Bill Smith, Master Technician and Owner
Professional musician and highly skilled repair technician William Smith knows brass, woodwind and string instruments with a depth of understanding only found in those most dedicated to music. “Bill” has a Bachelor’s degree in woodwind studies from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and an Associates degree from Western Iowa Technology in band instrument repair. He has been repairing musical instruments in Atlanta since 2009 and is widely known among professionals and educators!
Allison Scull, Master Technician
Allison Scull was born and raised in northern Connecticut and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Euphonium performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She worked for nine months as a retail associate at the local music store post-graduation, then enrolled in the Band Instrument Repair program at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA in 2008 and graduated in 2010.
Upon graduation from WIT, she started her career at Swicegood Music in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Allison was the Shop Manager from 2013-2019, as well as Chairwoman of the Western Iowa Tech Band Instrument Repair program Advisory Committee from 2016-2018. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee since 2012. In February of 2019, Allison hosted and presented at a regional NAPBIRT clinic in Lake Charles, LA, then presented at the NAPBIRT National Conference in Atlanta the following April. She has served as the Region 5 NAPBIRT Director since April, and has published her second article in the Association’s bi-monthly periodical.
Eric Gant, Piano Tuner and Repair
Eric Gant has been providing metro Atlanta with affordable, reliable, state-of-the-art piano tuning and repair for over a decade. He was trained by Master Craftsman James Miller, continuing a 100+ year family tradition of excellence. He proudly services upright, grand, and antique square grand pianos with impeccable precision and attention to detail. Eric has a reputation for bringing neglected pianos back to life and maintaining fine instruments at their highest level of performance. He has experience with many diverse brands including Steinway, Kawai, Yamaha, Young Chang, Wurlitzer, Baldwin, Kimball, and many more. Eric has tuned for concerts by artists such as Dionne Warwick and Jon Batiste. He brings his magic to homes, churches, schools, recording studios, dealers and music venues. In addition, Eric is a multi-instrumentalist who has been actively performing for over 30 years. He plays bass, guitar, mandolin, piano, drums, and ukulele. Last, but not least, Eric is a loving father and husband, who enjoys hiking and camping in his spare time.
Jon Negri, Personal Assistant and Orchestra Repair
Although originally a trombone player, Jon Negri marched euphonium with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps 2010-13 and aged out with Spirit of Atlanta in 2014. He would go on to work in an admistrative role for Spirit the following season. He also was a tech for Forsyth Central HS where he participated in their inaugural indoor winds program. Since then, Jon has been studying string repair under William Smith for 2 years now and is excelling wonderfully!
Michelle Froedge, Billing and Marketing
Michelle handles billing and marketing for Bill Smith Music. She has loads of business experience. She runs her own real estate team, and is licensed in Georgia and Tennessee. When she’s not selling houses or sending invoices and promo for BSM, you can find her bringing down the house, singing with Band X.
Jake Madonia is a Birmingham native, he has turned his love of playing saxophone into fixing them as well as all band instruments. After graduating from Minnesota State in Red Wing he moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in musicial instrument repair for the promotion of music education.
Rick Nyberg, Educational Representative
Hobbes Smith, “The King”
As “The King”, he runs the place. He supervises by visiting each individual and screams in their face if he doesn’t think something is right (usually that he needs a tap on the head or a treat). Don’t let his naps fool you, he always knows what’s going on. He greets every visitor with a “hello” and a leg rub if they let him. With 9 lives, he’ll be here long after everyone else is gone so you’d be wise to be nice to “The King.”