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Michael (Horn Doctor) Corrigan is Blazing a New Trail by Honoring the Legacy of the Great Craftsmen Who Preceded Him
Episode 1419th August 2021 • Trumpet Dynamics • James Newcomb
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Michael (Horn Doctor) Corrigan has devoted his life to the preservation of the musical instrument manufacturing industry. Combining his love for history and music, Corrigan began looking at instruments more as ‘artifacts’ early on. He attributes much of his approach for design to the knowledge gained by studying historic examples.

After attending the prestigious Musical Instrument Repair program in Red Wing, Minnesota, Corrigan accepted a position apprenticing at a custom brass instrument factory near Boston, Massachusetts. Eventually after relocating to the Midwest, Kansas City Area, Corrigan further developed his skills in the trade under the tutelage of Master John Duda with the Calicchio Trumpet Company and Earl Williams Custom Trombones.In 2001, Corrigan founded B.A.C. Horn Doctor (Restoration and Repair Pro Shop), then eventually founded B.A.C. Musical Instruments LLC, now situated in Kansas City’s Historic Jazz District.

After acquiring the now defunct Kanstul Musical Instruments factory tooling and relocating the assets to Kansas City, and the acquisition of E. Benge Company, B.A.C. Musical Instruments is positioned to not only preserve the legacy of old-world craftsmanship, but to continue the development and evolution of a revered American tradition.Corrigan is known for and was recognized by Mayor Mitch Landrieu for his efforts in the New Orleans music community post Hurricane Katrina as well as a collaboration with Trombone Shorty that put instruments into the hands of kids throughout New Orleans. He is a proud father of two and invests his spare time to the Scouting movement.

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