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Summertime is Instrument Time!

June 3rd, 2020 · No Comments

It’s summer, the perfect time for lemonade, swimming pools, and….getting ready for band in the fall! Taking a little time over the summer to find a band instrument and materials for your child can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. However, for band parents who don’t have musical backgrounds, it can be hard to know where to find a quality instrument. Here are 3 great places to start looking for your child’s instrument:

1. Marsh Woodwinds – Marsh Woodwinds is like a candy store for musicians–rows of beautiful instruments hung on the walls, the giants of jazz floating from the speakers, and knowledgeable people behind every counter. Marsh has a large inventory of used beginner instruments made by trusted brands; rest assured, you’ll come away with an instrument that your child can enjoy for years to come. They also have all the oils, greases, swabs, and other accessories your child will need in band. Check out or visit their store at 707 N. Person St., Raleigh NC 27604.

2. 2112 Percussion – This is the candy store for musicians who like to hit stuff! If you plan to play percussion in the Wiley Band, 2112 is your best bet for getting a nice instrument and meeting some awesome pro percussionists. When you visit 2112, make sure to tell the person at the counter that you’re starting beginning band, and need a beginning percussion kit. 2112 usually stocks these toward the end of the summer, but they will be happy to order one especially for you. I recommend getting a percussion kit with a practice pad, not a snare drum, for beginning band students.

3. Craigslist - Smart shoppers can find great instruments on Craigslist, as long as they know what they’re looking for. If you find an instrument on Craigslist, send Ms. Thompson the listing, and she’ll be glad to give you guidance on whether or not to buy. If she’s able, she’ll even come out and look at the instrument with you!

Remember, the earlier you shop, the better! People who find instruments in the summer beat the fall rush, and are assured of having an instrument for Band Camp on August 16th. Happy shopping!

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