Got A Gig Music serves the Sacramento region. Known for servicing instruments that belong to Grammy Award-winning musicians like Mary Youngblood and Gerry Mulligan, Got A Gig works on a variety of instruments. They sell woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments; custom instruments are also for sale, like a restored 9-karat gold Brannen flute.

Over the years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work on the instruments of many Grammy Award Winning Artists and we continue this at ‘Got A Gig Music’.  The lovely and talented, 2 time Grammy Award Winner,  Mary Youngblood, brought her alto flute in for service. I performed a clean, oil and adjust on her instrument. She was a joy to meet and work with, along with being a wonderfully creative flutist and person. These are the ‘special’ times.

Other Grammy Award Winning Artists whose instruments I have had the pleasure to work on are:  Gerry Mulligan, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets) and Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones).

John has been in the music business for over 47 years.  He had a quartet in Detroit that played every weekend for years and learned the repair trade from a second generation family of technicians. John rebuilt the instruments for many principal players in the Detroit Symphony when he worked for Herb Couf, the saxophone maker.  He taught the ‘design and mechanics of musical instruments’ for 8 years at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, School of Music and serviced the instruments of the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies. He spent many years at Yamaha Musical Products and Warranty Service in Grand Rapids, testing and setting up instruments prior to moving to Boston to build flutes for the Verne Q. Powell Flute Co. and perform restoration work for Wm. S. Haynes Flute Co.  He also spent 5 years teaching a professional development workshop to school band directors for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and summer workshops for Gordon College.

The picture is of John holding the completed restoration of a Kohlert & Sons 12 key ebony flute.  The ebony wood was finished by hand and a custom hand rubbed oil was applied. The decades of dirt and debris were removed, the keys were all polished and new leather pads were installed.  Now this beautiful vintage flute will have new life in the hands of the pro flutist that owns it!

John has been the general manager of numerous repair shops from Boston to California and has traveled China extensively, purchasing musical instruments for serious musicians here in the states.  He has been involved in their design and manufacturing and has trained many workers in China to meet US standards.  As many local musicians know, we have been developing our own line of Pro Flutes and Pro saxes.

John and  Ming opened their own music store and ‘Pro Repair Shop’  years ago in beautiful Midtown, serving the needs of the professional musicians and aspiring students in Northern California by providing prompt, professional repairs when they want to perform their best.  We feature personalized professional custom repair services in comfortable surroundings, catering to those who “Got A Gig”!  We invite you to stop by and experience for yourself the pleasure of playing your treasured instrument in top playing condition as you enjoy expressing yourself musically and artistically.

Our Location

Got a Gig’s storefront location is at:

3661 N. Freeway Blvd Suite 100 Sacramento, Ca. 95833
We are now open from 10:00am – 7:00pm, Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays.  
Please feel free to stop by during normal business hours to view our inventory or request instrument service, or call John directly at (916) 531-1118 to schedule an appointment.  We accept all major credit cards.  

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us at:

  • Telephone: (916) 531-1118
  • Email: gotagigmusic@yahoo.com

2 thoughts on “About

  1. John, I want to thank you and wanted to compliment you for the excellent services on my Selmer Mark VII Tenor that I received from you this Month.
    When I played it for the first time, I immediately notice a huge difference in sound and tonal responses. It plays with a completely new feel now and I love it.
    Having a Saxophone Technician that one can trust gives a welcome sense of security in today’s world. I will recommend your repair shop to all of my friends and I will bring all of my Saxophone needs to the “Got a Gig” shop from now on.

    Best Regards, Michael Gitthens

    P.S. John, When should I return to your shop for adjustments?

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