First we take the instrument completely apart. All the tuning slides are pulled and all the valves are removed and disassembled.
Next, all the parts and the main body are immersed in one our four ultrasonic machines using different cleaning solutions and run through the process.
After they come out of the ultrasonic cleaner, all the parts are rinsed thoroughly and inspected to make sure they have come clean.
Next, the tuning slide tubes and valves are lightly scratch buffed to remove any oxidation that may still be on the pieces.
After that, the springs, water key gaskets, valve stem washers, cap washers, bumpers are all replaced as needed.
Finally, the instrument is reassembled with the proper lubricants and checked for proper airflow. Rotary valves are tied with new string and realigned. Any needed repair work is done outside this process.
That’s a quick overview of the brass cleaning process. If you haven’t had your instrument in for awhile, please contact us or simply drop by the store!
The DCI Tour Premiere is in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium this Thursday, June 23rd. The gates open at 7pm with the show starting at 8:30pm. We think you should be there! Here are just a few reasons why!
1. Experience the shows live before anyone else
While the Drum Corps International Summer Tour will be taking place over the next 8 weeks and there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the performances and productions the corps have to offer, there is nothing like seeing each show live with an audience for the first time.
Drum Corps International is the premier drum and bugle corps organization featuring well-known corps such as the Blue Devils, The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, and many other famous and fantastic performance ensembles.
Modern drum and bugle corps are the “Division 1” of the marching music and Drum Corps International is “Marching Music’s Major League” and the top groups compete for the World Class World Championship in August in Indianapolis.
For a taste of the best drum and bugle corps has to offer, please enjoy this video!
2. Experience Music, Old and New.
Throughout its history, drum and bugle corps have had the creative freedom to experiment, explore, and excite audiences around the globe. Today, the world class corps premiering their programs are among the most creative and influential forces within the performing arts. Some of the music you will hear is old, some of it is new, and every take is a fresh interpretation!
You won’t just hear the music, you’ll see the music too! Each corps will feature an incredible color guard as well as instrumental members creating a visual experience to enhance every musical flavor, color, and texture.
I can guarantee that you will walk out of the experience full of inspiration and be moved by each and every performance.
3. Educational Experience
Beyond the artistry of the performances themselves, the corps will be rehearsing and teaching by example. In addition to watching the performances themselves, the warmup areas provide a great opportunity to see how each corps conditions its members for playing, movement, and performing. The great thing about this portion of each performance is that every student learn how a great performance is great in the first place because each performing member has a strong foundation. It’s a great reminder of how important the basics are!
In addition to the informal education provided by watching warmups and rehearsals, Drum Corps International is partnering with the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) to provide an educational experience for band directors and marching band staff. The event will feature The Troopers and Richard Saucedo, James Stephens, Michael Cesario and Jeff Queen. http://www.imeamusic.org/2017-marching-music-academy/
One more opportunity Drum Corps International is providing is the Kick Start interactive workshop with motivational speaker Fran Kick. The workshop is designed to “kick start” many of the lessons students and organizations will learn over the course of their marching experience. More information on Kick Start can be found here:
4. See the best and brightest future music educators
The spirit of drum and bugle corps is captured not only in the spectacle of the performances, but the torch the members carry on in their careers. Many of the performers are already music teachers and some will become directors of prestigious music programs, from elementary schools to universities. Many of the lessons learned will be passed on and further developed by an activity that transforms music educators for life.
Not only will you see great future music educators, but many students in the audience will audition for membership in one of these groups
5. Downtown Indianapolis
Downtown Indianapolis has been voted as one of the most walkable and family-friendly cities in America! In addition to the lovely downtown selection of restaurants, parks, and other attractions, you will experience drum corps in the beautiful Lucas Oil Stadium. Lucas Oil Stadium is consistently rated one of the best stadiums in the NFL and has been home to Drum Corps International World Championships since 2009.
More information on downtown attractions can be found at visitindy.com
As one of the premier manufacturers of wind instruments, there is a great deal of knowledge and craftsmanship behind the music of the Buffet Group. With all of this expertise, the Buffet Group created the free, fun app: Urban Play.
Urban Play gives the user the opportunity to play along with some of the top musicians including Camille Chapelliere (Clarinet), Regis Moreau (Flute), Al Naniscalco (Saxophone), Fabien Cyprien (Trombone), Michael Rambaud (Trumpet), and many more world class musicians!
All of the playable tracks come in different difficulties and you can start at any point in the track and utilize either just the accompaniment and/or the soloist music track. Another great feature of the app it includes the opportunity for improvisation over a background groove.
Every instrument track is performed by a professional musician so you can not only play along, but have a guide for the musicality and tone to strive for!
Has it been a while since your instrument was in for a check-up? If summer is a down time for you and your playing time, then you should send your instrument in for a check-up. We recommend two visits each year to help keep your instrument in proper playing condition and the summer is the perfect time.
In fact, schools across the state will be sending in all kinds of school-owned instruments this summer to be cleaned, repaired, and refurbished so that they are ready to go for the next school year.
The best way to get your horn serviced during the summer is to bring it to the store. Our District Managers are visiting some schools during the summer, but not all schools and not every week. It’s very sporadic. The safe thing to do is call us first to see if arrangements can be made to drop off a loaner and pick up your instrument. You can call us at 1-800-382-1099.
Have a great rest of your summer and don’t forget to practice!
As we near the end of the school year, one of the questions on a band parent’s mind is, “What do we do with my student’s instrument?” There are a couple of answers to this, but we can help you answer them.
First, you need to find out if your student plans to play again next year. If the answer to this is “yes” then you don’t need to do anything. Your student will bring the instrument home on the last day of school. This will give them the ability to play it all summer long. There are many online resources that they can utilize to make their playing even better while they are at home. The best part about it is that you student will be able to play whatever music they choose and they will go back in the fall an even better player than they were at the end of May.
If your student has decided that they are not going to participate in the music program next year, we make getting their instrument back to use easy as well. Here is a video that explains exactly how to get it back to us.