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School Band & Orchestra Rentals

We recommend renting online via the link below. You can receive your band or orchestra rental instrument in one of two ways, after you complete your info & payment online:
1. Pick up at our store after you receive our confirmation that your order is ready
2. Choose the ship-to-home option, and our partner NEMC will ship your instrument directly to your home.

You may also complete your rental contract in person at our store anytime during our open hours (please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing), but completing your contract online saves time especially during the peak of fall rental season! 

School Band and Orchestra Instruments:

We have partnered with the National Educational Musical Company (NEMC) to bring you a competitive rental program with high quality, name-brand instruments for band and orchestra. Read on for more details, or click here to begin your rental online!


If you are looking to purchase an instrument outright, we also have some used student instruments available which you will see below. You'll also find some commonly needed accessories listed below, and we have more options available at the store.

We offer low monthly rental rates for these instruments. You may rent-to-own or return at any time. We recommend setting up your account with automatic monthly payments on your credit card to make this easy.

Please note: due to limited stock with our supplier NEMC, we do not always have stock at the store of all the instruments listed below. However, when you complete your rental contract online, if the instrument is not in stock at our store, it will be shipped from NEMC's warehouse either to our store to be held for you, or to your home (depending on what you choose), generally within 1-3 days. Feel free to contact us if you would like to check availability of any instrument ahead of time.

Here are our current rates and available instruments under this program:

Group 1:
- $30 per month (plus tax). 
Optional Damage Waiver: $6.50 per month. Total monthly cost with tax & damage waiver: $38.30

Instruments included in Group 1:
- clarinet (plastic)
- flute (open-hole available by special request)
- Bb trumpet
- trombone
- * bell kit
- snare drum kit
- * bell + snare kit
- violin (1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4)
- viola (12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16", 16.5")

Currently, bell and bell + snare kits are in short supply. If you would like to rent one of these items, please contact us to check availability. If you are renting for a school program, we also recommend asking your child's teacher if they can start on a snare drum kit instead.

Group 2: 
- $44 per month (plus tax).
 Optional Damage Waiver: $8.50 per month. Total monthly cost with tax & damage waiver: $55.14

Instruments included in Group 2:
- alto saxophone
- oboe
- cello (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4)

Group 3: 
- $70 per month (plus tax).
 Optional Damage Waiver: $10 per month. Total monthly cost with tax & damage waiver: $84.20

Instruments included in Group 3:
- tenor saxophone
- French horn (single)
- baritone horn

We highly recommend completing your rental paperwork online! Click here to begin. It's fast and easy and will help you avoid long waits during the busy rental season. You can choose the ship-to-home option, and our partner NEMC will ship your instrument directly to you. If you choose the option to pick up your rental at our store, please wait for email or phone confirmation from House of Musical Traditions that your rental is ready to pick up before coming to the store. Most online rentals are filled within 24 hours or less. If we are out of stock on an instrument or need to special-order it from our supply warehouse, it may take up to 3 business days. You will also be able to manage your account online (updating credit card on file, checking your payoff balance, making exchange requests, etc). 

Damage Waiver: 

This is an optional addition but highly recommended especially for student rentals. Customers with damage waiver will have repairs costs covered due to accidental damage, regular maintenance issues or manufacturing defect. Without damage waiver, the customer is responsible for all repair costs (usually a minimum of $50).


All rental payments will go towards the instrument's purchase price, and a significant early payoff discount is offered. You may also return the instrument at any point without penalty, so you are not locked into purchasing the instrument. We recommend continuing to rent over the summer break - not only will your student be able to continue practicing (which is important!), but you will continue to accumulate rental credit towards purchase. Once you return, you would start over on a new contract if you rent again.

Credit requirements: 

We require a state-issued ID such as a drivers license, and a major credit card (debit with Visa/MC logo OK) for rentals. 


Violins, violas and cellos can be exchanged at any time for a different size as your child grows, and 100% of your rental payments will transfer to the new instrument. For all other instruments, you may exchange to any other instrument type within the first 12 months of rental (a nominal exchange fee applies), and 100% of your rental credit will transfer to the new instruments. The following exchanges have a 24-month exchange window: clarinet to alto sax, alto sax to tenor sax, and violin to viola.