After a semester of percussion activities, it’s time to assess all your instruments, including marimbas, vibraphones and xylophones, and take proactive steps to protect your equipment.
The percussion family consists of vast number of instruments. In a standard music room, there will be timpani, marimbas, xylophones, bells, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourines, triangles and much more.
Timpani heads do not need to be changed very often – we recommend every 1 to 2 years – but it's still important for band directors to know how to change them.
Good things come in waves. After a few years at a new high school, your marching band is going great. The booster program is very active and has been raising money.
It's the night of the beginning band concert, and the curtain will go up soon. You're back stage shepherding all of your students, who are bubbling with nervous excitement, to their chairs.
As a school band director, you take on many roles, including instrument doctor. For students renting an instrument, the dealer most likely offers maintenance and repair insurance.
After a long season of percussion activities, it's time for a much-needed break. Of course, this includes your percussion equipment.
At some point during the school year, it's likely that your high school or college drumline will get caught in the rain during a football game, parade or rehearsal.