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John Adams

Middle School

Necessary Band Supplies

Band Instrument supplies

Music stand: It is recommended that everyone has a music stand of some kind.  Music stores have inexpensive music stands.



Flute: cleaning rod (comes with flute), soft cloth for cleaning the flute.  (A 12” by 4” piece of an old cotton T-shirt works well.)


Oboe/Bassoon: must have at least TWO good reeds at all times (order at: www.advantage-usa.com).  Oboe only:  a feather silk swab with 2 strings for cleaning the oboe.


Clarinet:  must have THREE or more good reeds AT ALL TIMES - Vandoren 2, Rico 2.5.  Rico brand can be inconsistent. handkerchief style cleaning swab, cork grease, mouthpiece brush.


Alto Saxophone:  must have THREE or more good reeds AT ALL TIMES - Vandoren 2 or LaVoz medium, Rico 2.5 (Rico brand can be inconsistent), saxophone handkerchief style cleaning swab, cork grease, mouthpiece brush.

Trumpet:  bottle of valve oil, Selmer tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake, and a soft cotton or flannel cloth for wiping off fingerprints.  


French horn:  bottle of rotary valve oil, Selmer tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, and a soft cotton or flannel cloth for wiping off fingerprints.


Trombone: slide oil or slide cream with a small spray bottle for water, Selmer tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, and a soft cotton or flannel cloth for wiping off fingerprints.  Recommended mouthpiece: 12C or 6 1/2 AL


Baritone/Tuba:  bottle of valve oil, Selmer tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, and a soft cotton or flannel cloth for wiping off fingerprints.  If you are purchasing a mouthpiece: 12C or 6 1/2 AL Baritone mouthpiece. See your teacher for purchasing a tuba mouthpiece.


Percussion:   Each percussionist is required to have their own sticks.  Make sure to label each stick with student’s name in ink. Have concert size sticks without nylon tips.  Stick size-Vic Firth SD1 General or Ludwig 2B. A percussion kit consisting of a practice pad, set of bells, a stand, and mallets is required for 6th grade percussion class, and for the 7th and 8th grade percussionists to practice at home.  **The sticks that come with percussion kits are not necessarily the right size, please check.


*When supplies wear out, break, or are used up, they will need to be replaced.


*You can purchase these supplies at any music store in town, or order online.




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