• Obtaining an Instrument:

    There are many options when it comes to obtaining a music instrument. Here are some of the most popular ways: 

    1. Renting/Purchasing from a local music store.
      1. If you would like to guarantee your student plays a certain instrument, you can obtain an instrument by renting/purchasing from a local music store or online vendor.
      2. Be very cautious of “good deals” you might find online or at department stores. If the instrument is a bright color (blue, red, orange, yellow, green etc.) and the price is extremely low, then it might be too good to be true and can cause headaches for both the student and family due to the poor quality of the instrument. If you have ANY questions about instruments, please email Mr. Absalonson (absalonson.pat@westada.org)

    2. Purchasing from an online marketplace, friend, family member, or inheriting from someone.
      1. If this is the route you go, it's highly recommended to get the instrument inspected and serviced at a local music store. It can be extremely frustrating for students when they struggle learning their instrument because it is not functioning properly.

    3. Checking out a school-owned instrument.
      1. The school has a limited inventory of instrument to check out to students. If you would like to ensure your student gets a specific instrument, options 1 or 2 are the best way to go.
      2. Please complete the Beginning Band Survey and choose "Check Out a School-Owned Instrument".

    *Note for Percussionists: The school DOES NOT have any percussion bell sets to check out to students. 

    Local Music Stores:

    Blue Rider Music - www.blueridermusicrepair.com - 208-888-6238 - 595 W. Ustick Rd. Meridian, ID - FLYER
    Dunkley Music  - www.dunkleymusic.com - 208-342-5549 - 3410 N. Eagle Rd. Meridian, ID - FLYER
    Welch Music - www.welchmusic.com - 208-322-3388 - 12516 W. Fairview Ave. Boise, ID - FLYER 

    Recommended Woodwinds Supplies:


    • Cleaning Rod 
    • Small Cloth Swab (such as a handkerchief or a bandana) 
    • Please be aware of any “instrument care kits” that include grease or oil. Those should NEVER be used on flutes.


    • Clarinet Drop Swab 
    • Reed Guard 
    • Five Clarinet Reeds, Size 2.5  
    • Mouthpiece Brush 
    • Cork Grease 

    Alto Saxophone:

    • Alto saxophone drop swab
    • Reed Guard
    • Five Clarinet Reeds, Size 2.5
    • Mouthpiece Brush
    • Cork Grease

    Recommended Brass Supplies:

    Trumpet and Euphonium/Baritone:

    • Valve Oil 
    • Tuning Slide Grease 
    • Mouthpiece Brush 
    • Bore Snake 
    • Valve Casing Brush 
    • Optional: a rag or cloth to be kept in the case for wiping off excess grease and oil.


    • Slide Lubricant – I recommend Yamaha Slide Oil (purple bottle).
    • Tuning Slide Grease 
    • Mouthpiece Brush 
    • Trombone Bore Snake 
    • Optional: a rag or cloth to be kept in the case for wiping off excess grease and oil. 

    Recommended Percussion Supplies:

    Bell Kit (containing the following):

    • Bell Set
    • Drum Pad
    • Mallets
    • Drum Sticks
    • Carrying Case

    *If you plan to play percussion… One of the biggest misconceptions is that you will only play drums. The truth is that you will be playing drums AND mallets. You will learn multiple instruments and must be willing to excel in ALL of them. 

    Music Stand:

    Optional, but highly recommended: A foldable music stand for use at home. This will ensure students are practicing a healthy posture.


    Beginning Band Method Book:

    The beginning band method book is called "Sound Innovations" and has a blue cover like the one below. The biggest difference is which instrument it is for which can be found at the top right hand corner. Percussionists must have "Combined Percussion" as their instrument title.


    *This year, we are delighted to announce that each student will be provided with ONE copy to bring back and forth between home and school. If you would still like to purchase a second copy to keep at home, then you are welcome to do so by purchasing one from the local music store or an online retailer such as Amazon.*

Sound Innoations Book 1