Owned and operated by Gavin & Renae McKenzie, McKenzie Music Etcetera prides itself on friendly service and high quality repairs, sales and hire of brass and woodwind instruments in Toowoomba, QLD.
After completely disassembling his saxophone at the age of 15 (sorry Mum!), and successfully making it play again… phew!… Gav decided a career in music and instrument repairs was for him. He attended the University of Southern Queensland, where he completed a Bachelor of Music as well as his A. Mus. A. on alto saxophone, and went on to complete musical instrument repair training and is a fully qualified Instrumental Repair Technician. He has completed extensive training in dent removal, polishing and plating, soldering, brass and woodwind instrument set-ups, machine and tool usage, workshop procedures and retail experience. Gavin is a member of NAPBIRT – the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians.
Gavin also teaches drums, saxophone and clarinet privately and at local schools, The Glennie School and Toowoomba Grammar School.
In his spare time (hah, what even is that?!), Gavin is Musical Director and lead alto saxophone in the successful local band, The Cool Nights Big Band. The band plays regular performances each year and has travelled across Eastern Australia playing to large audiences. Through Cool Nights and other bands he has the opportunity to play music with world renowned artists.
Renae was the aforementioned kid to be given the tuba at the tender age of 11 (sorry Mum!) and it was Renae’s parents who were the lucky ones to cart said tuba to car yards to make sure it fit in the boot of all future vehicles. Yearning to play something a little lighter and arguably more exciting, Renae now mostly plays trombone, and has done so in many local and professional-level bands and productions over the years.
A graphic designer by trade, Renae assumed her music days were behind her, until she met the love of her life and moved back home to help build McKenzie Music Etcetera, as well as her own successful freelance design business, Venecia Designs.
nice things people to have to say
“Without a doubt the best instrument repair in the region. They also have a large selection of instruments and accessories. They are THE place to go if you’re a woodwind or brass player. Service and attention to detail are second to none.”
“We love the service and knowledge Gavin gives. The shop is wonderful and after purchasing an instrument from Gavin we would have no hesitation in recommending him to everyone. Two thumbs up.”
“Beautiful people who care about music and instruments. Have been getting our clarinets serviced by Gavin for many years. Very knowledgeable and efficient. Once you experience the best you will never go any where else.”