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Holiday Ideas for your Favorite Musician

The holiday season is upon us! Are you in need of some gift ideas, either for yourself or a band student you love? Look no further! Below is a basic list of some essentials for every musician, both general and instrument-specific. Especially with reed players, something as simple as a mouthpiece upgrade can make a huge difference in sound/tone quality! If you have any questions, or would like some further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact either me or Mr. Lynch.

General:

  • PENCILS
  • Folding music stand
  • Metronome/tuner/metrotuner (my personal favorite is the Korg TM-50)
  • General instrument tune-up/repair
  • Private lessons – if weekly isn’t an option, many teachers will do every other week
  • Tickets to a professional performance – in many cases, you can get student rates!

Woodwind Players:

  • Cleaning/polishing cloth(s) (make sure they’re instrument-specific)
  • Cleaning rod/cleaning swab (silk absorbs moisture best)
  • REEDS! (vandoren, size 3 recommended for clarinets/saxes)
  • Reed case
  • New mouthpiece (clarinets/saxes)
  • New ligature (clarinets/saxes)
  • Cork grease (not for flutes)
  • Neck strap (saxes)
  • Screwdriver
  • Instrument stand
  • Upgrade from a student model instrument to an intermediate one

Brass Players:

  • Valve/slide/rotor oil/grease
  • Cleaning/polishing cloth(s) (make sure they’re instrument-specific)
  • Cleaning snake brush (for inside the horn)
  • New mouthpiece
  • Mutes
  • Silent mute (makes practicing at home more family-friendly!)
  • Instrument Stand
  • Upgrade from a student model instrument to an intermediate one

Percussionists:

  • Drumsticks
  • Practice Pad

Please reach out to us for more information on the above! (trehe@veronaschools.org or elynch@veronaschools.org) There’s so much out there to choose from, and it’s very important to invest wisely when investing in your musician’s music career.

Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Rehe, and I am very excited to serve as your new  Assistant Director of Bands at Verona High School~ 

A little about my professional and musical background…

  • I am a graduate of Somerville High School, and completed my Music Education degree in January 2017 at Rutgers University, through Mason Gross. My student teaching experience was at Mendham High School, and my main instrument is flute. Additionally, I have experience doubling on piccolo, Bb clarinet, alto sax, and tenor sax, through secondary lessons and playing reed books in pit orchestras.

  • I was an active member of the choirs throughout high school and at Rutgers as well, which led me to filling a choral leave replacement position at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School this past February through June. There, I worked with 3 sections of concert choir and 2 after school choirs, and taught a music theory class as well.

  • I marched with the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights for a season before moving on to work with the Somerville, Immaculata, and Mendham High School marching bands, where I helped coach the visual aspects of the programs, as well as the woodwind sections.

  • I am a total music theory nerd, and love arranging music for a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

A little about me…

  • I am a proud mom of 2 dogs and 2 cats, a twin (and one of four kids total), a powerlifter, a former drum major, and a black coffee enthusiast.

  • I really enjoying baking, and can make almost any dessert from scratch.

  • If I’m not in New Jersey, I’m probably on the beaches of North Carolina.

In closing, I am looking forward to meeting all of you, and I can’t wait to begin making music with you! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to join the Verona music community, and am excited for what the future holds. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and see you in August!

-Ms. Rehe (pronounced “ray”, by the way… rhyme unintentional)