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E v e n t h o u g h m a n y i n s t r u m e n t s a r e e i t h e r o w n e d o r r e n t e d b y t h e s t u d e n t s a n d t a k e n h o m e e a c h n i g h t , a n e l e m e n t a r y b a n d o r o r c h e s t r a c a n e a s i l y h a v e $ 3 0 , 0 0 0 - $ 5 0 , 0 0 0 i n v e s t e d i n s c h o o l - o w n e d i n s t r u m e n t s . T h e s e a r e u s u a l l y t h e l a r g e r i n s t r u m e n t s l i k e t u b a s , s t r i n g e d b a s s e s , p e r c u s s i o n i n s t r u m e n t s a n d s o o n . I n a d d i t i o n , t h e i n v e s t m e n t p a r e n t s m a k e i n i n s t r u m e n t s c a n a d d u p t o o v e r $ 8 0 , 0 0 0 . A l l o f t h e s e i n s t r u m e n t s n e e d t o b e h o u s e d s e c u r e l y d u r i n g t h e s c h o o l d a y . Instrument Storage 225 sq. ft.

The best storage will utilize a combination of cabinets for instruments in cases, wall hangers for instruments like tubas and sousaphones, and mobile racks so that expensive basses and cellos can be transported safely wherever they will be used. The storage room will also need to provide space for students retrieving and storing instruments. Double exits will accommodate high traffic flow of students in and out of the storage room. It’s also important to have at least one set of double doors so that there is room to move large instruments and storage racks.

We often see built-in cabinets organized by instrument — for example, all the flute cabinets are in one area, then all the clarinets, and so on up to the large instruments. This is one of the most common mistakes which leads to traffic jams in the storage area. It crowds 15 flute players in front of the small cabinets while providing three tuba players with more space than they need. For the best results, cabinets should be laid out in a way that will spread out the traffic.




Flute Oboe Clarinet Trombone Alto Saxophone Cornet/Trumpet Tenor Saxophone French Horn Baritone Horn Bassoon Baritone Saxophone Tuba Snare Drum Bass Drum


6 1 8 4 4 6 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 1

YOUR FACILITY __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________

Violin Viola Cello String Bass Other Other

15 10 4 1 ___ ___

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If you provide Wenger with an instrumentation list for your program, your Representative can show you the best possible cabinet layout by utilizing our exclusive software program.


This is a listing of typical instruments in an elementary band of 40 members, showing the average quantities. For both band and orchestra, the quantities can vary greatly. Consultation between the architect and music director will help ensure the proper amount of storage necessary for that particular program.

This checklist can also be found online at wengercorp.com/plan




150 sq. ft.




185 sq. ft.

210 sq. ft.

230 sq. ft.

Instrumental Storage Room


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