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Jim Germann is a professional woodwind musician, playing flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone with a degree from Berklee College of Music in composition. While performing as a musician in Los Angeles, Jim worked with Oleg Garbuzov, repairing woodwind instruments for professionals, including top studio musicians from around the world. 


Instrument Repair Experience

When Jim moved to Pittsburgh, PA, he developed a local following. While still playing with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, he co-owned Hollis and Germann Music. His business was the premier wind instrument shop in the Pittsburgh area. Musicians would drive for hours to make sure their instruments were only repaired by Jim. He continues to receive horns to repair from loyal customers across the country.

Jim Germann has been trusted to repair woodwind instruments of musicians in a variety of professional jazz and orchestral ensembles including:

  • Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

  • Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

  • Los Angeles studio musicians

  • Phoenix Symphony

  • Pittsburgh Symphony

  • Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

  • Tower of Power


Woodwind Performance Experience

In addition to repairing woodwind instruments, Jim has remained an in-demand woodwind performer in a variety of styles including jazz, muscial theater and classical.


He has been heard in countless ensembles over the years.

Touring acts:

  • Al Hirt

  • Tommy Dorsey

  • Woody Herman


  • Bill Holman's Band

  • Bill Watrous

  • Bob Florence

  • Gordon Brisker

  • Pat Longo

  • Roger Neuman


  • Phoenix Symphony

  • Phoenix Theater

  • Pittsburgh Broadway Series

  • Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra

  • Pittsburgh Musical Theater

  • Pittsburgh Symphony

Grammy Award Winning Recordings & Other Recordings

Jim was a musician in the bands that recorded:

  • Nancy Wilson's Grammy Award-winning "Turned Blue" (2006)

  • Nancy Wilson's Grammy Award-winning "R.S.V.P." (2004)

  • The New York Voices


Passion for his Craft

Jim's skill in playing woodwind instruments and passion for fine-tuning the craft has led him to be one of the foremost woodwind repair artists in the country. Since he knows how a good horn should feel and play, he can sense when something isn't quite right and make adjustments that will bring out the very best in every instrument.


Location in Phoenix

Jim and his wife moved to Arizona to be closer to their children and open a shop. He continues to do what he knows and loves: playing woodwind instruments and bringing his customers the opportunity to play the very best instruments too.

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