Whether we are talking about a typical school band, a marching band, concert band, jazz band, or on another level, a professional orchestra, there are three main different groups of instruments in a typical band: brass, woodwind, and percussion. If we only consider typical school… Read More »Band Instruments – What Instruments Are in a Band?
The Piccolo is a half-sized flute, being the tiniest instrument in the woodwind section of a band. Comparable to the size of some 6-hole flutes. It plays the highest notes of the woodwind family, playing an octave higher than those of the concert flute. It… Read More »The Piccolo and Its Differences From the Flute
So you or your child have decided to learn to play the flute! Awesome! Being one of the most popular instruments to play in a band, specifically on a beginner level, it is important to know what are the best options available for student players.… Read More »The Best Flutes for Beginners
When looking at clarinets, you may have noticed that there are many different options to choose from. Some are made out of wood, and some out of plastic. But what’s the difference between them, and which one is right for you? We detail below the differences… Read More »Wooden vs Plastic Clarinet
Buying a used clarinet can be an intimidating task for new clarinet players. We help you understand what to look for when buying a used model, where you can buy them, and how much should you pay. How much are used clarinets worth? Where to… Read More »What to Know When Buying a Used Clarinet
You may have heard about synthetic reeds being used for some instruments, including clarinets. But what is the big deal with such material? What are the differences between synthetic reeds when compared to cane reeds? Are they better or worse? And are they worth trying? We’ll… Read More »Synthetic Clarinet Reeds
Trombones are very popular among beginners, particularly beginning band students but also in intermediate/youth orchestras. Today I’d like to present my unique perspective on the best student trombones and why they are best suited for beginners. The brands’ list is by no means exhaustive, but… Read More »Best Student Trombones
You protect everything you can’t risk damaging: your phone, your car, your health. Your trumpet is certainly no exception to this rule. At any stage of playing, a good quality case to protect your trumpet is a must. While a few blemishes to its surface… Read More »Finding the Perfect Trumpet Case For You
My first trumpet was a Holton T602. These old horns can be bought on eBay today for anywhere between $60 and $150, depending on quality. I believe my mother had purchased the instrument for about $20 at a garage sale. Sure, it had a dented… Read More »Are Trumpets From Top Retailers Like Walmart, Target, and eBay Good?