Universal LogoUniversal Orlando Resort announces a brand new water theme park experience, Volcano Bay. The third edition to the resort will feature innovative, thrill-packed attractios, as well as a tropical-island inspired, immersive environment.

Read more: Universal Orlando Resort Announces Its Third Theme Park, Volcano Bay

NAMM D.C. Fly-In (c) Kris Connor/Getty Images for NAMMNAMM D.C Fly-In saw both music industry leaders and musicians encourage congressional support for universal access to quality music education for children through reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Read more: NAMM Members Drum Up Support for Music Education in the Capital

Applications are now open for submission to perform in this year's NAfME In-Service Conference. All ensemble directors and school ensembles are encouraged to apply.

Read more: NAfME Announces Performance Group Opportunities at This Year's In-Service Conference

The Grammy Foundation has selected 132 high school students from 100 cities and 28 states to participate in the 11th annual Grammy Camp program. Four international students from Engalnd and Japan will also attend the Grammy Camp in LA, made possible through a partnership with Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry.

Read more: Students Selected to Participate in the 11th annual Grammy Camp Program

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Music for All announces it will host the Music for All Summer Symposium this June, one of the nation's largest summer music camps for both students and teachers. The symposium is presented by Yamaha, and will be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Read more: Music for All celebrates 40th Anniversary of Summer Symposium Music Camp

Alan Gilbert (c) Chris LeeAlan Gilbert to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra at annual commencement concert, Thursday, May 21, 2015. 

Read more: Juilliard Announces Alan Gilbert Will Conduct Juilliard Orchestra at Annual Commencement Concert

Juilliard LogoJuilliard will host a joint music librarian-musicological congress in June focusing on music research in the digital age.

Read more: Juilliard to Host Joint Music Librarian-Musicological Congress

Group photo with Mark and MorganA new B&S 3137 Challenger I trumpet was presented to Morgan Cravens at the Band of Angels 4th Annual Heart Strings Gala.

Read more: B&S Donates Trumpet at Band of Angels Heart Strings Gala

"How Does Your Music Class Prepare You For Life” was the theme of SBO’s 15th Annual  scholarship essay contents.  Several thousand entries were submitted  as students competed for ten, $1,000 scholarships. The awards were given to five students in grades 4 to 8 and five students  grades 9 to 12 and their respective school music programs received a matching award of music products from co-sponsors NAMM, Alfred Music Publishing, Sabian Ltd., Woodwind & Brasswind and Yamaha Corporation of America.  Since its inception the scholarship program has awarded $300,000 in funds and matching music products to the winners and their schools.  Two students from the Floyd Middle Magnet School in Montgomery Al were among the winners.  Other states represented were Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, California, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma and Maryland.  The music students received their scholarship awards from local music dealers representing NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), a major co-sponsor of the program.

The winning school music programs and their music directors include Trey Bird and Angeli’c Harris, Floyd Middle Magnet School, Montgomery, AL, Coleman Woodson, music director; Claire Cao, Tohickon Middle School, Doylestown, PA., Jennifer Repper, music director; Kayla Robinson, Lindley 6th Grade Academy, Mableton, Ga., music director Kameron Crutcher ; Brianna Quintana, Griffith Middle School, Griffith, IN, music director Debbie Korak.   In the 9 to 12th grade category winners were Christopher Frost, Westview High School, San Diego, CA., music director Jeri Webb; Dylan Lee Meyer, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL., music director Charles Staley; Tanner Robertson, Collinsville High School, Collinsville, OK., music director Richard Newhart; Caitlyn Stupi, Westminster High School, Westminster, MD, music director, Jennifer Jones and Jose Veliz, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, FL., music director, Jonathan Jadvani.

Read more: 15th Annual Music Students Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has invited Music for All's Bands of America Honor Band to perform in the 2017 & 2021 Rose Parades.

Read more: Bands of America Honor Band Invited to Perform in the 2017 and 2021 Rose Parades


 

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