Some of the comments from schools who have registered to receive instruments through Gift of Music:
We have a student who is very interested in learning the tuba. We already own an old 3/4 size Eb tuba, but this means that the young student needs to learn different fingering to any other brass instrument. It makes the transition extremely challenging for any future aspiring tuba players. The current tuba we own predates any record from the last decade of purchase. Ideally, we would love to have a Bb tuba as well to ease the transition onto this instrument after learning the Euphonium in primary school.
The new IM curriculum in Qld requires the use of trigger trombones which our school doesn't have. This will enable our trombone students to progress their learning with the correct equipment. Trigger trombones are a step above beginner instruments and the more advanced repertoire requires the use of this feature. Currently we have no trumpets to loan to students for those coming through that cannot afford this purchase.