Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Band Instrument Repair

Translate your love of music into a hands-on career.


Translate your love of music into a rewarding hands-on career in Band Instrument Repair at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing.

From across the United States and around the world, students come to Red Wing, Minnesota, to study band instrument repair, where you can learn the skills necessary for employment and advancement in this rewarding, viable career option. Our training is rigorous, requiring tenacity and a desire for excellence.

  • In 2 semesters of comprehensive study, the Band Instrument Repair Diploma program will teach you the fundamentals of repairing clarinets, trumpets, flutes, trombones, saxophones, French horns, oboes, bassoons, and large brass. You will also learn how to fabricate tools and instrument parts using lathes, drill presses, sanders, and bench motors.

  • Incorporating all diploma-level BIR courses, the 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Band Instrument Repair degree adds coursework specific to small business development and marketing; it also includes college-level general education classes such as math, English, and humanities. The A.A.S. was designed primarily for students who want the one-year program, but have sufficient transferable college general education credits to narrow the time frame to complete the A.A.S. degree to one-year.

Up to 48 students enroll yearly in Band Instrument Repair, many coming from either performance or music education backgrounds - men and women looking to channel their interests and talents in a challenging educational setting where hands-on practice is central to success.

You will join graduates who are successfully employed in repair shops associated with music stores, school districts, and independent repair shops. In 2016, 96% of our graduates found work in the field.

For additional information, go to www.redwingmusicrepair.org. To become a student, apply for admission to MSC Southeast.

Major Offerings

Download the Program Plan


Instrument Close Ups

Learn more about the musical instrument repair programs on our Red Wing campus at RedWingMusicRepair.org.

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate, repair, and play test a clarinet, flute, sax, oboe and bassoon.
  2. Evaluate, repair, and play test a trumpet, trombone, horn, and large brass.
  3. Perform basic fabrication and repair support techniques using a bench motor, metal lathe, and sander, incorporating related accessories and hand tools.
  4. Exhibit attitudes and behaviors commensurate with employer expectations.

Band Instrument Repair Job Placement: 96%

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Career Opportunities

  • Music Stores
  • Repair Shops
  • School Districts
  • Musical Instrument Manufacturers
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities (with experience)

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • All students in the musical instrument repair programs at MSC Southeast pay in-state tuition regardless of state/country of origin. The cost of living in Red Wing is also quite reasonable.
  • Our instructors are active members in the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT), presenting clinics, producing videos, and writing articles for TechniCom, NAPBIRT's printed journal. Go to www.napbirt.org for more information.
  • Frequent guest speakers and clinicians will give you their perspectives on what employment in the craft is like and help you prepare for your career.


  • John Huth has his Bachelor of Music Degree from Bowling Green State University and his Master of Music Degree (Trumpet) from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was apprentice-trained as a repair technician and joined the teaching faculty of Minnesota State College Southeast in 1987. John is a Master Repair Clinician in the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and has presented numerous clinics throughout the United States.
    Learn more about John Huth.
  • Greg Beckwith is a 1992 graduate of the BIR program at Red Wing and has a BS in Technical Education from Bemidji State University. He has been involved with the repair program since 1996 and has been teaching full time since 2003. For further concentrated study he spent time in Oslo, Norway learning horn building from Daniel Rauch of Rauch horns. Greg is a member of NAPBIRT and as a master clinician has presented clinics for conferences regionally and nationally. Greg is an accomplished horn player, having played professionally around the world and as an extra/sub with Minnesota Orchestra. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and studied with Verne Reynolds at Eastman, Roland Pandolfi in St. Louis, and Kendall Betts in MN.
    Learn more about Greg Beckwith.
  • John Maddox joined the Band Instrument Repair faculty as a full time instructor in 2018. He holds his bachelor's degree in Trombone Performance from the University of South Florida. He graduated from MSC Southeast in May 2012, then worked at Davenport Instrument Repair in Brooklyn Center, MN and operated his own business specializing in professional/custom repairs. Beginning in 2013, John served as an active member of BIR's Advisory Committee, conducting student assessments and recommending improvements to instruction and facilities. Through NAPBIRT, John has presented regional clinics on flute shimming techniques and on sourcing tools and supplies on a budget.
    Learn more about John Maddox.

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