Instrument & Supplies

Please treat all instruments and equipment with care and respect. Even instruments that seem very tough can be easily damaged. All instruments are fragile.

Instrument maintenance costs on school instruments alone run into the thousands of dollars, even for simple annual cleaning. Any additional maintenance from damage that needs to be performed takes away from other aspects of the middle school band's budget.

All school owned equipment and music checked out to a student is the student's responsibility. The student/family will pay for lost or damaged equipment and music.

Having properly maintained accessories and equipment is a student/parent responsibility. Please don't hesitate to ask the director if you have questions!

Maintenance Standards

ALL instruments require a degree of maintenance that students should be held accountable for.

We recommend all owned instruments be serviced at least once or twice a year by a certified instrument technician- about the same frequency as a car getting oil changes. Ward-Brodt, Heid Music, and White House of Music in Waukesha all have excellent certified repair staff.

All instruments - even brass instruments - are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Do not leave / store instruments in a very cold or hot area, or in direct sunlight. General rule of thumb: if you wouldn't leave a living thing there, don't leave your instrument there (like a car trunk on a hot or cold day).

Best times for maintenance: November and April (when the heaters go on, then off again)

Ward-Brodt Music Services

Ward-Brodt Music in Fitchburg is our primary vendor. Please contact them if you need an instrument rental, plan to purchase an instrument, or need to order accessories. You may also use the links below.

Road Representative - Bruce Hering (former director of bands at Eau Claire Memorial and Eau Claire North)

  • Deliveries/Repair and Return Pick-Ups Thursday Mornings (school year only)

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Please read the above linked guide prior to purchasing an instrument.

2018 Acceptable Instrument Brands

Click the above link for the following:

  • Local Stores
  • Online - Multi-Purpose Music Stores
  • Specialty Music Stores (Instrument-Specific, Non-Local)
  • Sheet Music