There are three options for acquiring a band instrument. If you aren't sure which instrument to choose, read this article.
1) Rent from a music store (see below for options). This is your best choice when your student is starting an instrument because you don't know if that is the instrument they will stay on.
2) Purchase an instrument, or use an instrument owned by a family member. Purchasing an instrument presents a couple challenges: Your student may change their mind or find that a different instrument is a better fit for them. Also, make sure you purchase a quality instrument that is in good working order. Do not purchase instruments on Amazon for $100 or less. These instruments are made of cheap materials and may work fine to start with, but are hard/impossible to repair. If using a family member's instrument, please make sure the instrument is in good working order.
For repairs, I recommend taking your instrument to:
8091 Greenback Lane
Citrus Heights (behind Beach Hut Deli)
3) Borrow an instrument from the School District. This option is available to students who have financial need. There are not a lot of instruments available, so instruments will be checked out on a first come, first served basis and you may not get your first choice. You will also be provided with a book for your instrument. If you have financial need and would like to borrow an instrument, please indicate your need on the sign up form or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books can be found at music stores in the area or online (like on Amazon). Make sure to purchase the Essential Elements 2000 or Essential Elements for Band, Book 1, for your specific instrument. (FYI: Clarinet is listed as Bb Clarinet on the method book.)