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Instrument Information


Students need to have an instrument to take part in the NVSD Band and Strings Program. Students can rent or purchase an instrument from a local music store or rent an instrument from the NVSD Instrument Collection. 

The NVSD Instrument Collection is pleased to have an inventory of quality musical instruments available to students at a greatly subsidized rate. The more specialized instruments in particular (Tier 2, see below) represent a significant cost savings over what is commercially available. 
Instrument User Fees for the 2021-2022 school year is categorized in two tiers (based on instrument replacement and maintenance costs): 


  • Tier 1: $100  –  Flute, Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Viola 
  • Tier 2: $150  –  Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, 
                               Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, 
                               Tuba, Cello, Double Bass 


Please note these fees are for the 2021-2022 school year. The NVSD Band and Strings Program does not rent instruments on a monthly basis.  

Deposit Information:

A deposit of $100 is required to use North Vancouver School District instruments, which will be refunded in the summer of 2022 after the instrument is returned in good condition.  

To receive this damage deposit, instruments also need to be returned by the end of day  June 24, 2022. Students may keep their instruments over the summer if they have paid the usage fee for the 2022-2023 school year.      

Choosing an Instrument

Students in a band or strings ensemble have a variety of instruments to choose from:

Band Program: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion.  

Strings Program: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass. 

Instrument choice is made based on a variety of parameters such as: 

  • Size suitability 
  • The instrument's physical demands 
  • The need for ensemble balance 

Band and Strings teachers will distribute information about instrument selection and availability in the spring and will be in contact with students to finalize their instrument selection leading up to the 2021-2022 school year.   
If you have questions or require more information about instruments, please contact