If the stand has plastic parts connecting OK...so you've decided to have your child join Buckeye Band! Here is some advice on how to get an instrument.
The deadline to register and pay for Buckeye Band is August 15, 2019.
But, first you need to know what other items you will need to participate in band.
1. The Book for the beginners is Essential Elements for Band Book 1. This method is instrument specific so, for example, if your child plays alto saxophone then you will need Essential Elements for Band Book 1 for Alto Saxophone. The book for the Intermediate players is Essential Elements for Band book 2. Kids in Advanced Band will use sheet music that I supply.
2. A folding music stand for use in class and at home. Please spend a little more money and buy a better stand. After teaching band for 25 years I have seen countless $15 stands fall apart in class after 3 months. Don't get a stand that has plastic pieces connecting the telescoping sections of the stand. Here is an example of a good stand.
Please do not buy a brand new trumpet on Amazon for $100. You may as well throw your money out a window. The general rule in buying musical instruments is, if the price is too good to be true, then do not buy it.
The best move a parent can make with young children looking to start band is to rent an instrument. I generally send everyone to Music and Arts. I like this company because they are large enough to have low prices and they only carry reputable, well made instruments. A local company that does a very good job is Junk Dude. They primarily carry very good used instruments. Please contact me and we can discuss any instrument that you are considering purchasing from them. Buying a used instrument is very similar to buying a used car. You never know how the previous owner treated it and caution must be exercised in buying used.
Reputable Brands: Yamaha, Vito ( older saxophones, in particular, that have "Vito made in Japan" are very good instruments), Jupiter (not Jupiter saxophones, they still have a lot of work to do on their student line saxes), Azumi (flutes), Gemeinhardt (flutes), Holton (Trumpets, French horns, trombones, Baritones), Buffet, Conn, King.
Strings For folks interested in Buckeye Strings please call Jane Watson at 614-264-1155
Please, start your research now for an instrument. You don't want to wait until the week before classes start and rush through this process. Please call Wes with any questions before August 31st.