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Bandroom Horn Hygiene

QHR is a Teaching Tool and Utility Tool in the Band Room


Marching band in the Fall, concert season in the Spring. And Winter is loaded with Christmas, basketball and concerts. The cycle of life in the band room goes on. Never enough time to do all we can to get ready for the next field show, concert, or pep band performance.

And meanwhile, what is going on inside those horns? Germs, mold, and grunge. "Playing a used instrument can pose a potentially dangerous health risk. A total of 117 different sites, including the mouthpieces, internal chambers, and cases, were tested on 13 previously played instruments of a high school band. Six of the instruments had been played within a week of testing, while seven hadn't been touched in about one month. The instruments produced 442 different bacteria, many of which were species of Staphylococcus, which can cause staph infections. Additionally, 58 molds and 19 yeasts were identified.” Science Daily (Mar. 14, 2011).

Richard H. Cox, MD, PhD, DMin, Physician and Clinician says about the Quick Horn Rinse- “As a physician and trumpet player I am enthusiastic about the Quick Horn Rinse product. As a presenter of workshops for all grades of music education including Interlochen Center for the Arts, National Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild, Rafael Mendez Institute and others, I frequently encounter brass instrument conditions that are less than sanitary - often with spoiled food particles growing bacteria throughout the entire horn. Cleaning the mouthpiece and lead pipe alone is insufficient. Students are frequently astounded at the amount of "blue cheese" growing in their instruments, thus even more surprised at how much their playing improves with a good instrument cleaning.  Your invention far exceeds the efficacy of any home cleaning method I have encountered.  I will be highly recommending it to teachers and students in my presentations.  Thank you for this fine addition to our musical world.”

The Quick Horn Rinse, (QHR) is designed as both a teaching tool and utility tool in the band room. The QHR Sudser provides a teachable moment for the instructor. Showing the students how to clean and maintain their brass instrument is a necessary responsibility of the band instructor in elementary, middle, and high school. Schedule a session, take the brass players to a utility sink with a school horn or one of the student’s horns and show them how to clean their instrument properly. The QHR is easy, convenient and practical to use at school, home, or on the road. A 14 year old middle school student took his QHR Sudser home, read the instructions and proceeded to clean his horn with no problems according to his father. (See Using the QHR Sudser on this web site.)

A part of your annual budget is repair and chem clean for the school owned brass instruments. If you and your students rinse the horns regularly, then you have the potential to lengthen the time between the required chem clean, thereby reallocating budget money for other purposes.

That next big performance is coming soon. Every brass player should be prepared mentally, physically, and mechanically to do the best he or she can for this performance. This should include a clean horn.

The Quick Horn Rinse is endorsed by educators and professional musicians. Daniel Perantoni, Provost Professor (Tuba and Euphonium), Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University said: “I highly recommend the Quick Horn Rinse to all brass players.”

The QHR is built in two models:

HSB-001 QHR for small brass fits french horns, trumpets, cornets, fluglehorns and alto horns.

HLB-001 QHR for large brass fits trombones, baritones, euphoniums and tubas.

SCB-001 QHR Sudser Combination is designed for the school environment, includes both the HSB-001 and the HLB-001.            MSRP $59.95.




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