Top 3 Band Parent Questions Answered

Parents Asked, Cindy Answered

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, Cindy here again with more helpful hints and ideas as well as taking credit for bringing Spring along with me as well. I know what you are thinking… “well it is about time!” …and I agree! I have a couple of things to tell you about so let’s get started…

Because of our new e-notes, parents are asking questions so let’s answer the one most asked by you…”why are reeds numbered”? Most reeds are classified with numbers from 2 to 4 and in half strengths. It’s simple, the higher the number, the harder the reed plays. So, your child should have started on a number 2 or 2 1/2, the director usually decides which one. Then, as they progress into the 7th and 8th grades and into high school they will advance into 3 and 3 1/2. The lower number reeds are softer and students will go through them faster. Higher numbered reeds are harder and if stored properly will last a lot longer.

For those of you thinking about investing in a higher-quality instrument for your child, I commend you. A lot of parents take the leap this time of year as they want their child to sound their best during concert season. As a parent, there is one important thing you need to know before you take that leap and that is to be very aware of your timing! You should not upgrade your child’s instrument days before a big performance. It takes time for any player to get the feel of a step-up instrument and everything it has to offer. So, the lesson here is no matter where you purchase your step-up, make the purchase a few weeks before the big concert giving them the practice time they need with their new instrument. Then set back with a big smile on your face, camera in hand and enjoy the music you helped your child to create. As a Mom, I know the family budget may not always have room for a step-up instrument. Willis Music knows this as well so check out their First Chair Rental Program at any Willis Music location or for more information e-mail

As we move towards the end of the school year I have had several requests for new band folders and replacement instrument name tags. I have both in-stock and are no charge for our rental customers. Simply e-mail your request to

I look forward to answering more of your questions in June and I promise to bring SUMMER along with me.

Forward your questions to and have a fun Easter and great Spring!



Willis Music

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