Back-to-School Checklist

Is your instrument ready to start the new school year?  Check off the items on this list and be prepared for a great first rehearsal.


[]  Send your instrument to repair shop to get it in tip-top shape.

    Do this a few weeks ahead so it comes back in time.

[]  Purchase a fresh box of reeds.

[]  Clean your mouthpiece/head joint.

[]  Sharpen and pack 2 pencils in your instrument case.

[]  Wash your swab.

Machine wash & dry, but be sure to tie it up in a pillowcase or a mesh laundry bag first!

[]  Purchase a new mouthpiece cushion.

Clean your mouthpiece after you take off the old and before you put on the new.

[]  Need a new thumb rest cushion or thumb port?  Grab a pencil grip and a pair of scissors!

[]  Wash your reed guard.

Hand wash or can go in the dishwasher in the silverware basket.  Follow up with a soak in  2 parts Listerine, 1 part water.   Rinse and dry overnight before using.

[]  Go through your reeds and throw out any that are chipped, cracked, or worn.  

Replace with enough new ones so there are at least 4 good reeds in your case.

[]  Clean out old music from your folder/binder. Remember to keep stuff you’re still using!

[]  Wash your neck strap.

Hand wash cold, lay flat to dry.

[]  Give your instrument a thorough polishing. 

[]  Freshen your instrument case.

Take everything out of your case and let it sit open overnight with baking soda sprinkled in it. Vacuum out the baking soda the next day.