Equipment Purchasing Guide

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In this section, I would like to help start your process of acquiring music/ band equipment. The county and I do not officially endorse any product. I would like for you to have a place to start looking. I will list brands that I have had positive experience with.

In this world there are band instruments that look accurate but are not built with the same quality and craftsmanship of the time tested brands. These newer items are generally shiney but are also difficult to play and maintain.

If you find in instrument you are interested in buying/renting, please feel free to contact me if you would like my input.
There are also local music stores that offer name-brand instruments at fair prices.

If there is a brand you would recommend to add to the list, please send me an email so that we can discuss the matter.

Brands are listed in alphabetical order and to the best of my knowledge and experience. The list is neither definitive nor final. 

-Mr. Dean

Flute - Armstrong, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, Yamaha
Clarinet - Buffet, Antigua, Jupiter, Yamaha
Oboe - Fox, Selmer, Yamaha
Bassoon - Fox
Saxophone - Selmer, Bundy, Jupiter, Yamaha
Trumpet - Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
French Horn - Conn, Jupiter, Yamaha
Trombone - Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
Baritone/ Euphonium - Eastman, Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
Tuba - Eastman, Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
Percussion - LP, Mapex, Pearl, Tama, Sonor, Vic Firth, Yamaha

Instrument Stands for holding instruments during rehearsal - Hercules 
Music Stands for holding music - Manhasset, Wenger, Generic Wire models are usually fine

Valve Oil - Al Cass, Yamaha

Clarinet/ Sax Reeds - Rico, Vandoren

Percussion Kit

For percussion students who are serious about learning their music, I recommend a practice kit such as the one listed below. The companies listed above also make comparable models.

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Stick Bag: for serious percussion students, I recommend the Vic Firth EP 2.
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