Paul Passed away on Saturday 7/1/23. The following are his words of introduction of himself. Do note that the Abel Brass Clinic is permanently closed.
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about my background. I am a 1981 graduate of Greece Arcadia High School. I hold a B.M. from Ithaca College having graduated in 1985. I began my formal instrument repair training at Allied Music in Elkhorn, Wisconsin in the summer of 1985. After leaving Allied, I served as an apprentice at Wendell Harrison Music in Rochester working with Lenny “Mac” McKee and Dotty Frizell. While pursuing a Masters Degree in trombone performance at The University of North Texas, I continued to do repair work for my musician friends and for Brook Mays Music in Irving Texas. In 1988, I was offered a position in the engineering and quality control department at United Musical Instruments. (Now C.G.Conn Selmer) Following my stint at UMI, I was head repair technician for Biviano Music in Niles, Ohio for 1 year. From there, I spent the next 7 years as a repair tech for Volkwein’s Music in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where I received intense training from Leroy Abbott, former flute maker at the Haynes Flute Company in Boston. In 1999, I had the chance to return to my roots here in Rochester. I served two “tours of duty” with American Music in Pittsford, between which I established Abel Brass Clinic. After a stay in Chicago as lead brass and woodwind tech for Elman Music from 2009-2010, I have come full circle with the re-opening of “Abel Brass Clinic”.
I am extending an open invitation to all musicians, band directors and private instrumental teachers to stop by and see my shop at 39 N. Goodman Street in Rochester. Bring along your personal instruments for a free evaluation or just have a cup of coffee and chat. Let’s talk about how I can be a benefit to you personally, or your school or community band program.