Choir Atlanta 2012

Supply List

These are items that you must have with you every day in class! 

Why does it matter??  Because when you rotate reeds, oil your valves daily, have a quality mouthpiece or mute, and keep your instrument in good working order, you will sound much better. In addition to tone quality, high range, low range, tuning, squeaking, fast playing, and how easily your notes come out are all affected by your equipment.

 

We suggest the following retailers:

Band Source in Downers Grove (also the only repair shop we recommend): 630-477-0426, bandsourcecompany.com

The Woodwind & The Brasswind: (800) 348-5003, wwbw.com

You could also try Music & Arts or Quinlan & Fabish. We find that Sam Ash has higher prices and less expertise.

 

At the end of this page, we also have a list of suggested musical gift ideas for young musicians.

 

G. E. Band Supply List

FLUTE

  • Cleaning rod
  • Handkerchief

 

OBOE and BASSOON

  • Several reeds that you rotate
  • Separate reed case (oboe | bassoon), preferably with mandrel pegs (not the clear plastic one that comes with a new reed)
  • Cork grease

Oboe and bassoon players: we recommend “standard” reeds from millermarketingco.com, which we also sell at the school.  Most of the mass-produced double reeds are junk!  See your director if you have questions.

 

CLARINET, BASS CLARINET and SAXOPHONE

  • Several Vandoren reeds that you rotate
  • Separate reed case (not the clear plastic ones that come in the reed box; try Pro-Tec brand)
  • Cork grease

Clarinet players: the best reeds to purchase are Vandoren V12’s (silver box), but at minimum you should have Vandoren blue box.  If you’ve been playing on 3’s for a long time, you should probably switch to 3½, but get at least 3’s.  We also strongly suggest a Vandoren M13 Lyre mouthpiece and a Bonade inverted ligature.  Ligatures should be replaced every two years…now is probably the time!

Bass clarinet players: consider the Vandoren B44 mouthpiece, Vandoren reeds, and a Bonade ligature for your best sound. Ligatures should be replaced every two years…now is probably the time!

Saxophone players: the best reeds to purchase are standard Vandoren (blue box), at least strength 3 but if you’ve been playing on 3’s for a while it’s probably time for 3½.  We also strongly suggest a Selmer C* mouthpiece (alto | tenor | bari) and an inverted Bonade ligature. Ligatures should be replaced every two years…now is probably the time!

 

TRUMPET

  • Valve oil
  • Tuning slide grease
  • Straight mute (plastic or metal; not red & white cardboard)

Trumpet players: you might also consider upgrading to a Bach 3C mouthpiece.  See your director.  Try mutes made by Jo-Ral, Denis Wick or Bach (the economical option).  The Jo-Ral mutes are a little more expensive but they are definitely the best!

 

TROMBONE:

  • Slide cream (Superslick, Trombotine or Slide-O-Mix)
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Straight mute (plastic or metal; not red & white cardboard), tuning slide grease

Trombone players: you might consider upgrading to a Bach 6½ AL or 5G mouthpiece (click here for small bore trombones).  It's nice to have the same mouthpiece on both your concert and your marching trombone.  See your director.  Try mutes made by Jo-Ral, Denis Wick or Bach (the economical option).  The Jo-Ral mutes are a little more expensive but they are definitely the best!

 

HORN, EUPHONIUM and TUBA

  • Valve oil
  • Tuning slide grease

Horn players: you should consider upgrading to a Holton Farkas mouthpiece.  See your director.

Euphonium players: you should consider upgrading to a Schilke 51D mouthpiece.  See your director.

Tuba players: you should consider upgrading to a Conn Helleberg mouthpiece.  See your director.

 

PERCUSSION

  • Wooden snare sticks (such as Firth SD-1)
  • Hard rubber mallets (such as Innovative ENS-360)
  • General timpani sticks (such as Firth T1). 
  • You should also have your own stick bag.  Write your name on EVERYTHING!!!

 

Gift Ideas

PARENTS: Don't your kids spend enough time playing video games?  KIDS: tired of getting ugly sweaters?  Consider a musical gift instead!  The musician gets something that he/she will actually use, and the gift-giver knows that that new ligature will not be used to pretend to commit a felony.

You might consider:

  • Private lessons!  Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!  Your child will enjoy band more and see better playing ability fast.
  • Upgrading equipment: new instrument, better mouthpiece, new ligature, more mallets, etc.
  • Recordings: CDs and DVDs of music performances can be a lot of fun and be a big motivator.
  • Concert tickets: how about a special night seeing the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Northshore Concert Band, or great performances at DePaul, NIU, or Columbia?
  • ASK THE DIRECTORS for recommendations!