Do’s and Don’ts of Emergency Band Instrument Repair

Do’s and Don’ts of Emergency Band Instrument Repair 1

The concert is scheduled to begin in seven minutes. Your trumpet soloist, hands sweaty with excitement, drops his horn. The entire room is silenced by the sickening sound of it hitting the floor and coming apart. What do you do?

Of course you patch the horn together, using anything you can.

Summertime Band Instrument Repair and Storage


School’s out and it’s time to look at which instruments need repair. Some of the key things that need to happen with instruments over the summer are:

Instrument cleaning (I recommend  ultrasonic cleaning whenever possible) Cases vacuumed and cleaned Mouthpieces washed and inspected for damage

Today I’d like to offer some tips, from my perspective at the repair bench, to help you both correctly store instruments over the summer and be ready for the back-to-school season which sneaks up on us so fast.