The Instrument Selection Process

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The Instruments

Students can choose to play the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, euphonium, tuba or percussion. The most common college scholarship instruments are oboe, bassoon, french horn(mellophone), and tuba, so we want to allow students to start on these as early as possible in high school if they choose. First year French Horn students will start on Mellophone and transition to French Horn for the second year.


Beginners should always RENT!

Renting an instrument will give your child the opportunity to begin in band with only a small initial investment. Renting from a music store is the best option so the student can have the advantages of a brand new instrument, such as pride of ownership, freedom from error due to poor equipment, and the opportunity to be the best player they can be by having the best available instrument for their age level. The store will always provide the instrument and mouthpiece recommended by band directors. The instrument can be returned to the company at any time without further obligation. All rental applies towards purchase.

Renting from the school is possible for some medium and large instruments at a lower cost than music stores, but all the school instruments are used. We only get brand new instruments here and there depending on fundraising. 

Step 1 - The students will have the opportunity to try the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and euphonium during class. It is during this time that they make every attempt to make a good sound on the instruments at least three times. At this point, the students will make their decisions for their top 3 favorite instruments for the instrument selection form.

***Please read: INSTRUMENT SELECTION - Tips & Tricks


Step 2 The students will submit their Instrument Selection Forms by Friday of Week 1.                         (See Instrument Selection Forms)

Step 3 - The following Monday of Week 2, the students will be given their instrument assignments and will start sitting in the sections that they were assigned for. At this point, they will have one week to acquire their instrument and required accessories in order to play and maintain those instruments. 

Step 4 - The following Monday of Week 3, the students will need to have their instruments in class to start receiving participation grades. 





It is the parent's responsibility to acquire an instrument for this class through purchase, rental(beginners), or any other means necessary, so that the student has the proper learning tools to succeed in an instrumental music class where the instrument is the most important mandatory class material. Although the school does have an inventory of instruments available for rental by the students, it is a limited inventory of used instruments.



Flute: $50/semester

Clarinet: $50/semester

Trumpet: $50/semester

Mellophone: $50/semester

Trombone: $50/semester


(priority to Advanced Band)

Bassoon: $75/semester

Bass Clarinet: $75/semester

Tenor Sax: $75/semester

Bari Sax: $75/semester (stays at school)

French Horn: $75/semester

Euphonium: $75/semester

Tuba: $75/semester (stays at school)

Percussion: $40/semester 

(maintenance fee for using school percussion instruments

which need annual repair and/or replacement)

School Rental Terms & Conditions 

School rental fees are final and non-refundable.

Fees can be paid via check, money order, or online payment at

If you would like to reserve a school instrument, please email me immediately.

The student may use the instrument at school or take home until the contract and fee payment is received. 

If the rental contract and fee is not received after 2-weeks, the instrument will be made available for another student to rent and the student will have to get their instrument elsewhere.

Once the rental fee is paid and the contract is submitted, the student is allowed to take the instrument home. 

Any repair needed on the instrument before the contract is over is the responsibility of the family.

Any damage to the instrument beyond "regular wear & tear" is the responsibility of the family

Any student renting a school instrument must have THEIR OWN mouthpiece (brass), reeds (woodwinds) and cleaning materials if not already in the case. 

If any family refuses to get an instrument repaired, the instrument will be returned to the inventory as damaged school property and the family will no longer be able to rent instruments from the school until the payment for the repair is made. 

The parameters that define "regular wear & tear" are decided upon by the repair shop after the repair invoice is received from our repair company during Winter Break or Summer Break. 



All County Music

Music Tech Studios

Sam Ash Music

*All three of these stores supply

Rentals, Purchases, Repairs and Private Instruction!



No PLASTIC brass instruments! 

Brass instruments; trumpets, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba - should be made of BRASS!

Plastic brass instruments sound terrible, you will not like how you sound playing a plastic brass instrument!


If purchasing an instrument, the color should be silver, bronze/gold, or black.

No irregular colors like white, blue, purple, red, green, pink, etc.

It might seem like a good idea at first, but you will not be happy with the extra attention during a concert!





It is the student's responsibility to be kind to their instruments. Any damage to instruments must be brought to the attention of the teacher, parents, and/or repair location immediately. 

Students are expected to maintain their instruments regularly as specified by the director when it comes to swabbing, bathing, polishing, oiling, greasing, and tuning. Students must take care of instrument maintenance at home to avoid instructional delays in the classroom.


Students are to drop off their instruments to the bandroom in the morning from 7:30-7:40 am. Instruments are not supposed to be in the classrooms. If the band teacher is in the room priorty to this time period, it is okay to drop off before hand. 

The band teacher will NOT write late students any passes due to them having to drop off their instruments. They need to make sure they are ON TIME for school. The instrument drop off will never be an excuse to be late to the students' first class. 

In the even that the band teacher is late to school or absent due to unforeseen circumstance, the students must take their instruments to their classes until an opportunity arises that they are able to drop them off to the band room. Students may NEVER leave their instruments unattended at the doorway of the band classroom or music suite where a passerby can damage or steal the instrument. Leaving a school instrument abandoned on campus may warrant a referral due to negligence of school property.