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    Background information on the trumpet:

    The trumpet is the highest voice in the brass section.  Brass players learn to use a combination of lip pressure, air speed/direction and fingerings to play different pitches.  On instruments with 3 valves (like the trumpet) the combination of valves 1 and 3 (necessary to play the note D) is sharp. Older trumpets have a slide for the 4th finger to help adjust the pitch.  Newer trumpets also have a thumb hook which is much easier to use.

    Here are the Bb trumpets that the Gates Chili music department recommends:

    Trumpet - thumb hook only


    • Yamaha YTR2335/AD
    • Bach TR300H2
    • King 601
    • Holton T602P


    • Bach 5C trumpet mouthpiece
    • Blessing 6 1/2 AL trumpet mouthpiece
    Here is what your child needs before the first lesson:
    • trumpet and trumpet case (it should come with one)
    • trumpet mouthpiece
    • music stand (essential for home practice) - leave at home
    • Yamaha Synthetic valve oil (regular) YAC RVO
    • slide grease
    • Lesson Book,  Essential Elements Book 1 Trumpet- the school provides
     I bought an Etude Trumpet from Woodwind and Brasswind for approx. 150 dollars last year.   This is also a nice beginner instrument.