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Replay: FAQs About Classical 101's Instrument Drive

Jun 22, 2018

Replay! — Classical 101's musical instrument drive is back for a third straight year and this summer we're making it easier to donate gently used instruments. 

Over the last two years, we have collected more than 540 new and used instruments, which we delivered to Columbus City Schools.

Classical 101 is once again collecting instruments for kids in Columbus school music programs. Music not only enriches lives; research also shows that children who study music perform better academically.

Musical instruments were meant to be played, so if you have one sitting around unused, help us get it into the hands of an aspiring young musician.

If your child has moved beyond their 3/4-size violin, or your old band trumpet has been consigned to the basement, let that instrument sing again!

Donate a new or used instrument — even strings, mouthpieces and reeds are needed — to help a young musician who might not otherwise have access to a quality instrument.

Drop off instruments at WOSU's offices in the Fawcett Center on Ohio State's campus or at CD102.5 from  July 8 to 13 and help get kids ready for a new school year.


How do I donate?
Our six-day collection takes place Monday, July 8 through Saturday, July 13, 2018. We're collecting new and gently used instruments at WOSU Public Media's offices and CD102.5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

WOSU Public Media
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210

1036 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43206

Why are you doing an instrument drive?
WOSU Public Media and Classical 101 recognize the impact music can have on a young person's life. Children who participate in school music programs perform better academically and socially. Teachers need instruments like any other school supply — and it's usually harder to find a tuba than a pen.

I donated an instrument. Where will it end up?
We'll deliver donations to Columbus City Schools, where the instruments will be refreshed and then distributed to students to use in music programs for the 2018/2019 school year.

Are there any instruments you cannot take?
We will make sure every instrument finds a home.

At this time, we cannot accept pianos, timpani or other large instruments that are not portable by hand. 

For sanitary reasons, we cannot accept harmonicas and recorders.

We also cannot accept sheet music.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, WOSU Public Media is a nonprofit organization. You can print and fill out this form in advance of dropping off your instrument. Please provide some form of the estimated value of the instrument for your tax purposes.

How were Columbus City Schools selected?
Columbus City Schools were chosen as the beneficiary of Replay! because the system has the largest reach and a centralized location for accepting donated instruments.

I am not able to donate an instrument. Are there other ways in which I can support the instrument drive?
Yes! You can always make a monetary donation to support Classical 101 and all of the work we do, including Replay!

You can also help us spread the word. Please share Replay! info with your friends, family and co-workers.

Use #Replay101 on all of your social media platforms!

Still have questions? Please call 614-292-9678 or send an email to