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Which Instrument should we learn?  
Where do we get one?  Buy it or rent it?  Here's our thoughts on one of our favorite topics.


Watch Out

Cello Lessons
Beware of shoddy instruments!  Be on the look out for this stuff.


On Purchasing

Saxophone Lessons
All kinds of thoughts and advice regarding a purchase of a new or old instrument.  We'll add to this topic from time to time.

What to Bring

In this video, Theresa talks about the additional stuff that she finds useful and likes to bring to rehearsal.  We often get asked what kind of extra gear and materials new musicians will need for rehearsals.  It does not have to be a lot of equipment, and here are some best practice minimums:
  • an instrument in good working order and its case;
  • for percussionists: 5AN drumsticks, practice pad, bell set, and mallets (we'll help assemble the whole kit);
  • for woodwinds: cork grease, extra reeds, and a swab; 
  • saxophones and bassoons need a neck strap;
  • for brass: valve or slide oil, tuning slide grease, and an absorbent "water" collection cloth;
  • for strings: the bow, rosin, shoulder rest, and an extra string set is handy;
  • the Essential Elements book for beginning players (provided at rehearsal);
  • your sheet-music and a folder;
  • a portable sheet-music stand to use at home when practicing;
  • an instrument stand to hold the instrument when it has to be left unattended (bathroom breaks);
  • and pencils!

On Practicing

Avery, Jacob, Landon

How often should I practice?  When should I practice?  How long should I practice?  What should I practice?  Find out what we recommend!


Ingredients for a Great Wind Ensemble

Winter Concert 2021

What does it take to be an awesome wind band? Click below to find out!


Unheard of Saxophones

Explore a world of weird and unusual saxophones!

Three Key Elements

Drum Ensemble
What does it take to be a good ensemble player? Click below to find out!


The Circle of Fifths

Circle of 5ths

Want to know more about this mysterious fusion between plane geometry and music theory?



Ever get confused by some of the strange terminology we use in class? Here is a nice visual representation and explanation of what we’re talking about!

Twenty Good Reasons to Major in Music at College

Spring Concert 2020

Is studying music at the college or university a good idea? What does a person do with a degree in music?

What do we mean by "Transposing Instruments"?  What's the right way to get a reed on a mouthpiece? Wondering how to assemble a clarinet?  What is the correct size of stringed instrument?  How to videos and other learning aids are just a click away!


Meet the Instruments!

Starting Beginning Band, but don't know what instrument to play?  Come meet the instruments courtesy of the US Army Band!  For Beginning Strings, try Classic FM's exploration page or watch B. Britten's guide!

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