• Ankeny District 5th Grade Band Teachers:

    Vicky Anderson, SE/Terrace vicky.anderson@ankenyschools.org


    Dave Brown, NW/RC david.brown@ankenyschools.org


    Sara Cline, PT/RC sara.cline@ankenyschools.org


    Heather Conley, NE/Ashland Ridge heather.conley@ankenyschools.org


    Rachel Urban, Westwood/Crocker rachel.urban@ankenyschools.org, office # 289-8851


    Instrument Selection

    • All students will try the instruments and will be given a rating.
    • A pink letter will be sent home with instruments mentioned that students were recommended for.  PLEASE fill out bottom portion of this sheet and return to the school by the date specified.
    • Students, who are recommended to play percussion, wil be given a gold percussion letter with specific information about getting an instrument.
    • Baritone and Tuba players need to be in contact with their band director for more information about when to take an instrument home and sign a rental agreement.


    Getting an Instrument

    When purchasing or renting an instrument, some of you may choose to find instruments from sources other than local music stores.  


    Please note: Due to extreme pitch problems, lack of durability and repair policies of our local music stores concerning generic/off-brand instruments, please make sure you acquire an instrument from our preferred brands list below.  A variety of non-music stores and online websites offer substandard quality instruments, but the pitch problems and lack of repair options can jeopardize your child's band experience.  When you rent/purchase a quality instrument, one that can be repaired if needed, you are giving them the best chance for success. Instruments do not need to be new, used ones are perfectly acceptable.


    Recommended Brands for Instruments

    Flute - Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Selmer, Armstrong, Jupiter, Artley, Pearl, Blessing


    Clarinet - Yamaha, Vito, Selmer, Buffet, Artley, Normandy, LeBlanc, Noblet, Jupiter, & Bundy


    Sax - Yamaha, Selmer, Vito, Bundy, LeBlanc, Conn, Blessing


    Trumpet - Bach, Yamaha, Holton, Conn, Jupiter, Getzen, Prelude, King, Olds, Besson, Blessing


    Trombone - Yamaha, Bach, King, Getzen, Jupiter, Conn, Olds, Blessing


    Where to rent or purchase an instrument and supplies?


    Supply List

    5th grade

    ALL instruments:

                ___1” three ring binder with pockets

                ___Essential Elements 2000, book 1   (for all)           

                ___Name Tag for their case      

                ___Music stand (suggested for home practice)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


    ___Cleaning Rod                                                                                                                                        

    ___Thin cloth for swabbing out with cleaning rod                                                     

    ___Tote bag for carrying binder, instrument (suggested)



    ___Neotech C.E.O Black Neck strap

    ___Mouthpiece patch

    ___Silk Cleaning swab                                                                                                                                                                            

    ___Cork grease                                                                                                                                                                                

    ___Box of reeds (2.5 Rico or 2.5 Mitchell Lurie)                                                                                                                                

    ___Tote bag for carrying binder, instrument (suggested)


    Alto Sax

    ___Neotech Black Neck strap                                                                                                                                                                    

    ___Mouthpiece Patch

    ___Silk cleaning swab                                                                                                                                                                              

    ___Saxophone neck cleaner                                                                                                                                                                

    ___Cork grease                                                                                                                                                                                          

    ___Box of ten 2.5 Rico reeds  for Alto Saxophone                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    ___Valve oil 

    ___Mouthpiece brush for trumpet mouthpiece                                                                                                                                

    ___Snake brush



    ___Slide-O-Mix Slide Lubricant (one bottle mix)  OR Yamaha Trombone Slide Lubricant                                                                                                                         

    ___Mouthpiece brush for trombone                                                                                                                     

    ___Snake brush


    Baritone and Tuba

    ___Valve Oil

    ___Mouthpiece brush for Baritone or Tuba



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