Band and Guitar

All Band & Guitar Students:

Black 3 inch binder
Loose leaf paper
At least 20 sheet protectors
Pencils with erasers
Method books
Instrument supplies
Black pants or skirt
Black shirt
Black socks or hose
Black shoes


Students will all need a quality instrument. Instruments purchased from Amazon, Walmart, Target, are often off-brand and are prone to break easily.

Before you start looking for an instrument, here are some professional tips on how to choose quality instrument without breaking your budget.

Each year, thousands beginning band and orchestra students begin the wonderful pursuit of learning a musical instrument only to be frustrated with a low quality instrument. Unfortunately, some companies produce and sell discount instruments that are such a low quality, students don't have a chance of succeeding in their first year of band or orchestra.

How do you know which instruments are okay for a beginner? It's not easy since poor quality instruments look basically the same to the untrained eye. Their trumpets are just as shiny as better quality instruments and their violins can look beautiful at first glance.

A general rule for band instruments is to check on where it was manufactured. Almost all instruments made in the U.S.A. and Japan are good for beginners. Some quality brands include Artley, Armstrong, Bach, Benge, Blessing, Boosey & Hawkes, Buffet, Bundy, Conn, Emerson, Gem üeinhardt, Getzen, Jupiter, Holton, King, Leblanc, Ludwig, Olds, Pearl, Remo, Selmer, Vito, Yamaha, Yanagisawa and Zildjian. Most band instruments manufactured in China are of very low quality. It's more difficult to determine the quality of a string instrument since there are a number of smaller makers from all countries who make quality string instruments. The best method to determine the quality of any instrument is to ask a local school band or orchestra director. They have seen the frustration of beginners who try to learn with a low-quality instrument. Some online music stores sell only quality music instruments. Others sell only poor quality instruments for cheap prices. The makers of have rejected several commercial advertisements for this reason. We have taken care to ensure that all
instruments featured on this site quality choices for beginners. In general, beware of instrument that are a lot cheaper than the others. The old buyer's rule is still true: "You get what you pay for."

Taken from: “Tips on Buying Quality Band and Orchestra Instruments”

Instrument Supplies

Available at, any Music & Arts store in NC,, and Red Fish Music in Goldsboro.

Woodwind players (oboe, flute, clarinet, sax, etc.):

• Swab & Cleaning cloth
• Oboes, Clarinets, and Saxes at least THREE new reeds in your case at all times.
Clarinets size 3, Saxes size 2 1/2. Suggested brands of reeds include: Van Doren,
Mitchel Lurie, Hemke, Rico Royal.
• Cork Grease (except flutes)
• Saxophone players must have a neck strap!
• Lyre for parades


Brass instruments only (trombone, trumpet, tuba, etc.):

 • Valve oil (slide oil or cream for trombones)
 • Tuning Slide grease
 • Mouthpiece brush for weekly cleaning.
 • Soft cotton cloth or polishing cloth
 • 7th and 8th grade Trumpet players are encouraged should have a straight mute
 • Lyre for parades


Percussion:  Percussion kit which includes snare sticks, mallets, concert bells, snare
drum, stand, and practice pad, all parts must be labeled with your name, drum key,
•Lyre for parades

Guitar:  one acoustic 6 string guitar (please do not purchase from Amazon, Target,
Walmart, etc.) Guitars should be purchased through a reputable music store such as
Red Fish. Preferred brands: Yamaha, Washburn, Epiphone, Ibanez, 2 extra packs of
strings, 10 picks



Available at

6th Grade band: Tradition of Excellence Book 1 by Ryan Nowlin/Bruce Pearson,
7th Grade band: Tradition of Excellence Book 1, Tradition of Excellence Book 2 by
8th Grade band: Tradition of Excellence Book 2, Tradition of Excellence Book 3 by
Excellence in Theory Book 1 by Ryan Nowlin/Bruce Pearson
Ryan Nowlin/Bruce Pearson, Excellence in Theory Book 2 by Ryan
Nowlin/Bruce Pearson
Ryan Nowlin/Bruce Pearson, Excellence in Theory Book 3 by Ryan
Nowlin/Bruce Pearson

6th Grade guitar: The Art of Guitar by Grant Gustafson, Excellence
7th Grade guitar: Essential Elements for Guitar Book 1 (Red Fish) with CD, Excellence
8th Grade guitar: Essential Elements for Guitar Book 2 with CD(Red Fish), Excellence in
in Theory Book 1 by Ryan Nowlin/Bruce Pearson
in Theory Book 2 by Ryan Nowlin/Bruce Pearson
Theory Book 2 by Ryan Nowlin/Bruce Pearson

*Students must write their names on the front cover of their books with a magic marker.
Students may use the same book from year to year if they have kept their books from the previous year.

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