Keeping the Band World Healthy
In an effort to keep our young musicians healthy I have reviewed with the students good hygiene for their instruments. I would also like to share this information with you!
Flutes - head joint (part where student blows into) may be cleaned with soap and rinsed with lukewarm water. Try not to immerse the head joint in water but running water through the head joint quickly will not hurt it,. Make sure it is thoroughly dry afterwards. DO NOT wash any other part of the instrument as it may cause damage. The cleaning cloth may also be washed and hung to dry.
Clarinet/Saxophone/Oboe - mouthpieces may be cleaned with soap and water, and a small brush may be used to scrub the inside of the mouthpiece. The mouhpiece is made out of hard plastic so please only use lukewarm water, very hot water will discolor the mouthpiece an army green or even worse, melt the mouthpiece! All reeds should be replaced if student is seriously ill, (example: strep), as reeds are made of a porous cane almost impossible to disinfect. Reminder students should always have two reeds on hand. When replacing reeds get a hardness of 2.5 (oboes reeds= medium soft, lascher wireless reeds) Any cleaning swabs should also be washed regularly and hung to dry. DO NOT wash any other part of the instrument as it may cause damage.
Trumpets/French Horns/Trombones/Tuba - mouthpieces may be cleaned with soap and water. You can also use a small brush to clean the inside of the mouthpiece. The mouthpieces may also be placed in a cup of boiling water to disinfect but be careful not to get burned! DO NOT wash any other part of the instrument as it may cause damage.
Percussion - Washing hands frequently and/or sanitizing sticks with wipes.
NO OTHER PART OF THE INSTRUMENTS SHOULD BE CLEANED IN WATER!!!!! If you think the entire instrument needs to be sanitized, please call me and I will happily discuss where to take it as well as cost.