** Since the District provides students with a French horn to use, SOME accessories are provided for students.  However, it is recommended that students acquire the following for their personal use. **


* This is a highly recommended upgrade to the mouthpiece that is typically included with a student model or rental French horn. *

Bach 7 French Horn Mouthpiece


Peak SMS20 Music Stand - recommended for all band students for use at home

Volkwein’s Instrument Care Kit for French Horn - contains some of the items listed below

Superslick Key and Rotor Oil

Schilke Tuning Slide Grease

Superslick French Horn Cleaning Snake


Volkwein’s Brass Mouthpiece Brush

Hercules French Horn Stand

Interested in purchasing your OWN French horn?

Norwin is able to provide all high school horn players with a French horn for them to use at home and in their school ensembles.  Students are NOT required to purchase their own instrument but may if they desire.

Before purchasing any new or used instrument, it is highly recommended that students and parents do the following:

  1. Speak to your band director and/or private instructor about the desire to purchase a new instrument and seek their recommendations / guidance.
  2. Visit Volkwein’s Music in person, meet with one of the trained instrument salespeople, and test out several instruments before purchasing.

There is an overwhelming number of options available, including many very appealingly affordable instruments online.  Many of these instrument-shaped objects are extremely low-quality and are difficult to impossible to repair.  Therefore, the instrumental music staff at Norwin recommends that high school students consider the following Intermediate and Professional level instruments when purchasing a new or used instrument:

Intermediate - Yamaha YHR 567

Professional - Conn Connstellation 8D, Yamaha YHR 668/671

*Intermediate = high school student with intermediate-level skills who may continue playing their instrument after high school

*Professional = high school student with advanced-level skills who probably will continue playing their instrument after high school