Meet our Musical Instrument Repair Staff! Our Instrument Repair Department is open 7 days per week to better serve you! Located in Vancouver, Washington, minutes away from Portland, Oregon, we have the largest and highest trained repair staff in the Pacific Northwest!
Brandon started at Beacock Music in 2008 as an entry-level shop assistant while leading the saxophone section in Clark College's Jazz Band. After receiving a physics degree from Eastern Washington University, he returned to Beacock Music in 2014 for a seasonal position and was quickly promoted to manager. Brandon serves as the primary customer service contact for the repair department, working with customers to ensure that they have all of their needs met, and questions answered.
As an alto saxophone player, Brandon placed first at the Solo & Ensemble competition for his sophomore, junior, and senior years in high school under the guidance of Phil Hodapp, one of our road representatives. Interested in all woodwinds, he also played flute and clarinet for Clark College's concert band, and he toured Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, as first tenor saxophone, soloist, and section leader for Clark College's jazz band. Brandon has taken lessons under Phil Hodapp, Rich Inouye, and Renato Caranto, and has even worked with Steve Owen at the University of Oregon's jazz camp, and Eric Marienthal at the Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Camp.
Wendy joined the Beacock Music repair staff as a woodwind and brass technician in 2004. She received her initial repair training from James Walker, director of the Institute of Metal Repair, during the 1980s and has updated and broadened her repair skills through attendance at NAPBIRT-sponsored repair conferences and clinics over the years. Wendy played alto and baritone saxophone while attending the University of California, San Diego, and has put her English degree to good use as an editor for TechniCom, NAPBIRT’s technical journal.
Jerry Porter is one of the family! He started at Beacock Music in 1988! Although Jerry has "retired" he continues to work on instruments in his workshop at home. After serving our country in the U.S Marines from 1964 to 1970 as a rifleman and squad leader, Jerry continued to serve his country by playing in the Army National Guard Band. He is a clarinetist and a classical guitarist.
Jerry’s reputation as a repair technician is second to none. Very well known for his woodwind expertise, he is the area’s most respected double reed technician.
Jerry is a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians. (NAPBIRT)
Rick is simply the best at what he does, according to his many customers. An outstanding luthier, Rick is known throughout the Portland and Vancouver for his careful, meticulous work on guitars and other fretted instruments. Rick received his training at Redwing Vocational/Technical College in Minnesota, where he specialized in repairing and building guitars. Rick has a philosophy: “I offer my very best on every job, engage in good communication, complete work in a timely manner, and provide good reason for my customers to return.”
The newest repair technician, Dan joined Beacock Music in 2012. He’s our primary resource for unfretted instrument repair, but he’s also skilled in brass and woodwind repair. A NAPBIRT member, Dan worked as a technician in Florida for many years and further refined his skills as a technican for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. He's also been a bass player for many years!
While Alex is our newest technician, he's actually been a member of the Beacock Music family since 2008, when he began working as a shop assistant while attending Clark College. In this position, he demonstrated a high aptitude for repair and developed a keen interest in learning the trade. After completing his studies at Clark in 2012, he transferred to Renton Technical College, where he completed the certificate program in Band Instrument Repair Technology in June 2013.
As our resident low-brass geek, Alex plays tuba, trombone, and euphonium. We're pleased to have him back with us. He's rapidly expanding his skills as he works alongside our senior technicians, who find his quirky sense of humor a great asset!
Nicholas was raised in Olympia, Washington before going to Washington State University to receive a BA in Music. He's taught piano, guitar, and bass lessons for 8 years, and performed regular gigs in the Palouse. Outside of music, he enjoys reading and cooking.
Adam joined Beacock Music as a shop assistant in October, 2014. Prior to joining the instrument repair shop, he helped out during a couple of rental seasons, making the process of renting an instrument as easy as it could be.
Adam specialized in playing the trumpet, with some experience playing euphonium and trombone.
Walter, known around here as Wally, joined Beacock Music in October, 2014. He was a standard during our instrument rental season, where he helped students find their perfect instrument! He is excited to be a permanent member of our Repair Department. Walter has played drum kit for 25 plus years. He has also picked up on playing guitar over the last few years. Although Wally is mainly a rocker, he enjoys R&B and funk as well. As a shop assistant, Wally is often the point of contact for our repair customers, who appreciate the consistently excellent service he provides.