Intermediate Band

  • Welcome to the 2017 – 18 school year! I am glad you have decided to continue with your instrumental music education. Make sure to read, sign and return the Band Handbook you will receive the first week of school which explains grading, concert info, practice, and, of course, expectations. Students will not need their instruments on the first day of school. However we will begin playing on the second day.

    Materials Needed: 

    All students: 

    • Essential Elements For Band (Book 2). 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. 
    • School Planner
    • A pencil. All musicians need to be able to make marks in their music.

    Uniforms: Intermediate Band performs in our band uniforms. Students will need:

    • Band polo shirt (order forms will come home during the second week of school). 
    • Black pants. Jeans, leggings or workout clothes are NOT acceptable. 
    • Black socks.
    • Black shoes. No boots or open-toed shoes. 

    Optional:

    • 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. 

    Flute:

    • A cleaning rod
    • Cleaning swab. 

    Oboe and bassoon:

    • 3 reeds. You will need a good reed and two back-up reeds at all times.
    • Cleaning swab
    • Slide/cork grease

    Clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone: 

    • 3 reeds. You will need a good reed and two back-up reeds at all times. Second year players should be playing on a size #2 1/2 or #3 reed. I recommend synthetic reeds as they last longer than traditional reeds.
    • Cleaning swab
    • Slide/cork Grease
    • (Saxophone, clarinet optional): Neck strap

    Trumpet, french horn, baritone, and tuba: 

    • Valve oil 
    • Slide/cork grease

    Trombone: 

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

    Percussion: 

    • 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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