Thomas Music started in 1968 when Russ, a (now retired) music educator
in East Irondequoit, was frustrated with the slow turn-around of local
stores to get instruments back to his students. We offer the
highest quality of repair and the quickest turn-around time of any store
so the musician can keep on playing!
Russ Thomas is co-owner and "CEO" of Thomas Music.
He was educated at SUNY Fredonia and holds a Master's degree in Music
Education. He was an instrumental music teacher in East
Irondequoit for his entire 35+ year career. Russ learned the art of instrument repair in 1967
under the watchful eye of Dominic Puccio. He opened his own shop in
1968. Additional training took place at the former Allied School
in Wisconsin in the early 1970's. He attended numerous Allied
sponsored workshops and seminars prior to the formation of NAPBIRT
(National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair
Technicians). Russ was involved with NAPBIRT from the beginning -
becoming a charter member in 1976. He continues to attend NAPBIRT
conferences around the country.
Russ is extremely active in the community. He felt that our town
needed an orchestra so he put out the word and the Irondequoit Community Orchestra was started in September 2011. He is currently its
conductor and welcomes new members at any time! Russ also took up
the viola two years ago and plays with the New Horizons orchestra. He was the conductor of
the Irondequoit Concert Band for 12 years and is now a member of the
band playing wherever he is needed, currently in the percussion section.
He is President of the Irondequoit Arts Council, has been a volunteer
fireman with Point Pleasant for 40+ years and is the Treasurer of the fire department. Russ
has been an Elder and is currently a member of the choir at Irondequoit Presbyterian Church and
plays trumpet in the brass quintet.
Jen (Thomas) Nicoletti, Russ' daughter,
is the other co-owner of Thomas Music. She was also educated at SUNY Fredonia where she graduated with a bachelor's degree. She worked in the field of Human Resources for ten years before changing careers to work with her father as a
band instrument repair technician in 2000.
Jen is the past President of NAPBIRT. She regularly attends national and regional conferences to continue her repair training
and education. She is now a certified Straubinger repair
technician after taking and completing the intensive workshop in
Jen attends Irondequoit Presbyterian Church where she sings in the
choir, plays in the bell choir and a brass quintet and is the Treasurer. She lives in Irondequoit with her husband,
David, and two cats.
up in Richmond, VA and started playing the clarinet at the age of 11.
He attended Ithaca College and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's
degree in music performance and education. Inspired by several
instrument repair courses at Ithaca, he decided to pursue the field
professionally and enrolled in the Band Instrument Repair Technology
program at Renton Technical College near Seattle, WA. After
graduating from the program in 2007, he returned to the east coast to
begin his career as a band instrument repair technician. Byron is
a member of NAPBIRT and regularly attends regional and national
conferences to further develop his repair skills. He is also a
certified Straubinger repair technician. Byron lives in
Rochester with his wife Jen and dog, Toby.