About BANDMAN Rental & Repair, LLC of Altoona, PA
BANDMAN is a family-owned business, which means we share your values and concerns when it comes to representing the area’s musical talent. We moved to our new location from Duncansville, and are grateful to our customers for helping it to be a smooth transition. Central PA is full of pride in its heritage and that carries over every time a performer uses an instrument we sell and service. You are invited to check our products to see for yourself the quality name brands we have to offer.
While it takes expert craftsmanship to manufacture an instrument, it also takes technical knowledge and skill to keep them performing as they should. Cleaning, adjusting, tuning, and other repairs will keep your musical instrument in top-notch form. BANDMAN is famous for our repair service and attention to detail. We work hard to make the process as easy and affordable as possible. With our repair-by-mail service, we can also help save you time and energy in getting your instrument in proper working order, and returned to you, safe and sound.
Our promotion of and service to the performing arts goes beyond what is contained within our walls. BANDMAN strives to support all collegiate, public and private school music programs. We also encourage everyone to discover the sense of personal accomplishment that comes from playing a musical instrument. Count on us as your musical resource as you enhance your musical skills.Community Participation
At BANDMAN, we say that we are “promoting the arts, one instrument at a time!” We do this by helping our customers play, practice, and perform on a daily basis. This drive also translates to our free time, where we are conscious of supporting and performing with local collegiate & school music programs, music festivals, and community-based concerts. In addition, we give private music lessons and perform with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Big Band Sound, local community bands, musical productions, and churches.
As we’ve explained to school-age music parents and other customers numerous times, the ability to play and enjoy a musical instrument can be a life-long endeavor—something that can be fostered long after sports or athletic participation has passed. Music performance is a great way to take the skills learned in lessons and share them in the community. The thrill of personal performance can be enjoyed for many years to come. If you have any questions about any of Bandman’s community-minded services, please contact us
Doug Stephens – Owner / Lead Repair Tech
As a graduate of the internship program at Badger State Repair, I am excited to offer affordable, quality instrument options to area musicians, regardless of ability or discipline. Being a Penn State graduate (B.S. Music Education and M.M. Wind Conducting), the former Director of Bands for Hollidaysburg Area High School, and the current Director of the Hollidaysburg Community Band, I also have a keen sense of appreciation for the importance of a properly functioning instrument.
I am extremely fortunate…combining my passion for the performing arts with the skillful use of tools, I am able to bring a much-needed service to our region and help other area musicians continue to perform. I thank God daily for my wife, Lori, and our four children, Jacob, Marian, Ruth & Simon, all of whom share in the continued success of BANDMAN. We are always happy to chat with our customers, so please feel free to call or stop in, and ask about repair work, buying an instrument or accessory, or participating in our rental program.
Ellen Benfer – Sales Associate / Repair Tech
Native to New Berlin, PA, Ellen received her degree in Band Instrument Repair, from Western Iowa Tech in 2009, and has been a member of the BANDMAN team since 2014. Her passion for quality repairs & efficient service has a positive impact on customers on a daily basis. Whatever you need, Ellen can make it happen!
Ken Oyler – Electronics Repair Tech
Ken is an Altoona native with over forty years of experience in electronics repair. “KO” is skilled at diagnosing and repairing everything—amps, mixers, microphones, keyboards, organs—you name it. If it runs on electricity, he can fix it!