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Meet our Repair Staff

Matt Valenzeno

Matt Valenzeno - Brass Technician

Matt Valenzeno is a former high school band director and accomplished trumpet performer. He completed a Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis in Instrumental Music from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at UIC. His background in Mechanical Engineering gives him great insight into the physics and chemistry of metals. This understanding enhances his skills as a valued brass technician.

 

Prior to PM, Matt repaired instruments at Ellman’s Music Center for several years. Matt joined PM Music Center in 2006 and is a member of NAPBIRT.

Casey Fitzpatrick

Casey Fitzpatrick – Repair Shop Manager

Casey Fitzpatrick is a professional saxophonist based out of Chicago. After graduating from Milliken University, he toured the United States and abroad extensively and has been featured on several critically acclaimed recordings. In addition to working alongside some of Chicago's best local talent, Casey has also performed with notable jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew, Jim McNeely, Stefon Harris, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Terry Myers.

 

Casey joined PM Music Center as a woodwind and brass repair technician in 2009 and is a member of NAPBIRT. Casey’s primary goals as shop manager are excellent customer service, affordability, speedy turn around, and outstanding quality repairs.

 

Angela Quatrini

Angela Quatrini – Woodwind Technician

Angela Quatrini received a bachelor of performance in oboe and english horn from Indiana University - Bloomington. After Indiana University she received a diploma in Band Instrument Repair from Southeast Technical in Red Wing, Minnesota.

 

Angela continues to perform in the area, especially at St. George’s Church. She joined PM Music Center in 2015 and is a member of NAPBIRT.

Andy Rodriguez

Andy Rodriguez – Brass Technician

Andy Rodriguez attended Oswego High School and Western Illinois University. Andy worked at PM for many years as a sales associate before deciding he would like to learn how to repair instruments. Andy began apprenticing with Matt Valenzeno in brass repair about a year ago and does an excellent job on large to small brass instruments.

 

Andy joined PM Music Center in 2007.

 

Marino Del Valle

Marino Del Valle – String Technician

Marino Del Valle is originally from Vera Cruz, Mexico and immigrated to the United States thirty years ago. Marino began a string apprenticeship with luthier Cassandra Thuneman over ten years ago and has become a very skilled technician and teacher in his own right. Marino specializes in orchestral instruments and has taught a number of repair classes in the Fox Valley area.

 

Marino joined PM Music Center in 2012.

 

Andy Schlinder

Andy Schlinder – Woodwind Technician

Andy Schlinder grew up in St. Charles and attended St. Charles East High School. He earned a degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in saxophone from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University of Chicago. Andy teaches privately throughout the Chicago area. He has performed and recorded with such notable groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Rob Parton’s Jazztech Big Band, the Mike Smith Quartet, the Jim Kull Quartet, Angel Melendez and the 911 Orchestra, Blue Water Kings, and many others.

 

Andy started working for his family’s business, The Scope Shope Inc., as a microscope technician in 1996. Andy’s meticulous technical work on scientific equipment and background in music inspired him to pursue instrument repair. From 2009 to 2012 he apprenticed and studied as a woodwind technician with Paul Maslin and woodwind technician Jason Cates.

 

Andy joined PM Music Center in 2015 and is a member of NAPBIRT.

Joshua Jern

Joshua Jern

Joshua Jern is a professional trumpet player from Midlothian, IL. After graduated Oak Forest High School in Oak Forest, IL, he earned his B.A. in Trumpet Performance from Millikin University and his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Some of Joshua's former teachers include Rob Parton, Roger Ingram, Ray Sasaki, and Randy Reyman. An active performer throughout the Chicagoland area and around the globe, Joshua has performed with such notable acts as the Buddy Rich Big Band, Florence Henderson, Patti Page, the Rob Parton Big Band, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra (currently in their 18th year in a weekly residency at the world famous Green Mill), Shout Section Big Band, the John Burnett Orchestra, the Michael Lerich Orchestra, and the Great Postmodern Nightmare Big Band, to name a few. He has played for two Chicago mayors (Rahm Emanuel and Richard M. Daley), current mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. An in-demand theater musician, he has played in the orchestra pits of numerous theaters in Chicago and the outlying suburbs as well as playing lead trumpet for the 2015 national tour of A Christmas Story. And years of experience playing on luxury cruise ships has brought him to every continent on the planet.

 

Joshua joined PM Music Center in 2016

 

 

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