It's the beginning of the school year and for many, and the first time many will be taking a band class. Some kids have been playing their instruments already for several years while others have never played any instrument before. I have made up a list of items that some kids may find useful when being prepared for band class.
1. Your Instrument. This is pretty self-explanatory but you might be surprised how often you'd forget an instrument when your rushing on the bus. Some kids may rent their instruments from the school, so they can ignore this step.
2. Your sheet music or music book. Every band teacher assigns a particular book they want to do warm ups in and another that they wish to perform music out of. If he/she hands out sheets of music one day, it's probably best to bring them back the next day.
3. Pencil. This also seems basic. But if you're one to put all your stuff in your locker before band class, make sure you at least bring a pencil. You will have to make changes to the music you will be playing.
4. Slide o mix. This is more for brass instruments. This stuff really helps lube your tuning slides. Trombone players are well aware of this stuff. But trumpet, tuba and euphonium players will also benefit from this.
5. Mouth piece. This includes extra reeds for woodwind players.
6. Rag/cloth for cleaning. This is not necessary but it helps pass the time. If your instructor is busy yelling at the percussionists, you might empty your spit valve and start polishing your instrument. It could take a while.
7. Lip moisterizer. It's easy for wind instruments to get chapped lips. Check with your band director on what brands he/she wants you to stay away from. Some have ingredients that can weaken your lips.
8. Water bottle. Some of you may have band after lunch. Water can keep those nasty food particles down to a minimum. It's also a good idea to stay hydrated while playing.
9. Tissues. This is a multi-use product. If you have a cold, of course, it's handy. If you want to wipe the spit off your shoe because you're not very good at getting it on the rug, this helps. If you put too much slide o mix on your slide...you get the point.
10. Comfortable clothes. Few things are worse than wearing something uncomfortable to band practice. If you play the trumpet, don't wear a shirt so short that it shows skin when you raise your arms to hold the instrument. If you play french horn, don't wear long sleeves that your scared to get spit on. Wear layers. Your band room may be cold but after a while of heavy playing, you may wish you had a t-shirt on instead.