Eleven musicians have been named the winners of the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition presented by the Band & Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America. In addition to this year’s 11 winners, six individuals were awarded honorable mentions.

Read more: Eleven Outstanding Musicians Selected in 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

This year, six award-winning conductors will lead the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) in Orlando, Florida. NAfME has announced the addition of a Modern Band ensemble to the ANHE program, and the Guitar Ensemble returns for its second year.

Read more: Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2019 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles

TAMA has welcomed Mark Ford as a concert endorser and educational director for TAMA/Bergerault.

Read more: TAMA Welcomes Ford as Concert Endorser and Educational Director

The centerpiece of the 2019 Virginia International Tattoo will be a moving Salute to Women in the Military, taking place from April 25 to 28 at Scope Arena in Downtown Norfolk.

Read more: Virginia International Tattoo Announces Details for 2019

In 2018, the D’Addario Foundation was able to partner with a number of music industry companies to fulfill needs of some of the 200-plus community-based music instruction programs the foundation supports each year. The not-for-profit also awarded over $600,000 in funding last year.

Read more: D’Addario Foundation Partners with Over 200 Community-Based Music Instruction Programs in 2018

It has been 100 years since Jesse James Babbitt began crafting mouthpieces for saxophones and clarinets in his garage in Elkhart, Indiana.

Read more: JJ Babbitt Company Celebrates 100 Years of Making Music

Anchor Audio has unveiled a new brand identity for the first time in more than 40 years.

Read more: Anchor Audio Unveils New Brand Identity

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, NAMM Foundation Board Member, World Series Champion and former New York Yankee, Bernie Williams, and NAMM member companies presented the Loara Elementary School in Anaheim, California with a monetary donation and musical instruction as part of the organization’s Day of Service.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Gifts Anaheim Elementary School District with Donation to Expand Music Making...

71 concert bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles have been selected to perform at the 28th annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 14 to 16, 2019 in Indianapolis.

Read more: Music for All Announces Ensembles Invited to Participate in National Festival

D’Addario & Co. has announced the addition of WGI Ensemble Rhythm X to the Promark Drumsticks family, in addition to their Evans Drumheads and D’Addario Accessories endorsement.

Read more: Rhythm X Joins the Promark Drumsticks Artist Roster

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