SBO’s annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” highlights some of the best music educators across all fifty states.

Read more: SBO’s 19th Annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” Nominations

Cap: L to R: Back Row:  Paul Cornish, Federico Montes, John Paul Powers and Henry Solomon   L to R: Front Row: Justin Sales, Hyerin Kim, Ivy Ringel, Rebekah Ko, and Wickliffe Simmons Celebrating some of the country’s brightest young musical talent, the 28th annual Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Program was held June 25 – 28, 2016 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Read more: Nine Young Musicians Celebrated at 2016 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Concert

2016 Pasic Scholarship Winner Yang ChenSABIAN congratulates Yang Chen of Toronto, ON, winner of the 2016 SABIAN/PASIC Scholarship.

Read more: Sabian Names Yang Chen As 2016 Pasic Scholarship Winner

This summer and fall, chances are good there’s a Crescent clinic coming to a SABIAN Hand Select Cymbal Boutique near you.

Read more: Sabian Announces Crescent Clinic Tour

 Universal Skull Island now openUniversal Orlando opens Skull Island and new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

Read more: “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” Is Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

At Légère we believe great education builds great musicians and for students to reach their full their full potential, they need the right equipment.  To show our support for students, Légère is giving five schools 20 limited edition mouthpiece kits.

Read more: Légère is Giving Five Schools 20 Limited Edition Mouthpiece Kits

Yamaha Corporation of America has appointed Paul Winterhalter as its new Percussion Product Specialist in the Band & Orchestral division. In his role, Winterhalter will provide high-quality technical support and expertise to the percussion department and its clientele.

Read more: New Product Specialist Paul Winterhalter Expands Yamaha Band & Orchestral Percussion Support and...

On Monday, July 11, 2016 the LA Phil will present 101 Pianists. This concert will be free to the public, and will be co-presented by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, The Colburn School, and Steinway & Sons and Roland. Approximately 100 young piano students will gather on stage with Lang Lang to perform selected works in an exciting, collaborative setting.

Read more: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Presents 101 Pianists A Free Education Concert With Special Guest...

Autistic Singer-Songwriter Nikki Nik Performs

Autographed musical instruments were donated by Roland for silent auction in support of Autism Speaks event Light Up the Blues concert.

Read more: Roland Corporation U.S. Proudly Supports Light Up the Blues Concert

Vic Firth Co. celebrates drummers everywhere with their latest community engagement campaign, #LiveToPlay.

Read more: Vic Firth Launches #LiveToPlay Initiative


On the Road

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Directors who make a Difference

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SBO Web Poll

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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