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  • Step Up Instruments

    As your child becomes proficient on their instrument, it will become necessary to purchase an intermediate level instrument for them.  This will usually be in their 3rd or 4th year of playing.

    Reputable music stores will allow you to “step-up” from the beginning model instrument and use it as a trade-in on the intermediate level instrument.  They will usually give you a very good allowance on the beginning instrument, especially if it was purchased from their store originally.  The music store can give you information on how they deal with this process.

    The following is a list of approved “step-up” instruments for our district:


    Step Up Flute

    We recommend purchasing or renting the following as a step-up instrument:

    Yamaha YFL 381


    Step Up Clarinet

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following step-up instruments:

    Yamaha YCL 450
    or
    Buffet E11 or R13
    or
    Selmer B15 10S2 Series II

    Students will need to have one of the following mouthpieces with a Rovner Ligature :

    Selmer B45 or
    Van Doren 5RV Lyre or
    Hite Premiere

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify the mouthpiece and ligature to the company you are dealing with.


    Alto Sax

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following as a step-up instruments:

    Yamaha YAS 475
    or
    Selmer LTD 52 Artist

    Students will need to have one of the following mouthpieces with a Rovner Ligature :

    Selmer C* or Hite Premiere

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify the mouthpiece and ligature to the company you are dealing with.


    Step Up Trumpet

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following step-up instruments:

    Yamaha YTR 4335S
    or
    Bach TR 200 or 18037
    or
    Jupiter 1000S or 1002S

    Students will need to have a Bach 3C Mouthpiece.

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify this mouthpiece to the company you are dealing with.


    Step Up Trombone

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following step-up instruments:

    Jupiter 536L
    or
    Holton TR 158 or TR 602
    or
    Bach 42B or TB 200B
    or
    Yamaha 446G

    Students will need to have a

    Bach 6 ½ AL Mouthpiece.

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify
    this mouthpiece to the company you’re dealing with.