Musical Instrument Bank

The Carroll County Arts Council’s Musical Instrument Bank program, established by local musician Glenn Patterson, provides young artists quality instruments without the burden of purchasing costs or rental fees.

In partnership with Carroll Concert Band, The Band Shoppe, and Opus Community Music School, donated instruments are appraised, cleaned, and repaired before going out on loan to K-12 instrumental music teachers for long-term use in the classroom or independent studio.


To keep the program running effectively, we are in constant need of both instruments and funding.

All brands, styles, and conditions are accepted, and any monetary donation is valued and appreciated. We would be honored to discuss perpetual giving opportunities that fit your donation goals.

Funding Donations

Don’t forget to add “Musical Instrument Bank” in the comments!

On Average…

Provides consumables for each instrument’s “Starter Pack,” including:
Polishing Cloths, Cork Grease, Reeds, Valve Oil

Provides for a single instrument:
Ultrasonic Cleaning, Polish and Lubrication, Valve Alignment, Minor Part Replacement

$200 +
Additionally provides for a single instrument:
Major Part Replacement, Major Dent Removal, Tuning/Regulation Adjustments, Accessories such as mutes, mouth pieces, or bows.

Used Instrument Donations

Instruments can be dropped off at the following locations during normal business hours. Please call in advance.

Carroll Arts Center
91 W Main St.
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848 – 7272

Opus Community Music School
6217 Sykesville Rd
Eldersburg, MD 21784
(443) 300 – 8702

In Memoriam

Donating an instrument or funding a restoration in honor of a loved one who has passed away is a one-of-a-kind way to preserve their memory. By permanently attaching their name to the name of the instrument, their legacy will be cherished and live on through the gift of music for years to come. Please call for more information.

Requesting An Instrument

All loan applications must come directly from the school’s instrumental music teacher through our online form.

We highly recommend a parent/teacher conference with the instructor to determine if the Musical Instrument Bank program is the right option and which instrument is best suited for the student. Once the application is approved, students and their guardians will be required to sign an agreement outlining the terms and conditions of use. Applications from individual students or families will not be accepted.

Waiting list

Any application that cannot be fulfilled immediately will be placed on our waiting list for the next available instrument.

For more information, contact

Stephen StrosniderAssistant Director of Programs and Operations