students will be allowed to change instruments, so that our bands
can have full, well-balanced instrumentation. This is a perfect
opportunity for students to learn to play a new instrument. Typically,
woodwind players will switch to woodwinds and brass players will
switch to brass. There are some exceptions to the rule, however.
Because we do not start saxophones in Beginning Band, a limited
number of clarinet players will be selected to make that switch
after the Winter Concert based on interest, success on the clarinet,
well-kept practice journal, Band grades, and classroom behavior.
Students interested in switching instruments need to speak with
the director for further information. No student will be allowed
to make any switch of instruments without the consent of the band
school has a limited inventory of instruments, which include oboes,
bassoons, bass clarinets, tenor and baritone saxophones, horns,
euphoniums and tubas. These instruments are assigned at the discretion
of the director. When a school instrument is used, a contract
must be completed per Wake County policy. The student is responsible
for any damage to the instrument or loss of the instrument.
a school instrument needs repair, the director must take it to
a shop approved by the school system. The county will pay for
all routine maintenance of the instrument.
assigned a school owned instrument must have a completed and signed
Instrument Loan Agreement on file with the directors. Please find
it on the reverse side of the Personal Property Waiver in this
Your Instrument Home
are required to take their instruments home each evening for practice.
The school's insurance does not cover the loss or damage to student
property. Students who leave their instruments in the school overnight,
weekends, and over holidays do so at their own risk. I strongly
recommend that you add your child's instrument to your homeowner's
or renter's insurance policy.
buses are crowded due to the growing student population here at
Salem. Bus drivers may request that students leave larger instruments
at school. If this occurs, be polite, follow their instructions,
and see me the next day. These situations will be handled on an
individual basis with the administration.
students are expected to play each day in Band class. Class participation
is a large portion of each student's quarter grade. Below are
the "top four" leading excuses I hear each year. Each excuse is
followed by our policy on the subject.
Many students have braces. I realize that these are sometimes
painful, especially if the orthodontist tightens your them in
the morning and you have band in the afternoon. I will work
with you on this as long as I believe that you are not taking
this situation for granted. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Sometimes. gargling with warm salt water will help ease the
my instrument." This will result in a deduction from your
participation grade for each occurrence. Without an instrument,
you cannot participate in class. The same consequence applies
for not having any reeds or any other accessory, which renders
your instrument inoperable.
is in the shop." No instrument should go in for repair until
I see it first. I may be able to repair it much quicker if it
is minor. If your instrument is taken to the shop before I see
it, you must bring a note from your parents, which includes
is wrong with the instrument?
shop is it in?
is the estimated time needed for repair?
feel good." In general, if you are well enough to be at
school then you should be well enough to play. I realize that
this is not always the case, therefore, situations will be handled
on an individual basis.
As a student's
interest and commitment to music and Band grows, parents often
seek to purchase a higher quality instrument. There are three
basic types of instruments available.
Used by students in elementary and beginning band. These instruments
are designed with the young student in mind and will take a
moderate amount of abuse. Generally, sound quality gives way
Nicer than a beginner instrument, this type is built with the
older student in mind. Step-up horns will have nicer features
and will not endure as much abuse as a beginner model.
Used by serious middle and high school music students, college
music majors and professional musicians. These instruments are
of the highest quality and will not take any abuse. They produce
the truest symphonic sounds and cost substantially more than
beginner models. Parents who wish to purchase an instrument
should contact me. I will be happy to suggest a brand and model
that will suit your child's needs.
students are encouraged to purchase a step-up mouthpiece. These
mouthpieces are designed to withstand the air supply provided
by a growing student. They also cause a noticeable improvement
in the quality of sound produced by the player and are an appealing
option when compared to the purchase of a new instrument. A beginning
instrument with a step-up mouthpiece will give young players the
opportunity to produce a more mature tone. The brass mouthpieces
listed are step-up sized mouthpieces and are the ones on which
we start our brass students. If your child's instrument was supplied
with any other size brass mouthpiece, return it to the dealer
and exchange it for the listed size.
(Bb and Bass): Vandoren B-45 with a Rovner ligature. Specify
Bb or Bass Clarinet.
(Alto, Tenor, Baritone): Selmer C Star S-8O with a Rovner ligature.
Specify alto, tenor, or baritone saxophone.
Bach 3C · Horn: Bach 11 · Trombone and Euphonium: Bach 6.5 AL
or Schilke 51 (pronounced 'shill kee)
you are studying with a private teacher, follow his/her instructions
regarding reeds and mouthpieces.
7th and 8th
Grade percussion students are expected to purchase necessary mallets,
sticks, and a mallet bag. A list of necessary sticks/mallets is
given below. Percussion students will only be allowed to play
the instruments with the correct mallets. With proper care and
storage these mallets will last through high school. Percussion
students should not depend on other students to provide them with
these materials. As you can imagine, these items are small and
easily lost or stolen. You are responsible for caring for them.
Bag: Used to carry, protect and store mallets.
Firth SD-1 Snare Drum Sticks:
Used for snare drum and cymbals.
Rubber Mallets: Used for xylophone
Yarn Mallets: Used for xylophone, vibraphone, and suspended
Clear Plastic Mallets: Used for orchestra bells and xylophone
Firth General Timpani Mallets: Used for Timpani