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


While the District is able to provide all tuba players with a quality mouthpiece, if students would to purchase their own mouthpiece, here is what is recommended:

Conn Helleberg 7S BBb Tuba Mouthpiece


Peak SMS22 Music Stand - recommended for all band students for use at home

Valve Oil - 

Schilke Tuning Slide Grease

Vinyl Low Brass Cleaning Snake


Volkwein’s Brass Mouthpiece Brush

Hercules Tuba Performer Stand (To be used while playing)

Hercules Tuba Display Stand (To be used while instrument is not being played)

Interested in purchasing your OWN tuba?

Norwin is able to provide all high school tuba players with a tuba 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 YBB 321

Professional - Miraphone Model 86 BBb, Yamaha YBB 641, YBB 623 (Piston)

*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