Sara first became interested in band instrument repair in the 8th grade when she followed her repair technician for career day and watched him pin a severely cracked bass clarinet. She then promptly forgot about the field for the next 20+ years, instead becoming a cartographer who made illustrative maps for atlases, textbooks, and travel guides.
When she'd finally had enough of sitting alone in front of a computer all day, she had an 'aha!' moment and rediscovered her interest in band instrument repair. After attending Renton Technical College's Band Instrument Repair Technology program, she went to work for Kennelly Keys Music as a woodwind specialist, ultimately working out of their Bellevue location.
When she's not at work, Sara can be found playing her clarinet with the Woodinville Community Band, bari sax with the Route 66 Big Band, playing D&D, gardening, cooking tasty food, and schlepping her teenagers all over town.
After relocating to the Seattle area to attend instrument repair school, Vinnie has since worked for Oberloh Woodwind & Brassworks, Seattle Sound Repair, and Kennelly Keys Music. He is skilled in all aspects of brass repair, from machining custom parts to day-to-day maintenance and most everything in between. Just don't ask him to play the saxophone (for everyone's sake).
A native of Etna, CA, Vinnie comes from a long line of "make something from nothing"-style professional craftspeople, and has always been the go-to guy for everyone around him needing help. A lifelong musician and trombone player, Vinnie combines his tinkering skills with his love of brass instruments in order to make your horn as good as you want it to be.
When he's not at work, Vinnie can be found working on other people's fix-it projects, playing his bass trombone with Critical Mass Big Band (and whoever else will have him), and playing RPGs with his friends. Roll for initiative!
Former VP of canine operations
If you've been here before, you might notice that a certain furry, friendly face is missing. After three years of loyal service, Bubba the shop dog died in June of 2022. We didn't know much about Bubba's life before he came to live with us, but we do know that he was the best friend and shop dog we could have asked for, and we miss him every day. Thank you to all of our clients who made Bubba's day by giving him a scritch on the head or a treat from the jar. We hope he brightened your day as much as you did his.
PROUD NAPBIRT MEMBERS
Members of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT), BandWright is committed to continually furthering our understanding of band instrument repair, and to exchanging knowledge with others who love the craft as much as we do.