• Rehearsal Strategies

    Posted by Christopher Wilmot on 11/24/2018

    Rehearsal Strategies

    What is expected at a music rehearsal?

    Since the rehearsals for our winter concert are fast approaching, I thought is would be prudent to share some general expectations that will help our student musicians to get the most out of each one.

    How should I prepare for a rehearsal?

    Student musicians should be practicing their music at home in order to be fully prepared for the rehearsal.  Music rehearsals are not the time to practice your individual parts but put the bigger picture together.  It is a time to focus on overall musicality for the group. Achieving a good balance/blend among the various sections to help us give the best possible performance.

    What is expected of me at the rehearsal?

    Musicians are expected to bring their listening ears to each rehearsal.  This will lead to efficient communication and less downtime during the rehearsal. If the director is working with another section, you should be fingering through or writing in rhythm counting with the pencil in your music folder.

    In closing...

    Students should bring their best band behaviors to help achieve the best possible musical performance at our winter concert.

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  • Instrument Care

    Posted by Christopher Wilmot on 9/29/2018 10:45:00 AM

    Instrument Care

    Hello everyone.  Mr. Wilmot's blog post for September will cover some basic care that all students can do to help keep their instruments out of the repair shop.

    All Musicians

    Players of all instruments can benefit from keeping their mouthpieces clean and dry.  This will help keep any buildup and gunk out of the instrument's mouthpiece as well as preventing mold and other contagions from making a home on, or in, the mouthpiece.


    Instrument parts should go together easily without force.  If you have to force a piece for assembly please stop and see Mr. Bonomo or Mr. Wilmot so we can help you.

    • FLUTE - Use a small cloth to wipe the headjoint connector and foot connector regularly.  This will help these parts stay clean and allow for easy assembly.  These are DRY JOINTS, no oil or grease is needed.


    • CLARINET - Use cork grease on the exposed cork joints.  Then gently push and twist the joints together.


    • SAXOPHONE - Use cork grease on the exposed neck cork.  Then push and twist the mouthpiece on.  The other joint on the saxophone neck is a DRY JOINT, no oil or grease is needed.


    • ALL BRASS INSTRUMENTS - carefully unscrew your valve casing. Pull the valve out halfway (do not remove it) and place 2-3 drops of valve oil on the silver valve.  Push the valve back in and screw the valve casing together.  Work the valve up and down, if it still sticks, repeat the beginning steps again.  STUDENTS CAN FLOOD THE VALVE CASING WITH TOO MUCH OIL THAT WILL JAM THE VALVE UP AS WELL.


    • FLUTE - Keep a small cloth in your instrument case (2 inches x 2 inches).  When you are finished playing, thread the cloth through your cleaning rod and run it up and down inside the flute headjoint. Place all pieces back in your case.


    • CLARINET - Purchase a clarinet cleaning swab from the local music store.  It will only cost a few dollars.  When you are finished playing, take the clarinet apart and run the weighted end through each piece, pulling the swab through after. Place all the pieces back in the case and store the reed in it holder. DO NOT STORE THE MOUTHPIECE WITH A WET REED ON IT.  MOLD WILL GROW!


    • SAXOPHONE - Keep a small cloth in your instrument case.  When you are done playing, remove the reed and ligature, wiping the mouthpiece with the cloth.  Place all the pieces back in the case and store the reed in it holder. DO NOT STORE THE MOUTHPIECE WITH A WET REED ON IT.  MOLD WILL GROW!


    • TRUMPETS, TROMBONES, BARITONES, TUBA - Keep a small cloth in your case and wipe your mouthpiece dry when you are finished playing.  Place all instrument pieces back in the case.


    Mr. Wilmot and Mr. Bonomo will be teaching and reminding students of these instrument care techniques throughout the school year.  These cleaning and care techniques will help keep the instrument in good working order and keep the germs away!

    See you in class!

    Mr. Wilmot



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