As students progress through our band program, they will likely outgrow their beginner level instrument and be ready to move on to intermediate (or, in some cases, professional) equipment. This page is meant to provide students and parents with a list of recommended instruments, mouthpieces, accessories, and method books for each instrument.
Items marked with an asterisk (*) are highly recommended for members of the South Western High School Band Program.
NOTE: It is important that all students try step-up instruments and/or mouthpieces before they purchase them. Since students will CERTAINLY be able to feel and hear a difference playing a step-up instrument and/or mouthpiece as compared to their beginner set up, they will likely want to purchase the first piece of equipment that they try! Several instruments need to be played prior to purchase – with an investment of this magnitude, it is important that the student gets the best fit for their individual needs!
Percussion (under construction)