About Rice Clarinet Works
We are clarinetist with many years of performing and clarinet repair experience, so we 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.
Why Send your Clarinet to Us?
Because we specialize in clarinet, we don’t have to divide our attention and resources among other instruments and projects. Because we have little overhead, we can buy all of the latest materials and tools, and because we are clarinetists, we know exactly how a clarinet should be set-up for players of different skill levels. All of this translates to a better adjusted, easier to play, and ultimately a better sounding clarinet.
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|
Wesley Rice holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Clarinet Performance and a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University in Clarinet Performance. He was awarded the assistantship for clarinet and aural theory from West Virginia University and the Martha and William Bill Memorial Prize for Woodwinds from the Peabody Institute.
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. Wesley has restored 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.
Jacob Johnson Jacob Johnson was born in Stroud, Oklahoma and was raised in Bristow Oklahoma. After completing high school he joined the U.S Army Reserves where he obtained the rank of Sargent. During that time, he gained 3 years of experience in CNC machining while working for several machine shops. More recently, he began a career in sales with Verizon. Within a 5 year period, he went from sales representative to District Manager, excelling in all aspects of the business. He then decided to return back to machining world at Rice Clarinet Works. In his free time he enjoys boxing, long distance running, and reading/listening to books.
Dr. Christopher Bowmaster was born in Youngstown, OH, and began his music studies on the piano at age five and followed with the clarinet at age eleven.
Dr. Bowmaster received his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University, his graduate degree from Kent State University, and his doctorate from West Virginia University. His teachers were Sandy Stuart, Bob Fitzer, Dr. Alice Wang, Dr. Dennis Nygren, and Dr. John Weigand.
Dr. Bowmaster began his professional career at the age of 23, playing Second and E-flat clarinets with the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes (OSSLA) in Culiacan, Sinaloa Mexico. He returned to the United States in 2008. Since then, Dr. Bowmaster has played with the Warren Packard Band, recorded film music with the Scoring Stage, and performed musicals at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has also performed with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warren Western Reserve Opera Company, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to serving on the faculty at Marietta College, Dr. Bowmaster is a performing artist/mouthpiece design specialist for Rice Clarinet Works, owner of 329 Music Services, LLC, and continues to perform regularly.
Breann Van Ess started her office management career at Lower Shore Enterprises, helping adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through Lower Shore Enterprises she was able to sharpen her skills in mailing systems, shipping services, office management, customer accounts, and customer service. She has been working in an office for a little over 5 years.
When she is not at Rice Clarinet Works, she likes to create things, whether it be painting, crocheting, sewing, or printing her handmade designs with her cricut.
Ollie and Dexter Rice
Ollie and Dexter are the resident shop dogs of Rice Clarinet Works. Ollie is eight, and Dexter is seven. They are border collies who love to run, play ball, and look after their chickens.