• BUYING/RENTING GETTING AN INSTRUMENT
    Buying an instrument is a big step and can be confusing. The Lawrence School District has a limited
    amount of Flutes, Clarinets, trumpets and trombones for students in need to use for 6th graders in
    beginning band. The larger instruments, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba and Bass Clarinet are instruments
    that the school district has for your student to use throughout middle school and high school.
    The instrument your student will start on will be sufficient throughout their school experience. I will never
    suggest that you must buy a new instrument (vs. a used instrument) or that you must purchase an
    intermediate (or step-up) instrument. With that in mind, I’d like to make the following distinctions:

    Student-line / Beginner Instrument
    These instruments are designed for the beginning band student. They are built with smaller bore sizes to
    accommodate the beginner and use less expensive materials. These are good instruments for your
    beginning student to start out on!


    Step-up / Intermediate Instrument

    These instruments are made with better quality materials and better quality control. In some cases,
    woodwinds for example, these instruments have more keys, are made out of wood instead of plastic and
    have a bigger bore. These instruments tend to be a little more expensive and are intended for students
    who have already started in band and want to “step-up” to a higher quality instrument.

    MUSIC STORES

    • Ernie Williamson Music Store-New to Lawrence!
      Located at Bob Billings and Kasold Drive.
      Mon-Sat 11-7PM 424-7800
      They rent and repair instruments. They have all accessories needed.
    • Meyer Music – Overland Park
      MeyerMusic.com (913) 491-6636
      Meyer Music comes to all of the Lawrence schools once a week to drop off any supplies you might need
      and to pick up and repair/adjust instruments.
    • Band Aide– 832-9124 Davidson Willie is the former repair technician from Hume music. He has
      started his own repair shop, Band Aide. He also has used instruments for sale or rent. Please call to see
      what is available.
    • Wind Instruments – 840-4547 windinstrumentconnection.com
      Paul Morgenroth is the West MS band director and a certified instrument technician. He has a fluctuating
      inventory of high quality used beginner and step up instruments for sale. His instruments are in great
      playing condition!

    Caveat emptor! (buyer beware!)
    If you are going to search the internet for instruments there are thousands of instruments for
    sale. Most are fine, however, there are a number of instruments that have been made overseas,
    imported to the US and there are NO replacement parts available should it need repair. Below 
    is a list of QUALITY NAME BRANDS to help you search for a good used instrument.

    If you are buying a used instrument (on-line, pawn shop, garage sale), please feel free to
    contact me if you have any questions. sarobins@usd497.org

    Just like purchasing a used vehicle, you need to do a little research before buying. The list of brand
    names below will assist you in choosing a good quality instrument for your student. Unless the seller states that a used instrument has recently been to a repair shop, a used instrument MIGHT need a little tweaking from the repair shop to put it into good working condition. The Band Music stores listed above will look at your instrument for free and let you know if any adjustments need to be made.

    Names of QUALITY band instruments, if in doubt, just ask!


    Flute: Gemeinhardt, Armstrong, Yamaha, Artley, Trevor James
    Clarinet: Buffet, Selmer, Artley, Armstrong, Yamaha
    Saxophone: Selmer, Yamaha, Jupiter
    Trumpet: Holton, Bach, Yamaha, Besson, Jupiter, Conn-Selmer, Benge, Getzen, King
    Trombone: Conn, King, Holton, Getzen, Yamaha, Jupiter

    Percussion students actually learn two instruments! They will need to be able to practice bells
    and snare drum. They will need a stick bag, drum sticks, size 2B preferable & yarn mallets. A practice
    snare drum pad unless you do not already have a have a snare drum, and a practice bell set. Meyer Music
    has drum kits for sale that include everything needed. Please call if you have questions.
    As always, if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am more than
    happy to help you.

    Scott Robinson
    Billy Mills Middle School Band Director
    sarobins@usd497.org
    330-4415 w