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Our Repair Techs

 

Eckroth Music has experienced repair technicians who are musicians in their own right. This means they're not only qualified because of their technical skills, but they're qualified because they personally know the importance of keeping instruments in top shape.

We're proud of the talents of our repair staff, and we'd like to introduce them so you know that when you bring an instrument to Eckroth Music to be repaired, you know you're getting the best service in the region.

Montana


Dan Charney (Billings)
Dan attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire majoring in music-liberal arts and is certified in instrument repair from Red Wing VTI. He has an extensive performing background on various instruments in almost every genre of music. Dan has continued his repair education on woodwind, brasswind, percussion, the violin family and guitars by working with many industry leaders and repair/restoration specialists.

Sara Charney (Billings)
Sara attended the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire as a music education major and is certified in Band Instrument Repair from Red Wing VTI. Sara repairs woodwind, brass, and string instruments and specializes in flute and piccolo repair. Her musical background includes playing flute, piccolo, bass flute, and percussion in concert bands, orchestras, and church groups. She currently plays with the Contemporary Group, Adult Choir and other ensembles at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Billings.

Mike Streich (Bozeman)
Mike is a graduate of Minot State University with a degree in music education. He is certified in band instrument repair by the Red Wing VTI and has over 20 years of experience. Mike has served as a clinician on repair for the Montana Music Educators and has presented Repair Clinics for the Collegiate Music Educators in Montana.


North Dakota


Drew Larson (Bismarck)
Drew Larson is a graduate of Minnesota State University – Moorhead with a degree in trumpet performance. Drew is certified in Band Instrument Repair by Renton Technical College in Renton, WA. After repairing and performing in Seattle for two years, Drew decided to return to his native state. He looks forward to serving the community’s musical needs and future performing opportunities. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, motorcycling, snow and water skiing.

Richard Sherman (Fargo)
Richard joined the Eckroth Repair team from Kansas City with 42 years of repair experience under his belt. He attended Kansas University and University of Missouri, Kansas City, and has repaired instruments for many national artists such as Phil Woods, John Williams, The Count Basie Band, Rick Braun and Phyllis Diller as well as local jazz, blues, and symphony artists.


Minnesota

Casey Gunsch (Waite Park/St. Cloud)
Casey Gunsch graduated from Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Red Wing in May 2012. He worked as a woodwind restoration specialist for 3 years at Wichita Band Instrument Co. before coming back to Minnesota to be closer to family. He frequents blues jams and open mics playing tenor saxophone.

Garth Anderson (Metro)
Garth Anderson received his Bachelors of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1991. He taught band to grades 5-12 at Waubun Public School in Minnesota from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, Garth received his Associates Degree from MN State College SE Technical in Red Wing, MN. He worked for Guerber Instrument Repair from 1998 to 2000, Eastside Music from 2001 to 2005, and most recently joined us at Eckroth Music in White Bear Lake. Garth also plays drums in the Minneapolis band Optimum Trajectory.

Roger Ferrell (Metro)
Roger retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the US Air Force Band career field after 26 years of active duty performing on clarinet, saxophone, and flute as a soloist, guest clinician, adjudicator, and in a variety of musical ensembles to audiences across the US and overseas in Europe, Central America, Asia, and Austrailia. He graduated with honors in 2005 from the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical at Red Wing, and also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Magnum cum Laude, from Emporia State University in Kansas. Besides his military service, he has also been a band director in Kansas and a professional musician in civilian life.  Currently, he performs on clarinet and saxophone in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Sam Skavnek (Metro)

Gene Walton (Metro)
Gene Walton, West Metro's string Luthier, graduated from Red Wing Technical College in stringed instrument repair in 1982. He worked for Trestman Music from 1982-2007, and recently joined the Eckroth Music West Metro team. He has built several guitars and mandolins. He has played in numerous Bluergrass bands in the Twin Cities metro area, most recently with Bitter Ridge. He enjoys preparing and eating spicy foods.