Craftsmen’s Corner: Paul Chadbourne

Have you ever wondered how some of our amazing craftsmen get started with instrument building at Shires?  Paul Chadbourne works in the trombone valve finaling department, a job that requires precision, patience, and perfection. “I started in this field of making instruments by apprenticing doing brass instrument repair at Rick’s Musical Instruments in Cumberland, RI. When the apprenticeship was up I then began to do repair on the side for fellow classmates while I attended Rhode Island College to get my Music Performance degree on tuba. A year later I decided to reach out to S. E. Shires to see if they had any openings or if I could shadow anyone to learn more about repair. 

They got back reasonably quickly and offered me a part time job since I was still in school working in the buffing room. From there I then began to bounce around a lot from job to job doing everything to making trumpet pistons and  bells to building hand slides and trombone valve sections. Three years later I now am the main valve pre-fitter and also do valve section and handslide final assembly. 

Some cool projects I have been apart of building was 2 alto hand slides for Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic and two single valve bass trombones for George Curran also of the New York Philharmonic.”   Keep up the great work Paul! Trombonists all over the world are depending on you! 

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles

And we’re off! This week is one of the busiest of the year…with NTC (National Trumpet Competiton) and ATW (American Trombone Workshop) going on SIMULTANEOUSLY, we’ve got our work cut out for us! 

Two shows in one week means a lot of planning, a lot of organizing, and a LOT of instruments! The team at Shires has been prepping for the past twelve weeks for these shows…meticulously building instruments, arranging exhibit space, booking travel, coordinating with artists, play-testing instruments, boxing/wrapping/shipping, etc.  As you can imagine, our shipping room as been a zoo. 

This year’s NTC is the 25th Anniversary of the National Trumpet Competiton. Both myself and Steve Shires are making the annual pilgrimage, this time down to Columbus, GA, where we’ll join our friends, colleagues, and fellow trumpet-ers for the week! Our very own Vince DiMartino is headlining the week so we’re pretty proud of that 🙂   

  
Steve and I are headed down a few days ahead of time to work with the students at Kennesaw State, Georgia State, and the brass section of the Atlanta Symphony.  We’re lucky to have friends and colleagues in every corner of the world…and the greater Atlanta area is no different. We’re looking forward to a great week! 

Ben Griffin and our colleague Jim Von Stetten will be representing Shires at ATW this week. They’ve got their work cut out for them at this show…check out this packed schedule!  ATW Schedule of Events

We’re also lucky to have some of our world renowned Artists headlining this event as well! Gabe Langfur, George Curran, Maureen Horgan, Tres Bone Trombone Trio, and many more! Personally, I’m jealous I’m not going to catch some of these performances…(that’s a bold statement coming from a trumpet player…).

One thing I’m not jealous of? Packing up the minivan with rows and rows of trombones. Have fun with that one Ben 😉 

If you’re lucky enough to be headed out to one of these shows this week, PLEASE do stop by and visit us at the S.E. Shires booth. We love to see our friends from past shows…and we love to meet new friends! Also, make sure you’re posting lots of photos and videos on our Instagram and Facebook pages! Some of our favorite hashtags are: #iplayshires #seshires #teamshires. Join the team online and let us all see what you and your Shires instrument are up to! 

-Sam 

P.S. Anyone else excited for this??? 

  

  The S.E. Shires Piccolo trumpet, coming to music stores near you this summer!