Utica High School Band Boosters to hold used instrument sale

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby-Utica News | Published October 31, 2023

 The Utica High School Band Boosters will hold a usedinstrument sale on Nov. 19 at the school.

The Utica High School Band Boosters will hold a usedinstrument sale on Nov. 19 at the school.

Photo provided by Jessica Buzenski


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Utica High School Band Boosters will be holding its 38th annual used instrument sale Nov. 19.

The sale is a fundraiser for the boosters, while sellers also have the opportunity to earn cash.

The event will begin with appraisals for sellers from 9 a.m. to noon; then, the used instrument sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Utica High School, 47255 Shelby Road in Shelby Township.

The boosters said the sale is an opportunity to purchase an instrument at a reasonable price. Parents with children who are starting to learn music, or anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument, might find a good deal. Those who no longer play an instrument or want some money to put toward a better instrument might find the sale useful as well.

For sellers, if their instruments sell, they will get 80% of the sale price while the Utica High School Band Boosters will receive 20%.

The boosters said that a $10 fee might apply if a potential seller has an instrument appraised but chooses not to participate in the sale.

“The Used Instrument Sale is a great way for new band students in our community to purchase a quality instrument at an affordable price. The Utica Band program is happy to host this event each year to help students have a successful band experience,” Brett Bays, the Utica band director, said in an email.

Joe Syler, the used instrument sale organizer and band director at Shelby Junior High, said the sale has a long tradition of getting quality used instruments into the hands of aspiring musicians.

“Whether you are a beginner looking to get off to a good start, or a high schooler looking to upgrade to a professional model horn, we have all types and price ranges. Experienced UHS students and band directors will be on hand to point buyers in the right direction to ensure satisfaction and quality,” Syler said.

For more information, email Uticabands.org@gmail.com.