Purchase an Instrument
As most of you may know, TUSD has financial challenges right now. It may be some time before the district buys any instruments for the Ranger Band. In spite of that, the band continues to grow! It is a fantastic problem to have! For the last few years, we have been shouldering the cost of all replacement instruments. Much of our inventory is decades old. We need donors to help us modernize and upgrade our failing instruments. Here are some instruments we desperately need and approximate costs.
2 Mellophones – $1100-$1500 each. Over the past six years, boosters and donors have purchased 10 new mellophones. The whole section is now at least playing instruments in the same key! Two more would give us a complete set.
2 Marching Baritones – $2100-$2500 each. Our baritones were a mismatched, ragtag collection of instruments from many different sources. They have largely been replaced through donations and good old fashioned scrounging. Two more would give us a complete set!
10 Sousaphones – $7000 each. Sousaphones have gotten very expensive as metal prices go up and the number of companies building them goes down. Most of the sousaphones we have now are ones that were originally bought by the UofA in 1981. Ten years later they were sold to TUSD and have been held together ever since with duct tape and baling wire! It is definitely time to start upgrading our instruments to some that have a chance of being played in tune.
1 English Horn – $5-6000. To my knowledge, Rincon-University has never owned an English horn, which is not a brass instrument, but a variant of the oboe. Most serious concert band pieces have a part for the English horn and we are precluded from playing many pieces because they call for an English horn solo. As far as I know, the district only owns one and it is at Sabino.
1 Set of Symphonic Chimes – $6,000. We desperately need a new set of symphonic chimes. Ours were bought when the school was opened!
1 Marching Set of Trumpets – $20,000. A matching set of trumpets to use for marching band would improve our overall sound a great deal! It is quite difficult to get a unified sound with so many different brands, models and levels of trumpets.
9 Large Tenor Trombones – $3,000 each. Our concert trombone sections do not have a dark sound and they struggle to get a characteristic trombone sound for concert. To get that dark, symphonic sound we need 6-9 large tenor trombones with f-attachments.
4 Baritone Saxes – $4900 each. Our bari saxes are repaired often and are being held together by hope and tape. It is time for some new ones. This year, we had to rent 3 baris to have enough.
4 Tenor Saxes – $4700 each. We alsways get too many alto saxes and some kids cannot switch to tenor because their families cannot afford another instrument. If we could supply it, they’d be happy to switch.
If you have the means and interest in purchasing an instrument for the band, please email the director at email@example.com. Your donation can be as private or public as you wish. Partial donations to the instrument-replacement fund are always welcome as well.
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