BAND SUPPLIES

5TH GRADE BAND at JP Ryon

For a copy of your child's letter to begin in the band

→ CLICK HERE 

In the fourth week of school, 5th Grade Students should have "Standard of Excellence for Band Book #1" for their instrument.  Go to a local music store, click on your favorite book store, or click on this link to get the book -

6TH GRADE BAND 

In the first week of school, 6th Grade Students should have "Essential Elements for Band Book #1" for their instrument.  Go to a local music store, click on your favorite book store, or click on this link to get the book -

7TH/8TH GRADE CONCERT BAND

In the first week of school, Concert band members (7th/8th Grade Students) should have "Essential Elements for Band Book #2" for their instrument.  Go to a local music store, click on your favorite book store, or click on this link to get the book 

ALL BAND STUDENTS

Woodwinds

Reeds bring at least 3 good reeds to class (buy them by the box)

Brass

Lubricants - you should use a drop of oil or spray water everyday you play

Recommended Supplies

A metronome or tuner -click here

Recommended Instrument Accessories - courtesy Elizabethtown Area High School

Recommended Methods & Studies - courtesy Elizabethtown Area High School  

APPS Mr Whitford Recommends Try these Apps on your device to be a better musician:

LOCAL STORES:

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WHAT REED TO BUY?

Not all reed companies are the same.  Different companies have different thicknesses or strengths to the reeds they make.  The softer the reed the easier the sound comes out, but the less pure that sound will be especially in the high range.  The harder the reed the more muscle tone is needed to get an initial sound but that sound will be more pure and have clarity.

Check out this reed comparison chart before you go purchase your next clarinet or sax reed

REED COMPARISON CHART

BUYING A NEW INSTRUMENT - Things to think about before purchasing a brand new instrument.

Have you ever heard the saying "You get what you pay for"?  Buying a bargain instrument may be attractive in the short term but long term success may require a wiser investment.  Here are a couple articles that speak about what band directors and instrument repair people call "ISO's" (Instrument-shaped-objects) or "Stencil" brand instruments versus brand names that will give your student success through middle school and beyond.

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