Valley View ISD

Band Recommended Instrument and Supplies List

Beginner Band 2018 - 2019

As a parent investing in your child’s music education, it is very important to invest in a quality musical instrument. So called “bargain” instruments, available online or at discount stores, may seem tempting; however, experience has proven over and over again that these instruments are truly no “bargain” at all.

Most often, the low price is the result of poor workmanship and lower quality materials. These instruments usually break more easily and are difficult, sometimes impossible, to repair. In many cases, they cannot be played in tune and the quality of the sound they produce is very poor. It is disheartening to see a child’s enthusiasm for music destroyed by an instrument that does not allow them to reach their full potential. A poor quality instrument also affects the overall sound of the band, tarnishing the experience for all.

                                        

It is with these concerns in mind that we provide you with this list of recommended band instrument brands and accessories. We have found over the years that these instruments are durable, easy to repair, and will give your child the best opportunity to succeed as a young musician. (The brands are not listed in any particular order.)

                                        

If the instrument you are considering is not listed here, ask the seller for the instrument specifications and consult with your child’s band director before you rent or buy.

Flute

Yamaha YFL262

Accessories: metronome/tuner, swab, cleaning rod, polishing cloth, 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter                

Oboe        

Yamaha YOB241

Selmer 1492B

Accessories: metronome/tuner, 2-part silk swab, cork grease, Jones med. 3 reeds - Singing Dog, medium soft,  1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter                

                                        

Clarinet

Buffet  E-11

Selmer CL301, CL201                         

Yamaha YCL450N

Accessories: metronome/tuner, cork grease, cleaning swab.  1 box Vandoren V21 reeds (size 2 ½) or Rico Royal (size 3), 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter

Saxophone

Selmer AS300

Yamaha YAS23A, YAS23

Accessories: metronome/tuner, swab, cork grease, Rico Royal or Vandoren “2” alto sax reeds (Box of 10), 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter                

Percussion

Kit- Yamaha                                 

Kit - Ludwig M651R

Accessories: metronome, extra sticks or stick bag opt., 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter        

Trumpet/Cornet

Selmer/Bach (e.g. TR300H)

Yamaha 2330III

Accessories: metronome/tuner, Bach 7C mouthpiece, slide grease, valve oil, mouthpiece brush, polishing cloth & cleaning snake (opt.), 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter

French Horn

Holton H378

Conn 6D                                

Accessories: metronome/tuner, mouthpiece - Farkas MC; slide grease, rotary valve oil, polishing cloth (opt.), 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter

Trombone

Conn (e.g. TB711)

Yamaha (e.g. YSL354)

Accessories: metronome/tuner, Bach 6 1⁄2 AL mouthpiece, tuning slide grease, slide cream(not oil), mouthpiece brush, polishing cloth (opt.), 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter                

Baritone

Yamaha YEP211

Jupiter JEP700

Accessories: Bach 6 1⁄2 AL mouthpiece, slide grease, slide cream, mouthpiece brush, polishing cloth (opt.), 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter (Please purchase mouthpiece if using a school baritone)

Tuba

Yamaha YBB 201

Jupiter JTU700

Accessories: metronome/tuner, Blessing24AW mouthpiece, slide grease, valve oil, mouthpiece brush, polishing cloth (opt.), 1” black binder, pencil pouch, pencil, eraser, hi-liter

(Please purchase mouthpiece if using a school tuba)