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National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians
NAPBIRT
 

About Us

Thomas Music started in 1968 by Russ Thomas, who was a music educator in East Irondequoit. He was frustrated with the slow turn-around of local stores to get instruments back to his students. We offer the highest quality of repair and the quickest turn-around time of any store so the musician can keep on playing!

Russ Thomas Russ Thomas was founder and "CEO" of Thomas Music.  Sadly, he passed away in May 2019.  We miss him every day and are proud to carry on his legacy of keeping the music playing.

Russ was educated at SUNY Fredonia and earned a Master's degree in Music Education. He was an instrumental music teacher in East Irondequoit for his entire 35+ year career. Russ learned the art of instrument repair in 1967 under the watchful eye of Dominic Puccio. He opened his own shop in 1968. Additional training took place at the former Allied School in Wisconsin in the early 1970's. He attended numerous Allied sponsored workshops and seminars prior to the formation of NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians). Russ was a Charter Member of NAPBIRT in 1976. He continued to attend NAPBIRT conferences around the country, with his daughter Jennifer, until 2018.

Russ was extremely active in the community. He started the Irondequoit Community Orchestra in September 2011. He was its conductor until early 2019 when health reasons required him to set down his baton. Russ was always searching out new opportunities for learning. He took up the viola in his early 70ís and played with the New Horizons orchestra. He was the conductor of the Irondequoit Concert Band for 12 years and remained a band member for a number of years after he stepped down as conductor. He was President of the Irondequoit Arts Council until his passing. Russ was a volunteer fireman with Point Pleasant for 50 years and served as the Treasurer and Financial Secretary of the fire department while being an active firefighter. Russ was a member for over 55 years at Irondequoit Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and sang in the church choir.

Jen (Thomas) Nicoletti, Russ' daughter, is the current owner of Thomas Music. She was also educated at SUNY Fredonia where she graduated with a bachelor's degree. She worked in the field of Human Resources for ten years before changing careers to work with her father as a band instrument repair technician in 2000. Jen is a past President of NAPBIRT. She regularly attends national and regional conferences to further develop her repair skills. She is a certified Straubinger repair technician after taking and completing the intensive workshop in Indianapolis. Jen sings in the church choir and is the Treasurer. She lives in Irondequoit with her husband, David, and cat Princess. When not repairing instruments, Jen loves to garden and has a certified Way Station for Monarch butterflies. She also enjoys bird watching, reading and camping.

Byron Ford grew up in Richmond, VA and started playing the clarinet at the age of 11.  He attended Ithaca College and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in music performance and education.  Inspired by several instrument repair courses at Ithaca, he decided to pursue the field professionally and enrolled in the Band Instrument Repair Technology program at Renton Technical College near Seattle, WA.  After graduating from the program in 2007, he returned to the east coast to begin his career as a band instrument repair technician.  Byron is a member of NAPBIRT and regularly attends regional and national conferences to further develop his repair skills.  He is also a certified Straubinger repair technician.  Byron lives in Brighton with his wife Jen, their daughter Bea, son Bennett and dog, Toby.



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