Trumpet Recommendations

Instrument Rental or Purchase

We are fortunate to have several excellent music vendors in our area, all of whom provide quality instruments and repair services.  It is important that students and their parents select instrument from the recommended list.  Beginning student level instruments vary widely in terms of quality.  We want all of our students to have every opportunity for their best success playing their instrument.  An instrument of poor quality can be frustrating and difficult to play.  Students have trouble playing well, and don’t realize that it’s not their fault, it’s because of the instrument!  

Recommended Trumpet Brands

A critical component to your child's success as a musician is the quality of his/her instrument.  Unfortunately, all brands are not created equal!  Below is a list of instrument brands we have found to be of consistently high quality.  We encourage you not to compromise your child's opportunity for success.

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

 

No such list can be all-inclusive. The directors are happy to look at other instruments upon request.

Trumpet Features

When picking a student instrument, look for the following features:

  • Valves

  • Nickel or Monel only (unplated valves will corrode in months)

  • No dents on valve casings or slide crooks

  • No corrosion

  • Clean!

  • Slide moves smoothly, no resistance or catches

  • Standard American dimensions and weight

  • Solid quality case

  • All slides maintain good tolerances and move freely

  • Medium to heavy gauge materials

  • Solder and brace workmanship

  • “Slotting” and pitch center

  • Water key working and not leaking

Required music items include:

  • Folding music stand

  • Book (see Recommended Instruments for the appropriate grade level book)

  • Lyre and flip folders: used for marching band and/or All Island Band Night

Trumpet Accessories

  • Bach 7C or comparable mouthpiece (highly recommended)

  • Valve oil for cornets and trumpets

  • Mouthpiece brush

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