The National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) is the largest non-profit international educational association dedicated to the advancement of the craft of band instrument repair.
Founded in 1976 as a small grassroots organization of 45 members with a common goal of technical integrity and professionalism. Each member placed ten dollars into a hat and NAPBIRT was born. NAPBIRT has since blossomed into an open friendly international organization of over 1300 members located in over 20 countries. In 2000 the organization opened its NAPBIRT Technical Training Center (NTTC) in Normal, Illinois. This facility is specifically designed and constructed for the purpose of continuing education. Training sessions range from one day to one week and are intended for members interested in career development or specialized training in a particular field of endeavor.
The mission of NAPBIRT is to promote the highest possible standards of musical instrument repair service by providing members with a central agency for the exchange of information and continued education through the administration of programs that benefit its membership.