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Join the Band

Join the TMS BAND!


We want YOU in the TMS Band!
Sign up for Beginning Band Now!!!!
Contact TMS or Ms. Grissom for more information.

Common questions from past band parents:

When does band take place?
Band is a regularly scheduled class during the school day.
Does Band conflict with other outside activities?
Band does not conflict with outside activities such as sports. Each year in our band program we have football players, soccer players, cheerleaders, baseball players, scouts, and many other students with additional interests.
What about an instrument?
Parents will be given several economic options for obtaining an instrument once your child is registered.
How can I obtain an instrument?

An important factor in your child’s success and enjoyment in band is obtaining a QUALITY instrument. There are a large number of cheap instruments available now. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! How good of a deal is it if your child doesn't enjoy playing because their instrument does not work properly? Check out the dealers below.  We also offer options through the school.

What do you recommend, renting or purchasing?

In the end, it is your decision. Since I do not rent or sell instruments, I feel I can give you unbiased advice. Many parents rent an instrument. This is a good way for you and your child to get the best start possible on a quality instrument, yet not be "locked in" to a major purchase before you know your child wants to continue. Purchasing an instrument at the start often may be cheaper and save you money in the long run. Many of my parents also obtain USED instruments from friends or family, ads in the newspaper, or pawn shops. My advice to this is to stick only with major brands, and to have a repair technician look it over for a "tune up" prior to the start of school. I will also be happy to look at any instrument prior to the start of school. Typical repairs may take 2 to 3 weeks.

Instrument brands I have seen perform well and hold up in class over the years:
  • Flute – Yamaha, Armstrong, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter
  • Clarinet – Buffet, Yamaha, Jupiter, Artley, Vito
  • Alto Sax – Jupiter, Yamaha, King
  • Trumpet and Trombone – Yamaha, King, Bach (TB), Jupiter

**Conn Selmer has budget/beginner/intermediate lines that can be confusing. If you have questions about which line is best for your child, please contact me. If the brand you find is not on the list above, I strongly recommend for you to keep looking or contact me if you need guidance.

Traditional instrument colors (silver, gold / brass and black for clarinets). My experience with instruments in non traditional / fad colors (blue, red, white, purple, etc.) is that they often do not perform properly and are difficult to repair.

If you have questions about a brand or which line is best for your child, please contact me.

Remember, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!!!!!

Local Music companies:

High Point Music,

3407-A Archdale Road
Archdale, NC 27263
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Music and Arts, Durham
1258 S. Church Street
Burlington, NC 27215
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Smith-Whitley, High Point
802 Westchester Dr.
High Point, NC 27262
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Moore Music, Greensboro
615 W. Market St
Greensboro, NC 27401
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Jackson Music Store, Inc.,

1409 S. Stratford Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC
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Separk Music
1325 Lewisville-Clemmons Road
Lewisville, NC 27023
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Below are some links to help you make a decision about what instrument to play and other important information about band.


Great resource to learn more about the instruments in the band and where to purchase them.
The evolution, mechanisms,and playing methods of a range of instruments.
This short video contains great information about why students should join band.  It also contains live demonstrations by professionals of each instrument.


A great option for online or in-store instrument rental/purchase.  Music and Arts guarantees quality instruments. They also have a great repair program for the occasional middle school accident.
Jackson's Music is an independent, full-service music store with locations in metro Atlanta, GA and Winston Salem, NC since 1958. We feature school band & orchestra instruments. We sell quality instruments for all levels of musicians; beginner to advanced. Additionally, we offer private lessons for most instruments and maintain a full-service repair shop.
Moore Music Company offers musicians, beginner to professional, a wide selection of instruments from the best manufacturers. We feature new and used instruments from Yamaha, Eastman, Buffet-Crampon, Courtois, Powell, Conn-Selmer, O'Hana and more!All of our used instruments have been serviced by our in-house technicians to ensure maximum playability. Our student level instruments are all educator-approved and may be purchased with significant discounts.  



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