What is Band?
Beginner Band Frequently Asked Questions
What instruments can I play in Band?
For your first year, you may choose to learn one of the following instruments:
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, or Percussion (xylophone)
What do I need for Band class?
A Workbook and an Instrument.
You'll use "Standard of Excellence Book 1" for your type of instrument.
These books can be ordered from Pecknel when you rent your instrument -OR- you can order one in class for $11.
How do I find an instrument?
There are three options:
Buy Outright from a friend or family member, pawn shops, or online.
There are a ton of different brands of instruments out there. Finding a well-made instrument can be confusing or overwhelming. Many factors go into a quality instrument, but one of the most important is the materials used. The key is what type of metal is used in the instrument. Poorer instruments use soft, cheap metal which means the instrument will malfunction or go out of alignment relatively quickly. This leads to costly instrument repairs and stretches of time your child goes without their instrument.
Recommended Instrument Brands: Armstrong, Artley, Bach, Besson, Benge, Blessing, Bueshcer, Buffet Crampon, Bundy, Conn, Eastman, Emerson, Fox, Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Glaesel, Holton, Jupiter, Keilwerth, King, Knilling, Leblanc, Wm Lewis, Lidl, Martin, Scherl & Roth, Scheibner, Schroetter, Selmer, St. Petersburg, Strunal, Yanagisawa, Vito, and Yamaha.
Some Brands to Avoid: Amati, American, Cecilio, First Act, Glory, Grand, Hawk, LaFayette, Lauren, Mendini, Mugig, Olds, Pan, Revere, Roy Benson, Silvertone, Simba, Standell, Vedette, Winston.
Mr. Mack will be glad to check out any instrument found online before you purchase. Send him a text or pic of the instrument to 704-242-6283.
Rent from Pecknell
We have made arrangements with a reliable music company for you to rent your instrument online. If you need to get an instrument, I believe renting to be to your advantage since some students opt out of band class after the first year. If you choose to rent online, your instrument and necessary book will be delivered to our school with no shipping fees.
To rent your instrument online, go to pecknelmusic.com/aerntschoolselect. Select our county, school, teacher, and the instrument you would like to rent. You will notice that sometimes used instruments are available at a reduced rate. These are instruments that have been previously rented but have been repaired (if needed), play tested, and completely sanitized. They will play like a new one, but not look like a new one. You can order your “Standard of Excellence” workbook when you order your instrument online.
We have a very limited supply of instruments reserved for a few students who cannot afford any other option. If possible, it is best not to rely on this option, as instruments are subject to availability.