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Materials

 

 

Each instrument has specific supplies needed for students to be successful.  Please see below for supplies by instrument

Flute

 a tuning/cleaning rod

 a bandana and a cleaning cloth

Oboe

 at least 3 medium-soft or medium strength reeds (reeds will wear out and need to be replaced periodically)

 a silk swab

cork grease

Clarinet

an upgrade to one of the following mouthpieces: Vandoren 5RV Lyre or Vandoren B45. This is highly recommended for our 7th & 8th grade students.  

4 Vandoren or Mitchell Lurie strength 2 ½ reeds for 6th grade and strength 3 for 7th & 8th grade. Reeds will wear out and need to be replaced periodically. As the clarinetist develops they will also need a harder strength reed.  LaVoz or Rico Royal reeds are also acceptable.  As a general rule, buying the most cost-effective reeds will not provide you the best “bang-for-your-buck”.

 a cotton or silk pull-through swab (not felt)

 other cleaning supplies:  mouthpiece brush, polishing cloth & cork grease

•a 4 reed capacity “Reed Guard”

 

Saxophone

 an upgrade to the following mouthpiece: Selmer C-star. 

 4 Vandoren strength 2 ½ reeds. Reeds will wear out and need to be replaced periodically.  LaVoz, Mitchell Lurie, and Rico Royal are also acceptable.  As a general rule, buying the most cost-effective reeds will not provide you the best “bang-for-your-buck”.

 a cotton or silk pull-through swab (not felt)

 other cleaning supplies – mouthpiece brush, polishing cloth & cork grease

a 4 reed capacity “Reed Guard”

 

Trumpet

 an upgrade to the following mouthpiece: Bach 5C or 7C. This may have come with your instrument if you’re renting to own or buying it new.

 cleaning supplies:  mouthpiece brush, snake brush, slide grease, brass polishing cloth.

 valve oil


French Horn

 an upgrade to the following mouthpiece: Holton-Farkas medium cup.

 rotary oil & spindle oil.

 cleaning supplies:  mouthpiece brush, snake brush, slide grease, & brass polishing cloth.

Trombone

 an upgrade to the following mouthpiece: Bach 6 ½ AL or Schilke 51D small shank

 supplies including:  super slick slide cream, water spray bottle, mouthpiece brush, snake brush, slide grease and polishing cloth.

Euphonium

 an upgrade to the following mouthpiece: Schilke 51D small shank mouthpiece.

 Cleaning supplies:  mouthpiece brush, snake brush, slide grease, & brass polishing cloth.

 valve oil

Tuba

 an upgrade to the following mouthpiece: Conn Helleberg standard tuba mouthpiece

 rotary oil & valve oil.

cleaning supplies:  mouthpiece brush, snake brush, slide grease, & brass polishing cloth.

 

Percussion

Vic Firth SD1 Drumsticks

Mike Balter Xylophone Mallets

Stick Bag

Please reach out for more advanced mallet recommendations.