We are proud of our ability to provide a variety of school-owned instruments to our students. As each school year passes the wear-and-tear on this inventory takes it toll on the life of these instruments, and eventually they need to be repaired with a major overhaul, or replaced.
Our original strategy was to maintain a large "fleet" of medium quality instruments. After much consideration and conversation with other schools, we believe it is a better strategy to maintain a smaller amount of higher quality instruments.
What this means:
A hypothetical example of what this new strategy looks like in action:
There are 12 horn players in our program, grades 9-12. In each period of band there are 4 horn players. Instead of owning and maintaining 12 low/medium-quality instruments, we will own and maintain 4 high-quality instruments.
Students will still use their own mouthpieces, and "germs" can't be transferred from sharing an instrument. We believe this new strategy will save us money in the long-run while still allowing us to properly maintain our instruments. Under our current plan we max out our repair budget around November of each year.
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.