Equipment

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.

All Band Students:

Necessary Equipment: 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

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