Step-Up Instruments

As students advance in their performing abilities, they often outgrow their beginning level instruments and/or mouthpieces. When this happens, the student’s continued musical growth can be negatively affected by an inferior instrument. Upgrading to a semi-professional or professional quality instrument can be a very good investment for continued success. Always contact a director or your child’s Private Instructor prior to purchasing any instrument for your child! Students chosen to participate in the Wind Ensemble are highly encouraged to purchase a step up instrument. Beginning band instruments will not be adequate to keep up with the musical demands.

The following step-up instruments are approved and recommended for use in the Stillwater Middle School Band and all of the high school programs:

  • Flute: 
    • Miyazawa model 102 and up
    • Yamaha 400 Series or higher (YFL-461H, YFL-574H, or YFL-674H) 
    • Trevor James models "Cantbile" or "Aria"
    • Sonare
  • Clarinet: 
    • Buffet R-13 or E-11, 
    • Backun "Prologe", 
    • Yamaha "Allegro"
    • Mouthpieces: Vandoren M13 Lyre mouthpiece, or 5RV Lyre
    • Ligature: Bonade "Inverted" ligature, VanDoren Optimum
    • Reeds: Vandoren #3 Traditional "Blue Box" Reeds or Mitchell Lurie #3 Reeds)
  • Saxophone
    • Yamaha YAS-875, YAS-62, or 
    • Selmer “Super Action 80” Series 2, 
    • Cannonball "Stone" Series
    • Mouthpieces: Eugene Rousseau NC4, Selmer S80 C*, Vandoren Optimum
    • Reeds: Vandoren Traditional "Blue Box" #3 
    • Ligature: Bonade "Inverted" ligature, VanDoren Optimum, Rovner
    • JAZZ ENSEMBLE MOUTHPIECE: Vandoren v16 Mouthpiece (Alto #7, Tenor #8) 
    • Reeds: Vandoren Java (or Java Red) #3
  • Trumpet
    • Bach Stradivarius  
    • Yamaha Xeno, or Yamaha "Allegro"
    • Schilke 
    • Mouthpiece: Bach 5C or 3C mouthpiece
  • Trombone
    • Bach Stradivarius 42BO 
    • Getzen 1047F or 3047AF 
    • Conn 88H 
    • Yamaha "Allegro"
    • Mouthpieces: w/Bach Bach 6.5AL, or 5G mouthpiece
  • French Horn -
    • Holton "Farkas" H179, 
    • Conn 8D or 6D
    • Mouthpiece: Holton "Farkas" MC, Schilke 29 
  • Euphonium 
    • Mouthpiece: Schilke 51D, Bach 6.5AL
  • Tuba 
    • Mouthpiece: Conn "Helleberg", Perantucci PT-48


**There are often quality used professional level instruments for sale as well. Please ask your student’s private teacher or a band director if you are interested in finding out more information. We can help!

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