Humidity and moisture can ruin percussion instruments

Every marching band's performance can sound different, based on humidity and moisture.

Next time your ensemble is performing outside on a clear, dry day, listen closely to how the percussion instruments sound. Then listen again when they are playing on a humid afternoon or when it's slightly raining. There is a good chance those drums will sound different.  Because it's the end of the season for many, you could even try this technique while in a room with high and low humidity. 

Not only will they sound strange in humid, wet weather, but they may begin to look and feel different too. Humidity and moisture can warp the sound of a percussion instrument and deform it overnight. It can also affect the wood's weight. This will not only affect sound and performance, but can cost your music program hundreds of dollars if you suddenly need to replace them.

When caring for your instruments, always remember to consider the type of material. Metal rusts and wood warps.

Because wood is an organic material,it exchanges moisture with the surrounding air. When this happens, it swells and contracts depending on the amount of moisture present. This type of movement puts a lot of stress on the instrument.

If we're talking about drums, you may notice cracks beginning to appear as the drum decreases or increases in size. This happens because moisture is placing tension on its head and rims causing the drum to bend. This sudden change can be permanent.

If you would like more information on how to take care of your instruments, along with other preparation ideas, contact Marching Show Concepts today!