Equipment and Material Listing

What you need to buy when you rent or get a loaner instrument.

posted Sep 1, 2010, 9:17 AM by John Ferraro   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 10:41 AM by Alexis Carr ]

There are many things that you need to have in order to play an instrument. Some instruments need more equipment then others. Here is a list of mandatory supplies for each instrument.

Flute: C Flute, Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for flute, cleaning rod, and a swab to clean the instrument. You can make one out of a handkerchief. A wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals.

Clarinet: Bb Clarinet, a box of at least three strength # 2 Bb clarinet reeds. Rico are ok and are the cheapest. Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for Bb clarinet. 
A wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals. 

Alto Sax: Eb alto saxophone, a box of at least three strength # 2 reeds for alto saxophone. A good neck strap with padding, a
 wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals, and Tradition of Excellence, Book 1 for Eb alto saxophone.

French Horn: Single horn in F or double horn in F/Bb, a
 wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals, rotary valve oil, and Tradition of Excellence, Book 1 for French Horn in F.

Trumpet: Bb trumpet, valve oil, and Tradition of Excellence, Book 1 for trumpet. 
A wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals. 

Trombone: C tenor trombone, small trombone spray bottle, good trombone slide cream such as Slide-O-Mix, Trombotine, or Superslick (this is different from slide grease, which is for tuning slides and is also good to have) (I DO NOT RECOMMEND VALVE OIL), and Tradition of Excellence, Book 1 for trombone. 
A wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals. 

Baritone: Baritone or Euphonium, valve oil, and Tradition of Excellence, Book 1 for baritone B.C.. There are two baritone books Treble Clef, T.C. and Bass Clef, B.C. Please make sure it is the B.C. book. 
A wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals. 

Percussion: snare drum and bells kit, inexpensive metronome, and Tradition of Excellence, Book 1 for percussion. Make sure it has snare and mallets in the book. There are multiple types of percussion books out there, so be careful! 
A wire/folding music stand for home practice and after-school rehearsals. 

Optional items:
Metronomes are very useful for all musicians, but it is mandatory for percussion since they have to keep a very strict steady beat. There are now several apps on mobile devices that can be downloaded for this.

Tuners: Good to have, but not a priority for beginners.
There are now several apps on mobile devices that can be downloaded for this.

Reed Cases: These are very helpful for protecting reeds, but you can get by without one for now. 

Instrument stand: If you would like one, but not mandatory. This is different from a music stand which is mandatory.

Cleaning Swabs: Clarinets, saxophones, and oboes all come with cheap swabs. You can buy silk swabs that work a lot better by the company "Gem."

Reeds (not optional for saxophones and clarinets, but the brand you choose is): I recommend Rico for reeds because they are the most inexpensive out there. However, they are not the greatest. Down the road, you may want to consider buying a better quality reed by Vandoren or even Rico Grand Concert reeds.




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