INSTRUMENT STORAGE Band instruments should be kept in the storage area. People owning small instruments may wish to store them in their school lockers. Mark your case clearly with your name, address, and phone number. It may also be helpful to include a unique sticker to prevent other students from accidentally taking the wrong instrument home. It is highly recommended that you record the brand name, model, and serial number of your instrument at home for safekeeping.
INSTRUMENT REPAIR An instrument that is not working properly can be extremely frustrating for the student and is an obstacle to progress and success. If your instrument is not working correctly, contact one of the local music stores to have it inspected by a professional technician. Most technicians will give you an approximate cost of repairs when asked to do so. All costs for repair of personally owned instruments are handled between the music store and the customer.
When having your instrument repaired, always ask for a completion date and inquire if there is an instrument you can use until yours is complete. Be sure to remove any mouthpieces and reeds from your case to use with the loaner instrument. Century High School owns a few instruments for students to use when their instrument is being repaired.
SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT The following instruments will be issued as school equipment: piccolo, bassoon, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone saxophone, horn, mellophone (marching horn), euphonium, tuba, sousaphone, and percussion. You will be given a contract that explains your responsibilities for safekeeping the instrument. Return the signed contract to Mr. Stordalen. The fee can be paid on My Payments Plus or you can bring a check to Mr. Stordalen. School owned instruments will be issued after a completed contact is turned in and rental fees are paid.
If at any time your school owned instrument needs repair or if you are experiencing problems with it contact the band directors immediately. As a result of normal use and wear, school owned instruments will need regular maintenance and occasionally repairs. Repairs are costly and time consuming. Please take good care of your instrument! Any damage or loss of this instrument outside of normal wear and use will be paid by you.
During the last week of school, all school owned instruments will be collected for inspection and routine maintenance. Percussion instruments may not be checked out to go home unless advance approval is given by your band director.
NOTE: Privately owned instruments are not insured by the school. Individuals must check their homeowner’s insurance policies to get these instruments insured.
PURCHASING INSTRUMENTS There are times when parents and students should consider purchasing a "step-up" instrument. Many high school students have physically matured and have literally outgrown their present instrument. When this occurs, please contact us so we may assist you by providing information regarding our recommendations of quality instruments at reasonable costs. We offer this as a service and receive no compensation from any musical instrument companies or dealers. Frequently, even merely upgrading to a higher quality mouthpiece or reed can make a significant difference and make the instrument easier and more enjoyable to play.
BAND FEES All band students are asked to pay certain yearly fees for participation in the program. Some fees are for all students, some are specific to certain instrument families, or members of certain bands.
Fees for all Freshmen Band, Prep Band, and Concert Band Members:$50.00/year This fee covers the cost of yearly cleaning and overall maintenance of the band uniform, purchases each student an initial pair of marching gloves, socks, and shoes, and an initial pep band shirt.
Fees for Wind Ensemble Members: $66.00/year This fee covers the cost of yearly cleaning and overall maintenance of the band uniform, purchases each student an initial pair of marching gloves, socks, and shoes, an initial pep band shirt, and covers the cost of the All-State audition.
Fees for students that play school owned instruments: $90.00/year School owned instruments include piccolo, bassoon, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone saxophone, horn, mellophone (marching horn), euphonium, tuba, and sousaphone. The fee covers regular maintenance and cleaning of the instrument.
Fees for students that play percussion: $100.00/year This fee provides percussion students access and repair to all Century High School percussion equipment as well as concert, marching, and pep band sticks and mallets.
Fees for students that play a school string bass: $100.00/year This fee provide bass players in the concert ensembles access to a string bass.
Fees for all students auditioning for All State: $16.00 This covers the registration fee for members of the Freshmen Band, Prep Band, or Concert Band that choose to audition for All-State