Beginning Band

  • Clarinet Before Saxophone

    Saxophone is an instrument where improper habits are easily hidden but can still produce a feeling of success. These habits often catch up to the student in 7th grade where, instead of feeling accomplished, the student begins to become frustrated and quits band. Many successful saxophone students from Lewis-Palmer developed their excellent habits on clarinet. Saxophone is also a great second instrument where many flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon players have easily picked it up for jazz band.

    The saxophone also experiences an advantage of student desire to play it over other instruments because of the commercial promotion it receives in popular culture. Schools that start saxophone in beginning band experience an imbalance of too many saxophones and not enough other instruments. This limits what the entire group can do, as well as the playing opportunities for the individual.