Have you, or anyone you know, ever gotten an instrument only to find it’s not director approved? In these days of mass production, and online brands, it is happening more and more. More students are showing up in band halls without the proper equipment. I think we’d all agree that proper equipment is key to success. You can’t drive a nail with a drill. In years past, this has just been a “sorry, but you have to get something else, and you’ve just lost your money” conversation. Well, not anymore!!