By the time a student reaches high school band, they will want to begin looking to rent or purchase a step up instrument. Students still playing on an instrument they purchased as a beginner can be held back by the level of instrument they are playing on. Marching band is very hard on instruments due to being outdoors and increasing the use of the instrument compared to middle school band. We suggest students keep their beginner model instrument for marching band and purchase an intermediate, advanced, or professional level instrument for concert season (indoor playing only). We are working on compiling a list of recommended step up instruments, but if you are ready now, please fee free to contact your local music shop
and set aside some time to try out upper level instruments. Online purchases are not recommended. It is always best to play the instrument and make sure it is the best fit for the student.