Care of instruments is the individual responsibility of every student. All instruments should be clean and in good repair for all rehearsals and performances. Please refer to the Required Materials (Band | Orchestra) section of this handbook for a list of cleaning supplies. If your instrument needs repair, please contact your director for more information.

Guidelines For School-Owned Instruments

Students are required to provide their own instruments although the Howard County Public School System will provide some instruments for use if the need arises.

Ellicott Mills Middle School has an inventory of instruments that are made available based on student need.   An Instrument Loan Agreement will be used to keep account of instruments that are loaned.

  • Students are responsible for the proper care and protection of the instrument

  • Students are responsible for any repair and/or replacement from damage, accidental or due to negligence or abuse

  • In order to ensure the positive musical contributions of students using school-owned instruments, private instruction is strongly encouraged

Instrument Security & Identification

It is the responsibility of each musician to take their instrument home from school each day to ensure safety and to allow for a daily practice routine. During the school day, students have two options to store their instruments.

  1. locked in the school locker

  2. stored in an instrument cubicle in the rehearsal room (Cubicles do not have doors/locks)

An identification tag must be clearly placed on the student's instrument case/percussion bag. Each tag should include the following information:

  • Student Name

  • Ellicott Mills MS

  • Phone #

  • Email Address