In SR, when I know that there is a timpani part, I assign that part first so I don't inadvertently assign those kids to another part. I ask the head judge (the one who was going to talk with the kids during my 3 minutes) when they could start tuning, and they usually say "right away". Kid grabs the tuner and tunes them up. By the time I come back from score study, timpani are good to go.
: When do you all check the tuning/adjust the
: timpani. Want to make sure I don't do
: anything incorrect.