6807 Orff Instrument Repair

6807 Orff Instrument Repair

Master the repair and maintenance of your Orff and classroom instruments in this hands-on workshop. Repair of resonator boxes, including pins and suspension cords, drums, autoharps and hand-held instruments, as well as fabrication of small instruments and mallet fabrication and repair may be covered. Standard concert percussion instruments may also be addressed. Any and all general classroom instruments are welcome! Please let us know which instrument(s) you plan to bring for repair to ensure that all necessary materials are on site. Feel free to contact Gary Everett via email with specific questions regarding this workshop or additional topics of interest at

Instructors: Gary Everett & Bill Rife

Everett,_Gary_headshot_2015_CROPGary 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.


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Course Information

6807 Orff Instrument Repair

Dates: February 11-12

1 graduate credits
Location: VCM 3140 Room 223 (Repair Lab) and Room 225

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Tuition: $330
Tuition balance is due in full with registration.

All course materials will be provided. You should wear confrortable clothing that can get dirty.

It is essential that you bring instrument to work on for this course.



Saturday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break are scheduled. Sunday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with one 15-minute break scheduled. Individual schedules and break times may vary per individual instructor.



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