Beginning Band

  • Welcome to Beginning Band! If you have not gotten your child an instrument, PLEASE DO NOT GET ONE until after the in-class appraisal! You will receive a recommendation letter from me with a suggestion of an instrument that would be a good fit for your child. There is no rush and it is better to be safe than sorry. Once you have your instrument, please check below to make sure you have all of the right materials for class and your instrument. Here is the schedule:

    1st Day:            Getting to know you! Students will begin the instrument appraisal survey today, and look at examples of great music making. Information form will be filled out.

    2nd Day:           Continue the instrument appraisal. Those students who complete the instrument appraisal will bring home a recommendation form and information about music store rental. All students need their instruments by September 21st (or earlier).

    3rd Day:           Students with instruments may bring them. Some students will complete the instrument appraisal. Students need to have their instruments by September 21st (or earlier).


    Materials Needed: 

    All students: 

    • Essential Elements For Band (Book 1). Make sure you get it for your instrument! If you play flute, don't get a trombone book! 
    • An instrument and case. All students are required to have their own instrument, rented, bought or borrowed. Eisenhower has some available on a first come first served basis, for a one-time $100 use and maintenance fee. See Mr. Morgan if you need financial assistance, the Eisenhower Band Boosters can help with fees!   
    • School Planner
    • A pencil. All musicians need to be able to make marks in their music (and erase them!). 


    • Tissues. We go through a lot through the school year! 
    • Cleaning kits. Each instrument has different needs, but it is important to keep your instrument in great shape!
    • Music stand for home.  Having a music stand to use at home helps promote good posture and good playing technique. 


    • A cleaning rod
    • Cleaning swab. 


    • 3 reeds. You will need a good reed and two back-up reeds at all times. Start with #2 reeds. I recommend synthetic reeds as they last longer than traditional reeds.
    • Cleaning swab
    • Slide/cork Grease

    Trumpet, French Horn, and Baritone: 

    • Valve oil 
    • Slide/cork grease


    • Slide/cork grease
    • Slide cream 
    • Small spray bottle. All good trombone players have a small spray bottle to help keep their slide lubricated. 


    • Two pairs of drumsticks. I recommend Vic Firth SD1 General sticks. 
    • Practice pad, for use at home and at school. 

    Where do I rent instruments, or buy music materials? 

    We have two excellent music companies in our area, Kennelly Keys and Music and Arts both offer high quality instruments, materials and instrument repair. Check the links below to order online or find the nearest location. I strongly recommend avoiding deals through Amazon or other online only retailers, as cheaper instruments are often made of cheaper materials, or have less quality control. 

    Kennelly Keys

    Music and Arts


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