joe-bratzJoe Bratz grew up in western Washington state where he began playing the cornet at age 10 in the 4th grade. After graduating from high school, he attended Concordia University Wisconsin and earned a BA in music education. Joe had a brief career as a band director before receiving training in band instrument repair from Renton Technical College in the Seattle area. He has been the brass repair technician at Melk Music since 2011. Joe has been a member of MFB since 2012. He and his wife, Bethany, live in Milwaukee.