The Roper Music Staff

John Handley


 John was hired in August of 1984 by Gil Roper and Joe Grantham as a repair technician. He was from Danville, IL, joined the Navy in 1975 and played in the Norfolk Fleet Band for 4 years. After he retired from the Navy he went to Allied Music Corp for training in band instrument repair. When John graduated from Allied he was hired by Paxton Music in Valparaiso, IN, then a year later came out west to Grand Junction.

Sadly, we lost our fearless leader in the summer of 2019. He is and will be sorely missed by all of us and so many people in our community.

Seth Strickland


Seth has been learning the art of Brass repair under the supervision of John Kite and Mr. Handley since the fall of 2007. After graduating from Palisade HS in 2001, Seth enrolled at Mesa State College to study the finer points of history and literature before realizing that his true passion has always been music. As an aspiring novelist Seth is working on what he calls “The Next Great American Novel.” In his free time, Seth enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and competitive shooting and if thats not enough, Seth also plays the bass guitar and alto sax in Grand Junction’s newest rock band “Shades of Gonzo.”

Patrick Jacobson


Patrick is a lifelong resident of the Grand Valley. A graduate of Grand Junction High School, and obtaining credits at CMU, he joined as an apprentice in the Roper Music Repair Shop in 2014 and has been fixing woodwinds ever since. Patrick enjoys hunting and fishing, and takes advantage of the exquisite opportunities provided for outdoor recreation here in Mesa County. When not in the shop, you'll find him by the river, or maybe a lake. His main instrument is the Bari Sax and he was a member of the All-State Jazz band multiple-years running. 

Kris Kjeldgaard

Kris is currently our String Repair person and General Manager. She graduated from Western State College in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance, minoring in business and geology.  She started working for Mr. Handley right out of school and is now the chief paper pusher in the store. When not in the shop, she's most likely at the Trap Club, taking her old dog for a ride in the truck, or playing her ukulele.