Partial List of Approved Brands
Armstrong, Artley, Bach, Besson, Benge, Blessing, Bueshcer, Bufffet Crampon, Bundy, Conn, Eastman, Emerson, Fox, Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Glaesel, Holton, Jupiter, Keilwerth, King, Knnilling, Leblanc, Wm Lewis, Lidl, Martin, Scherl & Roth, Scheibner, Schroetter, Selmer, St. Petersburg, Strunal, Yanagisawa, Vito, and Yamaha.

There are an increasing number of Instrument Shaped Objects (ISOs) in the marketplace today, and many of them are not good for students. These instruments do not meet standards of performance for tone, technique, intonation, or mechanical and maintenance reliability. Some are just old, worn-out horns and should be retired, but there are an emerging number of new instrument brands that qualify for this distinction.

Instruments of unacceptable quality have taken a toll on the success of aspiring young musicians for decades. But there is a difference in expectation between a cheap old used instrument and an “inexpensive” new one. Most parents understand the risk they take with the former, but not with the latter.

These ISO’s are not intended for the benefit of a quality music education. They are intended to lure consumers to a low-priced alternative and capture market share through mass-market distribution channels. They are turning musical instruments into a commodity in the minds of consumers.

School band and orchestra directors regularly express two concerns about these new, poor-quality instruments. First is the effect their poor performance qualities and/or mechanical reliability have on beginning student success and retention. Second, music teachers understand the relationship of the quality of each student’s instrument to the performance of the entire ensemble and as a result are justifiably concerned with the quality of their first instrument.  Music educators know it will be the only instrument investment most parents will make.

For this reason, we are diligent to provide parents with this information at registration.  Please beware of ISOs.  We do not allow them in our programs.  To avoid ending up with an inferior instrument, we recommend you use our instrument supplier,