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Jessica Schladebeck

The average cost for a new beginner's trumpet is around $200, a saxophone normally starts upwards of that, and a new, quality violin could start out with a price as high as $650.

Central York's high school band performing during this year's Halloween Parade

Instruments, which only increase in cost as their players progress in skill level, are not the cheapest of stocking stuffers to get young musicians who may or may not be involved in band programs for the long term — the possibility that an instrument will end up collecting dust in an attic after they're traded in for a different hobby is a very real concern for many parents.

Central York School District is addressing both of those concerns with their instrument drive, giving those who may have an instrument that is not being used an opportunity to give back to their community. The district is collecting gently-used instruments for those students who are interested in joining the band or orchestra ensembles but are unable to participate in the district's programs due to financial restrictions which may bar them from purchasing their own musical equipment.

Once the district receives the donations, Central York's music department faculty and staff will refurbish, clean and distribute the instruments to students as needed throughout the year.

The district is collecting all instruments aside from pianos at this time.

Those looking to donate an instrument may bring it to the district's Educational Service Center at 775 Marion Road in Manchester Township during business hours and can contact Julie Romig, Director of Communications and Marketing, with any questions about the program at (717) 846-6789, ext. 1292 or via email at

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