I'm not really sure that I should be posting on this yet, but now that the sting has passed, and I have stopped worrying about it as much, I think I can finally face what happened.
Actually, I'll share an email with you that will provide all the gory details:
This is an email no parent EVER wants to have to send.
After going to the music stores, we learned that the trumpet (which we're borrowing from the school) would cost more to repair than to replace.
So, there you have it. That's a lot of money for a five-year-old to have to earn. I'm not sure how we're going to work this one out. I'm open to anyone's ideas.
The good thing is that the trumpet is probably still useable at this point. It has two dents that are just hard to get to without taking a trumpet apart and soldering it back together--therein lies the expense. So, we have the older child use it for the rest of the school year and get a new one for the school in June. We'll have the band teacher check it out for us on Tuesday to see if it really still works.