About the French Horn
Types of Horns
Standard French Horn in F - This is the main french horn that students begin on and it's normally played in high school; however, sometimes students will begin in middle school. Often students will begin playing trumpet and then transition to horn after at least 1 year. When you are searching for instrument equipment, make sure you get it for the correct type of trumpet.
Mellophone - This instrument is like the french horn, but shaped differently. Mellophones are shaped like trumpets, but have a horn sound. The bell is pointed forward.
Oil valves carefully and consistently. If you don't oil your valves, they sill slow down and start to stick.
Use slide grease only if you need the slides to move more freely.
Make sure you do not let your cheeks fill up with air.
Buying (or Renting) a Horn
Buying a Horn
Buying your student an instrument is the best way to get them involved in the school band program. There are many options and instruments can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Make sure you look at user reviews and find an instrument that will work well. Spending extra money on better quality now will prevent you from spending hundreds on repairs later. Below are a couple of good resources for finding instruments. Please contact the band director to make sure the instrument you purchase is the right model and a good fit.
Renting a Horn
If you are unable to purchase an instrument, local music stores normally have some that you can rent. There's normally a monthly rental fee of $25 - $35 (or more). You will want to contact multiple music stores to see if they have any available. Please contact the band director if you have questions. Below are links to some local music stores.
Borrowing Instruments from School
Gridley Unified School District has a select number of instruments that can be loaned to students. Normally these instruments have been donated or well used by previous students. There is a limited number available. When students first start on their instrument, it is normal for them to borrow from the school; however, after 1 year the school hopes that students will be able to rent or buy their own instrument so that incoming students will be able to play on school instruments. The holiday season (November and December) is a great time to buy an instrument - especially if there are holiday sales. Please contact the band director if you have questions.