Please park in the back parking lot behind the football field and next to the bandroom. Do not try to enter through the front of the school due to construction on campus.
- Colorful plastic instruments
- Amazon.com for the instrument (supplies are good)
- Instruments sold at places other than reputable music stores
- A BRAND NEW instrument that is less than $400... if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
- Pencils (Please bring 2 packs of pencils to school to be left in class)
- Korg TM-50 or TM-60 Metronome/Tuner Combo Contact Microphone
- Folding Music Stand (for at home practice)
- CMS Band Book (student will receive this once band fee is paid)
- Label all instrument cases with the student’s name
Read on for more information about each instrument...
(brands to look for: Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, Pearl, Haynes)
- Cleaning swab for the inside of the instrument (an old cut up t-shirt works great)
- Polishing cloth for the outside of the instrument (ex., a silver polishing cloth)
- Plastic Tuning Rod
(brands to look for: Buffet, Yamaha, LeBlanc, Selmer)
- Reeds: Vandoren 2 ½ - 3-4 boxes should last the year if well taken care of. *6th Graders should buy 1 box of size 2, they will step up to size 2 ½ quickly. Reed quality and strength GREATLY effect pitch and tone, please stick to the recommended brands ONLY for best results!
- Cleaning kit – Should include: cork grease, a drop cloth for the inside of the instrument, mouthpiece brush
(brands to look for: Selmer, Yamaha, Conn, Keilwerth)
- Reeds: Vandoren 2 ½ – 3-4 boxes should last the year if well take care of. Reed quality and strength GREATLY effect pitch and tone, please stick to the recommended brands ONLY for best results!
- Padded neckstrap
- Cleaning kit – Should include: cork grease, cloth for the outside of the instrument, mouthpiece brush
(brands to look for: Bach, Yamaha, Getzen, King, Conn)
- Mouthpiece – Size 7C or 5C
- Cleaning kit – Should include: polishing cloth for the outside of the instrument, mouthpiece brush, valve casing brush, and snake brush (may also include slide grease and valve oil).
- Valve oil
- Tuning side grease
(brands to look for: Bach, Yamaha, Conn, Getzen, King)
- Mouthpiece – Size 6 ½ AL or 12C (small shank)
- Cleaning kit with: Mouthpiece brush, snake brush, cleaning cloth
- Slide oil -OR- Slide-o-Mix (the best)
- Tuning side grease
NOTE: If you are able to get a trombone with an “F-Attachment” - these are great! It allows the student to reach the furthest potions just by hitting a trigger. These are expensive and not expected, but wonderful to have! You can often find these used for a great price.
(Bell kits with snare practice pad, brands to look for: Ludwig, Pearl, Yamaha, Vic Firth)
- Vic Firth SD1 General Snare Sticks – Purchase a few pairs, these get misplaced often!
- Drum practice pad (Remo tunable practice pad is recommended but there are many brands available)
- Bell kit (sometimes called “educational kit” or “glockenspiel” – at least a “25 note” size, “30 note” or larger is recommended
Have instruments by
$35 Band Fee Due ASAP. Can be paid online through OSP or here on this website.
$20 Band Polos and opt. $25 Band Sweatshirt Orders Due August 23rd. Can be paid online here on this website.
Katie Codina, Band Director
Text @cmband6 to 81010 for free updates
Kayla Lafleur, Band Booster President
Once you have your instrument:
Youtube is an amazing resource!
First look up videos on how to assemble your instrument safely. Then, look up “how to play the flute”, “beginner flute lesson”, “flute embouchure” and you will find many helpful videos to get you started!