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Ms. Olsen from Nashua NH is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Step-Up the Band

My students need woodwind reeds/mouthpieces and brass mouthpieces to take them to the "next level."

  • $2,240 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you have any extra reeds? Do you have an extra mouthpiece? Can you suggest a better mouthpiece for my instrument? These are three questions that I hear often as a band director.

I have approximately 115 students in my high school band and 20 students in my high school jazz band.

My students start off the school year in marching band and transition to concert band sometime in the Fall. Jazz band is an auditioned extra-curricular ensemble. Students in the music department are dedicated, for they have all been playing their instrument(s) since 4th or 5th grade. My high school band has a diverse socio-economic population. A very small handful of students can afford the best instruments, mouthpieces and reeds; the majority can not. Woodwind players must have a constant supply of reeds. Sometimes they break, chip, or warp. My students take care of their belongings well, but reeds do need to be replaced on a regular basis. And, because reeds are organic, not every reed from a box is good; some reeds are better than others. The mouthpieces I have chosen for this project are "step-up" mouthpieces appropriate for advancing concert and jazz band musicians.

My Project

My Donors Choose project has two parts to it: One - to supply reeds to students who just can not afford them. In the past I have tried buying a large box of reeds and having students reimburse me. What I have found is that some students don't always have the money for one and they are playing on broken or warped reeds. Two - to supply advanced mouthpieces to students. All entry level musical instruments come with a "stock" mouthpiece. Students often outgrow these mouthpieces and need to find a more appropriate choice. Entry level, or stock mouthpieces are relatively inexpensive. Step-up mouthpieces are not, and are often too expensive for students. If I can supply these mouthpieces to students, they will find improvement in tone, articulation and range. I have never had the money in my school budget to supply advanced mouthpieces for students. If I have these mouthpieces on hand, I can also have the students that CAN afford them, try them out before they purchase.

A step-up mouthpiece makes a huge difference to the tone, articulation and range of a musician.

When students have these mouthpieces on their instruments, they have the tools to become better musicians. This will improve the musical quality of the individual, and will improve the musicianship of my band. I will finally have the reeds and mouthpieces that my students need at the high school level!

Ms. Olsen
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Metal Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $249.99 1 $249.99
S80 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $179.00 1 $179.00
S80 Series Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $159.00 1 $159.00
Basso Nova Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $149.99 1 $149.99
Magnum Mouthpiece Puller • Woodwind and Brasswind $129.99 1 $129.99
Hard Rubber Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $119.99 1 $119.99
Nova Series Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $109.99 1 $109.99
Hard Rubber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $109.99 1 $109.99
Nova Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece • Woodwind and Brasswind $99.99 1 $99.99
Helleberg Series Tuba Mouthpiece in Silver • Woodwind and Brasswind $79.00 1 $79.00
Standard Series Trumpet Mouthpiece in Silver • Woodwind and Brasswind $56.00 1 $56.00
Standard Series Trumpet Mouthpiece in Silver • Woodwind and Brasswind $56.00 1 $56.00
Versa Clarinet Ligature and Cap • Woodwind and Brasswind $49.99 1 $49.99
Alto Saxophone Reeds • Woodwind and Brasswind $47.99 1 $47.99
Versa Clarinet Ligature and Cap • Woodwind and Brasswind $44.81 1 $44.81
Bb Clarinet Reeds • Woodwind and Brasswind $34.59 1 $34.59
Baritone Saxophone Reeds • Woodwind and Brasswind $34.49 1 $34.49
Tenor Saxophone Reeds • Woodwind and Brasswind $28.99 1 $28.99
Bass Clarinet Reeds • Woodwind and Brasswind $27.79 1 $27.79
Mark III Baritone Saxophone Ligature and Cap • Woodwind and Brasswind $24.93 1 $24.93
Mark III C-1RL Alto Saxophone Ligature and Cap • Woodwind and Brasswind $23.30 1 $23.30
Dark Tenor Saxophone Ligature and Cap • Woodwind and Brasswind $21.24 1 $21.24
Alto Clarinet Reeds • Woodwind and Brasswind $8.49 1 $8.49

Materials cost

$1,845.54

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$27.68

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,903.22

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$335.86

Total project goal

$2,239.08

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$2,239.08

26 Donors

-$1,783.49

Donations toward project cost

-$1,563.22

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$220.27

match offer

-$400.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$340.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$60.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$55.59

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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