak Creek/Franklin Joint School District in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He also served as Music Department Co-Chair for the District for many years.
He previously held the position Chief Tester at the G. LeBlanc Corporation’s headquarters in Kenosha, WI. He was responsible for final inspection, repairs, final regulation and play testing of all woodwind instruments before distribution. Gary also coordinated with visiting professional musicians, represented LeBlanc at area trade shows and was a speaker during factory tours. He also has significant experience with repair of brass, percussion, string and classroom instruments.
Gary is owner and head technician of Everett Piano Services – a business dedicated to tuning, repair and restoration of pianos and related keyboard instruments.
Gary is a professional level member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT), an associate member of the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) and has been associated with the American Music Educators Repair Association (AMERA).
He has taught numerous repair clinics, lectured and served as an onsite repair technician for multiple school districts and colleges.
Gary is active in the local music community as a musician for area bands, show bands and orchestras. He is a member of the Kenosha Pop's Concert Band and two area Big Bands.
Gary holds a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin Parkside and a master's degree in Instrumental Music Education from the VanderCook College of Music.
Bill Rife was chosen by Dr. Vic Zajac to teach the brass segment of Band Instrument Repair at VanderCook, and has taught since 2004. He has been a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) since 2010. His back ground in Tool and Die and love for music, has made it possible to share his repair skills and has provided brass repairs for Divine Infant and Divine Providence school bands (of Westchester, IL) from 2003 to 2012.
Bill played with the Chicago Youth Organization (CYO) for over 20 years, and is currently a member of the American Wind Band (formerly Westchester Community Band) in the southwest suburbs, as well as the West Suburban Concert Band in LaGrange, IL. He has also performed with a 60s and 70s cover-band, Scraps of Brass, since 2010.
He has played trumpet for over 40 years, and enjoys restoring antique brass instruments in his spare time.