About Brian Russell
Please allow me to introduce myself, give you a bit of background information, and perhaps present a reason or two that you might choose me to provide service for you.
While studying in college, a professor recognized that I possessed an uncommon combination of musical interest and mechanical aptitude, and suggested that instrument repair would be a way for me to combine these attributes in a productive way. After looking into how one attains such skills, I enrolled in Allied Music’s Repair Program, graduating in 1988. I worked four years for Music & Arts Center, in the Washington DC area, where I benefitted from further instruction from some fine technicians there.
My wife and I moved 'back home' to Wisconsin in 1992, and I worked for three different music stores in Southeast Wisconsin over the next 10 years. I have constantly pursued learning new skills that allowed me to provide a wide variety of services, including becoming the first Straubinger-Certified Flute Technician in the state (1999).
In 2002 I joined the staff of Greenhoe, Inc. building custom trombones in Jackson, Wisconsin, and contributed significantly to their rise to a position of prominence in the trombone community.
My work as a Band Instrument Repair Technician led to an interest in manufacturing techniques in order to repair instruments for which parts were not available. These skills were honed to a high level during the 7 years spent as lead technician at Greenhoe.
In my efforts to advance in my craft, I have been an active member of NAPBIRT, and have given clinics, authored articles, and served as a consultant on machine tool operation and related topics. My desire to find better ways to do things has led to the development of several new tools now used by many repair technicians across the country.
In 2009, my wife and I moved to our hometown of Winneconne, WI, where I opened Russell Winds, providing brass and woodwind repairs and custom fabrication for customers that include school systems, students of all levels, enthusiasts, professionals, and music stores in several states.
I have often said that treating an instrument with respect shows respect for its maker. Treating my customers with respect shows respect for their Maker. I try to provide service following both of these principles.