About Us

This year we are celebrating 40 years serving band programs around the Twin Cities! At Midwest Band Instrument Service we provide a variety of services from contracting with school districts to individual instrument repairs. We specialize in brass and woodwind care which includes, but is not limited to:
  • Brass:
    • Chemical or detergent flush
    • Lubing
    • Freeing stuck slides, valves, caps, and mouthpieces
    • Dent work
    • Soldering
    • Replacing felts or corks
  • Woodwind:
    • Cleaning
    • Replacing pads and corks
    • Replacing tenon, neck, and head crown corks
    • Repairing bent keys
    • Dent work

Meet the Team

Ken Melich: Owner and Head Technician since 1976
Ken graduated from the University of Minnesota in Music Education, becoming a junior high school director. He joined and played in the United States Air Force Bands, and eventually received his repair certificate from Western Iowa Tech. Ken was an apprentice at Mac's Music in St. Cloud Minnesota, Groth Music under Paul Walton, Parkinson Music in Sioux City and B.A. Rose Music in Edina Minnesota. He served on the Board of Advisors to Western Iowa Tech - Band Instrument Repair Department, and has been a 24 year member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians. In his free time, you will find Ken outside camping, fishing, and on the perfect windy day, windsurfing.


Tim: Manager and Repair Technician Specializing in Dent Work 
Tim graduated from the University of Minnesota in Computer Science. He then attended Red Wing Technical College and received his diploma in Band Instrument Repair. Tim is currently in his 16th year at Midwest Band. He is the go-to guy for dent repair and soldering. In his free time, you will find Tim out at the campgrounds.





Anna: Communications Manager and Repair Technician Specializing in Woodwind Cleaning and Repair
Anna graduated from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science. She is currently attending Minnesota State University Mankato for her masters in Professional School Counseling. Anna has been with Midwest Band for six years, apprenticing under Ken. In her free time, you will find Anna outside exploring, grabbing coffee with her friends, and creating music or crafts.






Chris: Repair technician Specializing in Brass Cleaning, Repair and Case Repair
Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota in Latin American and Spanish Studies. He has been with Midwest Band for 10 years, apprenticing under Ken. In his free time, Chris enjoys bike rides and relaxing with video games. 







AlexRepair technician Specializing in Brass Cleaning, Repair and Case Repair
Our newest member of the team, Alex graduated from the University of Minnesota in English and Latin. He is currently attending the U of M for his masters in Education. This was Alex's first year with the company apprenticing under Anna. In his free time, you will find Alex outside hiking, exploring and burying his nose in a book.