June 27th to June 30, 9am-5pm, July 1st, 9am-12pm

Wind and Percussion Instrument Repair Workshop

This workshop consists of basic care, tuning and maintenance for all standard percussion instruments, including membranophones (drums), timpani, keyboards and auxiliary instruments as well as most standard woodwind and brasswind instruments (clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone). Students will be familiarized with terminology, materials, construction, and basic repair techniques and will acquire some of the basic skills necessary to diagnose common problems and perform basic maintenance and repair on a variety of instruments. Students are encouraged to bring instruments that they would like to repair.

Wind and Percussion Instrument Repair Workshop Clinicians

Richard Eleck currently serves on the Music Education faculty at Ithaca College. He recently retired as the Director of Bands at Cortland Senior High School in Cortland, NY where he taught from 1987-2017. Prior to coming to Cortland, Mr. Eleck served as Director of the Jazz Band and Lecturer in Jazz at Cayuga Community College.  Mr. Eleck serves as an All-State and Major Organization adjudicator as well as the Percussion Coordinator for the New York State School Music Association. He is a past president of the New York State Field Band Conference. His principal percussion teachers have been Gordon Stout, George Kiteley and Tom Fries.  He has studied conducting with Rodney Winther, Stephen Peterson and Col. Arnald Gabriel.

Mr. Eleck served the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes as principal percussionist and timpanist for over 10 years. In addition, he is a freelance percussionist and drumset player. Credits include performing with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble X and the B.C. Pops Orchestra.  He is an alumnus of the Bluecoats and Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps and is a former DCA National Individual Champion Mallet Soloist.

Neil Adams grew up in the Finger Lakes area and attended Monroe Community College as a Music Major. After deciding to pursue band instrument repair he completed apprenticeships in Rochester NY, Dallas Texas, and San Jose California where he continued to work as a woodwind technician. In 2001 He set up and managed a repair shop for one of the largest music companies in southern California. Over his 28 year career he has repaired instruments for many professional musicians including members of the Tonight Show Band and recording artists Dave Koz and Branford Marsalis. In 2009 he returned to his roots in upstate NY to open his own repair business. In 2018 he joined the Ithaca College School of Music staff as the Instrument Repair Shop Manager and currently teaches 3 instrument repair courses.