Instruments & Supplies

Buying vs. Renting an Instrument

Getting your first musical instrument is extremely exciting event! Some families may be interested in purchasing an instrument, but when it comes to musical instruments, "you get what you pay for!" There is nothing more frustrating for a new music student than trying to learn how to play on a low-quality instrument. Cheap, low-quality instruments often bend or break extremely easily and severely limit the student's ability to make a good sound. Those students who are able to get past the challenges of an inferior instrument are usually limited in the progress they can make beyond a beginning level. Set your student up for success by providing him/her with a quality instrument.

We recommend that Beginning Band & Orchestra families rent an instrument from a local music store for their first year of playing. You can be assured that music stores that rent instruments are providing quality instruments. In addition to this, many music stores have a "rent-to-own" program that allow you to apply your rental payments towards the purchasing your student's instrument later.

Please find the materials & supplies for each instrument below

  • Required: All students MUST have these items

  • Recommended: Not required, but HIGHLY recommended

  • Optional: Not required, but useful

All Students

    • Required

      • Instrument & Case with Name Tag (include your full name (first and last) and phone number)

    • Recommended

      • Music Stand

Band

Flute

    • Required

      • Cleaning Rod

      • Cleaning Cloth (any soft cloth will do)

Clarinet

    • Required

      • 5-10 size 2 Clarinet Reeds (Rico or Vandoren)

      • Cleaning Swab

      • Cork Grease

    • Optional

      • Thumb Cushion, Mouthpiece Brush, Reed case

Alto Saxophone

    • Required

      • 5-10 size 2 Alto Saxophone Reeds (Rico or Vandoren)

      • Neck Strap

      • Cleaning Swab or Pad Saver

      • Cork Grease

    • Optional

      • Mouthpiece Brush, Reed case

Recommended Woodwind Brands

(Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)

Armstrong, Buffet, Bundy, Conn-Selmer, Fox, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, Leblanc, Selmer, Yamaha

Trumpet

    • Required

      • Valve Oil

      • Cleaning Cloth (any soft cloth with do)

    • Recommended

      • Slide Grease

      • "Cleaning Kit" - Valve Brush, Mouthpiece Brush, "Snake" Cleaning Brush

Trombone

    • Required

      • Slide Oil or Slide Cream

      • Cleaning Cloth (any soft cloth with do)

    • Recommended

      • Small Spray Bottle ("Finger" style, NOT "Trigger" style)

      • Slide Grease

      • "Cleaning Kit" - Mouthpiece Brush, "Snake" Cleaning Brush

Recommended Brass Brands

(Trumpet & Trombone)

Bach, Besson, Blessing, Bundy, Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Getzen, Holton, Jupiter, King, Yamaha

Percussion (Advanced Band ONLY)

    • Required

      • 8-10" Practice Pad

      • One pair of Vic Firth SD1 sticks

    • Recommended

      • Bell Kit

      • Snare Kit

Orchestra

Violin / Viola

    • Required

      • Rosin

      • Cleaning Cloth (any soft cloth will do)

    • Recommended

      • Shoulder Rest

Cello

    • Required

      • Rosin

    • Recommended

      • "Rock Stop"