Every member of the studio is required to own their own instrument. Tenor trombone majors should have a .547 bore tenor trombone with f-attachment. If they have an interest in jazz or commercial music, a .500 or .525 bore instrument (such as a King 2B) is necessary. Bass trombone majors should have a .562 bore instrument with F/Gb independent valves. Though bell size is variable, 9.5" is preferable.
Like many things in life, you get what you pay for. There are many reputable instrument companies, and it is in your best interest to stay with them (Bach, Edwards/Getzen, Conn, Shires, Yamaha, Benge, etc). Buying a new instrument can be a dizzying process, so please consult with Dr. Bynum before finalizing the purchase. Otherwise....caveat emptor.
Every student must also own a suitable mouthpiece and are responsible for purchasing the necessary materials to maintain their instruments in excellent working condition.
You will also be required to purchase etude and solo material each semester. These materials serve as the foundation for your course of study, and are an absolute necessity. Dr. Bynum will assign material on an individual basis. An exhaustive list of solo and etude materials can be found here. Purchases should be made in a timely manner.
Students are encouraged to purchase additional music and recordings from various genres on a regular basis. Building an extensive library of resources is invaluable for both the future educator and performer.
It will also be necessary for every student to own a straight mute and cup mute. Preferable models are Denis Wick, Jo-Ral, or Tom Crown. Additional requirements can be found in the studio syllabus