• Visit the links below to see how to care for and properly maintain your instrument. Before doing anything to your instrument, watch the entire video. Only do these procedures if you are comfortable and stop immediately if you think something is going wrong. When in doubt, take your instrument to a certified repair center to avoid permanent damage.

     Washing a Woodwind Mouthpiece: You should do this once a month and after every time you have been sick.
     
    Flute Monthly Maintenance: Note- I do not recommend for you to remove your own tuning cork assembly that is located in your head joint. If you think it is in need of repair, ask your band director or take it to a certified instrument repair shop. Do not take the keys off of your flute. Never tighten the screws. If you think one is loose, ask your band director for assistance or take your instrument to a certified repair shop. Failure to ask for advice could result in expensive repairs.
     
    Oboe Monthly Maintenance: Your care is similar to clarinet.
     
    Clarinet Monthly Maintenance: Note- do not take the keys off of your clarinet. Never tighten the screws. If you think one is loose, ask your band director for assistance or take your instrument to a certified repair shop. Failure to ask for advice could result in expensive repairs.
     
    Bassoon Monthly Maintenance: Your care is similar to clarinet
     
    Saxophone Monthly Maintenance: Your care is similar to clarinet 
    Trumpet Periodic Maintenance: This is also good information for Baritones and Tubas.
     
    How to give your Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone, or Tuba a bath: You should probably do this once a month. I suggest sending your instrument to get Chem Cleaned once a year. Do not submerge rotary valves in water.
     
    How to give your Horn a bath: Note: oil tuning slides as shown in "How to oil Rotary Valves" video. Do not submerge rotary valves in water.
     
    How to oil Rotary Valves: Note- this also applies to Trombones with triggers.
     
    How to clean your Trombone slide: Note: If your trombone does not have a trigger, you can clean your trombone as shown in the Trumpet video. Do not submerge rotary valves in water.