Tiger Reeds/Zach Millwood reviews


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Handmade reed reviews:

Tiger Reeds are the best handmade reeds I have ever tried!  The sound the instrument gets when playing on one of these reeds is amazing…so resonant and rich.  I will never buy a reed from anyone else but Tiger Reeds!

M.O., music educator, Rio Grande City, TX

I have always been dissatisfied with factory-made reeds such as Jones and Emerald. Choosing between factory-made reeds was always a matter of picking which one was the least awful. Hand made reeds are DEFINITELY the way to go! I’m extremely picky about my reeds, and Tiger Reeds have met all my needs. Choosing between Zach‘s reeds is always a matter of trying not to buy every reed he has, narrowing it down from ten amazing reeds to five! I always recommend Tiger Reeds to all of my students and peers.

Sarah Shackelford, bassoonist

“Happiness is……..a new box of Tiger double reeds in your mailbox.” With a minimal break-in period and adjustment required, these carefully prepared reeds give me the confidence to sign on for a variety of ensemble opportunities. There’s sure to be one in the box for each type of ensemble. Remember – reed cane has a life cycle, so, to avoid a musician’s mood lapse,  I recommend putting in a new order while the current reeds are still performing well. Enjoy!

-a new Tiger Reeds client

Zach Millwood is an incredibly talented double reed instructor. My oboes and bassoons were excited to go to their lessons every week and showed consistent improvement under his direction. His reed making skills are fantastic and Zach’s dedication to the music profession and helping others is obvious! I would highly recommend Zach Millwood to anyone interested in double reed lessons.

Melissa Danforth, head band director, Highland Middle School, Fort Worth, Texas

Tiger Reeds are stable and clearly well made — they really are perfect as a one-size-fits-all reed. I am in the unenviable position of being very picky but having absolutely no time to make reeds, so personalizing a quality reed made by someone else is the next best thing!

Jen M

Our students really like Zach Millwood’s reeds.  They are able to produce good sound and have less problems with their reeds.

David Rollins, Henderson State University, Director of Bands (Retired)

Zach Millwood was the best double reed instructor I have had in my 20 years of middle school band directing. Zach is not just a fantastic player but a very motivational teacher as well. My students always looked forward to their lessons and improved their musical skills consistently while working with him. Zach was always professional, reliable and a great people person. He was able to relate to and teach students of all ability levels. He also provided us with the best handmade reeds we could find!

Melissa Danforth, head band director, Highland Middle School, Fort Worth, Texas

I am happy to say that I have found Tiger Reeds to be a consistent and very workable source of bassoon reeds.  I have students from high school level through college level who are choosing Tiger Reeds ahead of other choices. They find the response, intonation, and projection fit their personal requirements very well.

Keith McClelland, professor of bassoon, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Zach Millwood displays determination, passion, and a desire to grow to the highest extent in every way possible.  Mr. Millwood was determined to inspire and educate my students to not only be fantastic musicians, but overall better individuals. His passion for music and seeing students learn is contagious.  The energy he brings to the classroom, paired with his vast knowledge is what any director searches for in a lesson teacher, but rarely finds.  He strives to be better in everything he does each day, and never settles for “good enough.”

Hannah Harvey, Assistant Band Director, Chisholm Ridge High School, Fort Worth, Texas

I love Tiger Reeds! They are always well made and sound great in all ranges. The customer service is outstanding and I am always recommending them to my friends.

M.P., bassoon, Murfreesboro, TN

Private instruction reviews:

Zach’s enthusiasm for teaching and for music is extraordinary.  His excitement is contagious, and his students succeed at a high level because of that.  His professionalism is outstanding.  He has a work ethic that is amazing, and his students feed off it and strive to be the best they can be because of it.

Scott McClean, band director, Creekview Middle School, Fort Worth, Texas

Zach Millwood is an incredibly talented double reed instructor. My oboes and bassoons were excited to go to their lessons every week and showed consistent improvement under his direction. His reed making skills are fantastic and Zach’s dedication to the music profession and helping others is obvious! I would highly recommend Zach Millwood to anyone interested in double reed lessons.

Melissa Danforth, head band director, Highland Middle School, Fort Worth, Texas

Zach Millwood’s students have done incredibly well in our region of Texas.  They are noticeably more prepared and have more developed tone than the majority of students with which they compete.

David Rollins, Henderson State University, Director of Bands (Retired)

Zach Millwood was the best double reed instructor I have had in my 20 years of middle school band directing. Zach is not just a fantastic player but a very motivational teacher as well. My students always looked forward to their lessons and improved their musical skills consistently while working with him. Zach was always professional, reliable and a great people person. He was able to relate to and teach students of all ability levels. He also provided us with the best handmade reeds we could find!

Melissa Danforth, head band director, Highland Middle School, Fort Worth, Texas

Zach Millwood displays determination, passion, and a desire to grow to the highest extent in every way possible.  Mr. Millwood was determined to inspire and educate my students to not only be fantastic musicians, but overall better individuals. His passion for music and seeing students learn is contagious.  The energy he brings to the classroom, paired with his vast knowledge is what any director searches for in a lesson teacher, but rarely finds.  He strives to be better in everything he does each day, and never settles for “good enough.”

Hannah Harvey, Assistant Band Director, Chisholm Ridge High School, Fort Worth, Texas

Other reviews:

As an instrumental music educator, I value three things most in my profession.  These things include determination, passion, and a desire to grow.  Zach Millwood displays all of these attributes to the highest extent in every way possible.

Mr. Millwood taught private double reed lessons and conducted several master classes with my students at Creekview Middle School in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD in Fort Worth, TX. Consistently, he was determined to inspire and educate my students to not only be fantastic musicians, but overall better individuals.  His passion for music and seeing students learn is contagious.  The energy he brings to the classroom, paired with his vast knowledge is what any director searches for in a lesson teacher, but rarely finds.  The characteristic that truly sets him apart is his willingness to not only teach students, but his ability to open up and learn from those he teaches and interacts with on a regular basis.  He strives to be better in everything he does each day, and never settles for “good enough.”

Zach Millwood will forever be an inspiration to my teaching and I know he will continue to have the same effect on others he comes into contact with.  For all of the above-mentioned reasons and so many more I highly recommend him for any opportunity he may encounter.

Hannah Harvey, Assistant Band Director, Chisholm Ridge High School, Fort Worth, TexasAssistant Band DirectorChisholm Ridge High SchoolFort Worth, TX

As a frequent customer, I thought I could share a few words for those of you that are considering Tiger Reeds. I have played bassoon for seven years and am currently the first bassoonist in the University of Tennessee’s Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. I have always been dissatisfied with factory-made reeds such as Jones and Emerald. Choosing between factory-made reeds was always a matter of picking which one was the least awful. Hand made reeds are DEFINITELY the way to go! I’m also extremely picky about my reeds, and Tiger Reeds have met all my needs. Choosing between Zach’s reeds is always a matter of trying not to buy every reed he has, narrowing it down from ten amazing reeds to five! I always recommend Tiger Reeds to all of my students and peers.

Sarah Shackelford, bassoonist