One of the keys to beginning students enjoying band is experiencing success early on. We're not talking about prodigy-type success, but rather the simple success of articulating a note, creating a nice sound, and in general walking away from that first instrument tryout night feeling like they can do it. They can play the clarinet or saxophone. They can make music! Too often, this first experience isn't as rewarding as it should be which leads to frustration and quickly turns into “I can’t do this.” We all know where that leads...
While nothing beats the attention and guidance of a good teacher, often times poor quality equipment is also part of the problem. The typical sentiment goes like this: "They are beginners - any reed, mouthpiece or instrument will do." An experienced teacher will tell you that in reality, picking up the clarinet or saxophone for the first time is challenging enough under perfect circumstances. No matter how much natural talent a student might possess, poor quality equipment immediately presents a road block to the student's enjoyment and success. What's worse is that to the student, it's personal. They don't have the experience to know that some of their struggles stem from poor quality equipment. All they know is that they aren't succeeding, they don't sound good, they can't do it.
In the end, this leads to discouraged students that are less likely to reach their full potential, or even continue in band at all. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons - budget restrictions, lack of knowledge, or even just more pressing issues to deal with - this is exactly the experience that many new band students face every year.
This issue was brought to the attention of Bernard Van Doren several years ago and he was determined to do what he could as a reed manufacturer to help every student achieve their full potential. He sought out to create a reed that would bring students and band directors Vandoren quality at a student price. The result was Vandoren JUNO reeds. Made from the same cane at the same factory as all Vandoren reeds, JUNO is the first reed specifically designed for beginning students. JUNO reeds will benefit your students, your program, and the sound of your band.