Did you know that the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance collects new or used orchestra and band instruments?  DPAA, in partnership with Discover Classical 88.1FM/WDPR & 89.9/WDPG (Dayton’s public, full-time classical music station), is seeking musical instruments to benefit students in the Dayton region. Our It’s Instrumental program collects used orchestra and band instruments in good condition are immediately placed into the hands of a young musician. Other instruments are repaired or reconditioned and then given to deserving students at Stivers School for the Arts and the Q the Music Strings and Band programs at Ruskin Elementary and Edwin Joel Brown Middle Schools. Even unplayable instruments may be sorted for parts. Your gift will give these children the opportunity to shine musically and improve academically. If you have a musical instrument sitting around unused, help get it into the hands of an aspiring young musician.

Last year, we collected over 85 instruments from Grismer locations during the It’s Instrumental campaign.

What Instruments Do You Need?

While almost all instruments are needed, there are several priorities:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 size violins, violas, cellos, and bows for students at Ruskin Elementary School’s Q the Music program
  • Band instruments, i.e. trumpets, cornets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, keyboards, drums, guitars, and tambourines for students in Dayton Public Schools and Q the Music at EJ Brown Middle School
  • We are unable to accept pianos and organs
  • While all donations are appreciated, instruments in good playable condition are critical, as a quality instrument can often positively impact a student’s desire to continue with music. You can donate a used instrument—including accessories like bows, strings, mouthpieces, and reeds—to help a young musician who might not otherwise have access to a quality instrument.

How Can I Donate?

Drop off new or used instruments at any Dayton area Grismer Tire & Auto Service Center location during business hours between now and July 31, 2023. All donations are tax-deductible.

If I Do Not Have an Instrument, Do You Take Cash Donations?

Yes! You can make a tax-deductible online donation by clicking here: