Local Music Stores and Recommended Brands

Rental Information

Families are welcome to purchase supplies or rent instruments from any local music store (see the list on the right).

Renting an instrument is the easiest way to obtain an instrument for your student! There are many advantages to renting an instrument:

  1. Most stores offer free repairs during your rental period.

  2. Rental programs are usually rent-to-own, meaning that all payments go toward the eventual purchase of the instrument.

  3. You can be assured that you are receiving a high-quality, music teacher approved instrument that will last your student for years to come.

  4. Instruments are generally able to be traded in for a larger size (strings) or different instrument without losing the money you have already paid.

Be aware of "too-good-to-be-true" prices!

Having a high quality, durable instrument is crucial to ensuring your student's success in band and strings.

***Please be aware that in recent years, many low quality instruments have been promoted over the Internet and in department stores. They are inexpensive and so poorly made that they often break the first time they are played. Instrument repair professionals refuse to work on these instruments because of the poor workmanship.

Do NOT buy or rent a music instrument from a store or website (e.g. Amazon) that sells clothing and/or food and do not buy an instrument that is painted any color (blue, pink, etc). Be wary of deals that seem "too-good-to-be-true" - they probably are! Quality instruments are expensive because they are built to last.

If you need assistance obtaining an instrument, please contact Ms. Bryant (jaclyn_bryant@hcpss.org) and she would be happy to help you.


Local Music Stores

Click the store names to go directly to their websites and rent online!

Ellicott City LocationChatham Station9210 Baltimore National PikeSuite W-7Ellicott City, MD 21042410-461-1844
Arundel Mills Location7550 Teague Rd, Suite 115Hanover, MD 21076410-799-0200*Howard County Public Schools Partner in Education

4872 Montgomery Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043410-465-0700*Howard County Public Schools Partner in Education

99 Mellor AvenueCatonsville, MD 21228410-744-1723*Howard County Public Schools Partner in Education

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11151 Veirs Mill RoadWheaton, MD 20902301-946-8808

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10013 Rhode Island AveCollege Park, MD 20740301-474-4300

Online Only

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743 Frederick RdCatonsville, MD 21228410-788-8900

Timonium Location2444 Broad AveTimonium, MD 21093410-453-6635
Gambrills Location1340 Main Chapel WayGambrills, MD667-307-4085

Recommended Band Instrument Brands:

Please do NOT buy a brand that is not listed below without contacting Ms. Bryant first!

Good brands for ALL band instruments:

  • Selmer

  • Bundy

  • Yamaha

  • Jupiter

Other approved brands for specific instruments:

Flute: Armstrong, Emerson, Gemeinhardt, King, Artley, Allora

Clarinet: Artley, Vito, Leblanc, Amati, Giardinelli

Alto Saxophone: JZ, Armstrong, Vito, Conn, Yanagisawa, Etude

Trumpet and Trombone: King, Bach, Getzen, JZ, Conn, Holton, Hunter, Giardinelli

French Horn, Baritone, Tuba: THES may be able to provide this instrument

Percussion: Pearl, Ludwig or Vic Firth bell kits with drum pads (no snare drum necessary!)

Please note:

Instruments should be normal instrument colors i.e. gold or silver for metal instruments, black for clarinets, etc.

Recommended String Instrument Brands:

Please do NOT buy a brand that is not listed below without contacting Ms. Bryant first!

  • Eastman

  • Glaesel

  • Scherl & Roth

  • Knilling

  • Meisel

  • Franz Hoffman

  • Klaus Mueller

Please note:

  • All string instruments come in various sizes to allow students of all ages to play music. As your child grows, your rented instrument can be traded for a larger instrument at no charge. If you buy an instrument now, you will need to purchase several instruments in the near future as your child grows.

  • Please be certain to get the correct size for your child (probably 1/4 or 1/2 size, not full size 4/4). To ensure you get the proper instrument size for your child, please bring your child with you to the music store.

  • String instruments should be in natural wood tone color.