Instrument Rental or Purchase

As an MISD staff, we cannot recommend music vendors.  Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters ( has compiled a list of music vendors where you can purchase/rent instruments, accessories and the music book.

Rental Purchase Plans

Most area music stores have rental/purchase plans which allow rental payments to apply toward purchase of the instrument.  It is recommended that a used instrument be checked by an instrumental teacher. These prices are based on a per month charge.

Please read your rental agreement thoroughly.


Craigslist, Ebay, The Attic, Want-Ads, Private Party

If you purchase an instrument through the want-ads or through a friend or relative, please have it safety checked by a member of our staff as to condition and size.  REMEMBER:  An instrument that is not in good playing condition or is the wrong size may be impossible to play.    

5th Grade Band Music Book

This is the music book for this year's 5th grade band class. They can be found at most music vendors or on-line or at our Trading Post. Note they are instrument specific - so make sure to buy the specific one for your child's instrument.

Essential Elements 2000, Book 1

(Lautzenheizer, Higgins, et al)

Instrument Recommendations

A critical component to your child's success as a musician is the quality of his/her instrument.  Unfortunately, all brands are not created equal.  We encourage you not to compromise your child's opportunity for success with a lesser quality instrument.  We have experienced many instances of a student trying to play an instrument of poor quality or in a state of ill-repair that will not play, and the student thinks that there is something wrong with them!  The investment in a quality instrument kept in a good state of repair will ensure that this does not happen.  

Before purchasing or renting an instrument, please read through the recommended brands, accessories required and recommended (such as mouthpieces). 


Here are the common 5th grade or beginning band instruments. 


Recommended Instruments

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