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Instrument Upgrades

Recommended list of band instruments/equipment

As your child takes the next step in his or her musical career by joining the Siegel High School Band, you will find it much easier to tackle the musical demands on an instrument of greater quality. For many of your students, this will be their 4th year in band and just like a child can outgrow a pair of shoes, they can outgrow their instrument as well. Below is a listing of step-up and professional level band instruments and equipment you or your student may be interested in purchasing.

Generally speaking, a beginning level instrument (typically one that was rented when a student joins band) is made with a smaller bore and utilize cheaper materials, which can make getting a good sound more difficult for a student. A step-up instrument is typically features a larger bore size and additional keys and/or slides to help make the challenges or high school level music more manageable. A step-up instrument is ideal for a student who is looking for a great instrument to last them through high school.

Another instrument option is the professional level of instruments. These instruments feature the highest quality materials and the most features of any instrument type. These instruments are generally more expensive than a step-up instrument, but are perfect for students who might be considering majoring in music in college.

If a new instrument isn’t in your budget, perhaps a new mouthpiece might be a good option for you. Many times changing to a better mouthpiece can have great benefits for a student’s sound and is more cost effective than purchasing an entirely new instrument.

Whatever route you decide to take, please make sure to consult with Mr. Aydelott, Mr. Ward, or your private lessons instructor before making any music related purchase. We are here to help make sure you get the best deal you can on whatever you choose to purchase.

Local places to purchase instruments/equipment:

The Music Stop – 215 Robert Rose Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 – (615) 217-6165

Concert Musical Supply – 217 W Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 – (615) 896-6518

Music and Arts – 536 N Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 – (615) 893-4241


Online instrument retailers:

Woodwind Brasswind –

Taylor Music –

Hickey’s Music Center –

It is possible to find quality instruments on eBay or Craigslist or at the local pawn shop. However, if a deal appears too good to be true, IT PROBABLY IS! Please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. A or Mr. Ward to look over an instrument you have found online!





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