Judi Dietz completed her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in music. She taught as a woodwind specialist in Ohio for five years. She has also performed professionally on bassoon and contrabassoon in the Akron-Canton Symphony and the St. Joseph Symphony.
“Judi has been my woodwind technician for over fifteen years. She knows how I want my instruments to play and feel and, is consistently able to do top-notch work.”
– Doug Talley, Kansas City area professional jazz artist and music educator
Ms. Dietz completed additional studies for the diploma in Repair Service from Western Iowa Tech (WIT). She later earned a rating as a Master Clinician from the National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and is a certified Straubinger pad technician. Ms. Dietz has been repairing instruments since 1981, providing her professional repair services to individuals from California to Broadway performers in New York. Her full-service repair shop in Leavenworth, KS includes a four-foot bed lathe, and a milling machine table, among other highly-specialized tools. She is especially proficient in crack pinning, tone hole and tenon replacements, and customizing.
“I played bari on this one . . . Thank you for working your magic on the old girl because I hit it with everything and she just roared. From low Bb up to the top. If anything was going to falter, that would have been the time. But it just kept taking everything I dished out. I was able to just worry about playing the parts and did not have to worry if the horn was going to respond or not. I did get some very favorable comments on how good the bari sounded. One thing’s for sure, I could not have done it without you!”
– Bob Baldwin, Kansas City area professional jazz artist