Instruments & Equipment


Students that play any of the following instruments can audition provided seat(s) are available. If your instrument is not listed here, please contact us.

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • English Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet /Cornet
  • Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Euphonium/Baritone
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion

Required equipment

Members must bring their own instrument for rehearsals and performances (except percussionists). See details below.

In addition, depending on the requirements of the music, the director may require members to obtain (purchase or borrow) additional auxiliary equipment. Example might include Harmon mutes for trumpets, cartwheel mallets for timpani, etc. MPWS will provide notice prior to the beginning of each semester if additional accessories will be required and recommends that members purchase these accessories whenever possible. Only accessories for the member’s instrument will be required. At no time will the purchase of additional instruments be required.

Required equipment in addition to instruments

  • Flute/Piccolo – None
  • Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone), Bassoon – Extra reeds
  • Trumpet – Metal Straight Mute, Cup Mute
  • Trombone/Bass Trombone – Straight Mute (Metal Preferred)
  • French Horn – Straight Mute
  • Euphonium, Baritone, Tuba – None
  • Percussion – Stick bag including a minimum of one pair of mallets/sticks from each line. The more the better!
    1. General, Staccato, and/or Legato Timpani Mallets
    2. Drum Sticks suitable for concert music (generally heavier than those used for drum set)
    3. Yarn/Synthetic Vibraphone/Marimba mallets
    4. Xylophone mallets
    5. Bell Mallets (not brass)
    6. Triangle Beater