Beginning Band Questions
You can choose from the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone, Bells.
Yes. We start all of the percussionists on the bells so they can learn to read notes and music along with everyone else in the band. They will later add snare drum to their instrument. All bell players are required to rent a Bell/Snare Combo Kit.
You will need to have the Tradition of Excellence Books 1 & 2. These books can be bought at any of the local area music stores. Be sure to get the books that are for your instrument. Baritone players should get the Bass Clef versions.
It is strongly recommended that you rent your instrument. This has several advantages. If you decide the instrument you choose is not a good fit for you then you can exchange it for a different one. The local area music stores will usually exchange your instrument for a different one. Also, if your instrument should ever need repairs then the rental fee will usually pay for them.
Buyer Beware! While many deals appear to be good they often are not. Many of the instruments you may find online are very cheaply made and do not play properly. They often have things wrong with them that make them difficult to play in tune. This can cause much frustration for the beginning band student. Unless you are knowledgeable in what to look for you should be very cautious about buying an instrument online.
All of the local area music stores carry good reputable brands of band instruments. Any brand they rent to you will be a good quality instrument. Well known good quality brands are (but not limited to): Armstrong, Selmer, Yamaha, Bach, Bundy, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, Conn, King, and Getzen.
Facet Pawn has a good reputation for selling quality instruments at reasonable prices. However you should be careful about what you buy. Check to see that it is a reputable brand (see FAQ above). If it is, chances are it will be OK.
Students should have their instrument and book within the first week of school.