Back to School Bash

If you’re a band student (or the parent of a band student) getting everything organized and ready to go can be a bit daunting. We wanted to make sure we can make it as easy as possible on you… which is why we created this guide for parents who are new to having a child in beginning band.

Instruments

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Within the first few weeks of school, your child will have learned and played several instruments and decided which instrument they would like to play in band class. Usually you will start out renting these instruments, and can choose between New, Like New, and Used. Be sure not to leave this until the last second, or you will risk all of the best ones getting snatched up first!

 Books

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Make sure to keep any handouts and information your band director sends home with your child, as there will be a list of what needs to be purchased, along with which book you will need. There are several different methods your teacher could have chosen, so be sure to bring your list with you and get not only the correct  book Title, but also for the correct instruments. Some instruments like Baritone have books that are written in Bass Clef and Treble Clef, so be sure to double check to see which one your band director will be using for your child.

 Instrument Care

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Each instrument will require unique products to use before and after every use to keep them in tip top shape in between baths and more in depth cleanings. Make sure that your student put their kits to use, as simply owning them will do no good. An instrument that is not cleaned properly is more likely to break or freeze, resulting in them having to be brought into a repair ship. Using this cleaning kit can prevent unnecessary stress on your instrument, and on your wallet.Take a look at our other posts of about instrument cleaning: Spick and Span and Bathing Your Brass.

Be sure to check out our website at: http://www.backstagemusicnetwork.com/Default.asp

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