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 & is certified in instrument repair from Red Wing/Winona Technical College- now, Minnesota State College Southeast at Red Wing. 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/Winona Technical College- now, Minnesota State College Southeast at Red Wing. Sara repairs woodwind, brass, and string instruments and specializes in flute and piccolo repair. Her musical background includes playing flutes, piccolo and percussion is musical theatre, small ensembles, concert bands, orchestras and church groups
 
Mike Streich (Bozeman)
Mike joined the Eckroth Music repair department in 1991, with six years of experience. He is a graduate of Minot State University with a degree in Music Education and holds a degree in Instrument Repair from Red Wing VTI- now Minnesota State College Southeast at Red Wing. He worked in the Billings store prior to moving to the Bozeman location. He has presented repair seminars for the Montana Music Educators and the Collegiate Music Educators of 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.
 
Matt Anderson (Bismarck)
Matt Anderson is a native of Dickinson North Dakota. He is a graduate of Dickinson State University with a degree in music performance. Matt started working in music retail in 2010 as an employee of Jacobsen Music. In 2019 he joined the Eckroth Music team in Dickinson as Jacobsen Music joined the Eckroth Music Family In 2021 Matt joined the Business Office in Bismarck, and also joined Drew Larson in the repair shop to begin training in repair.
 
Richard Sherman (Fargo)
Richard joined the Eckroth Repair team from Kansas City with 42 years of repair experience under his belt. Richard starting repairing in 1961 and owned a band instrument repair/ overhaul shop for 13 years. 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.
 
Alex Van Klompenburg (Fargo)
Alex earned his Band Instrument Repair Associates Degree at Western Iowa Tech in 2016. After graduation he moved to St Louis and began working as a solo tech. After 5 years he joined the Eckroth Music team. He is excited to meet a new set of customers and keep music going in North Dakota and Minnesota
 

Minnesota

Jeff Kleinert (St.Cloud)
Jeff Kleinert received his bachelor’s degree from Winona State University the spring of 2014 in the field of Music Business. After graduation, he started his employment with Eckroth Music in the sales department. He worked with our metro team for three years and gained an interest in band instrument repair. After conversations with the managers, it was decided that he would be given an opportunity to grow that interest. Jeff was taught on the job by seasoned repair technicians and has been repairing instruments for the last four years in our St. Cloud location. Jeff works cleaning and repairing both brass and woodwind instruments.
 
Brian DeGayner (St.Cloud)
Hailing from St. Paul, MN, Brian DeGayner graduated from MN State Southeast in Red Wing with a diploma in band instrument repair in 2016. Prior to joining the Eckroth team, Brian worked as a tech in the Twin Cities area. He is a Straubinger Certified flute and clarinet technician. He is a frequent visitor to the repair students in Red Wing, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the repair program. Brian is an active member of NAPBIRT, attending and presenting at regional and national conferences on double reeds and advanced repair techniques. Brian spends most of his free time outdoors and traveling the North Shore of Lake Superior with his wife, Kelsey.
 
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 Australia. 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, Magna cum Laude, from Emporia State University in Kansas. He is also a member of the National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians and a member of the Minnesota State College Southeast Band Instrument Repair Advisory Board. Besides his military service, he has also been a band director in Kansas and a professional musician in civilian life.
 
Sam Skavnak (Metro)
Sam has a degree in music from the University of Minnesota (2018) as well as a Repair Diploma from the band instrument repair program at Red Wing (2013) now Minnesota State College Southeast at Red Wing. Sam has been with Eckroth Music since fall of 2016, but has been active in the repair field since summer 2013. Additionally, Sam is an active freelance reed player in the Twin Cities, emphasizing performance of early jazz on clarinet and various saxophones.
 
Mike Schierman (Metro)
Michael attended Normandale Community College as a Trumpet performance major and is certified in Band Instrument Repair from Red Wing VTI now Minnesota State College Southeast at Red Wing. After repairing and playing with multiple groups in Montgomery, AL for 4 years, he decided to return to Minnesota in order to be closer to family. His musical background includes playing trumpet, guitar, bass guitar, and drums in concert bands and rock bands. His hobbies include playing board games, disc golf, cooking, and reading.
 

Eau Claire

Gregory Meyers
Greg transfers as our brass and woodwind technician from the Morgan Music partnership at our location in Eau Claire. He brings 39 years of experience in band instrument repair and prior to his trade, was a Trumpet Specialist in the 74th US Army Band, Indianapolis, and Band Director for the Warren School District in Indiana. He is a graduate of the Red Wing Band Instrument VTI, now Minnesota State College Southeast at Red Wing, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters of Science in Music degree from Butler University in Indiana. In his spare time, Greg enjoys gardening, landscaping, and making lamps, planters, and other musical crafts from old instruments that are no longer repairable.
 
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