All about Reeds

Woodwind Reeds


If your child plays the clarinet or saxophone, you will need to keep them well stocked with good quality reeds. Reeds are made of cane and are fragile. Although reed care is discussed in class and our band directors remind students of the proper way to handle them, children who are not carefully handling their reeds can cause parents some unnecessary expense.  Clarinet and saxophone players should be reminded of the following guidelines for caring for their reeds.
Always handle reeds by the "fat" part, not the thin tip.

 

  • Always remove the reeds from the mouthpiece before disassembling.  This will save the reed from accidentally breaking when taking the instrument apart.
  • Place the reeds in the guard that came with the reed for storage.
  • Avoid catching the reed on your shirt or hitting the reed against the teeth, tables, or neighboring players.
  • Reeds should last about 2-3 weeks with the proper care.

 

Recommended Reeds

Level (year) Clarinet Saxophone
Beginner Rico #2 ½ Rico #2 ½
Beginner (2nd Semester) Rico #3 Rico #3
Intermediate Rico #3 Rico #3
Intermediate (2nd Semester) Rico Royal #3 Rico Royal #3
Advanced (6th Grade) Rico Royal #3 Rico Royal #3
  Vandoren #2 ½ Vandoren #2 ½
Advanced 4th Year (7th Grade) Vandoren #3 Vandoren #3
Advanced 5th Year (8th Grade) Vandoren #3 ½ Vandoren #3 ½

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing:

Rico: Bb Clarinet $3.00 per reed Box of 10 $24.00 (20% Savings)
  Alto Saxophone $4.00 per reed Box of 10 $32.00 (20% Savings)
Rico Royals Bb Clarinet $3.00 per reed Box of 10 $24.00 (20% Savings)
  Alto Saxophone $4.00 per reed Box of 10 $32.00 (20% Savings)
Vandoren Bb Clarinet $4.00 per reed Box of 10 $32.00 (20% Savings)
  Alto Saxophone $5.00 per reed Box of 10 $40.00 (20% Savings)
Rico & Rico Royal Bass Clarinet 5.00 per reed Box of 10 $40.00 (20% Savings)
Rico & Rico Royal Tenor Sax 5.00 per reed Box of 10 $40.00 (20% Savings)
Rico & Rico Royal Bari Sax 6.00 per reed Box of 10 $48.00 (20% Savings)


 

 

Contact Info

 Music Education Services
1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL
60007

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Fax 847-805-1900 


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Music Education Services (MES) provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools.