His interest in music began in Elementary school
and continued on through High School. He majored in music in college on
the saxophone & flute. Bob started employment with California Musician's
Service in 1977, where he met and worked with his current partner, Harry
Playing in various bands on the side kept his "chops up", while
learning the instrument repair business as a woodwind specialist. Just
a few years later, Bob and Harry purchased the repair shop from Mel Smothers
and continued on as The Horn Shop. Twenty years later, the business
has become very successful in the repair shop as well as the retail end
of the business. Bob continues to play with a variety of popular local bands,
including The Statesmen and The Rhythmaires.
He began playing music in the 4th grade, and continued throughout his elementary,
middle, and high school years. Harry played tuba in the marching band at McLane High School under
the direction of Larry Huck. Following graduation in 1969, he began working at California Musician's
Service, repairing musical instruments. In the fall of 1969, Harry enrolled at Fresno City College.
semester over the next 3 years, Harry found himself a member of a variety of bands, ensembles and other brass
groups on campus. In the fall of 1970, Harry joined the California Army National Guard. This in turn began a
distinguished career culminating with retirement in 1993 at the rank of First Sergeant. After working full
time since 1973 with a specialty in brass instruments, Harry and co-worker Bob Stauffer bought the repair
business in 1980 and The Horn Shop was begun. In 1997, Harry was approached by his high school band director,
Larry Huck, to become a member of Fresno Community Concert Band. This began a renewed love affair with music.
he is not only active in FCCB but lends his talents to other musical groups in the Fresno area from time to
time. Harry is married and has four children and one beautiful granddaughter.
Graduated from McLane High School in 1971, and obtained his Industrial Arts degree in 1974 from Fresno City College.
Prior to his employment at The Horn Shop, Brad worked for five years as a technician for a German auto repair shop. This provided him a
very useful technical background, which he brought with him when he joined The Horn Shop in 1986.
Brad was trained in all areas
of brass repair; from minor dent removal and soldering, to complete overhaul and laquering. Using Harry's instruction, mixed with some of
his own ideas and skills, Brad has become an accomplished brass repairman. Adjusting the axial and end play of French Horn bearings for
better alignment with less noise, is one of Brad's specialties.
Frank Zamora has been repairing brass and woodwind instruments in the valley for over 20 years. He got his start in music playing
flute in the 5th grade. He studied the flute and saxophone in music education at Fresno State. While attending Fresno State, his focus turned to instrument repair.
It was at this time that he started working summers at The Horn Shop repairing woodwinds.
Frank was taken on at Clovis Music Center where he helped build and
manage a repair shop. While he continued to advance his repair skills in Clovis, he taught private music lessons on all woodwinds. His studio grew to over 30
students per week.
Frank also is a freelance musician in the Fresno area playing in several music groups on all woodwinds.