I have worked on all types of woodwind instruments, but clarinet repair is my passion. I am a clarinetist with many years of performing and clarinet repair experience, so I know exactly how a great instrument should play and feel. This results in a better adjusted, easier to play, and ultimately a better sounding clarinet.
About the Owner
Wesley has been restoring, repairing, and maintaining woodwind instruments, mainly clarinets, since 2003. He has repaired the clarinets of many symphony and freelance clarinetists from across the country and around the world, including Steven Barta, Bill Jenken, John Weigand, and Ed Palanker of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Doris Hall-Gulati of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Wesley has repaired clarinets for members of the Navy Band, Naval Academy Band, and Marine Band. He also performs repairs and overhauls for students from The Peabody Conservatory, West Virginia University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Ithaca College, and their surrounding areas.
From 2009 to 2010, Wesley worked with Conn-Selmer (Leblanc) as a professional clarinet tester in Elkhart, Indiana. Currently, Wesley resides in Princess Anne, Maryland, where he runs his clarinet repair/restoration and parts manufacture business full-time.
If you're planning on having your clarinet overhauled or restored, consider the fact that our services are the same price or less expensive than others, but include all of the following...
|Repair Service||Rice Clarinet Works||Most Others|
|Free choice of pads||cork, leather or synthetic||Not included - usually $50 extra|
|High Tech Materials||Yes||not included/not available|
|Nylon Inserts - Reduce friction and key play||Yes||not included/not available|
|Logo Restoration||Yes||not included/not available|
|Silver Key Polishing||Yes||not included|
|Expert Regulation and Adjustment||Yes - Master's Degree in Clarinet Performance||Most repairmen are not clarinetists|
|Extensive Play Testing|
Meet the Team
Michael BennettMichael Bennett started out his career as a saw hand, in Tulsa OK. Since then he has worked in 5 different Machine shops and has become a CNC Lathe and Mill Operater. At Rice Clarinet Works, he is working towards becoming a more well-rounded machinist.
Mike has served 4 years in the U.S. Army and 8 in the U.S. Army Reserves. Right now he is finishing his second year at Worwic Community College in Salisbury, MD and looks to transfer to the Purdue School of Business at Salisbury University as he pursues a degree in Business.
Christopher BowmasterChristopher Bowmaster was born in Youngstown, OH in 1983. He began his musical studies on the piano at age 5, and followed with the clarinet at age 11. Chris's first clarinet instructor, Alexander Stuart, was a former Robert Marcellus student with whom Chris had the pleasure of studying with until the beginning of his college career in 2002.
Christopher began his Undergraduate degree at West Virginia University studying with Dr. John Weigand until transferring to Youngstown State University where he completed his undergraduate studies with Bob Fitzer and Dr. Alice Wang. Chris then decided to further his education with Dr. Dennis Nygren at Kent State University. After graduating in 2010 with his Master's of Music degree in Clarinet Performance, Chris returned to West Virginia University in pursuit of the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance once again under the tutelage of Dr. John Weigand.
Christopher was fortunate enough to begin his professional career at the young age of 23. After winning an audition to play Second and E-flat clarinets with the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes (OSSLA) in Culiacan, Sinaloa Mexico; Chris returned to the United States in 2008 after completing two full seasons. Since then, Chris has played with the Warren Packard Band, and has performed musicals at Point Park University. He has also performed with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warren Western Reserve Opera Company, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Chris is currently a clarinet repair specialist and sales associate for Rice Clarinet Works, instructs clarinet at Marietta College, performs regularly, and continues to pursue his Doctorate at West Virginia University while living in Morgantown, WV.
Sarah BoolbaSarah Boolba is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, writer, and editor who resides in New Hampshire. Perhaps the most eccentric of the group, she is also the youngest at the age of 22.
Sarah began playing music at the age of 12, and has been writing consistently since the age of 9. From the moment she picked up trombone, she found she greatly loved music, and went on to teach herself clarinet, bassoon, flute, saxophone, violin, and piano. Presently, she is learning mandolin.
Sarah graduated high school a year early, and at the age of 17 set off to Boston, MA to begin her general studies. It was there that she began teaching herself about business and marketing, with a strong focus on start up businesses.
Desiring to pursue writing and business further, Sarah moved to Chapel Hill, NC. While continuing her studies, she began her career as a professional freelance writer and editor at the age of 18, and soon thereafter found work in design and copy editing at a publishing house in Carrboro, NC.
Using her expertise in writing, she joined a start-up in Durham, NC at the age of 20 as an Operations Intern at the Start Up Factory, a prestigious accelerator program, and there furthered her knowledge in business and marketing in a hands-on fashion.
After the end of the accelerator program in the summer of 2014, Sarah decided that repairing clarinets would be fun, and began working for Wes several days after meeting him. She found it was the perfect opportunity as it would allow her to cut her teeth on business further while enhancing her technical abilities. Currently, she holds the position of not only repairing clarinets, but coming up with marketing and expansion strategies.
Ollie and Dexter RiceOllie and Dexter are the resident shop dogs of Rice Clarinet Works. Ollie is two, and Dexter is one. They are border collies who love to run, play ball, and look after their chickens.