Band Instruments/Materials

Following is a list of supplies/materials for students of the Compass Band-Ready Spring Clinics, Dulles Area Summer Band Camp, or fall Homeschool Concert Band program. Please contact the Band Director before making an online instrument purchase. Renting or purchasing from a local music store is strongly encouraged. 

All Band Students

  • Quality band instrument and necessary accessories (see list below)
  • Pencil
  • Folder
  • Optional: music stand for home practice
  • Optional: tuner/metronome



  • Cleaning rod
  • Thin handkerchief or silk cloth
  • Suggested brands: Bundy, Geminhardt, Yamaha*


  • Swab
  • Cork grease
  • At least six (6) clarinet reeds: Vandoren brand (strength 2.5 or 3), Juno brand (strength 3), or D’Addario brand (strength 2.5 or 3)
  • Reed case
  • Suggested brands: Jupiter, Yamaha*, Selmer, Buffet*

Alto Saxophone

  • Neck strap
  • Swab
  • cork grease
  • At least six (6) alto saxophone reeds: Vandoren brand (strength 2.5) or D’Addario brand (strength 2.5)
  • Reed case
  • Suggested brands: Bundy, Jupiter, Yamaha*



  • Valve oil
  • Slide grease
  • Suggested brands: Bach*, Jupiter, Yamaha*


  • Slide oil
  • Slide grease (these are different)
  • Suggested brands: Bach*, Eastman, Jupiter

Euphonium & Tuba

  • Valve oil
  • Slide grease
  • Suggested brands: consult with local music store to see what is available in the inventory


  • Bell kit (preferred) OR
  • Xylophone kit (preferred) OR
  • Snare drum with drum sticks (Vic Firth, Promark, or Ludwig brand – size 5A) AND bell with hard rubber or plastic mallets

*preferred brand