Welcome to our School Rental Information Page
We are excited that you have landed on our rental page! We want to provide you with as much information as possible so that you have the peace of mind knowing that your child is going to have the best experience possible in your school's band or orchestra program.
Here is a list of most commonly asked questions we get regarding instruments used in schools:
Q. How long do I have to commit to renting an instrument?
A. Band rentals may be rented for as little as one month at a time, orchestra rentals have several plans available depending on your needs.
Q. My school doesn't list you as a source, can we rent with you?
A. Absolutely! Hundreds of people from more than 8 local school districts rent their instrument from River City Music each year!
Q. What happens if our instrument is damaged, lost, or stolen?
A. Any repairable damage is covered by our maintenance plan (if chosen at time of rental). Stolen instruments may be replaced with an official police report. Should an instrument be lost, you are responsible for the replacement value.
Q. I can't afford an instrument but my child really wants to play, what can we do?
A. We can help! Please visit our sponsorship page to learn more.
Q. Do you have a loaner instrument if our rental needs repair?
A. Yes! We keep a good stock of loaner instruments on hand so that you are never without an instrument. No need to wait for your instrument to travel across the state for a simple repair or hope that a loaner is available.
Q. What brands do you sell and rent?
A. We carry a variety of brands such as Buffet, Gemeinhardt, Eastman, P. Mauriat, Powell, Besson, West Coast Strings, Kohr, and others to name a few. These instruments are used in thousands of school across the nation (and world) and are approved by most educators.
Q. How much does it cost to rent an instrument?
A. Band instruments start at $25.95 per month for like new and used instruments. Saxophones and baritones range $47.95-$59.95 per month for new and like new. Violins, violas, and cellos have different plans available by request of local orchestra programs.
Q. Are there any other stores in the area that offer used instruments or rentals?
A. We are the only full service music store in Franklin County, however, other companies such as Mozingo Music, Nottlemans Music, Band Instrument Service, and Palen Music, all operating out of the greater St Louis area and Springfield also service schools in the area.