Choosing an Instrument & Supplies

It is highly recommended that you buy a reputable made band instrument. When used instruments are available, there are a few things to carefully consider. Ask your band director or a music store evaluate any instrument you are considering purchasing before you invest any money in an instrument. If you are considering a pawnshop, you should be aware that usually they do not repair the instruments before selling them, and the repair bill on an instrument can be more expensive than the initial price of the instrument. Also, you will find brand new instruments advertised in department store catalogs, wholesale clubs, large retailers, and online auction sites that are offered for a very low price. Buyers beware: these instruments are poorly made and usually do not last the first year of band. Frequently they don’t play at all so please talk with the band directory before going this route.

Below is a list of first line brands that are of acceptable quality. The preferred instruments are listed first. These are what most of the beginner band students will have and the band will sound better if the brand of instruments is the same.

Flute: Yamaha. Also acceptable are Gemienhardt, Jupiter, Eastman, Armstrong, Artley, or Selmer.

Clarinet: Yamaha. Also acceptable are Buffett, Vito, Leblanc, Selmer, Artley, Jupiter, or Armstrong.

Saxophone: Yamaha. Also acceptable are Conn, King, Armstrong, Vito, Bundy, Jupiter, or Cannonball.

Trumpet: Yamaha. Also acceptable are Jupiter, Bach, Holton, Getzen, Bundy, Conn, or King.

Horn: Yamaha. Also acceptable are Giardinelli, Holton, Jupiter, Conn, or King

Trombone: Yamaha. Also acceptable are Jupiter, Bach, Holton, Getzen, Bundy, Conn, or King.

Baritone/Tuba: (Provided by band) Yamaha. Also acceptable are Holton, Jupiter, Conn, or King.

Percussion: Ludwig or Pearl. Beginning students will need to purchase a Bell Kit. This will include a practice set of bells and a snare drum practice pad with sticks for each.

Supplies

**** At least 2 sharpened pencils. NO pens are accepted in band. ****

Flutes: A Silver polish cloth or soft cotton cloth. A cleaning rod.

Clarinets: At least 4 working reeds at all times. You will need a reedguard for 4 reeds. Reeds should be Rico or Vandoren 2 1/2 strength at least. A cleaning swab. Mouthpiece cap.

Saxophones: At least 4 working reeds at all times. You will need a reedguard for 4 reeds. Reeds should be Rico or Vandoren 2 1/2 strength. A cleaning swab. Mouthpiece cap and end plug. Neck Strap.

Trumpets: Prefer 7C size mouthpiece. One bottle of valve oil. A container of Tuning slide grease. A soft cloth to wipe fingerprints.

French Horns: Prefer Yamaha 30C4 or Schilke 30 mouthpiece. One bottle of valve oil. A container of Tuning slide grease. A soft cloth to wipe fingerprints.

Trombones: Prefer a 6 1/2 AL size mouthpiece. One container of Slide Cream or Slide Oil. Slide Cream is preferable and works better. It is also more economical. If you are using slide cream, you will need a water spray bottle ( like a hair spray mist bottle.) Tuning slide grease.

Baritones: Prefer a 6 1/2 size mouthpiece. One bottle of valve oil. A container of Tuning slide grease. A soft cloth to wipe fingerprints

Tubas: Prefer 24AW, Bach 18 or Conn Helleberg 7B mouthpiece. One bottle of valve oil. A container of Tuning slide grease. A soft cloth to wipe fingerprints.

Percussion: Everything is provided in Bell Kit for beginners. 2B drum sticks.

Recommended Local Music Stores

Schmidt’s Music
105 North Palafox Street
Downtown, Pensacola, FL.
(850) 434-0317
(800) 835-6326
Normal Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 6:00
Saturday: 9:30 – 2:00
Sunday: closed
Dollarhide’s Music Center
41 Palafox Place
Downtown, Pensacola, FL.
(850) 494-9898
(800) 330-9897
Store Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 1:00
Or by appointment