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R.G.L.M.S. students start band in the 6th grade as part of their encore rotation.  The 6th grade beginning band classes are broken down by instrument families and taught by band directors who are dedicated musicians in those family instruments.  6th grade band members will come to class everyday during there respective 1st or 2nd encore class.  Students will need to provide their own instrument.  The larger instruments such as French Horn, Baritone and Tuba are instruments that are provided by the school.  The exact number of school own instruments is limited however due to the many students already in the band program.


Purchasing or renting a band instrument can be an intimidating experience for the first time buyer.  There are many poor quality brands of instruments to purchase more than ever.  Most of these CHEAP IMITATIONS look great, have great price, but do not work the same as a well-made instrument.  Plus, they are often very quick to break and can not be repaired.  Listed with each instrument is a list of well-made and trusted brands that are of good value.  A good instrument will help a student be successful and keep frustrations to a minimum. 

The band directors are also always more than happy to work with anyone that needs help getting an instrument.  If you have an issue please contact us and we can probably find a solution.  We never want to turn a student away from band.  We always want to find a place for every student to participate in band.  It might not be a student's first choice and it might not be the prettiest instrument, but we'll find a way for your student to be in band.  Give the directors a call or email them.

 

Woodwinds - Mr. Mitchell

tmitchel@farmcards.org

  Brass - Mr. Spillars

jspillar@farmcards.org

  Percussion - Mr. Edwards

jedwards@farmcards.org

Flute   Trumpet   Mallet Keyboards & Snare Drum (percussion)
Clarinet   French Horn    
Alto Saxophone   Trombone  
    Baritone  

 


 

Suggested Music Stores

 

Websites

Saied Music - Fayetteville. Hwy 112 and I-540. Store Rep makes weekly visits to Farmington.  Onsite repairmen.

  Saied Music
Cooper Music - Russellville, AR.  Store Rep makes weekly visits Farmington.   Cooper Music
Taylor Music Instruments - Mail order company from South Dakota.  Very reputable company.   Taylor Music

 

Materials/Equipment Needed by ALL Band Students

1. Measure of Success Band Book for individual instrument.

2. Luggage I.D. with name and grade clearly printed

3. Pencil

4. 3 Ring Binder 1/2" (For keeping book, papers and music)

 


 

Flute

Required Materials:

Polish Cloth

Tuning Rod

Suggested Instrument Company's to Purchase:

Artley, Armstrong, Blessing, Bundy, Emerson, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, Selmer and Yamaha

Instructional Videos

Flute Care and Maintenance(PDF) Flute Fingering Chart
  Interactive Fingering Chart Flute Trainer

Flute Beginning Band Scales

 

Clarinet

Required Materials:

Rico or Vandoren or Juno #3  Reeds  - Student should have 4 good reeds in the case at all times.

               

Reed Case - Used to protect the reeds.

Swab - Used to clean/dry the inside of the instrument.

Cork Grease - Used to grease the joints of the instrument for easier assembly.

Suggested Instrument Company's to Purchase:
Artley, Buffet, Bundy, Conn, Jupiter, Leblanc, Selmer, Vito, Yamaha

Instructional Videos

Clarinet Care and Maintenance Clarinet Fingering Chart
  10 Steps to a Better Clarinet Sound Clarinet Low Fingering flash chart
  Clarinet Upper Finger Flash Chart Clarinet Trainer

Clarinet Beginning Band Scales

 

Saxophone

Required Materials:

Rico or Vandoren or Juno #2 1/2 Reeds- Student should have 4 good reeds in the case at all times.

             

Reed Case - Used to protect the reeds.

Swab - Used to clean/dry the inside of the instrument.

Cork Grease - Used to grease the joints of the instrument for easier assembly.

Suggested Instrument Company's to Purchase:

Armstrong, Bundy, Conn, Holton, Jupiter, Keilwerth, Selmer, Vito, Yamaha, Yanigasawa

Instructional Videos

Saxophone Care and Maintenance Saxophone Fingering Chart
  Saxophone Trainer  

Saxophone Beginning Band Scales

 

Trumpet

Required Materials:


Valve Oil

Polish Cloth

Slide Grease

Suggested Instrument Company's to Purchase:

Bach, Besson, Blessing, Bundy, Conn, Getzen, Holton, Jupiter, King, Olds, Yamaha

Instructional Videos

Trumpet Care and Maintenance Trumpet Fingering Chart
  Brass Basics Brass Trainer

Trumpet Beginning Band Scales

 

French Horn

Required Materials:


Own Mouthpiece

Valve Oil

Polish Cloth

Slide Grease

School Owned Instrument

$25 Dollar Instrumental Rental Per Semester


Conn, Holton, Jupiter, King,

Instructional Videos

French Horn Care and Maintenance French Horn Fingering Chart
  Brass Basics Brass Trainer

French Horn Beginning Band Scales

 

Trombone

Required Materials:


Polish Cloth

Slide Grease

Cleaning Snake

Suggested Instrument Company's to Purchase:

Bach, Blessing, Conn, Getzen, Holton, Jupiter, King, Yamaha

Instructional Videos

Trombone Care and Maintenance Trombone Fingering Chart
  Trombone Basics Brass Trainer

Trombone Beginning Band Scales

 

Euphonium

Required Materials:


Valve Oil

Polish Cloth

Slide Grease

School Owned Instrument

$25 Dollar Instrumental Rental Per Semester


Bach, Besson, Blessing, Bundy, Conn, Getzen, Holton, Juputer, King, Olds, Yamaha

Instructional Videos

Euphonium Fingering Chart Brass Basics

Baritone Beginning Band Scales

 

Percussion

Required Materials:
Vic Firth Single Sided Practice Pad 12"

Pearl or Yamaha Snare Stand

Salyers Intermediate Student Stick/Mallet Pack

"Measures of Success" Percussion Method Book

 Company's to Purchase:

Yamaha, Pearl, Vic Firth