About the Trumpet
Types of Trumpets
B flat (B♭) Trumpet - This is the main trumpet that students begin on and it's the only trumpet that we offer for middle and high school. When you are searching for instrument equipment, make sure you get it for the correct type of trumpet.
Cornet or Pocket Trumpet - A cornet is very similar to a trumpet, but just shaped differently. They can be used in band class. A pocket trumpet is just a smaller version of the standard trumpet. It can be easier for some students to hold this type of trumpet, but standard trumpets are normally encouraged.
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 Trumpet
Buying a Trumpet
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 Trumpet
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.