I was the assistant to the director for several years. One of the diverse tasks I had was to set up and tear down the orchestra or band (if we had string players, of course). This included carrying 3 or 4 tympani up and down two flights of stairs. By myself. Yes, one was copper. Bb, I think. Tuneable. Pedals. As I was generally the only person under age 60 around on Saturdays and Sundays, I couldn't even get help if I wanted it. Until I had a hernia repair operation and was out of commission for about two months. Well, it did take a couple years to get to that point .... So, my first bit of advice for this section is, help out if you can! Trust me: we'll tell you if you're being annoying.