Drew Niemeyer became involved in the Woodwind and Brass repair industry in 1991, and in the intervening 30 years has been developing and honing his skills to provide a service standard that is first class, drawing from his skills as both a musician and a woodwind technician.
Drew began lessons on clarinet in the school system in 1987, and continued on to obtain a Bachelor of Music Degree from The University of Queensland, under the direction of Nigel Sabin and Paul Dean.
His university years were very fruitful, propelling him to win the open section of the state’s annual Clarinet & Saxophone Society competition, the North Queensland Concerto and Vocal Competition, as well as some smaller competitions in Queensland and Tasmania. He had the opportunity to perform Weber’s Concertino with the Lyrebird Ensemble under the direction of Max McBride as well as Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
As a classically trained performer, his standards of tone and technique were a central part of his focus.
This standard greatly influenced his work in woodwind repair where he strove to find the right combination of adjustments on each instrument to bring out the highest tone quality from each one.
For the first 13 years of his career he trained and worked as a woodwind technician at the workshop of For Winds, which became the premier music destination for woodwind musicians in Queensland, owing to its policy to supply high quality instruments, repairs and servicing. He later worked for Blow Woodwind and Brass, and Ozwinds.
Having repair skills covering all woodwind instruments, Drew specializes particularly in the repair of Flutes, Clarinets and Oboes.
In 1997 Drew accompanied Andrew Berrington, owner of For Winds, on a tour of various woodwind and brass factories including Keilwerth, Schreiber, Buffet, Leblanc, Rigoutat, Wurlitzer, Puechner, B&S, Sankyo, Altus & Jupiter, and Yanagisawa, amongst others. In 2000, Drew undertook extended training at the Buffet factory over a period of two months, and in 2019 Ozwinds sponsored further training for Drew at the Yamaha factory in Japan.