I am a middle school band director and private music instructor specializing in piano, drums, guitar and band instruments.
Joe's Recommended Gear
"Upgrading your ligature is an easy and affordable way to improve your tone."
"Excellent step-up mouthpiece that will have an immediate positive impact on your tone, without breaking the bank."
"Great for Marching Band!"
"I recommend 8th grade and older students use a 3C mouthpiece to improve their tone and projection."
"I recommend advancing 6th and 7th grade trumpet students upgrade to a 3C mouthpiece to improve tone and projection."
"Make sure to have extra reeds on hand. Rico is a great brand for beginner and intermediate students."
"I recommend Rico reeds in strength 3 for 7th and 8th grade students."
"I recommend Rico reeds in strength 2.5 for advancing 5th and 6th grade students."
"These are great drums sticks for beginners, they have enough "heft" to help develop chops, but aren't too heavy for young hands."
"A great "second book" for private students from elementary to high school. Don't let the name fool you! This book gets quite advanced for an "elementary" book!"
"This is the book used for elementary and middle school students, once they pass level 10 they should get the level 2 "Blue" book."