Instruments and Supplies

Buying an instrument is an extremely exciting time, but caution must be used to ensure that you end up with a good, high quality instrument.  Follow the guide below to ensure that the instrument you buy is one that will look and sound good, as well as last (with proper maintenance of course):
 Things to consider when buying an instrument:
  • Talk to your private teacher or band director first!  Tell them what you are looking for (if you know), and most importantly, what your budget is.
  • It is extremely important to buy a name-brand instrument.  Please ask your private teacher or band director for quality brands for your instrument type.
  • You will only get what you are willing to pay for...... If an instrument's price is too good to be true, then it probably IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! Buying a reasonably priced, quality instrument the first time is the key to avoiding headaches. An instrument of poor quality may look nice at first, but when it breaks (and it will!) it probably will be unable to be repaired, as replacement parts are not often made for these instruments.
  • Used instruments can be a good choice for the cost-conscious.  It is very important that you have a professional look over the instrument before purchasing!
  • Play the instrument BEFORE buying it!  This is a very important step!  You probably wouldn't buy a car without test-driving don't buy an instrument without "test-driving" it.
  • Remember, always consult a music professional such as your private teacher or band director BEFORE purchasing!


For your convenience, we have several local music stores that stop by our school weekly. They pick up any damaged instruments, bring them to their repair shop, drop off any repaired instruments, and bring us other supplies such as valve oil and reeds.

We maintain a minimal supply of essential instrumental supplies, including valve oil and reeds, which students can purchase directly from the band department. However, we HIGHLY recommend planning ahead and purchasing supplies directly from one of the stores below. They will deliver any purchases ordered online or over the phone to our schools for free during their normal weekly visit.

Rettig Music is our main supplier of instruments and instrument supplies. They have a custom website set up just for BCS Schools, with all of the director-recommended supplies. Any items not found on these pages can still be purchased by calling their store. Purchases are delivered free of charge to the school on a weekly basis.

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Website for BCS Supplies
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Forte Music is an additional supplier of all types of instruments and instrument supplies. Items can be ordered by phone. Purchases are delivered free of charge to the school on a weekly basis.

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This is a general list of supplies you may need in band class. To see specific   brand recommendations, check out our   custom supplies shop on

 General Supplies

  • Tuner*
  • Metronome*
  • Music Stand

*Highly recommended!

 Woodwind Supplies

  • Flute
    • Tuning Rod
    • Cleaning Cloth
  • Clarinet / Saxophone
    • Reeds
    • Cork Grease
    • Cleaning Swabs
    • Reed Guards
    • Thumb Pad (Clarinet)

 Brass Supplies

  • Valve Oil
  • Slide Grease
  • Cleaning Snake
  • Mouthpiece Brush
  • Straight Mute

 Percussion Supplies

  • Marching Snare Sticks
  • Concert Snare Sticks
  • Misc. Mallets (Keyboard Instruments, Timpani, Etc)