Reply To: Beginning a new program?
how large is the school, or more importantly, how large is the 5th grade class going to be next year?
i would look at how many parents buy or rent instruments from vendors in 6th grade n average over the past few years, and take that into consideration for next years band for prices. if i were you, i would try to hold off on purchasing instruments for as long as possible until you know which parent purchase and which don’t. that would be how i would start in terms of building a stockpile of instruments, you may get lucky and only need to get about 4 instruments the first year. it would also be alright to put off the big money things until they get to middle school like the bari sax, tuba, bass drum etc…
there isn’t much information that i have with what you asked so i can’t really help too much more than that. if i get more specifics it may help