ABOUT THE OWNER
Hi there! My name is Clay Hammond, and I am the technician behind Hammond Flute Repair. I am a flutist myself and have been playing for nearly thirty years. I fully believe that in order to be an effective repair person, you also need to be proficient on the instrument you are repairing!
My musical life began at the age of two, when I began singing along with my father's church choir. I began taking flute lessons at the age of eight from a jazz guitarist in Dayton until my family moved to Columbus in the mid-nineties, at which point I began studying classical flute literature. In high school, I was very involved in the band culture and played flute and piccolo in the concert, marching, and pep bands, as well as alto saxophone in jazz band. I also had a brief stint as an oboist!
I received my Bachelor of Music in flute performance degree from The Ohio State University where I studied flute with Katherine Borst Jones and also received extensive vocal training.
I began doing repair work in 2012 as apprentice to Timothy Bower of the Burkart Repair Center. Tim encouraged me to begin my own business, and I remained under his guidance until the Spring of 2014. In November of the same year I became one of only a few select Straubinger certified flute technicians which allows me to purchase Straubinger pads for COAs and overhauls.
I do try to keep an active role in the Columbus music community by playing in several ensembles, including the Heisey Wind Ensemble, Ohio Capital Winds, and the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. I currently teach piano, voice, flute, saxophone, and clarinet at Michelle Tuesday Music School, where you can find me five days a week. I also like to make appearances at local flute festivals and workshops including the OSU Flute Workshop for High School Students and Otterbein University's Flute Choir Day. I am always happy to come and give lectures on maintenance and the wonderful mechanics that make the flute so special.