Mark Sorlie has a degree in double bass performance from the University of North Dakota and also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After years of performing, he developed an interest in instrument repair. He is the national warranty manager for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division. Sorlie is a long-time...

Mark Sorlie has a degree in double bass performance from the University of North Dakota and also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After years of performing, he developed an interest in instrument repair. He is the national warranty manager for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division. Sorlie is a long-time member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, and he has taught repair clinics at regional and national conferences.

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Fix Winds Instruments in a Pinch

As a school band director, you take on many roles, including instrument doctor.

For students renting an instrument, the dealer most likely offers maintenance and repair insurance. Though insurance is a great investment in the long term, in reality, problems almost always occur at the wrong time or at the last minute. 

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