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:
- Miyazawa model 102 and up
- Yamaha 400 Series or higher (YFL-461H, YFL-574H, or YFL-674H)
- Trevor James models "Cantbile" or "Aria"
- 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)
- 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
- Bach Stradivarius
- Yamaha Xeno, or Yamaha "Allegro"
- Mouthpiece: Bach 5C or 3C mouthpiece
- 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
- Mouthpiece: Schilke 51D, Bach 6.5AL
- 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!