The complete list of medalists at the WGI Sport of the Arts 2017 World Championships has been announced.

Read more: WGI World Championship Medalists Announced

This month will mark the inaugural concerts of “The Orchestra Swings,” the first new Link Up curriculum since 2012 from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI).

Read more: Carnegie Hall Introduces New Curriculum ‘The Orchestra Swings’

Keith Mardak, CEO and chairman of the board of Hal Leonard, has donated $2.5 million dollars to Chicago's VanderCook College of Music. 

Read more: VanderCook College of Music Receives $2.5 Million ‘Challenge Gift’

Roland has released the Aerophone Editor app for the Aerophone AE-10 Digital Wind Instrument.

Read more: Roland Releases Aerophone Editor App

Yamaha and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music have announced that they will be selecting five graduate students from an international pool of applicants to participate as fellows in the 2017 Eastman Leadership Conference.

Read more: Eastman School of Music and Yamaha Partner to Support Future Arts Leaders

Denise Collins, the regional sales manager (Northeast) of J.W. Pepper, was awarded with the NYSBDA (New York State Band Directors Association) Distinguished Service Award to recognize the work J.W. Pepper has done for the New York State Band Directors Association’s Summer Conference.

Read more: Denise Collins of J.W. Pepper Awarded the NYSBDA Distinguished Service Award

This week, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation recognized 527 school districts and 92 schools in the United States for their exceptional music education programs.

Read more: NAMM Foundation and University of Kansas Recognize Districts and Schools as Best Communities for...

Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi passed away on April 1, 2017 at the age of 87.


Read more: In Memoriam: Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, 1930 - 2017

The White House Administration's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for National and Community Services (Americorps), among other federal agencies.

Read more: #SaveTheNEA


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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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