Dennis Adcock has been repairing instruments for well over fifty years and enjoys the continuous challenge of solving the mechanical problems. His greatest satisfaction, however, comes from knowing that the musicians who play the instruments that he is proud to service, players both young and old, will get a bit more enjoyment out of their lives, because of his work.
Every aspect of an instrument’s playability requires an application of common sense, as well as mechanical understanding. This craft is an excellent way to keep both mind and body active and finely tuned.
Dennis began playing clarinet, at about the age of twelve. It was, in fact, an old alto clarinet in disrepair that was his first instrument, which may explain the early interest in repair and the mechanical aspects of instruments! He dabbled his way through high school playing all the woodwind instruments and some of the brass, as they became available, and he became a “jack of all trades” musician rather than a specialist. His fascination with musical instruments combined with an early childhood desire to be a storekeeper, like one of his uncles, soon led to, upon graduation, establishing an instrument repair business and ultimately opening The Bandstand Ltd in 1975.
Though the Bandstand has consumed much of his time in the past 48 years, Dennis also spent over a decade as a saxophone and clarinet player in a weekend dance band and has led a community concert band for nearly 40 years.