Please refer to this page for any questions you have regarding maintaining your instrument. When in doubt contact Mrs Crouse before you attempt anything on your own that you are unsure about!!!These simple maintenance items will save you/your parents money in the long run and will keep you from getting frustrated with a fussy instrument! This is also prevent the buildup of MOLD and other yucky GERMS!
Woodwinds
  • Flute
    • Daily Cleaning
      • After every time you play your instrument it is important to swab out your instrument as instructed!!
      • You will also want to wipe the ends of your flute joints off to prevent dirt buildup
  • Clarinet/Saxophone/Oboe
    • Daily Cleaning
      • After every time you play your instrument it is important to swab out your instrument as instructed!!
      • Be sure to take your reed off and store properly
    • Clarinets & Saxophones
      • Periodically clean out your mouthpiece.
        • Use Dawn dish detergent, hot water (not boiling), and a Q-tip/brush to throughly clean your mouthpiece inside and out!
      • Use your cork grease sparingly on all of your cork joints.
        • Apply cork grease and then use your finger to rub it in
          • NOTE: There should be no clumping, if you have any chunks, you have too much on

Brass
  • Trumpet/Baritone/Tuba
    • Daily Cleaning
      • After every time you play, empty your spit valve!!
    • As needed Oil Your Valves!
      • Do one valve at a time
      • Unscrew valve cap and pull valve out until you see the holes
      • Dot on your valve oil sparingly
      • Wiggle/Spin your valve around to work the valve oil in
      • Rescrew the valve cap back in place
      • MAKE SURE TO LOCK/CLICK your valve back in place!!!!!
        • If you don't do this you will know right away because you won't be able to blow through your instrument!
    • Periodically clean your mouthpiece!
      • Use Dawn dish detergent, hot water (not boiling), and a Q-tip/brush to throughly clean your mouthpiece inside and out
  • French Horn
    • Daily Cleaning
      • After every time you play, empty your slides of spit!!
    • As needed, Oil Your Rotors!
      • Unscrew the rotor cap, and dot the oil onto the top.
      • Work the rotor key back and forth
      • Replace the cap
  • Trombone
    • Daily Cleaning
      • After every time you place, empty your spit valve!!
    • As needed, Oil Your Slide!
      • Pull your slide almost the whole way out
      • Drop your slide oil on about the bottom 4-5 inches
      • Work your slide in and out to get the oil work around
    • Periodically clean your mouthpiece!
      • Use Dawn dish detergent, hot water (not boiling), and a Q-tip/brush to throughly clean your mouthpiece inside and out

Percussion
  • You get lucky!!! You shouldn't have any spit with your instrument (or at least I hope not!!) :)
  • You do need to periodically make sure your sticks aren't broken and your bells/pads/drums are working properly!