Instruments are stored in the band room
during the school day. They should be dropped off by the
student in the morning and picked up every day after
Every instrument case should be clearly
labeled with the student’s name as well as either a home
phone number or “Summit Intermediate School” in case the
instrument is misplaced.
Music should never be stored in the
case. It will damage the instrument.
Reed instruments should keep 3-5
working reeds in their case at all times, as well as a swab and
cork grease. Instruments should be swabbed out after every use
to protect the pads. The reed should be taken off the
mouthpiece and placed in a protective case so that it does not
grow mildew or get damaged. Corks should be greased regularly
so that they do not rip apart. Saxophones need to put
the endcap into the body of their instrument so that the octave
bridge key does not get bent or broken.
Flutes should keep a cleaning cloth
and cleaning rod in their case. Flutes need to be cleaned out
after each use to protect the pads. A polishing cloth for the
outer body of the instrument is optional.
Brass instruments should keep
tuning slide grease, valve or slide oil, and a cleaning cloth in
their case. The cleaning cloth is for wiping off dirty valves
and slides and should be separate from a cloth you might want to
use for polishing. Valves should be cleaned and oiled at
home or before school so that class time is not wasted. Valves should be
oiled every few days. Tuning slides should be cleaned and
greased every 1-2 weeks so that they don’t get stuck. About once
every 6 months, brass instruments should be thoroughly cleaned.
See Mr. Peske for instructions on how to do this without
damaging your instrument. A polishing cloth for the outer body
of the instrument is optional.
Percussionists need to treat all
percussion instruments with respect. The school has invested
thousands of dollars in percussion equipment. Mallets and all
other equipment should never be treated as a toy or misused in
any way. Never touch the fuzzy end of a mallet because this
will make it wear out faster. Unless instructed otherwise by
Mr. Peske, Only percussionists are allowed to play the