To contact me for an appointment or question:
Phone: (207) 322-4446
Glen Sargent began repairing his own instruments while a student at MDI High School, learning the basics from music store representatives. He continued his musical studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, doing repair work at night to help pay the bills. His overnight repair service became so popular that his mentor, woodwind master teacher Joe Viola, set up an apprenticeship with repair “guru” Emilio Lyons of Rayburn Music for 2 years. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. in Applied Performance.
Glen returned to Maine in 1980 after a brief stint on the road with a "ghost" band, then taught elementary/jr. high band in the Camden and Waldoboro schools while freelancing repairs for several Maine music stores and teaching private woodwind lessons. In 1986 Glen joined Northern Kingdom Music to inaugurate the school music division, which has grown to service most Maine schools from 4 locations. Glen is a known authority on repair and restoration of woodwind instruments, with clients throughout the US (including other repair shops) and as far away as Hong Kong and Thailand. He is well known for his knowledge of woodwind mouthpieces and reeds and is consulted by students and teachers statewide. Glen has also delved into design and modification of woodwind and brass instruments, including leading the design of a “house” brand of musical instruments for NK Music; and has consulted for Diplomat, Conn-Selmer and Jupiter Band Instruments on product evaluation and quality control. Glen shares his knowledge of musical instrument design, repair, and construction with music teachers statewide as an instructor at U Maine Orono and Augusta in the summer session program in music education; through clinics at Maine All-State Music Conference and at school in-service workshops. Glen spent 7 years as adjunct instructor of saxophone and woodwind techniques at the University of Maine at Orono, leaving in 2017 to focus on his business full time. Glen continues to perform in both jazz and classical venues when not at the repair bench. A member of the clarinet section in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra for 34 years, Glen also has performed with the Maine Grand Opera Orchestra, Maine Pro Musica, Lincoln Arts Festival Orchestra, Arcady Festival Orchestra, Mt. Desert Summer Chorale, the Longfellow Chorus, the Maine Saxophone Quartet, and numerous ensembles large and small. His jazz credits include the Al Corey Big Band, Pat Michaud Big Band, Fire N’Ice Big Band, Jump City Jazz; has also performed with the Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Northeast Swing, Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal; touring groups such as “Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical”, and leads his own groups for special functions. He also enjoys working with students in private lessons; music festivals as a clinician; and even joins in the “pit” orchestra for local musical productions as needed.
" Glen, I don't think that Mauriat has ever played so evenly, thank you very much!"