[Dixielandjazz] But Can You Still Play The Blues?
Robert S. Ringwald
robert at ringwald.com
Wed Oct 11 17:27:32 PDT 2006
Bacteria hitching a ride on rented band instruments
(Massachusetts-NBC) October 3, 2006 - This time of year many kids are
to learn to play an instrument, but it turns out, the instrument they choose
make them sick. Lab studies find bacteria can grow inside your child's
One Massachusetts school is doing something to prevent illness.
Medford High School students play in the band to learn about music, but now
learning that playing an instrument could make them sick.
Dr. Lorenzo Lepore, Maestromd founder, says, "Bacteria will grow in the
environment inside the lumen's of musical instruments and so sitting dormant
months sometimes will result in a surge of bacterial growth that sometimes
Most students rent their instruments, which have been used by other students
Loni-Anne Sanford is a student at Medford High. "I shared an instrument that
people have used before," she admits.
And while they're cleaned, they're "not" sterilized.
Dr. Lepore says, "We've seen staph growth, strep growth, we've actually been
to prove that bugs, bacteria that will cause diseases like meningitis and
will grow inside these moist dark environments."
That's why Medford High School is using Maestro MD, a first-of-its-kind
sterilizes musical instruments "before" they're rented to students.
The sterilization process takes 10 days, instruments are sealed in plastic
to the young musicians germ-free.
Fine Arts Director Marsha Caron says, "It's very gratifying to have this
so we can help to ensure the safety and the health of our students."
And student Joe Dibenedetto is also pleased, "After knowing how many people
played this and just how dirty it gets ... I am definitely happy about
The service costs $50 to $80 to sterilize an instrument depending on the
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--Bob Ringwald K6YBV
Leader, The Fulton Street Jazz Band
The Boondockers (jazz and Comedy)
>From "Hollywood Squares"
Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: "If you hold their little heads under water long enough."
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