Fort Zumwalt South Bands

Home of the award-winning Bulldog Brigade Marching Band from Saint Peters, Missouri

General Information:

  • Beware of instruments from discount stores or internet bargains that seem too good to be true (like brand new, $100 instruments). Good instruments cost more, but will pay for themselves many times over in the long run.
  • If you are looking to upgrade to a better instrument, please contact one of the band directors for suggestions.
  • Note to clarinetists & saxophonists: Reed strengths are only suggestions; individuals may require slightly harder or softer reeds. Talk to a band director or private instructor before deviating from the suggestions below.

Recommended Equipment

All Band Students

  • Music stand for at home use
  • Metronome and tuner apps (see Apps for Band")
  • Luggage tag for instrument case

Flute

  • Preferred Brands: Armstrong, Gemeinhardt, Selmer, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Tuning rod, swab cloth, silver polishing cloth (if instrument is silver plated)

Oboe

  • Preferred Brands: Fox, Selmer, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Swab cloth, water cup for reeds
  • Reeds: Talk to private instructor for suggestions

Bassoon

  • Preferred Brands: Fox, Selmer, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Swab cloth, water cup for reeds
  • Reeds: Talk to private instructor for suggestions

Clarinet & Bass Clarinet

  • Preferred Brands: Buffet, Leblanc, Selmer, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Swab cloth, cork grease, reed guard that holds 4 reeds, Rovner mouthpiece ligature
  • Reeds:
    • Beginner - Rico, size 2.5 (box of 10)
    • Middle school upgrade - D'Addario Reserve Classic, size 3
    • High school upgrade - D'Addario Reserve Classic, size 3.5
  • Mouthpiece:
    • Beginner - Clark Fobes Debut
    • High school upgrade - D'Addario Reserve X0, X5, or X10 (clarinet only)

Saxophone

  • Preferred Brands: Conn, King, Selmer, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Swab cloth, cork grease, neck strap, reed guard that holds 4 reeds, Rovner mouthpiece ligature
  • Reeds:
    • Beginner - Rico, size 2.5 (box of 10)
    • Middle school upgrade - D'Addario Reserve, size 2.5
    • High school upgrade - D'Addario Reserve, size 3.0+ (classical) or D'Addario Select Jazz 3M (jazz)
  • Mouthpiece:
    • Beginner - Clark Fobes Debut
    • High school upgrade - Selmer C* (classical) or Meyer 6M (jazz)

Trumpet

  • Preferred Brands: Bach, Conn, Jupiter, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Valve oil (Hetman or Blue Juice), tuning slide grease (Schilke w/ lanolin), clean rag
  • Mouthpiece: Bach 7C

French Horn

  • Preferred Brands: Bach, Conn, Jupiter, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Valve oil (Hetman or Blue Juice), tuning slide grease (Schilke w/ lanolin), clean rag
  • Mouthpiece: Yamaha Thomas Bacon Replica

Trombone

  • Preferred Brands: Bach, Conn, Jupiter, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Slide-O-Mix, tuning slide grease (Schilke w/ lanolin), clean rag
  • Mouthpiece: Bach 6 1/2 AL

Euphonium/Baritone

  • Preferred Brands: Bach, Conn, Jupiter, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Valve oil (Hetman or Blue Juice), tuning slide grease (Schilke w/ lanolin), clean rag
  • Mouthpiece:

Tuba

  • Preferred Brands: Bach, Conn, Jupiter, Yamaha
  • Necessary Equipment: Valve oil (Blue Juice or Al Cass), tuning slide grease (Schilke w/ lanolin), clean rag
  • Mouthpiece: Conn Helleberg

Percussion

  • Preferred Brands: Adams, Ludwig, Musser, Pearl
  • Necessary Equipment: Snare drum practice pad, Vic Firth 2B drum sticks, Vic Firth 5A drumsticks, Balter 4B or 5B hard rubber keyboard mallets, Vic Firth T1 timpani mallets, zippered stick bag
  • Xylophone (for home use): Musser M-41 student xylophone or Ludwig 2.5 octave xylophone kit