Master bassoon technician
For the past 27 years Shane Wieler has established a reputation as one of the foremost bassoon technicians.
Based in Brampton, Ontario, he has clients travelling from around the world to have him maximize the potential
of their bassoon and contrabassoon – just bassoons!
His passion for detailed technical “machines” evolved from a very early time in his life when at the tender age
of one, he was discovered taking apart a record player’s wiring. From there he moved on to building
and maintaining high performance racing bicycles and then bassoons in his teenage years. The bassoon and
music management journey continued with significant influences from Gerald Corey and George Zukerman,
and then many of the finest bassoonists who are his clients. They have helped him hone his craft through their
invaluable player input.
Shane’s not a bad bassoon player either. Over the past 45 years he has been a member of the Ottawa
Symphony as well as many other orchestras throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He can add contrabassoon
player to his resume as well. His experience as a player adds significantly to his skill as a technician.
Can you believe his career path began in public accounting? After about ten years, he finally found his true
calling and his passion for music led to his success as an orchestra founder and general manager, manager
and keyboardist in an eight-person pop fiddle band with his children, and of course, a highly respected bassoon
technician. He is a big promoter of youth music performance and sees that as the most effective life-skill
building opportunity for youth.
During Brooke Valley Bassoon Days, Shane takes on the role of teacher and mentor, teaching essential skills
in maintaining instruments as well as helping out with the occasional bassoon technical and maintenance
emergency that may arise when there are over 40 bassoons and contrabassoons within a 100-metre radius of
the dining room!