Instrument Drive


Give the gift of music by donating new or used musical instruments to our local students!


We accept instruments all year long — Email info@santabarbaraeducation.org or call us at (805) 284-9125 to facilitate your donation.

Have an old instrument gathering dust in your closet or garage? Dust it off and put it into the hands of an aspiring young musician today. All types of instruments are accepted, from ukuleles to flutes.  In particular, there is a strong need for alto saxophone, clarinets, violins, and guitars.

All donated instruments are carefully inspected, repaired, and then placed in the hands of students such as Raul. Raul was a top violin student who decided that he wanted to learn to play the trumpet.  A professional model Yamaha trumpet was donated through the Instrument Drive and because of his demonstrated discipline and love of music, Raul was chosen as the recipient of this coveted instrument. Another success story is that of Daniella. Daniella is one of our first elementary school student oboe players. Oboe is not generally taught, but thanks to the Instrument Drive, we were able to give her the instrument of her choice!

Over the years, everything from simple percussion instruments to grand pianos have found new homes where they truly make a difference in young people’s lives. Past recipients of the instruments have included Dos Pueblos High School, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Notes for Notes, Girls Inc., the Sergio Romero Guitar Club, Pianos on State, Santa Barbara Strings, JAMS, Los Prietos Boys Camp, Rockshop Academy, and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.

Click here to see where we’ve placed some of the instruments in the past.


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