Equipment and Instruments

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Some of the best equipment for beginning and intermediate band students

Instruments

This page lists some of the best beginner-friendly instruments recommended by band directors across the United States. To make these lists, we paid particular attention how well they uphold the standards for beginner instruments.

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Flute Cornet/Trumpet Melodic Percussion
Oboe Horn Snare Drum
Bassoon Trombone
Clarinet Euphonium
Saxophone Tuba

Care Kits

The pages below list some of the most highly-recommended items in care and cleaning kits.

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Flute Cornet/Trumpet Melodic Percussion
Oboe Horn Snare Drum
Bassoon Trombone
Clarinet Euphonium
Saxophone Tuba

Reeds

The best reeds balance ease of blowing with sufficient resistance to produce a good sound at all ranges of the instrument. Here are some recommended reed brands and strengths for beginning players. As always, your results may vary - please feel free to share your ideas.

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Oboe Clarinet
Bassoon Saxophone

Mouthpieces

Accessories