Information, Questions, & Curiosities
Which Instrument should we learn?
Where do we get one? Buy it or rent it? Here's our thoughts on one of our favorite topics.
What to Bring
- an instrument in good working order and its case;
- for percussionists: 5AN drumsticks, practice pad, bell set, and mallets (we'll help assemble the whole kit);
- for woodwinds: cork grease, extra reeds, and a swab;
- saxophones and bassoons need a neck strap;
- for brass: valve or slide oil, tuning slide grease, and an absorbent "water" collection cloth;
- for strings: the bow, rosin, shoulder rest, and an extra string set is handy;
- the Essential Elements book for beginning players (provided at rehearsal);
- your sheet-music and a folder;
- a portable sheet-music stand to use at home when practicing;
- an instrument stand to hold the instrument when it has to be left unattended (bathroom breaks);
- and pencils!
How often should I practice? When should I practice? How long should I practice? What should I practice? Find out what we recommend!
Ingredients for a Great Wind Ensemble
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Three Key Elements
The Circle of Fifths
Want to know more about this mysterious fusion between plane geometry and music theory?
Ever get confused by some of the strange terminology we use in class? Here is a nice visual representation and explanation of what we’re talking about!
Twenty Good Reasons to Major in Music at College
Is studying music at the college or university a good idea? What does a person do with a degree in music?
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Meet the Instruments!
Starting Beginning Band, but don't know what instrument to play? Come meet the instruments courtesy of the US Army Band! For Beginning Strings, try Classic FM's exploration page or watch B. Britten's guide!
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