• Instrument Care and Responsibilities

     

    General Care

    • All instruments must be properly put away in their cases and placed in the appropriate locker or storage area
    • Any problems with instruments should be reported to the director IMMEDIATELY
    • Do NOT put folders inside instrument cases – it bends keys, etc.
    • Gravity works! Please be careful about placing instruments on chairs

    Flute/Piccolo

    • Swab instrument after every use
    • Wipe off body & keys with soft cloth regularly
    • Check springs, screws, & pads on a regular basis
    • Always allow to air dry if wet from Marching Band

    Oboe/Bassoon

    • Maintain and rotate at least 2 reeds
    • ALWAYS soak the reed in WATER before each use (pill bottles work well)
    • Swab instrument after every use
    • Wipe off body & keys with soft cloth regularly
    • Check springs, screws, & pads on a regular basis
    • Keep reeds in a case or reed protector between use

    Clarinet/Saxophone

    • Maintain and rotate at least 3 reeds
    • Swab instrument after every use
    • Wipe off body & keys with soft cloth regularly
    • Check springs, screws, & pads on a regular basis
    • ALWAYS remove the reed from the mouthpiece and remove mouthpiece from neck or barrel
    • Keep reeds in a case or reed protector between use
    • Always allow to air dry if wet from Marching Band

    Brass Instruments

    • Clean and oil valves regularly
    • Be consistent with the brand of oil/grease/cream that is used
    • All slides should be in good working condition at all times
    • Trumpet players must have a 3rd valve slide ring
    • Trombone players must have a spray bottle of water for slide treatment
    • Wipe off instrument with soft cloth regularly
    • Mouthpieces should be kept clean and free from any dents or imperfections
    • Always allow to air dry if wet from Marching Band

    Percussion

    • Each student has a quality pair of matching concert sticks and/or mallets
    • All equipment must be properly covered and/or returned to its appropriate storage place
    • You should not play any instrument that is not assigned to you for a particular rehearsal