The U.S. Department of Education today released new guidance, Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments, to support evidence-based decision-making by states, districts, schools, educators, and partners. This non-regulatory guidance is intended to help stakeholders make more effective education investments by leveraging rigorous, relevant evidence to improve outcomes for kids under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  

Read more: U.S. Department of Education Releases New Guidance on Using Evidence to Strengthen Education...

Disney Performing Arts is bringing one of its popular music workshops to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics as part of band director Phillip Riggs winning the 2016 Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®

Read more: Disney Performing Arts Brings Music Workshop to North Carolina High School Students as part of...

For over 20 years the Educational Division of Korg USA (KorgEDU) has specialized in turn-key learning systems for education with a goal of helping educators at every level integrate electronic music instruments, audio components, video production tools, computers and software into learning environments.  Korg USA is proud to announce the launch of their new website dedicated for KorgEDU, The site is user and mobile friendly, easy to navigate and includes access to informative videos, downloadable lesson plans, Fundraising programs and Lab Solutions. 

Read more: KorgEDU Launches New Dedicated Website for Educators

D’Addario Woodwinds added the entire Houston Symphony clarinet section to their artist roster.

Read more: D’Addario Woodwinds Brings Entire Houston Symphony Clarinet Section to Artist Roster

Vandoren hosted more than 20 Vandoren Regional Artists (VRAs) this August at the 2016 VRA Summit in Chicago, IL.

Read more: Vandoren Holds Chicago Regional Artist Summit

MusicFirst announced the arrival of Music First Junior, a dynamic and easy-to-use online learning management system for teaching elementary music.

Read more: MusicFirst Junior

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) was named one of 21 organizations to receive a Library of Congress grant on Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS). Seventy-six organizations applied for the grant—including higher education and cultural institutions, school districts, and other educational organizations. For fiscal year 2017 the Library of Congress awarded NAfME a $112,527 grant.

Read more: NAfME Receives Library of Congress Grant

D’Addario Woodwinds announced the expansion of their Clinician Program to involve nine new countries, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.

Read more: D’Addario Woodwinds Clinician Program Adds Nine European Countries to Curriculum

Music Director Riccardo Muti returns in September to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in two programs which open the Orchestra’s 2016/17 season (September 22-October 1).  

Read more: Music Director Riccardo Muti Opens
 Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2016/17 Season

Through the successful merger with its new parent company, Eastman Music Company, S.E. Shires has developed a more affordable class of professional brass instruments, named “Q Series” after Eastman founder Qian Ni.

Read more: The “Q Series” from S.E. Shires Co.


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This year, our primary major band travel is for:

Festival Competitions - 42.5%
Public Performances - 30%
Educational Workshops - 5%
Some of All of the Above - 20%

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