Monday, August 26, 2013

Where parents save the Most Money on School Band Rental

Where Parents Save the Most Money on School Band Rental

There are dozens of places you can find an instrument to rent, however, very few programs truly put the consumer first. Due to the volume of instruments rented nationwide, is a volume discount outlet, passing on savings to the consumer. School band rental is one of the vast markets where’s customers come from. Kids, usually in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade are the age groups where schools start their first beginning band, beginning orchestra or jazz band program. Many students who live in a good size city generally have one or more music stores that might rent instruments. Many parents who rent instruments, are doing it for the first time and that puts them at a disadvantage.

If you went to Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, you probably wouldn’t be too excited if you paid full price rent for a car, if it was a 1981 station wagon. Even though the car might drive, it has the wear and tear of a 30+ year old car. Likewise, many outlets that rent instruments reply on an old pool of instruments to make their money. It makes sense, if you want to make a lot of money, keep renting the same instrument year in and year out ---THEN came onto the scene 4 years ago, and decided rent instruments with the musician in mind, and the parent’s pocket book in mind. While some stores don’t offer a rent-to-own plan, automatically includes this rent-to-own plan into action when you rent an instrument. Not only can you rent month to month without long minimum contracts like some stores, provides a 50% discount at any time which can save parents hundreds if not thousands of dollars. has customers all over the United States, with endorsements from band directors and professional musicians. These happy customers remind us that we’re doing our job, and is reflected in reviews.

Curious if is the best program? If you’re looking somewhere else, use the Compare and Save feature located on our website and see for yourself. We’re 100% transparent, never hiding fees, and never renting 30 year old instruments!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rent a Trumpet: 2 great band director approved Trumpets for Beginning Band

Trumpet rentals with all include
a trumpet, case, mouthpiece and valve oil

2 Great Student Trumpets to consider for Beginning Band

The Beginning Band instruments generally include a Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and a Saxophone. When a student has decided they want to play on a trumpet, a handful of next questions arise: Where do I go to get a trumpet? What brand of trumpet should I be playing on? Should I rent or buy my trumpet?

Your Band Director is often going to be the best resource for you to speak to regarding these questions, however, at we have had thousands of band directors weigh in on exactly these questions.

Should you rent or buy a trumpet?
This is a question that isn’t just an economic and financial question for families, but also an accountability and commitment question. A student’s interest and commitment to their interest is one of the first and foremost indicators to gauge. If a student has an older sibling who plays an instrument, the younger sibling will have seen and heard all the time that it takes to play an instrument. When a student understands how much time and effort playing in the school band will be, this could be an indicator that they’ll be playing for a long time and “stick with it.” Occasionally students start with being interested in one instrument, and then change their mind and want to switch. For a parent, this could be a costly change, however, if you’re renting an instrument with, the instrument can be exchanged in case they want to stop playing the trumpet and switch to the trombone, or the saxophone.

What brand of Trumpet should I be playing on?
Band Directors will be the first to tell you that if you choose time and trusted instrument brands and brand models, you will have a dependable and experience consistent with others who have also played on these brands and models. This is where the phrase “Band Director Approved” comes from. Band Directors will have horror stories of times when a student brought in something they found on craigslist, or ebay, and parents quickly learn that there is a lot of repair work needed for the instrument they originally thought was a good deal. Some internet websites, including, showcase brands you’ve never heard of before, which may be rejected by a band director. Some of these random brands might play strange, have bad tone quality, or just not have parts the move the right way. At we only use the brands that band directors approve of and prefer.

Let’s look at two Band Director approved student trumpets for beginning band:

Jupiter Student Trumpet


Brand: B.A.C Best American Craftsman Student Trumpet


Both of these trumpets can be found at

If you’re looking for a dependable instrument at the most affordable price, offers not only the band director approved models, but the best program to rent a trumpet nationwide. This trumpet rental program includes’s famous 50% off early purchase program, which means that at any time you’re renting an instrument from us, you can buy that instrument for 50% off what you owe on it. Typical music stores offer a 10-20% discount, and might try to appear lower cost on a monthly basis, but there are often hidden fees and long term commitment obligations with other companies. To check out and compare trumpet rental programs, click here:
At all Trumpet rentals include the Trumpet, a trumpet case, a trumpet mouthpiece, and valve oil (see photo below)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Rent a Saxophone (and don't forget the 50% discount!)

Where to rent a Beginner Student Saxophone
Beginning band typically starts in 5th grade nationwide. The core instruments in most middle school bands are: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone. It is not uncommon for band directors to start their students on a clarinet for a year before some of the students switch to the saxophone. Out of the basic four or five beginning band instruments, parents often quickly notice that the saxophone is the most expensive. The saxophone also happens to be one of the most popular in demand instruments in our American culture. Some point to the fact that President Bill Clinton often showed his passion for playing the saxophone, as part of the reason for the saxophone’s popularity.
Let’s say you’re a parent of a 5th or 6th grader who wants to play saxophone. Before you go out and make a decision and buy the first saxophone you see, make sure that the Band Director has also indicated that the student will be playing saxophone. Next, make sure you get the right saxophone. For beginning band, the Alto Saxophone is the usual choice. It’s a bit smaller than its cousin, the Tenor Saxophone. It’s lighter, the mouthpieces and reeds are smaller, and in beginning bands it’s far more common. The Tenor saxophone plays a half octave lower that the alto saxophone. The pitch of the tenor saxophone is also lower.
While many parents may have previously played an instrument such as a saxophone, make sure you get your saxophone checked out for possible repairs before taking it straight into the band room after years in a closet. Likewise, if you are looking at a pawn shop model, remember, many of these are “As is” so buyer beware! Finally, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting a band director approved saxophone. Some of the most popular options are:

Most beginners start with these band director approved student Alto Saxophone models:

B.A.C. Best American Craftsman Apprentice Student Model

Jupiter Student Alto Saxophone
C.G. Conn Student Alto Saxophone
Selmer Aristocrat Alto Saxophone AS600

Click here to see all the available alto saxophones available for rent, check out

 To view tenor saxophone models available for rent:

Thursday, August 22, 2013 offers instrument rentals to spanish speaking families

We are proud to help provide the same #1 Instrument Rental Program nationwide to all Spanish Speaking School Band members, with bilingual instrument specialists online and over the phone.
Se Habla Espanol! ofrece una gran selección de instrumentos musicales de viento, cuerda, y metals que son aprobado por los directores de banda para músicos principiantes, bandas de escuelas secundarias, estudiantes a nivel intermedio y músicos profesionales. Con más de 100 años de experiencia combinada, el servicio para educadores de música, padres y estudiantes, hemos diseñado nuestro proceso para garantizar una experiencia de compra de alta calidad y las mejores opciones de alquiler con opción a compra.

1. Seleccionar Instrumento
2. Escoja la Marca
3. Envio Gratis entiende la importancia de la educación musical y ha visto directamento los beneficios de la música. Viendo los niños tocar sus primeras notas, ver los padres orgullosos cuando grabán la actuactión de sus niños, pasar un rato con músicos profesionales que tocan nuestros instrumentos es gratificante para nosotros. Los padres generalmente están sorprendidos cuando les explicamos que ellos pueden aprovechar de nuestra compra anticipada despuÉs de solo un mes de alquiler con nosotros. De esta manera, les ayudamos a los padres a decidir cuando sientan que el momento es adecuado para comprar un instrumento, como por ejemplo, despúes de haber visto el compromiso de su estudiante. Al ser los primeros en ofrecer nuestro programa de alquiler para poseerlo con la opción del 50% de compra anticipada...damos la oportunidad a la propriedad del instrumento para más familias y eso es el máximo apoyo a la educación musical.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top 25 Band Geek Posts: Best of School Band Memes, Band Humor, Band T Shirts, & Band Problems

Back to School means Beginning Band is back in full swing. For some, they are just days away from trying out for the school band or orchestra and looking for a good deal on instrument rentals. For others, they’re getting back together with friends they’ve been playing with for a few years. Band Directors are learning new names, students are practicing (supposed to be) at home, and group music begins sounding better day by day. Playing a musical instrument and the bonds made from playing together in a school band, orchestra or marching band creates lots of inside jokes. From a SpongeBob band Meme, to a classic reference to the importance of a water break for a marching band, band humor is one of the most viral aspects of the school band on the internet.
Top 25 Band Memes, Jokes, & Band Humor photos
We've taken some of our most liked and shared facebook page posts as well as added a few of the most shared posts from around the internet to compile this list. Making the list are posts that use meme generators, someecards, t-shirt sites, or other generators. Let us know which one's are missing from the top 25.



Monday, August 19, 2013

EA Sports Marching Band 14?

EA Sports Marching Band
EA Sports Presents NCAA Marching Band 14

Annually, over 500,000 copies of NCAA football are sold each year. Some say its more of a coaching tool than a toy. High definition, create your own player, play online, you name it, EA sports has had success making Madden Football and the NCAA College Football games.

But what about Marching Band? Any water break deprived member of a marching band will easily defend that Marching Band is just as demanding as football, and employs just as much strategy.

What features would you want to see in an NCAA Marching Band game? What school would you pick? What would be the best battle of the bands marching band rivalries? The Ohio State University vs. the Michigan Marching Band? What about the West Caroline University Pride of the Mountains, or the Cal Band of University of Texas Longhorn Band? Imagine the thunderous bass playing the worlds largest drum with The Purdue All American Marching Band? What about adding in a Drumline like the Kansas City Chiefs Rumble?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ultimate Instrument Rental Guide: What All Parents Should Know

Everything you ever wanted to know about renting an instrument, before you rent your instrument

It’s that time of year again, when kids are going back to school, band camp memories have already been made and summer is winding down. According the government census, each year 77 million people enroll in school, and the number of new 5th graders is estimated to be more than 4 million kids in the US alone. Did you know that 1 in 3 kids play a musical instrument? This means more than 1 million kids will be playing in their school band or orchestra!
When it comes to buying a car, usually someone has seen plenty of advertisements on TV, or has researched many websites to compare where to get the best deal. Even your friends or co-workers have recommendations as to where to go to get a car. When someone makes the decision to get a new car, often times they have plenty of months of preparation to know the costs, or how to be an educated consumer. Even car dealerships have admitted that because of the internet, consumers are smarter and more equipped to make a decision than ever before.
If time and resources make it easy to buy a car, it’s the lack of time and lack of resources that make buying an instrument or renting an instrument a daunting task for most consumers. Usually a band director recommends some long standing local music stores, or provides a list of approved vendors to the parents so they can pick up the right instrument. Some of the music stores carry their own instruments to rent, while others offer a rental program from a national instrument rental company such as We encourage people to support and use their local music stores for a number of items – from sheet music, to music lessons, to reeds and mouthpieces, for instrument repair, and a whole host of other services. There are thousands of music stores nationwide that provide these services, but when it comes to an affordable high quality instrument rental option, the “best place” is not a crowded position.
Parents who have chosen to support and invest in their student to play a musical instrument will always get unlimited high fives from us – we love these kids of parents. The benefits of music education are vast and highly proven (and we have many more of those articles on our blog and Facebook pages). For parents who have decided to commit to helping get their son or daughter an instrument, they usually have a small window of time, usually days or a couple weeks to decipher where to get their instrument. Throw in typical schedules like working, it’s not always easy for parents to go to different music stores and compare programs. Parents also compete with thousands of other parents which puts a stress on music stores in terms of their variety of instruments in stock. Many parents find out the hard way, that last minute shopping often results in fewer choices. Thankfully at, our warehouse is full of band director approved instruments and we're always ready to fulfill any order processed on our website. 
To make it harder, parents are often at a disadvantage because they are confused with the options. It's not uncommon to be unsure of going with an open holed flute or not, or one of those funky U shaped flute heads when they need to rent a flute, or to go with Grenadilla wood when considering to rent a clarinet. There are so many brands, brands that you may or may not have heard of, and brands that music stores tend to push for various reasons. Parents also are aware that a pawnshop, craigslist, ebay and are all places to look for an instrument, however, the #1 advice is buyer beware. Sure some of these places have good deals, but band directors will be quick to tell you the horror stories of the pitfalls of cheap instruments, or knock off look-a-likes. Bad tone quality, or cosmetic defects, or a lack of a warranty on an instrument turns into a lot of expensive love and repair that end up costing a parent tons more than the original low price tag (not to mention more time). Lastly, occasional outlets selling instruments or offering rental programs just don’t always have the band director approved instruments nor the student or parents’ best interest at heart. Sometimes parents are forced into a “Band Night” lured by vendors offering a free music stand, in exchange for the parent to sign their life away with a complex long-term contract designed to make that music vendor money.
Here are some simple tips to remember:

Avoid the $10/month rental – Companies attempt to lure you in with an introduction price, or tell you they have a $10 rental, then attempt to upsell you into an expensive rental. We don’t believe in this kind of advertising.
Don’t pay for shipping – If the company you’re talking to is making you pay for shipping, you’re paying too much. With, shipping is always free!
Make sure you have some type of maintenance or repair program - Let’s face it, things happen …ever dropped your cell phone? Well, kids do sit on instruments, an instrument occasionally is dropped while playing, siblings tend to try other siblings instruments (oops) and our repair technicians can tell you 100 different ways instruments need repaired. Our rent-to-own plan includes a maintenance and repair program so that your instrument is covered and you aren't suddenly faced with an expensive repair down the road.
ONLY Choose Band Director Approved Instruments - There are some random companies out there trying to push random brands. Sometimes Band Directors even send kids home and won’t except an instrument that isn’t Band Director approved. has spoken extensively with band directors across the nation, getting their feedback, to help us refine our instrument selection. Our selection has the brands and models of beginning band instruments that band directors prefer.
No Long term Contracts - Make sure you’re not getting roped into some long term contract. With it’s month to month. Just like when a son or daughter promises to always walk the dog, feed the dog, pick up after the dog...eventually commitment can dwindle. If your student's interest in playing a musical instrument never turns into a commitment, or they become disinterested, you can return your instrument at any given time, no questions asked!

Make sure it’s a rent-to-own program - We believe in making music ownership possibly for more families, so we make sure your instrument is automatically on pace to be yours free and clear.
Make sure you have some trade in value on any instrument you're renting - applies a portion of your rental towards a step up instrument, and this helps any consumers wallet :) This is a great feature for those who have a son or daughter advancing. Typically in year one, two or three of playing an instrument, possibly under a band director's guidance, it might be time to get a step up or professional level instrument. Our program provides some financial relief from transitioning from a beginner level instrument to the more advanced model.
Early Purchase Discount - Make sure you get a good discount if you choose to buy your instrument that you’re renting. Some programs make it difficult to decide when you can go from renting to purchasing your instrument, such as “only in the 13th month of the contract” or “you must rent a minimum of X amount of months before you can buy the instrument.” At, we have no minimum months, so if after even one month you want to buy the instrument, you can, and we provide a 50% discount at ANYTIME. Everyone’s finances are different, and maybe you want to make sure your son or daughter is truly interested in the long run before you buy your instrument, so you might want to rent for 3, 4 or 9 months before buying the instrument. If you're renting a saxophone, getting 50% off can literally save you hundreds of dollars and even thousands. Many stores offer a discount, from 10% up to 30%, but our 50% discount is a key driver into our program making instrument ownership more affordable with than anywhere else nationwide.
Make sure the instrument you’re getting is New or Like New - Kids tend to become disinterested when an instrument looks old or smells funny. At, we only provide top quality instruments that are checked by quality control before they go out. We even do this with brand new instruments, because, if one customer gets a bad instrument from us, that is one customer too many!
Be safe, don’t gamble, use a company that people trust - not only supports music education, but is a member of the American String Teacher association, National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, Kansas Music Educations Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association and the Midwest Clinic to name a few. You might see us on National TV, or local news stations, and our customers are in all 50 states. We’re an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, and proud sponsors of the Kansas City Chiefs. We're fortunate that happy consumers send us emails, that band directors provide us video testimonials, and we have positive reviews on sites like
Don’t just upgrade, just because you’re told to upgrade - Some music store rental programs push parents within a month or two of joining band, that they should already step up to an intermediate model instrument. Talk with your Band Director before making that decision. One of the common pieces of advice from long term musicians is this: if you’re going to play for many years, you’ll probably have more than one instrument… having a backup, or one for marching band, or one for parades is nice, so you can reserve your step up model and solo model for performances.

In summary:
Are we biased about rental program at Of course we are, however, we created our program out of a need to fix a problem that was facing millions every year. We wanted to empower parents to put them on the most affordable path towards owning a musical instrument. We created a flexible program, with repair and maintenance included, and we provide the consumer competitive pricing without and hidden gimmicks or traps. We designed our rental program because we’ve been parents before, we have internal employees who were band directors and music educators and ran music stores for 30+ years, so we’ve seen it all. We designed to be the most convenient way for you to get a high quality instrument. We wish all students the best of luck as they pursue beginning band, and we have nothing but praise for all parents who support their kids in any music endeavor.