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Meet the techs of CWBR!

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Melody Choplin-Hoover

Melody is a 1991 graduate of Red Wing Technical College and also holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Oboe.  She has worked in the past as a technician and shop foreman for Pearson Music Company and Duncan Music Company.  She is well known throughout North Carolina as a highly skilled technician in both woodwinds and brasses.  Melody was the first repair specialist and instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and held that position for over a decade.  While she was there, she developed a comprehensive repair curriculum for band and orchestra directors.  Her classes and clinics on instrument repair are designed to help music directors deal with day to day repair problems as well as maintenance, troubleshooting, and how to work with repair technicians.  She also worked with students as apprentices, and help launch their careers in the field of repair.  In 2013, she published a book on repair called “Stuff Band Directors Need to Know” which is used as a text book as well as a resource for music educators.  Melody has been a Regional Director, and served on the Executive Board as Secretary and President of NAPBIRT (National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians) of which she is a long time member and clinician.  Currently, Melody owns and operates her own repair shop, Carolina Wind and Brass Repair in Clemmons, NC.  She is an active performer in the community, playing with several groups and continues to study, improve, and add to her skill set of repair.  She lives with her husband and a rescue mutt or two.

David Hohe

David Hohe started his career as a trumpet major at UNCG School of Music and qu1ckl became enamored of the BIR field.  He took the leap in 2016 to go to Southeast Minnestoa college and become a repairer of band instruments.  He was the manager and head tech at Sam Ash music until the summer of 2023 when he became part owner of Carolina Wind and Brass Repair.  Dave brings to the table excellent skills in maching and parts making, plus new tech in 3D printing and design.  When not at the bench, Dave likes to work in forging and knife-making.

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