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Percussion Student Toolbox

The following are lists of suggested equipment for young aspiring percussionists of Middle School and High School age, as well as a suggested inventory for an active high school music program.

Middle School Student

  • sticks (Firth SD1 or 5B)
  • drum pad
  • metronome
  • method book (Stick Control, Whaley, Podemski)
  • snare drum (buy or rent)
  • music folder
  • stick bag

Bonus

  • 1 pair xylophone/bell mallets
  • 1 pair yarn mallets
  • 1 pair timpani mallets

High School Student

  • 1 set of 4 vibe mallets
  • 1 set of 4 medium mallets
  • 1 pair hard marimba mallets
  • 1 pair soft marimba mallets
  • brass mallets
  • hard plastic
  • soft plastic (Becker Blues)
  • 3 pairs timpani mallets (soft, med, hard)
  • SD1, 5Bs, (7As)
  • 3 black towels

Bonus

  • triangle beaters
  • tambourine
  • BD beaters (one general, pair of rollers)
  • triangle

High School Inventory

  • drumset
  • concert snare stand
  • concert bass drum w/stand and beaters
  • crash cymbals
  • timpani (at least 29" 26", add 32" good, add 23" best)
  • glockenspiel (w/stand)
  • xylophone
  • tambourine
  • triangle w/beaters
  • tam-tam w/stand and beater
  • chimes
  • vibraphone
  • marimba
  • timpani mallets
  • keyboard mallets (suspended cymbal mallets)
  • sleighbells
  • cowbells
  • woodblocks (templeblocks)
  • slapstick
  • castanets
  • locked storage
  • spare heads
  • drumset carpet
  • method books
  • crash cymbal stand
  • towels
  • timpani covers, keyboard covers
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